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One Liners: Bandcamp, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Devin Townsend, more

By | Published on Wednesday 22 April 2020



Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has announced that it will waive its fees again on 1 May, in order to support musicians during the COVID-19 crisis. When the company first did this last month, it generated $4.3 million in sales in 24 hours – with more than seven times the number of sales it would normally expect to process in a single day.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has announced a £50,000 donation to Help Musicians for its work supporting music-makers during the COVID-19 crisis. Spotify’s COVID-19 Music Relief project will also match the donation.

Devin Townsend is performing a series of livestreamed performances from his home in aid of healthcare workers around the world. The first, last weekend, in aid of Vancouver’s General Hospital, sold 2000 tickets and raised $50,000. The next, on 25 Apr will raise money for the NHS. Buy tickets here.



Hayley Williams has released new track ‘Dead Horse’, alongside a second EP’s worth of tracks from her ‘Petals For Armor’ solo album. The EP, she says, “is the perfect interlude between where ‘Petals’ began and where it’s going”. Meanwhile, ‘Dead Horse’ “offers strength back to a younger, weaker version of myself”. The full album will be out on 8 May.

Niall Horan has released the video for ‘Black And White’, from his recently released ‘Heartbreak Weather’ album.

Jack Garratt has released new single ‘Better’. The track, he says, “is a dance song about the end of times”.

Bright Eyes have released new single ‘Forced Convalescence’. The track is taken from the band’s first album for nine years, which is due out later in 2020.

L7 have released a cover of Joan Jett And The Blackhearts’ ‘Fake Friends’, which features Joan Jett on vocals. Is that actually a cover then? “To have Joan’s vocals on this track along with mine is super surreal and cool”, says the band’s Donita Sparks. That does not answer my question.

Mushroomhead have announced that they will release their eighth album, ‘A Wonderful Life’, on 19 Jun. From it, this is first single ‘Seen It All’.

Ane Brun has released new single ‘Feeling Like I Wanna Cry’. “I wrote this song last year, after feeling for a long time that we as humans have been on the wrong track”, she says. “[But] after what has happened in 2020, it’s hard to say that we can’t [change course]. One of the things this pandemic has shown us is that we can act, and we are willing to make rapid structural changes to improve our conditions for survival on this planet”.

Elle Exxe has released new single ‘Before I Break’. “I wrote ‘Before I Break’ during a really complicated time for me mentally and physically”, she says. “I thought ‘keep calm and carry on’ was the best way to handle things, but this time the stress hit me physically and was temporarily debilitating and scary”. Proceeds from the single will be donated to mental health support charities Shout and Rethink.

The Toxic Avenger has released new single ‘Lies’, featuring Look Mum No Computer. New album, ‘Midnight Resistance’, is out on 29 May.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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