Rising punk band MC16’s next single will raise money for All Call Signs – a support organisation which helps veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and poor mental health.
Sleeping On Cardboard will be released on December 20 on all major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music etc) and direct on download at MC16’s BandCamp Page here, with all the money raised going to All Call Signs.
To coincide, the video for Sleeping With Cardboard is out now – aiming to highlight awareness of the plight of ex-servicemen and women and the struggles they face after leaving the forces.
Frontman Carson said: “How can we live in a world where someone in the forces faces a bigger fight when they actually leave and then try and get help for ‘work-related’ mental health problems?
“As a country we should look after our people and especially those who try and look after us.
“If we see an injured dog then rightly so people rush over to help, but if they see an ‘injured’ homeless ex-forces then they just walk on by.”
All Call Signs was created by two former servicemen and is designed to offer emotional and practical support to serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
Dan Arnold from All Call Signs said: “When we first heard MC16’s song and the lyrics, it truly hit the mark in terms of a band understanding the stresses and issues that people who leave the Armed Forces can face. It can be so difficult, and the song and video highlights how important that these people aren’t left without any help and support.
“Every day All Call Signs aims to help, and as a support organisation we are totally reliant on the support of the general public to keep the momentum of our work going.
“Every download of Sleeping On Cardboard will be donated by MC16 to All Call Signs, and we hope people will support us and, of course, enjoy the song too.”
Buying the band’s MC16 logo T-shirt from their Bandcamp page can also help ex-servicemen and women with PTSD, as £3 from each sale will go to All Call Signs.
MC16, whose debut EP Outvoted By Robots (reviewed here) was released in the summer, have previously played shows for homeless charities, and their songs are laced with lyrics calling out political and social injustices.
They’ve enjoyed sharing stages with some of the biggest names in punk at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool for the last two years, as well as playing last month’s Morecambe Punk Festival.