Dub Pistols release cover of ‘Blue Monday’ to raise Money for Tonic Mental Health Trust
Every year, the third Monday of January is dubbed “Blue Monday”. The theory goes that this is the time of year when we’re all cold, broke and riddled with guilt that our New Year’s resolutions to get fit, drink less alcohol, and be a better human being have fallen by the wayside.
This year, Dub Pistols have teamed up with Canadians DUBMATIX and have recorded a cover of New Order’s iconic “Blue Monday” with proceeds going to Tonic Mental Health Trust, which Barry Ashworth is a patron of.
“Its no secret that I myself have lived a life of excess in every possible way. I’ve experienced the highs of success and adrenaline that comes from performing live, but I’ve also experienced the darker side that comes with it. The addiction, the depression, anxiety, exhaustion and other mental health issues that go hand in hand with the lifestyle.
Feelings that can be brought on by the highs and the lows, the touring, the late nights, and the lifestyle. The industry can be volatile and competitive, with no financial security, leaving the people working in it vulnerable to developing mental health issues.
After the tragedy of losing Keith Flint in 2019, and during the pandemic – the isolation and not knowing what the future holds – it really hit home to me that so many people in the music industry have no support. I just want to do whatever I can to help, and to do so with the thing I understand best – music. Music means so much to so many people, so when I heard about Tonic and the work that they do helping people with recovery through music, I just had to get involved. Music is a fantastic way to help lift people’s spirits and give them something to focus on when times are hard.
The Tonic Rider is a new programme to promote good mental health in the music industry, providing mental health support both remotely and at venues. With the music industry on its knees and many people having lost their livelihoods, it is needed now more than ever.”Barry Ashworth
The single will also be released as a limited edition 7” with the DUBMATIX version on side A and a special “Stepper”mix by Grammy Award nominated Reggae producer GAUDI on the B-side. GAUDI has also done a Dub mix which will be available on digital platforms.
“If my fundraising for Tonic can help save just one life, it will have been worth every second I have invested.” Barry Ashworth.