Rising punk band MC16 are releasing a new single to raise money for All Call Signs – a support organisation aimed at helping Armed Forces personnel and veterans who are experiencing issues with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and poor mental health.
‘Sleeping On Cardboard’ will be released on 20 December through all major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music etc) and is available to pre-order as a direct download at MC16’s Bandcamp page – the money from each download purchase will be directed to All Call Signs.
To coincide, the video for ‘Sleeping With Cardboard’ is out now – aiming to highlight awareness to the plight of ex-servicemen and women and the struggles they face after leaving the forces.
Frontman Carson says: “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 highlight how important it is 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.”
Having previously played shows for homeless charities, MC16 released their debut EP Outvoted By Robots this summer, showcasing their aggro-pop punk, laced with lyrics calling out many political and social injustices. They’ve enjoyed sharing stages with some of the biggest names in punk rock playing Rebellion for two years running, as well as last month’s Morecambe Punk Festival.