"Morpheus Rising" single aims to provide Help for Heroes

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From the Yorkshire Post - 17 Oct 08 - Band's single aims to provide 'Help for Heroes'

More excellent Help For Heroes stuff....

A BAND featuring an Army staff sergeant as the lead singer are releasing their first single to raise funds for troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The York-based four piece, called Morpheus Rising, is fronted by Staff Sergeant Graeme Tennick, who is a member of 4th Mechanized Brigade based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

The new single, An Ordinary Man, will be released on Monday, October 27, in aid of the Help for Heroes charity, which provides support for members of the Armed Forces wounded in current conflicts.

The charity has raised £12.5m in its first year through a series of high profile events, including a rugby match at Twickenham last month which featured a host of stars.

Staff Sgt Tennick said: "Although there are certainly references to my experiences on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans on some of the other tracks we have recorded, An Ordinary Man is the first time I have consciously written a song about the subject.

"I have lost people I knew in Afghanistan, as have many of my friends, and I decided this was one way I could help those who return home and need medical help of some kind, and I suppose it helps me deal with the experiences myself."

They are an unsigned band and members of Morpheus Rising have financed the single themselves, although they are planning to give all proceeds to the Help for Heroes charity.

A three-track EP will cost £3.99, while the single is available for 99p. More information is available at www.morpheusrising.co.uk on the internet.
Keep up the great work Graeme.
 
#4
I just been listening to some of the demos on their site. Good sound. I will be buying the EP and/or single on release. :D
 
#5
If you join the site (www.morpheusrising.co.uk), they've just added a new page to the members area with an interview being broadcast next week, and a bloopers reel from the video for the charity track... obviously not enough work on at 4 Mech!!
 
#6
Hopefully the guys will get in touch with Soldier Magazine too.
 
#7
PoisonDwarf said:
Hopefully the guys will get in touch with Soldier Magazine too.
Ah! That's where being in the forces has it's advantages :) My unit's Media Ops team are already on the case...

Appeared in The Northern Echo and The Yorkshire Post last week and we're on GarrisonFM (106.9FM in the Catterick area or http://www.garrisonfm.com, second only to Radio1 in listeners in the region apparently!!) at 09:30 hours on Monday 20th October. In addition the story has been sent to SOLDIER magazine, The Sun, BBC Radio (a possible interview next week!) and some more that I can't recall at the moment as my head's spinning that fast!!

To be honest, it's bloody mindboggling!! (And so's the impending plethora of cratings!! Trying to compete with Dinger Bell's six page spread in the latest Wire ;) )

Cheers,
Grae
MORPHEUS RISING
supporting HELP for HEROES
 
#9
Ok, so you can all stop wondering what the song is actually like!!

We've posted the promotional video in several locations, take your pick :)

http://www.morpheusrising.co.uk/anordinarymaninfo.cfm (Our own site, where you'll be able to buy the single on the 27th October!!)

and

http://uk.youtube.com/user/MorpheusRisingHQ (We've also added the blooper reel here, and linked to a video which explains the original idea behind HELP for HEROES)

Hope you like it :?

Cheers,
Grae
MORPHEUS RISING
supporting HELP for HEROES
 
#10
Guys,

Just a quick note to say thanks... 'An Ordinary Man' is the 55th most played UK music video on YouTube today... and ARRSE had more to do with than anything else...

I'm humbled...

Cheers,
Grae
MORPHEUS RISING
supporting HELP for HEROES

P.S. if you're a member of the Morpheus Rising site the single is available to buy from http://www.morpheusrising.co.uk/anordinaryman from midnight tonight!!
 
#11
Bought it, downloaded it, listening now. :D
 
#12
I'm "stickying" the thread so that we can push the track to no 1 (let's face it, if that Peter Kay sheite can make it to no 1 then an "arrse" buying campaign should be able to do it).
 
#16
Hello everyone!!


woopert said:
I'm "stickying" the thread so that we can push the track to no 1 (let's face it, if that Peter Kay sh***e can make it to no 1 then an "arrse" buying campaign should be able to do it).
While we fully appreciate this support, and would love to be in the charts (who wouldn't!!), we feel we must explain a number of things to everyone before this goes any further.

Morpheus Rising made the decision, as a group, to release the single for download only via our website so that we could ensure all proceeds would make their way to HELP for HEROES.

The only way we could have the sales of the single registered for either the UK Online Charts or the 'normal' UK Singles Charts is for us to register the single, get a barcode for it, and sell it through the recognised distribution outlets which are used to record the number of sales for inclusion in the charts.

There are a number of reasons that we, at present, feel unable to do this.

1. If we did this then a fairly large percentage of your money would be taken up by the distributors, the retailers and a plethora of other components involved in the music business.

2. The cost of registering a single in order to receive the barcode can be prohibitive. We can do it through US based companies for as little as $35 (but this would have limited inclusion in the UK charts) however, in the UK it could end up causing hundreds of pounds.

3. Part of our agreement with HELP for HEROES is that our cover artwork will not be used to advertise a product in any retail stores. This is to prevent a conflict of interests with the forthcoming X Factor single release in aid of HELP for HEROES (which is a cover of Mariah Carey's Hero).

4. The cost of producing a CD (although we have the core parts already produced such as artwork and the music itself) is definitely prohibitive. For us to produce a limited edition run of 250 copies would cost us £500, obviously the more we produce the less the unit cost.

5. And most importantly, we have funded all of this venture ourselves, the website, the recording of the single, the video and the artwork have all been produced on a shoestring budget by the band members themselves. We cannot afford to lay out the costs to produce a physical product or register the single for inclusion in the charts.

Regardless of how nice it would be, our intention was never to compete with the acts in the charts, it was to raise money for HELP for HEROES, and as we would need to use some of the money raised by us to fund the release of a physical single, or even to make it available at online stores which would include us in the charts, we are not sure that we can follow this path.

If anyone has any suggestions as to how we can get round some of these stumbling blocks then by all means let me know. In the meantime, I hope you understand that, while we appreciate your support, the single will remain available only for download via our own website.

Your, in good faith,

Grae, Pete, Damien, Andy and Gibbo
MORPHEUS RISING
supporting HELP for HEROES
 
#17
Just recieved this Via Facebook from the Band. They just want us to know that it will not be in the charts i guess. Still Buy it though!!!!!

Subject: Available for download only... Hello everyone!! The quote below from the ARmy Rumour Service (www.ARRSE.co.uk) forum is an example of some of the support we have been receiving over the last couple of days. We have received similar sentiments from other forums, Facebook, MySpace, phone calls, email and even some personnel on Ops in Afghanistan!! "I'm "stickying" the thread so that we can push the track to no 1 (let's face it, if that Peter Kay sh***e can make it to no 1 then an "arrse" buying campaign should be able to do it)." While we fully appreciate this support, and would love to be in the charts (who wouldn't!!), we feel we must explain a number of things to everyone before this goes any further. Morpheus Rising made the decision, as a group, to release the single for download only via our website so that we could ensure all proceeds would make their way to HELP for HEROES. The only way we could have the sales of the single registered for either the UK Online Charts or the 'normal' UK Singles Charts is for us to register the single, get a barcode for it, and sell it through the recognised distribution outlets which are used to record the number of sales for inclusion in the charts. There are a number of reasons that we, at present, feel unable to do this. 1. If we did this then a fairly large percentage of your money would be taken up by the distributors, the retailers and a plethora of other components involved in the music business. 2. The cost of registering a single in order to receive the barcode can be prohibitive. We can do it through US based companies for as little as $35 (but this would have limited impact in the UK charts) however, in the UK it could end up costing hundreds of pounds. 3. Part of our agreement with HELP for HEROES is that our cover artwork will not be used to advertise a product in any retail stores. This is to prevent a conflict of interests with the forthcoming X Factor single release in aid of HELP for HEROES (which is a cover of Mariah Carey's Hero). 4. The cost of producing a CD (although we have the core parts already produced such as artwork and the music itself) is definitely prohibitive. For us to produce a limited edition run of 250 copies would cost us £500, obviously the more we produce the less the unit cost. 5. And most importantly, we have funded all of this venture ourselves, the website, the recording of the single, the video and the artwork have all been produced on a shoestring budget by the band members themselves. We cannot afford to lay out the costs to produce a physical product or register the single for inclusion in the charts. Regardless of how nice it would be, our intention was never to compete with the acts in the charts, it was to raise money for HELP for HEROES, and as we would need to use some of the money raised by us to fund the release of a physical single, or even to make it available at online stores which would include us in the charts, we are not sure that we can follow this path. If anyone has any suggestions as to how we can get round some of these stumbling blocks then by all means let us know. In the meantime, I hope you understand that, while we appreciate your support, the single will remain available only for download via our own website. Your, in good faith, Grae, Pete, Damien, Andy and GibboMORPHEUS RISINGsupporting HELP for HEROES



Guess i should have read all the thread before posting lol...
 
#18
A note from the band:

The support for the release of our single 'An Ordinary Man' in aid of HELP for HEROES has, quite honestly, been staggering.

We'd like to take this opportunity to mention a number of websites, companies, groups and individuals who have already helped us reach some of these amazing markers:

YouTube - So far, we've managed to reach No 25 of the UK's most watched videos!!

ReverbNation - We are currently sitting at the following positions in the ReverbNation Independent Charts -
No 5 in the UK Metal Charts
No 54 in the Global Metal Charts

Our website hits have increased to the point where we are receiving more visits each day than any of the previous months!!

This has all been achieved through the unbelievable and ongoing support we have received from fans, friends, work colleagues and even some businesses, so we also need to thank the following:

ARmy Rumour Service forums - We have been placed as a 'sticky' thread on two of the ARRSE forums and, thanks to the support of the forum admins and moderators we have received FREE banner ad space to promote the single throughout the site. Our thanks to Poison Dwarf, IS Ski Geek, woopert and Bad CO for their support and help with all this.

ReverbNation - RN is a website helping to promote all types of music, from both independent and chart topping acts. We have experienced a meteoric rise in our chart positions on their site (we're in the top 2000 out of 113,000 on their global, all genre, charts!!). Lou Plaia, VP Artist Development, of the company who
operates RN has contacted the band stating they will feature MORPHEUS RISING as a 'Featured Artist' on their homepage from the 28th of October to the 3rd of November in order to help us support the charity.

CD Baby - CD Baby is the world's foremost music distribution method for independent artists. It allows acts like MORPHEUS RISING to distribute physical CDs and enables digital distribution through well known sites such as iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and many more. We are currently in discussion with CD Baby who have tentatively offered to distribute a physical (CD) release of An Ordinary Man while foregoing their usual cut of sales completely!! This fact alone means that we may be able to sell An Ordinary Man as a conventional CD single, with the possibility of it entering the charts!!

In addition to these we would like to thank GarrisonFM, The Yorkshire Post and The Northern Echo for being the first to promote our story, supporting the single and HELP for HEROES.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank our fans, members of our website, mailing list and Facebook group... without you we couldn't do any of this.

Thank you all,

Grae, Pete, Daymo, Andy and Gibbo
 
#20
I have posted this in the Northern Ireland Veterans forum so all the members can have a listen...hopefully more sales!!!


Brilliant song...just popping over there to join now...good luck guys
 

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