Releases and some things have taken a while and I have been open and honest about why, a police investigation. I feel the need to post an update as to what has happened since the last update.
I have had two correspondences with the police since I was arrested. The first one is a message on Facebook asking me to call them about getting my phone back. The second is when I called them to talk about getting my phone back.
OBVIOUSLY, there was nothing that "could get me into trouble" on there so I could get my phone whenever I want.
The issue that I have is that it's at North Kent Police Station and it's travel getting there. I understand that the police have a job to do, even if an allegation is false but I have been thinking recently and the police should, if they have taken someones property for forensics and it comes back with nothing, the police themselves should return the persons property.
The police officer investigating the false allegation seems to be fair and alright so this is not a dig at him but a dig at the process of collecting your personal property.
If it is not bad enough, mentally, having an accusation against you that's false, then living off a very low income as due to the investigation, you can't apply for certain jobs, it is very hard to find the money to collect your personal items. The police should have a way of getting these to people with low incomes or pay for their travel to collect the items.
I understand, having a Conservative Prime Minister, this can be very hard due to the constant police cuts.
This is my view and again, this is not a criticism of the police officer but of the process and getting my phone.
So, in regards to the news post on my official website, while I will not talk about what the investigation is, I will talk about my next steps, as I am fully confident that justice will prevail and I will be found innocent.
After being found innocent I will commit to doing a number of things as I refuse to let this go without a fight.
I cannot wait for the ability to seek revenge and fight this person through my art. One of the sayings that is brining me to the conclusion is a saying that I kind of stole off My Chemical Romance and that is 'Art Is The Weapon'
I have spent my entire life trying to help others and time will come to let this out. I sincerely hope, once the album is out, the liar gets embarrassed. You try to embarrass me and I will lash out like this, pretty meanly - I'm rock and roll like that.
The main message from the particular album and the lyrics that i've been writing are clear. We all have something to say, but we never say it with violence and to use art as your expression for how you feel.
I cannot currently give any time frames, as this whole thing is out of my control. It's time to fight. This is war.
Love and Peace to all those supporting me right now,
This is a statement about a police investigation that I am involved in. Don't worry too much because I am innocent and I am sure the truth will prevail in the end but it is vital to write this to you all.
I am not allowed to mention anything about the investigation but I have and will continue to cooperate with the police to prove my innocence.
Due to the investigation, all scheduled releases that are from all my music projects including Ben Rist and Bendubz will be delayed and there will be no vlogs or music videos on my youtube but you can continue to enjoy the old ones.
I will be back. Hold on, we can do this.
The truth will prevail and I will be back.
Love and peace to everyone.
At 10.30am, I will be joining Dartford Labour until around 1.30pm in the Labour Party day of action on the NHS. I am proud to be part of a party that supports the people and not the elite. I am proud we are doing this.
If you see a Labour Team out or are going out with a Labour team tweet a pic to me @BenRist with #ImageOfRevolution #LabourDayOfAction or post it to my Facebook wall with the caption #ImageOfRevolution.
Let's do this!
The Album 'The Image Of Revolution' teaser is up now.
Release Date: 13.02.17 ~ Pre-Order Date: 24.12.16.
2. Xenophobic Outbreak
3. Teenage Lovers
4. A Song Written During My Last Breakdown
5. Peoples Princess
6. Princess Gracie
7. Baby, Just Run
8. Sing It For The Boys
9. New World Order
11. Vampire Race
12. A Little Hope
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2nd of November 2014. I hear about a fascist group called Britain First attacking the streets with their xenophobia. I joined a group of 300 of us, all willing to do the same thing. Stop fascist groups in our diverse, multicultiral and equal town.
Their plan was to walk up to the war memorial at the end of the high street and rally there. We stopped them, just passed the Casino nightclub.
I stopped at the Labour Party stand to calm down. That's where we unitntentionally blocked them as I remember everyone followed me. I recall Vince Maple and Theresa Murray trying to calm me down. I was angry, upset and not in the best of minds. All my life up to that point, I had been a fighter for equality and I wasn't going to let them divide the community I lived.
I got home that night and my face was everywhere. Dealing with the public reaction was hard and we all know the story about what happened after that.
Two years later, and i'm back! Inspired and driven filled by Jeremy Corbyn to continue the fight I feel born to do. Fight for socialism, democracy, fight for the young, the vulnerable and fight for equality and multiculturalism.
We, the community were a team. We, as a team, won. We blocked the fascists from going where they wanted and set a landmark victory. Racism, Islamophobia, Christophobia, homophobia and all types of hate and discrimination are not welcome on our streets.
So, on November the 2nd 2016 - you can download the Image Of Revolution, title track for the album free and I will have an equality champions picture gallery on my site to commemorate those who have fought for equality and suffered for it.
I hope you all enjoy. Love and peace.
The new album will be called The Image Of Revolution and will be available on the 13.02.2016 via Illuminate Records.
In the video are short clips of a few songs from the record.
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Most will be aware to the album changes.
Ben Rist has signed a contract with Illuminate Records. Illuminate works with artists to help achieve world success.
A note from Ben on why he decided to end the contract with Steel Records:
"Steel Records seemed like a good idea at first but it became a place of label bosses trying to get me to use the xenophobia in the country to sell records. I would write a song like 'A Little Hope' and they would say it"s to spread hope to a world of hate. No, it was written for those who were EXPERIANCING the pain of a world full of hate. I wrote it for anyone suffering bullying. Then, during the selection process for the backing band on the 2017 tour someone - this girl who said she wanted to be a guy and come as a guy to tour gave the most amazing audican ever. I fully support this and HE will be in my backing band now. Steel Records were not going to allow him to play because he wouldn't continue as his gender born gender. That's transphobia and this is not happening in my music. I am not going to allow discrimination to anyone. I want to thank Starnow managment for supporting equality and helping fight for socislism. Growing Pains will now be released Illuminate Records - so expect some art changes. Thank you, Ben x "
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