The Grace Of Suburbia single has been cancelled due to internal issues with the release. Instead, another single will be released on 5th November (Guy Fawkes).
Please do not pre~order when pre~orders are available as you will not recieve the single.
An announcment will be made for the single that will be released.
Ben Rist's new album 'Growing Pains' will be released on the 13th Feb 2017. The album has a concept of the pains of growing up, from dealing with life, love and emotions. The final stages are in progress. It will include the singles 'Vampire Race' and 'A Little Hope' aswell as the sings on the 'A Little Hope' EP.
It has been described by some who have heard the current songs as a 'soundtrack to life' - the purpose of the album is that the songs can help you get through the difficult times life has to offer.
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I am excited to announce that an EP called 'A Little Hope' will be released on the 12th September 2016 and it will feature four tracks from the current studio sessions that will be on the new album coming in 2017.
This is very personal. Catch22 is about, well, feeling like your in a Catch22, Do You See All Your Hate? and A Little Hope are about the bullying I have suffered through my entire life at school and from Britain First in 2014 and Best Friend is a homage to my best friend Kim. I hope this release manages to give you a little hope through your lives personally and I hope it inspires a generation of equality and diversity, especially at a time when hate crime is rising in our country due to xenophobic politics being played throughout.
Just a little teaser of the album, I have written a track called 'Run For This Country' which has been finished for a few months now and it talks about why we need Jeremy Corbyn as PM. We need a real leader who can inspire real people and not the elite, a leader who would rather have equality than satisfy and surround himself to the establishment. Let's take on the establishment and bring a socialist revolution to this country.
I have cut all ties to all those on the far-right side of politics. I have tried, since being exposed by a far-right group in Britain First to be understanding and compromising of those with different views. It is personal, and heres why:
They are uncompromising with our views and do not even try to undetstand ours. I have taken the heat for almost two years now for becoming friends with the right wing from various left wing groups.
I let my heart lead in the conversations I had, and their false 'niceness' took me in. I joined UKIP for literally, two weeks and had afiliations with Britain First.
The first time I could vote, was in the 2014 Rochester & Strood byelection I voted for Naushabah Khan, Labour. The second time in the 2015 General Election. I was living in supported accomodation for young people at this time in the Chatham & Aylesford constituency, once again I voted Labour.
When I saw we were faced with two more years of false 'austerity' it deely saddened me. It also saddened me that someone I saw as a leader, Ed Milliband resigned.
I was constantly in and out of parties, trying to figure out my views before this - I had tried the right wing stuff, the left wing stuff but nothing felt whole.
Sceptical of Jeremy Corbyn, I didn't want to be involved with political parties anymore. Facing a meltdown, I felt compromised to the fullest. It felt like being a Christian and being a left winger was impossible now. I read all the reports (yes, that ment a sceptical media).
Then, a few months back I watched Question Time. I listened to Jeremy. He took me back to when I was a teenager. That left wing teenager I used to be in Medway Youth Parliament trying to set up local LGBT youth forums, fighting for equality and diversity and fighting against cuts to local youth services. The local austerity hit to us by a coalition government forced me into action, campaigning, making a stand.
That moment, was the moment I had been waiting for. Someone who spoke for me, for the working class, the poor, the vulnerable, the minorities and someone who could defend immigration, better than I could.
I trucked along, now on the Corbyn bandwagon. He is what Labour need. He is a real politician and a real person. He is electable - despite what the media say.
Still interested though, in speaking to others, I still tried to understand peoples view points - even those right wing friends i'd made.
Then came the EU Referendum focus. It made me sick to my stomach hearing the hatred that had come out of other people - I still trucked on, trying to understand their views.
Next came the murder of Jo Cox. If we don't challenge their views, theres going to be more unnecessary bloodshed.
I took the action, I knew I had to take - to stop all contact with them - until now, thinking until we have more clarification on what inspired such a crime - but having thought this through, there has to be scrifices perminantly and that is perminantly cutting all ties with any right wing person.
This has to be done. I want to thank Jeremy Corbyn for reminding me of the left winger I always was deep inside.
This is an important blog post. After a Brexit vote, hate-crime has risen profoundly. It is important to understand that our country cannot function without immigrants and an unfortunate turn of events, means that hard-working immigrants are facing challenges, walking, in what should be a safe country.
Having distanced myself with my right wing friends because of things like this being present in our society - it saddens me deeply that their campaign of hate is still rife, proving that our country is more backward than I would of thought a year ago.
Onto a subject that has been close to my heart for a long time, refugges;
It is heart-breaking and tear jerking to see the refugees facing constant pain. People, running from extremism should NOT face some of the things that they have faced from the French authorities. A few months ago, we have seen "the jungle" (which, in my view is a racist name for it) destroyed with their tempory houses, schools, churches and mosques destroyed.
It is upsetting what has happened in France recently but there is NO EXCUSE for any of that action to be taken. It is no wonder cars and lorries passing through have faced violence. Theese are desperate times for theese people. Yes, they have phones, but in their own country they were working class people and saved up to afford that. They have nothing now and the Daily Mail reporting a false sense of hatred towards them is cowardice and targetting an audience that feeds off hate.
Hate has NO EXCUSE in a modern day Britain. Love is, as always the way forward
I hope we can come together and be a generation of lovers not haters.
Today, I am excited, I am excited that I get to be part of a team, changing the lives of young people.
I am confirming that for 8 weeks, I am going on a musical break, to be part of the National Citizens Service programme. A programme, I am passionate about and see young people change their lives and help out their local community. I will be starting in Tonbridge for four weeks and then a further four weeks in Maidstone. I am excited to be part of this for another year and have stepped up to Team Leader.
I will be on the Catch 22 NCS programme and I have spent the last few days mastering a track before a break from the studio.
This is not the end and I would like to reiterate that after NCS, music will be released.
Starnow have told me that the EP Release and a few other releases may be delayed. Please check back in a few weeks when we have any release delays confirmed.
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