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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 "
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.
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