A band from Montrose have released a charity song which stormed into the iTunes metal chart and is dedicated to their bandmate who has been severely ill.
Laurencekirk resident Lewis Paton (31) and bassist with Montrose-based heavy metal band If All Else Fails suffers from Crohn’s Disease, a crippling bowel disease with no known cure.
Following a life-threatening episode, Lewis required major surgery and spent more than four months in Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital, with lengthy periods in intensive care and high dependency units.
During Lewis’ hospitalisation, the rest of the band wrote a heartfelt song, inspired by his strength and determination to recover.
The self-produced single, titled ‘For You, Brother’, was released on iTunes on Friday (January 30).
Promoted entirely though social media, sales of ‘For You, Brother’ rocketed and within 24 hours the song had crashed into the iTunes metal charts, peaking at number two.
Having already donated profits from their t-shirt sales and collected money at their gigs for Crohn’s and Colitis UK (CCUK), the will also donate all proceeds from sales of ‘For You, Brother’ to the charity.
Drummer Jamie Kinghorn said: “When Lewis became seriously ill and was admitted to hospital, we felt powerless to help. But with the various ways that we have helped to raise both awareness and funds for CCUK, we feel that we have been able to take something really positive from the situation.
“We are overwhelmed by the response to ‘For You, Brother’. We’d like to thank everyone who bought it and helped us raise lots of money for such a good cause.
“By selling our t-shirts for the CCUK charity and taking donations at gigs, we have raised around £700 already.
“While it will take a few weeks for the sales of ‘For You, Brother’ to come through, we are confident of ending up with a four-figure sum, which is absolutely fantastic.
“We have seen how devastating Crohn’s Disease can be, so we are really happy to be able to do our bit to help CCUK, which supports those affected, funds research and campaigns for change.”