The Mental Health Music Initiative Album Three Minute Heroes Vol 2 is Out Now
Three Minute Heroes, a mental health & music initiative from Hull based Warren Youth Project, gives young people a voice to express the worries & concerns of their generation through an album of powerful music – written by them & recorded by musicians from Hull & East Yorkshire.
Following on from the successful first album which enjoyed support & coverage from BBC Radio 1 and 6Music among others, Three Minute Heroes Vol 2 sees the Warren Youth Project working closely with Withernsea High School in East Yorkshire. They’ve taken the bold step of embedding the Three Minute Heroes concept into the school’s curriculum to support struggling children, with a plan for other Hull schools to follow suit in the near future. The album features words written by more than 70 young people, supported by tutors and counsellors, which have been turned into powerful and impactful songs by local artists.
You can listen to the album here.
“A hotbed of emerging talent”
As a hotbed of emerging talent, Hull’s music scene has much to offer. And the album features many different genres within the alternative sphere. First up, the folk influenced “Where To Begin” by Alice Clayton. Think The Staves meeting the Smoke Fairies at Laura Marling’s place. Having written her track from the words given to her, Alice says, “it’s clear from what I read that these young people are trying to work out where they fit in the world with so many expectations. Everything’s so saturated and they’re trying to work out how to navigate their way through it all as they grow up”.
‘Being Alone’ by Brosnan follows with its distinctive vocal hooks and a guitar arrangement reminiscent of The Strokes and the Libertines in style and feel. This catchy slice of indie-pop, also described as ‘second-hand pop’, is one of the two tracks on the album that come with a video.
Next up is the post punk ‘Brexit Is A Swimming Pool’ with its profound imagery and political lyrics by Serial Chiller. Under-pinned by a growling bass, angular guitar hooks are joined by a burst of further edgy guitars in the chorus. With its deadpan vocal delivery, reminiscent of Fontaines D.C.’s vocalist Grian Chatten, this track sees Serial Chiller continue to grow from strength to strength.
Following on is alt-funk outfit Young Jack who this time give us a slower more contemplative mood on their track ‘It’s Scary’. With flavours of 70’s funk pioneers Parliament / Funkadelic in the music, the track’s lyric deals with the inevitability of change and accepting things outside of your own control. The guys have received a stamp of approval from the Godfather of Funk himself George Clinton no less, as well as enjoying major love and support from Craig Charles on his BBC Radio 2 House Party show.
There are singles from Joe Russell-Brown, FINNO and Peccary. And folk blues artist Tom Skelly chips in with ‘My Teeth Hurt’.
“Positive and optimistic lyric”
Hull based alternative/punk band Spilt Milk are there with ‘Life As It Is’ – a post punk offering with echoes of Squid and Shame. Arguably the most positive and optimistic lyric on the album, it emotes ecstatic joy for the sensual side of life and the acceptance of all that is good.
New Meds, Modern Mood Swings and Wet Newspaper Wishes close the album, prior to a remix by Hull based producer/DJ EndOflevelBaddie. A true mash-up of styles that finishes the album in a very different place to where it all started.
Three Minute Heroes is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Hull City Council and The Joe Strummer Foundation.