Grayscale recently dropped a live music video for “Tommy’s Song” and are raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The band performed the song live for the first time with a gospel choir in October.
To honor the album and ending the run at home, they played “Tommy’s Song” live for the first time. The song is a tribute to frontman Collin Walsh’s late cousin.
According to the band’s website, the track is written from Walsh’s point of view and how he felt after Tommy passed away.
“It was challenging for us to write a song in a way that we felt captured the impact of the situation appropriately.”
With the live debut, the band also performed alongside a gospel choir, which made the set a lot more emotional.
Yesterday Grayscale dropped the live music video taken at that exact performance. The prefaced the release with a sincere tweet to fans telling them the band was going to need their help.
We’re going to need your help soon. Let’s make a difference together…
— Grayscale (@GrayscalePA) January 16, 2020
A couple of hours later the band shared a link to the video and a website page.
“Please share this,” the caption reads. “It’s the most important thing we’ve ever done.”
— Grayscale (@GrayscalePA) January 16, 2020
The link leads to a donation page. In honor of Walsh’s cousin Tommy, the band are raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“The first (and possibly last) time we performed this song live was on October 5, 2019 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA on our first ever headline tour,” the band state. “We only wanted to perform this song the way it was intended to be realized, which was with a full gospel choir. The 1,100+ crowd sang with the choir in tandem, ‘I heard Gospels singing in my head…’ to close out our most memorable show to date. The performance was exactly how we pictured it; beautiful and conclusive.”
“We captured “Tommy’s Song” live on camera so that you can watch and feel what it was like that night,” they continue. “And to show you how this story has affected not just Collin and the band, but every single person in the room that night.”
Today, the band revealed that they have raised close to $2,500 in donations in only 24 hours.
We’ve raised almost $2,500 in less than 24 hours. Please keep sharing and follow the counter on our site! https://t.co/WRv7bYzLcC
— Grayscale (@GrayscalePA) January 17, 2020
To donate to their cause, visit the band’s website here. The donation link will be live for one week, then Grayscale will reveal how much was raised.
The money will be used to fund AFSP mental health and suicide prevention programs implemented in schools, communities and workplaces throughout the nations. As well as help fund efforts to effectively pass suicide prevention policies at the state and federal levels. The money will also be used to offer resources and personal support to survivors of suicide loss.
You can watch the beautiful and emotional live video of “Tommy’s Song” below.
Nella Vita dropped Sept. 6 and is available here
Grayscale head out on tour with Hot Mulligan this month. Dates are below and tickets can be found here.
01/24 – Wilmington, DE @ The Queen
01/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
01/26 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27
01/28 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
01/29 – West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
01/30 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
01/31 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
02/01 – Margate, FL @ O’malley’s
02/03 – Houston, TX @ Secret Group
02/04 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
02/05 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
02/06 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
02/07 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
02/08 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
02/09 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
02/10 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
02/12 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
02/13 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
02/14 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
02/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Xray Arcade
02/16 – Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie’s
02/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation
02/19 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
02/20 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
02/21 – Buffalo, NY @ The Rec Room
02/22 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
02/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
02/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
02/26 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
02/27 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources and talk to your regular doctor about your symptoms:
- The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. You can also reach out to Crisis Text Line by texting GO to 741741.
- MentalHealth.gov – Get Immediate Help
- ImAlive – Online Crisis Network
- International Association For Suicide Prevention – Resources
- The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America
- The National Alliance On Mental Illness
- American Psychiatric Association – Finding Help
- National Institute Of Mental Health
- American Psychological Association – Psychologist locator