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Only The Noise Will Save Them is a series of music compilations that over the past years have been raising money for a variety of good causes. Vol 6 is set to be released on January 24th 2024, in partnership with Darlington record label Butterfly Effect and local champions of women in music, Noisy Daughters, and will feature the finest female-fronted bands and solo artists the North-East has to offer – including music from the likes of Sara Dennis, Hayley McKay, Jenna Leigh-Raine, Joanna Bowes, Tiny Magnetic Pets, Holy Braille, Michelle Wray, The Band For Disease Control and more.

Proceeds from this album, which will be available for download from Butterfly Effect Records’ Bandcamp, will go to the breast cancer charity, Pink Ribbon Foundation.

We catch up with Zetland FM presenter and curator/creator of Only The Noise Will Save Them, Karl Bavin, to find out more…

What was the inspiration behind Only The Noise Will Save Them?
This came from when the live events industry was closed down due to COVID. The live music industry was getting little help, even though sound engineers were mentioned in Johnson’s speech the help promised was very slow in coming. I saw a lot of people who worked in the industry struggling. That’s when I thought about releasing an album to help raise funds for the We Make Events charity.

Tell us a little about previous volumes.
The first 4 volumes comprised of music that was kindly donated for free by the artists. All the artists/bands were/are unsigned. Everyone who donated had been played on my Zetland FM radio show, Transmission at some point.

The proceeds of the 4th volume went to help keep NE Volume magazine in print.

Who does the artwork for them?
The Artwork was created by Graeme Wilkinson of the fabulous The Golden Age of Nothing.

How did the collaboration between Butterfly Effect and Noisy Daughters come about?
I asked Stephen Gill about the best way to do this, he said to release these albums on Butterfly Effect Records, via their Bandcamp page, which was brilliant to have such a prolific local label to be involved. I’ve played a lot of Butterfly Effect records artists on Transmission. It seemed the best place to release these albums. I asked noisy daughters to get involved due to the nature of the chosen cause, which is breast cancer. I thought that it would be a great idea to have Vol 6 comprised of female-fronted/all-female bands and female solo artists. Noisy Daughters Is all about promoting female artists so it was a no-brainer to ask them to be involved.

With this new album, Vol 6 how did you go about selecting the artists to be featured on the vinyl?
Vol 6 will be available for download only via Butterfly Effect Records’ Bandcamp page. I sent messages to bands and artists asking if they’d be prepared to offer a track, a few haven’t gotten back as yet but I am hopeful that everyone who has been asked will donate a track for this album. I like these albums to be as eclectic as possible. Transmission is a show that focuses on unsigned upcoming artists of all genres and I like to think that these albums cover this.

When putting a collaboration together how do you decide on the order of the tracks?
I like to place the tracks with a slow start easy middle and glorious noisy ending

Proceeds for the sale of the record will go to breast cancer charity Pink Ribbon Foundation. What does this organisation mean to you?
My cousin Lesley Jackie Robinson was diagnosed with breast cancer, her mam unfortunately died from breast cancer. My cousin has been given the all clear which is brilliant. I asked her to pick a charity. This album is to be dedicated to the memory of Margaret Bavin and my cousin Lesley Jackie Robinson.

Any plans for any further volumes of OTNWST?
Yes, vol 7 is already being planned. Jim Riggall, a well-known local musician, has a daughter who needs specialist equipment. So after Vol 6 is to be released to raise funds for her.

I’d like to get to 10 albums, I think that would be a good number to stop at. So I’m thinking of an album for prostate cancer, a mental health charity and finally the James Cook Heart Foundation in honour of my dad, who had a heart attack some time ago. He had treatment for this at James Cook.

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