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Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Charity Record

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OX Magazine

Coming out on the 4th April 2020 will be a charity record in aid of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund – a charity who support medical staff and their families in a time of crisis. This is a time of crisis.

The song; Home (City of Dreaming Spires) was recorded by #1 producer George Shilling, who has worked with the likes of Blur, Frank Turner, Yazz, Teenage Fanclub, and Suede’s Bernard Butler. It is written and performed by the Oxford based 3-piece band ‘The Ideas’.

The video features a live recording of the band from their separate homes, in current COVID-19 isolation.

The lyrics, although written last year, are uncanny in their representation of the current circumstances, “Take me to Rome, take me anywhere, just take me home. From the city on fire, to the City of Dreaming Spires, take me home…” - "You can’t run, from the places you love, no matter how obscene, or how serene…”

All proceeds from this incredibly uplifting record will go directly to the charity.

The Ideas, wear their influences on their sleeves, with obvious references to other Oxford bands like ‘Ride’ and ‘Radiohead’, as well as other notable rockers like ‘The National’ and ‘David Bowie’.

The band said “We’re so happy to be able to help this great charity. Many of us are at home feeling helpless, we just wanted to get up off the sofa and do something…”

Both The Ideas and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund ask for as many people as possible to share this charity release online as possible to enable them to raise important funds at this time.

It is a fantastic record and a fantastic cause. Listen to it now and watch the video here

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