Scunthorpe/Manchester based duo release their debut single, ‘There’s a Friend Out There (And You’re On Their Mind)’, with all proceeds donated to mental health charity, Mind.

Wearing Velvet, made up of cousins James O’Roarty and Rob Williamson, have released their debut single. ‘There’s a Friend Out There (And You’re On Their Mind)’ voices the struggles people have with opening up about their mental health, and how important it is to let other people know how you’re feeling.

Written and recorded by the pair, with production and vocals by Williamson and O’Roarty respectively, the track is upbeat and catchy whilst avoiding being remotely cringe – quite the feat. Taking inspiration from Wings, Ariel Pink and Brian Wilson, Wearing Velvet have created a sound that is both recognisably comforting and uniquely their own. Positive lyrics, which are something we desperately need right now, are intertwined with an LCD Soundsystem-esque production making for a really interesting and enjoyable track.

All proceeds of the song when bought on Bandcamp will be going to the North Lincolnshire branch of Mind – a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

On writing the song, the pair have said:

This is a song about a subject that is close to our hearts, and something that has wounded Scunthorpe and the surrounding areas. It’s ok to not be ok, and we hope that this song highlights that and can help someone struggling. There’s always someone out there who will want to help, and ‘there’s a friend out there, and you’re on their mind’.

This song is truly a tonic to the dreadful year we have all had, so I urge you all to go and buy it on Bandcamp, and donate what you can.