The Fluffy Jackets donate proceeds from new single to Team Rock staff
The Fluffy Jackets is donating all proceeds from their new single “44 Blues” to Team Rock staff, after it emerged that all employees at Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazines are laid off before Christmas with no pay.
(London UK / Bergen, Norway, 20 December 2016). The Fluffy Jackets pledged their support after it emerged that Team Rock, the company behind Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, the Golden Gods Awards and the Classic Rock Awards, went into liquidation yesterday – with staff were reportedly told that they would not be paid for the month of December, just one week before Christmas.
“Classic Rock Magazine was the first publication to support The Fluffy Jackets when we started out” says Helge Rognstad, lead vocalist and guitarist with The Fluffy Jackets.
“The journalists and staff there have also helped countless other rock bands in the past. It is now our turn to give something back.”
A total of 27 staff in High Blantyre and 46 in London have been made redundant, with Administrators at FRP Advisory now seeking buyers for the titles and assets.
The new Fluffy Jackets single “44 Blues” is now available on iTunes, and the proceeds from the sale will go to the staff who are affected by the redundancies at Team Rock.
The song is a new version of an old blues standard which can be traced back to Louisiana in the early 1920s. It was originally scheduled for worldwide release by Cargo Records for an upcoming album currently being produced by legandary Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton. However, on request by the band, the distribution company have pushed forward the release.
44 Blues features Helge Rognstad on vocals and rhythm guitars, Jerry Bessent on bass, Nick Rhodes on drums, as well as sublime slide-guitar from Manny Charlton.
Manny Charlton worked double-time to get the single ready on short notice. Says Manny: “I am very happy to be producing The Fluffy Jackets, and it is also heartwarming that the rock community is pulling together to help out those who have lost their jobs just before Christmas”.
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About: The Fluffy Jackets
The London-based outfit The Fluffy Jackets first came to international attention with their debut “Fighting Demons”, which was recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in 2014. The album became a critical success, scooping the "Best Studio Album of the Year" award, voted by listeners of the "The Blues Hour" radio show in France and the UK, while the first single "Why Don't You Smile" received major airplay both in Europe and in the USA.
The Fluffy Jackets are currently working on a follow-up album with the renowned producer and former Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton in Cordoba, Spain.