Published Jul 31, 2020Canadian punk rockers are coming together to offer support for children affected by the coronavirus pandemic through collaborating on a cover of Wipers' 1980 classic, "Is This Real?" benefitting children's mental health charity, Kids Help Phone.
The cover has been organized Calgary pop-punks the Fizzgigs, who roped in a pile of special guests. These include Sum 41's Dave Baksh, Danko Jones, Chixdiggit's KJ Jansen, the Flatliners' Chris Creswell, Creepshow's Chuck Coles, Emily Bones of the Anti-Queens, Seth Anderson, Julius Sumner Miller's Darren Ollinger, Hugo Mudie of Sainte Catherines, members of Modern Terror and One Shot Left's Jeff Barrett and Blair Cooney.
With the aim of helping a projected three million kids who will use the phone service 2020, the track and its visual accompaniment — recorded and filmed in isolation — is being used as a vessel to encourage donations. Today, you can get the exclusive sneak peek of the collaboration down below.
"Between the impact of COVID-19 and the prospect of growing up in a world where systemic racism is an undeniable reality, the kids have more questions, anxieties, pressures, and problems these days," Fizzgigs' bassist Dean Rud explained of the collab in a statement. "For many, home is not a safe place, the outside world doesn't yet feel like a safe place, and isolation from their social groups has amplified the normal challenges of growing up."
The cause is open for donations now via this sponsorship website, with proceeds going directly to Kids Help Phone, Canada's "only 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support in English and French to young people."
Watch Canada's punk legends take on "Is This Real?" in the video below.