Wednesday, Ratboys, Model/Actriz Contribute to 'FADER & Friends Vol. 1' Trans Rights Compilation

Notable Canadian contributors include Ducks Ltd., PACKS, Ellis, Jane Inc, Hannah Georgas, Bernice, Helena Deland and more

BY Nika Petrosian Published Nov 1, 2023

Over 40 artists have contributed to FADER &Friends Vol. 1, a collection of 44 cover songs in benefit of trans rights organizations around the world.

The compilation is available exclusively on Bandcamp until December 1. All proceeds will be donated to the Transgender Law Center in the US, Mermaids in the UK and Canada's Rainbow Railroad. 

FADER & Friends Vol. 1 features contributions from acts like Wednesday, Model/Actriz, Slow Pulp, Ducks Ltd., Rostam, Ratboys, PACKS, Helena Deland, Caroline Rose, NNAMDÏ, Hannah Georgas, Joanna Sternberg and many more. 

Among the 44 tracks are covers like Ellis's take on "Everlong" by Foo Fighters, ABBA's "If It Wasn't for the Nights" by Jane Inc and a rendition of Rush's "Tai Shan" by Fire-Toolz.

"The rationale for the compilation is simple: to push back against a new moral panic that has overrun the western world," FADER stated in a press release.

The label also shared:

States across the US are passing a wide range of legislation targeting transgender youth and adults, blocking their access to procedures and medicines that affirm gender identity, and labeling the community as a threat to the physical safety of children. Politicians in the United Kingdom are following suit, and Canada is far from immune. This poisonous rhetoric has translated into an epidemic of violence against the trans community that shows no signs of going away on its own. The war against trans people is not a metaphorical one; we need to loudly affirm which side we're on.

This is not the company's first charity effort: in 2021, FADER put together Digital Fort — a remote, pandemic-friendly version of their annual SXSW event FADER Fort, from which all proceeds were donated to organizations supporting musicians struggling during the pandemic.

FADER & Friends Vol. 1 is available on Bandcamp below.


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