Suicide awareness highlighted in new song ‘Reach Out’

A YOUNG Clara based band is hoping to encourage people to talk about suicide by launching a CD about the issue.

A YOUNG Clara based band is hoping to encourage people to talk about suicide by launching a CD about the issue.

XLR8 will launch their new song ‘Reach Out’ on Thursday, May 19 in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore.

The song has very direct words encouraging people not to shy away from suicide issues. The first verse encourages anyone feeling suicidal to seek help while the second verse encourages people to reach out if their friends appear to be feeling low.

According to the band part of the problem with suicide seems to be the reluctance of people to talk about it, until it’s too late.

Recently formed XLR8 is made up of Jonny Feehan on guitar and vocals, Stephen Rabbette on drums and vocals, Adam Flynn on lead guitar and vocals and Aaron Flynn on bass guitar and vocals. The band members range in age from 19 to 26 years.

They are currently actively seeking gigs across the midlands and recently received great acclaim when they headlined the ‘Teen Aware’ concert at Charleville Castle.

The band play a wide range of cover versions and ‘Reach Out’ is their first attempt at recording their own material.

The lyrics of the song were part written by Barry Flynn, who is the father of two members of the band, and works as a paramedic with the ambulance service. The remainder of the words and the music was written by the band.

It was arranged and produced by Joe Rabbette Jnr who is front man with rock band ‘Adams Locker’ and comes from a well known musical family. The song has been described as an emotional, catchy, soft rock, power ballad.

On hearing a demo version of the CD, the HSE suicide prevention office were impressed and agreed to assist with funding the project. They hope the song will appeal to people, especially teenagers, and encourage them to ‘Reach Out’ if they are feeling low. They were particularly impressed with the very direct lyrics.

Doors open at the Bridge House at 8pm on Thursday, May 19, with the show starting at 8.30pm. A number of musical acts will perform on the night, including ‘Haywire’, ‘Lock ‘n’ Load’, ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Influence’. Admission is only n5 and profits from the night will go towards suicide awareness initiatives. Copies of the new CD will be on sale on the night.