Peace have released a poignant accompanying video to their new single ‘From Under Liquid Glass’, a track in support of mental health charity MQ, whose mission is to transform mental health through research.

The band hopes the support will help to raise awareness of the different types of mental health problems that many people face - and the need to research for research to improve treatments. Singer Harry Koissier wrote the song in his bedroom earlier this year and says; “it is an honest, personal account of how I was feeling last year. Things in my life were rocky and I hit a low point; the song is a form of self-expression, which I found therapeutic.  It helped to write my feelings down on paper.”

He continues: “The origin of the song is to do with the fear that if my peers and our fans got a glimpse of the fact that I wasn’t actually a swirling eruption of positivity and that I was in fact really struggling with my mental health, they would feel somehow like I was a fraud.  I think that fear is representative of the pressures on young men to be strong and mentally sound.  It’s campaigns like this one that MQ is doing that inspired me to face all my feelings head on and put all the imaginary criticism I was fearing I into a song.  If people take comfort in the song that’s only a good thing, and if people can relate to it, that’s a good thing too, and to me is what music is about - and I hope it can help continue to raise awareness around mental health.  Before now my approach has been to cover up and not talk about any sort of mental health issues, but I’m lucky in that I have songs to put my feelings into; this is the first time I’ve been this straight forward in a song and this honest.”

On a juxtaposition that lies within himself, Harry says: “Peace have always been about an explosion of happiness, but that isn’t reflective of every part of me, and this song says that things can be polarised; you can be a happy person and also feel bad at times. It’s reflective of everyone as most people I know have had or will have or some degree of mental health issue at some point in their lives”

 

Nikki Peters, Campaign Manager at MQ says: “We’re delighted that Peace have chosen to support us in raising the profile of mental health and the urgent need for more research. Harry’s honest account of his own experience – and the band’s passionate commitment to championing the issue - are hugely valuable. If we want to truly transform mental health we need to build a movement – with research at the centre. Working together with artists like Harry and Peace, as well as scientists, politicians, and the public themselves, we can bring about real change for everyone affected by mental illness.”

To raise awareness of the charity and its mission, Peace are calling upon fans to create their own ‘swearing selfie’ and share in on their socials via this link.  The charity’s strap line from their new We Swear campaign is: ‘It’s time to give a **** about mental illness, let’s take it on together’.