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06 February 2014

New single 'Alarm Call' helps raise awareness

The newly released  'Alarm Call' (opens new window) by The Correspondents, has been well received by music fans and critics alike. Alternative dance music duo DJ Chucks and lead singer Mr Bruce, are best known for their upbeat, multi-genre music and incredulous dance moves. But, Alarm Call, from the album Puppet Loosely Strung, is a more personal and poignant affair.

Singer Ian Bruce  hopes that Alarm Call will help to raise awareness of epilepsy and describes it as a multi-media project involving time-lapse painted animations which he has created of himself, his twin brother Edward and those closest to them – friends, family and ultimately Ian’s girlfriend. Ian’s brother died seven years ago at the age of 21.

‘This is the first time I have been able to address losing Edward without it being incredibly painful,’ says Ian. ‘This is the first time I have been able to look at his life with a sense of objectivity. Edward was a huge part of my life. We were not identical and we were very different.

'Edward suffered brain damage during a seizure when he was five days old and had mild to severe intellectual disabilities. But in spite of that he was incredibly sociable and gregarious. He was very emotionally aware and communicative. We cannot replace Edward but the video shows how life gradually moves us from the very slow period of intense grief back into a world of friends and family – but always with Edward as a part of it.’