The recent tragedies that have befallen the people of Haiti immediately kick-started just about every able-bodied musician into fundraiser mode. It seems like every weekend there's a new party, DJ night, or concert with the price of admission going towards relief for the earthquake-torn country. San Francisco duo ELLUL is doing its part by releasing The Debris EP, the proceeds of which will go to Partners With Haiti.
You can download The Debris, four tracks of electronic-leaning avant-pop, from ELLUL's Bandcamp profile for whatever amount you see fit. But that's not the whole story. The group's EP had already been planned to help promote its forthcoming album before the act made the benefit decision. But ELLUL's Joel St. Julien, the son of Haitian immigrants, immediately dropped the music biz rigamarole when the earthquake devastated his family's native land, and the group decided to use its music to raise funds for Haiti. So far ELLUL has gathered $2500 in donations.
In a press release for The Debris, St. Julien explained, "The narrative of our music has always been about real life . . . it's always been about and struggle and social justice. When we heard about the earthquake in Haiti we knew what we had to do."
The Debris has already garnered St. Julien and his bandmate, also named Joel, a good amount of attention. It was named the 2009 Winner of Test Press SF, an opportunity for unknown musicians to get their music heard by industry professionals and fans.