Against A Simple Wooden Cross
I can really relate to Fraser McGowan’s story right now, and I know some of you will get my drift.
The absolutely wonderful ‘Against A Simple Wooden Cross’ was born after Scottish based artist Fraser McGowan (AKA Caught In The Wake Forever) had suffered a complete mental breakdown last year, following a life-long battle with chronic anxiety. He had to give up his job and eventually his girlfriend and son moved out, leaving him to face his struggles alone.
Naturally, he felt destroyed but the one thing he had was extra time on his hands, which he had not been used to before. Previously, his work with music had been a very slow process but suddenly, the one thing he had left was a seemingly infinite amount of time in which to work carefully and unhurried. For six months, Fraser immersed himself in this album and poured everything that he had left into it. At the start of the project he had absolutely no confidence left in himself and as the music began to take shape, he began to tread the road to recovery.
Against A Simple Wooden Cross is an honest account from an artist who was literally starting life again, completely on his own terms for the first time.
This great album is out now on Hibernate. All profits from the album will go to Crisis Counselling established in 1996 to significantly reduce the barriers and exclusion in mental health care. PURCHASE THE ALBUM HERE