Press Release: Muruch.com’s RAINN Benefit Album (Johnette Napolitano, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Poe, Flogging Molly, My Brightest Diamond & more!)

Johnette Napolitano, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Poe, Flogging Molly and My Brightest Diamond among artists on Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album

To celebrate 15 years of sharing great music in July, Muruch.com has partnered with RAINN.org for a fundraising campaign and digital benefit album of music, poetry and art. Muruch.com for RAINN features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, My Brightest Diamond, Poe, The Mynabirds, Celtic Punk band Flogging Molly, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, YouTube sensation Kevin Kantor and Ted Talker Crystal Good among many other talented musicians, poets and visual artists.


Cover Art by Muruch, Image ©Kate Zambrano

100% of the proceeds will go directly to RAINN’s (Rape & Incest National Network) charity and National Sexual Assault Hotline. Every donor who gives $10 or more to RAINN through Muruch’s fundraising page will receive a free digital download of the 25-track album and a PDF booklet of liner notes with lyrics, poems and spectacular artwork by Sandman illustrator Dave McKean, Kate Zambrano, Mark Demsteader, Mandy Tsung, Anna Dittman and Amber Ortolano.

Muruch.com for RAINN opens with two new, gut-punching original works composed for this benefit album.

Concrete Blonde singer Johnette Napolitano‘s extraordinary hybrid poem/song “The Witness” is a brief, brutal dual narrative between a sexual assault victim crying for help and the witness who fails to provide it.

WV poet/Ted Talker Crystal Good‘s “Prize Fight” sets an eloquent yet unflinching poem about abuse in a boxing ring, culminating in a raw, rapid fire countdown.

Heidi Saperstein‘s rock song “The Devil I Once Knew” sets the musical tone for the rest of the album, which alternates between quaking rock (The Mynabirds, Poe, Flogging Molly, Kat Robichaud), more ambient electro-rock (My Brightest Diamond, Elysian Fields, Hannah Fury) and acoustic folk-rock (Amanda Palmer, Pamela Means, Anielle Reid).

Kevin Kantor‘s powerful poem “People You May Know” gives an emotional account of Facebook trying to connect him to his rapist.

Kantor’s poem and Scottish indie band Meursault‘s song “And Butter Would Not Melt” give voice to male sexual assault victims who face a particular kind of shame and pressure to stay silent.

Canadian singer-songwriter and Muruch’s musical mascot Allison Crowe (the “Ring of Fire” singer in Man of Steel) provides three songs for the album, ranging from anger to defiance to healing.

Trent Dabbs‘ lovely ballad “The Way We Look at Horses” beautifully examines the success of equine therapy as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and Midlake‘s lushly arranged “Acts of Man” is the gorgeous, multi-instrumental finale.

Muruch.com for RAINN moves from the horror of sexual trauma to the incredible courage of survival, benefits the most worthy cause and is a magnificent, genre-crossing collection of music, poetry and art.



Video courtesy of Button Poetry

Muruch’s fundraising campaign and benefit album for RAINN will officially launch on July 1st with exclusive audio and visual content posted on Muruch.com throughout the campaign. Donations of any amount at any time beginning now through Muruch’s official fundraising page on RAINN.org and all donors who give $10 or more will receive the benefit album once the campaign launches on July 1st.