Industrial/noise act Caustic has released a new compilation album as a free/pay-what-you-want download via Bandcamp, titled Faux Caus. Proceeds for the first month of sales go to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, promoting understanding and respect for subcultures in communities. The compilation features 11 tracks from artists attempting to write “what they thought a Caustic track sounded like.” Says Caustic’s Matt Fanale, “Should I be insulted or flattered? No damn idea, but the results were pretty damn cool and I thank every one of the artists for helping out for this fun little project.” Artists on the compilation include Microwaved, Null Device, Fedorahead, Robots on Drugs, and Flammpunkt.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up following her death on August 24, 2007 when she and her partner Rob were attacked in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire. Sylvia Lancaster, Sophie’s mother, was awarded an OBE for “Community Cohesion – Especially in Reduction of Hate Crime” in 2014 for her efforts with the foundation, which included the Greater Manchester Police becoming the first to monitor and record hate crimes and incidents against people from alternative subcultures in 2013.