Dry July will cause devil of a thirst

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

The bassist for Devil­skin, Paul Martin, has signed up as a spokesper­son for Dry July.

It is the first time he has taken up the chal­lenge of go­ing with­out booze for a month as a way to raise funds for can­cer pa­tients.

‘‘A good friend was in­volved in it and was re­cruit­ing peo­ple and men­tioned it to me and it is a good cause to get be­hind,’’ he said.

Like most peo­ple, Martin has been per­son­ally af­fected by the dev­as­ta­tion of can­cer, los­ing his fa­ther to the dis­ease as well as sev­eral friends.

‘‘Any­thing at all that we can do to make th­ese brave folks’ lives a lit­tle brighter is well worth it,’’ the Hamil­ton based musician, broad­caster, writer, pro­ducer and biker said. ‘‘We can all help, even if only a lit­tle and it can make such a massive dif­fer­ence to the peo­ple who re­ally need it.’’

Another Devil­skin musician was not drink­ing ei­ther- vo­cal­ist Jennie Sku­lan­der was preg­nant.

The band were work­ing on the art­work and mixes of their third al­bum which is due in Novem­ber.

Martin hoped to have a sin­gle out in Au­gust.

He was also kept busy by his ra­dio show The Axe At­tack, which was now on iHeartRa­dio af­ter The Rock axed it from their ros­ter re­cently. It was the long­est run­ning mu­sic show in New Zealand broad­cast­ing his­tory.

Dry July en­cour­ages peo­ple to give up al­co­hol for the month of July and raise funds for can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies and car­ers.

Funds raised this year will be awarded to el­i­gi­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions across New Zealand fol­low­ing a grant round in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Grant re­cip­i­ents may in­clude small re­gional hos­pi­tals, met­ro­pol­i­tan hos­pi­tals, and not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The or­gan­is­ers also said tak­ing part in Dry July gave par­tic­i­pants the chance to also fo­cus on them­selves and notice their own drink­ing habits and the value of a healthy, bal­anced life­style.

You can sign up to the chal­lenge at www.dryjuly.co.nz and do­nate and sup­port teams or in­di­vid­u­als by vis­it­ing www.dryjuly.co.nz/do­nate.

Keith Pereira will be the guest artist at Mata­mata Coun­try Mu­sic Club’s monthly club night on June 17.

Paul Martin on bass, left, with Devil­skin gui­tarist Nail, has signed up a spokesper­son for Dry July.

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