Feeder - Feeder's Japan Song Is Deeply Personal For Grant
Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas jumped at the chance to record an aid anthem for Japan - his wife and bandmate Taka Hirose both hail from the earthquake-ravaged nation.
The band has released Side-By-Side to help raise money for aid efforts in Japan in the aftermath of last month's (Mar11) devastating earthquake and tsunami disasters.
Nicholas' wife, Kana, is Japanese and their two children have close links to the country, while Hirose was born in Mizuho, Japan.
The star felt compelled to act on behalf of the country, telling Scotland's Sunday Mail, "Feeder have always had a strong connection with Japan. My two kids are half-Japanese. Taka is over there now visiting his relatives. We just wanted to help out.
"I got a text out of the blue from (British TV host) Jonathon Ross... He said, 'Can you do anything?' It gave me the idea to release a single to raise money. The British Red Cross are not that well funded. So maybe we can help them out a little bit... The Japanese people are incredible."