GuitarTown London's Les Paul signed by Graham CoxonFormer Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and some of his musical acquaintances are sharpening their philanthropic ambitions by joining forces to help fight homelessness in the United Kingdom. The new supergroup, which is called Crisis and is already in a recording studio, consists of such notables as Beth Ditto, The Enemy, Paul Weller, New Young Pony Club, Supergrass, Drew McConnell of Babyshambles, Ed Harcourt, Pearl Lowe and Andy Rourke from the Smiths.

Coxon is also one of the musical artists who lent a helping hand to Gibson Guitartown London, a unique charity-inspired campaign combining the power of music with art to raise money for The Princes Trust, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Teenage Cancer Trust. The campaign features 29, ten-foot, hand-painted Gibson Les Paul replica guitars that were designed by some of the UK’s top visual artists and signed by many of Britain’s top musicians. The guitars have been on display in London, and will be auctioned for charity on November 20, 2007. For more information, click here.

On tap for Coxon and Crisis is a one-off track called Consequences that will be recorded using a new recording technique, where each artist performs their respective part without hearing the rest of the piece or contributions from the other artists. Ditto will sing lead vocals and be the only person to hear everything that has been recorded up to that point.

The project’s producer Paul Epworth, of Bloc Party and Maximo Park fame, is guiding the vision and creative control of the charitable venture, and expects the single to be released in early 2008. There’s even the chance of a live concert, dubbed Consequences Live, on March 2, 2008.

Paul Weller with Gibson SG“There's a strong link between homelessness and music,” said Lowe in a recent interview. “Many of the artists featured on the track have pursued a passion for music and, at one time or another, [have] been on the brink of homelessness before getting a lucky break.”

Andy Page, director of fundraising for Crisis, added, “First and foremost, the track is set to be a piece of musical history and a key creative milestone, not to mention a great tune from three generations of rock’s most respected performers.”—Gabriel J. Hernandez