William Gruff has launched a kickstarter campaign to help fund promotion and reproduction for their debut album. Check it out!!
Before we begin, tighten your suspenders and get ready to dance with pretty dames, or handsome strangers. Taste the salty sea air with a mug of whiskey in hand. This is William Gruff and we make music like you've never heard before. We’ve been to the studios and recorded this amazing album and now need your help to take it the next level.
We want to print these songs so you can hold them in your hand, so you can taste smell the sweat and passion poured into them. We've collared an amazing publicist who understands our music and will get our songs in the hands of key industry people who are otherwise extraordinarily difficult to reach. But his connections and skills come at a price. $5000 is just enough to do all of it. And here’s where you fine folks come in... (CUE) DONATIONS!!!
Our musical influences extend from the ancient Celtic Isles to banjo plucking hollers of Appalachia, with a bit of gypsy lust and Latin fire mixed in. The album, once pressed, will be released THIS SPRING (2012) with an East Coast Tour to follow.
Still feeling foggy about what makes William Gruff......uhhhh......well, GRUFF? Our namesake is the muse around whom our music is built. He is a man with no plan. Whose songs attempt to draw attention to the gum under foot: sailors, thieves and asses. Blowing a smoke ring from his pipe, with a glance to the sky, he contemplates the emptiness of existence. In the end, he finds nothing but peace and contentment, realizing it really is all about the girl. The one you'd wrestle a barracuda for.
The accomplices who bring William Gruff to life are Matt Cusack; the man who dances and sings with his upright bass. Charlie Heim; whose maniacal limbs envelop the drum set. Mathias Minquet; who whisper's French nothings into the ear of his guitar to make it magically swoon. Will Tobin; whose spider fingers rhythmically crawl over anything with keys. Vince Federici; the dark and mysterious tone craftsman, and Alan Ens; the mad scientist who makes you question your own sanity.
We can't thank you enough for your generosity and faith in this project. Every dollar is a vote of confidence, an investment in music that celebrates life and revels in the world we live.
We only have 45 DAYS to meet our goal, so PLEEEASE tell your friends to check out this page. Use the Facebook and Twitter buttons above to help spread the word. If we don’t meet our goal we won’t get ANY donations and you won’t get ANY rewards. We’d hug you in person if we could, and will when we can. For now, our deepest thanks will have to suffice.
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A. A thank you card! Every dollar counts.Estimated delivery:
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E. Video Jukebox. We will record a cover version of any song you would like to hear and post it to youtube dedicated to you. Plus you get everything above!Estimated delivery:
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F. is for french! You get everything above plus Mathias will record a very sexy French voicemail for you.Estimated delivery:
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G. At the moment we're kind of spread out. Will is in Syracuse. Vince, charlie, and Al are in Philly, Mathias is in Boston and Matt is New York. For this reward we will package all the things listed above plus our favorite things from these cities and send them to you.Estimated delivery:
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H. You get everything above, Plus we will make a chord and lyrics book for you of all the songs on the album.Estimated delivery:
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I. Depending on where you are from we will give you 2 hours of lessons on our instruments. Bass NYC, guitar or drums, in Philly and piano in Syracuse or this can be cashed in, in your city whenever we come through. Plus you get everything mentioned above.Estimated delivery:
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J. If you do this for us you get everything above plus an executive producer credit on our album.Estimated delivery:
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K. You're insane!! And for this we will write a song for you praising your insanity.... I mean greatness! plus all the rewards listed above!Estimated delivery:
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M. You get a kiss on your horrifically generous mouth, when we come to your house to give you and your friends a private acoustic concert/Jam session if you play, and a delicious home cooked meal. Plus all the rewards listed above.Estimated delivery:
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N. You've climbed the ultimate ladder of generosity and for this no reward could ever be enough. But we hope you enjoy Will's beautiful Fender Rhodes, as well as, all the previously mentioned rewards.Estimated delivery:
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