We're making a record of music inspired by the culture of hope/hopelessness in Michigan as a result of several decades of making cars.
Update (8.7.12): New single "Make it Run"
Listen to two singles from Holy Motor Blues here:
To release a full-length album of songs dealing with South Michigan's rich history of auto-manufacturing and the subsequent urban and social decay that has resulted in the past several decades. Through the blending of mechanical and natural tonalities and rhythms, Holy Motor Blues seeks to provide a soundtrack for Michigan's past, present and potential future.
This collection of recordings stems from a project started in 2003. The initial goal was to blend Moog synth with a folk-approach at songwriting. Through the blending of these textures and tonalites, we're trying to create applicable stories for people in the region, and applicable melodies/rhythms for people around the world. What should be most evident in these recordings is a "grind-it-out", Midwestern attitude without relying on "ruin-porn" or an overly revivalist sentiment. We want these songs to be what they are, nothing more, nothing less. It's not art for the artist's sake, and we've taken that to heart. The more people these songs resonate with, the happier we are.
WHAT WE'LL DO WITH THE FUNDS
What we (myself and engineer Jesse Barabe) have ended up with, is something bigger than expected and we need your help to finish it. Most of the recording is done but we need more time to produce, mix, and package the album. Funds raised will be used for production, post-production, musician travel costs. A majority of the funds raised will be used for the physical manufacturing of the album. Backers supporting us with more than $25 will recieve a digital copy as well as a physical copy of the full length CD. Funds raised will also be used to pay for gifts for our backers (of course).
WHY WE'RE ASKING FOR SUPPORT
These songs are composed with string arrangements, Moog synths, orchestral percussion, brass and analog beats. This makes it nearly impossible to perform the music live. Our goal is to generate enough enthusiasm around the project that one day, down the road, we will have the resources to perform these pieces as they should be: five core band members, a ten-piece string section, three percussionists, three brass players and two vocalists.
If backers push us over our initial goal, we may consider doing a short run of vinyl, and/or a video for one or two songs.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $3,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 17, 2012.
Jul 13, 2012 - Aug 17, 2012 (35 days)
Pledge $2 or more
$2 backers will receive a digital copy of single "Holy Motor Blues."Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $10 or more
$10 backers will receive digital copies of full album.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $25 or more
$25 backers will receive digital copies of full album, a physical copy of the compact disc, and all outtakes (b-sides).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
8 backers Limited (22 of 30 left)
$50 backers will receive digital copies of full album, all outtakes (b-sides), an autographed copy of compact disc, and a limited edition print of album artwork.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $100 or more
3 backers Limited (17 of 20 left)
$100 backers will receive digital copies of full album, all outtakes (b-sides), an autographed copy of compact disc, a limited edition print of album artwork. and a mention in the liner notes.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (6 of 6 left)
$500 backers will receive digital copies of full album, all outtakes (b-sides), autographed copy of compact disc, a limited edition print of album artwork and a mention in the liner notes. $500 backers will also receive a version of any song of their choice with a personalized introduction.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012