Music is the most powerful way to tackle social issues, and that's what this E.P. will do. There's no more holding back.
Rock n' roll is the most powerful force in the world. What other form of art embodies youth, rebellion, sex, war, politics, and culture, all in one? Well.....
Doug Ratner & The Watchmen are a down & dirty, rock n' roll band with a lot to say. Having released their first album, Eye to Eye, to rave reviews, and receiving success in the college/independent radio market, they have decided to release a new E.P. for 2012.
Not exactly a concept album, but a collection of songs that focus on some very strong societal issues that are very relevant to today's climate. The music focuses on bullying, depression, greed, technology, gender roles, parental relationships, sexual conduct, and suicide. Though considered "taboo" subjects by some conservatives, for Doug Ratner & The Watchmen, nothing is off limits when it comes to rock n' roll.
The $10,000 that they are trying to raise is going to cover the costs of the recording/mastering, as well as the designing of the new website, album art, t-shirts, stickers, manufacturing of the cd's, marketing campaigns, and other various merchandise. This stuff ain't cheap if you want to do it right!
There's no reason to hold back, these guys are going to make a big statement with this E.P. It might offend people, but it's also going to inspire people. The lesson is that you should NEVER keep your mouth shut about issues close to your heart.
No matter how much you are able to contribute, we just want you to be part of the journey.
Someone recently pledged $150, so one of the perks is a riff/lick made up personally for them!
It's easy to write music for the jock. Or the beauty queen. But what about the kid who sits in the corner of the lunch room eating by himself? He needs rock n' roll. The spirit, the energy, the escape, that's what it's about. We hope that some of these songs inspire the "not cool" kid and teach him that being weird is cool. In fact, we're all weird in our way, and if you won't admit, then you're lost.
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pledged of $10,000 goal
seconds to go
Jan 2, 2012 - Feb 1, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Rocker- Thank you so freaken much!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Fan- Copy of the E.P.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Fan- Signed copy of the E.P. from the whole bandEstimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Fan- Signed copy of the E.P. and a t-shirtEstimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Fan- Signed copy of the E.P. T-Shirt, and a personalized guitar "lick" made up for you and posted on our site!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Friend of the Band- Everything above, plus a guitar strap worn and signed by DougEstimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $150 or more
Friend of the Band- Everything above, and a guest list for any 5 "DRAW" showsEstimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $300 or more
Stalker- Everything above, plus an article of clothing worn by one of the band members.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $500 or more
Promoter- Everything above, plus DRAW will come to your house and play a show in your living room (CT, MA, RI, NH, NYC Metro area)Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $750 or more
Promoter- Same as above, plus Doug will personally cook you dinner one night, AND do the dishes!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Promoter- Same as above, plus an autographed guitar.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $1,500 or more
You're the Boss- Same as above, plus DRAW will spend the entire day with you, doing whatever you want! Beat up the neighborhood bully? Homework? Break up with your girlfriend for you? DONE!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $2,000 or more
The King- Same as above, but Doug will write a song FOR YOU, plus the band will literally walk into any establishment of your choice (minus hospitals during surgery) and perform this song until we get kicked out, then post it on the internet. Middle of your accounting class? Waltz into your boring office? You got it.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012