Sawyer Family fans have been waiting a long time for this one. After four years of searching for a truly great producer, John Custer, nominated for a Grammy for his work with Corrosion of Conformity, is on board to record their fourth album at his studio in Raleigh, North Carolina. "Basically, all we need to do is move 20 albums a day for about three weeks. That shouldn't be too hard, given that the last album went "double aluminum and a half," and I know for a fact there are a lot of people out there asking us when we will make this album. So I guess we're asking y'all to get a copy (via donation), in advance, so that we can make this album the right way" said Zac.
The Sawyer Family has been working hard for years to get to this point and, while the success of their previous album, The Burning Times, was palpable, they have expanded their songwriting skills, tour routes, and courage to try new things musically.
This album will be the most complex, and yet, most accessible of the band's music to date. Whether it is heavy rock, melodic metal, or hauntingly heartfelt harmonies, the new songs have transcended what The Sawyer Family has done in the past, combining all of these elements into a cohesive, collaborative, and sometimes experimental songwriting style appealing to music fans across the spectrum.
They remain completely independent in the United States. At this point, they have visited 45 US states and 14 countries in Europe. Wasted State Records, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, duplicated a special edition copy of The Burning Times for The Sawyer Family's European tour at the beginning of 2013, but they remain unaffiliated with a label in the US. They hope to change that with the completion of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with John Custer.
Their project goals include studio time, tapes, mixing and mastering of the new material, travel to and from North Carolina, CD and vinyl pressing for distribution, and all of the associated costs of "getting the word out" through social media, online and print reviews, and advertising.
This is the bare minimum we need to try to pull this off, but we're quite optimistic. We have a myriad of extended goals (like a broken down tour bus) that we could use help with too.
Risks and challenges
There are, inevitably, snags and confusion throughout the entire recording and releasing process. Whether it's power outages at the studio, flat tires on the road, or mistakes at the factory, there are rarely any sure things in getting an album out on the streets.
In terms of getting rewards shipped out on time, it might be a bit later than expected due to these potential roadblocks so The Sawyer Family just asks you to bear with them in order to follow the project goals accordingly and get this album out there.
And then, they're coming to your town, putting the wheels to the asphalt to show you what they've come up with this time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Well, simply put, we don't know yet, but be assured that wonderful artists around the world are coming up with ideas as we move forward. We'll post updates when we decide on the art to print up.
UPDATE - one of our incredible artists Brian Crabaugh (https://www.facebook.com/briancrabaughart) has been working on a Ghost Owl design for us for quite some time. I just got off the phone with him and he says its almost done. I will post it up here when he sends it to me! It is a likely candidate to be either the t shirt design or album art to BOTH! Thanks
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