Dear Beautiful Music Lover,
We're celebrating our 21st birthday and we need your help!
Let’s start with the obvious: music is a damn hard business. But imagine just how AWFUL it must be if you play in a band where the other six musicians HATE YOUR GUTS.
I’ve no idea how it happened but somehow my six Enemies have stuck with me since the late nineties like so many blistering barnacles. We originally met in prison, then escaped together by Building a Road from the moon to sun, found Salvation while Sailing To Byzantium only to take a Wild Goosechase Expedition across the Atlantic where we suffered a delusional English Dream that has left us all with a severe case of PTSD.
Folks, it’s an emergency. We should have stayed in the psych ward but we’ve escaped again. We’re currently wandering the streets of New York in a total blur. Spottiswoode & His Enemies are LOST IN THE CITY. The only way to get us back to safety is to help us finish our seventh record.
Immune to emotional blackmail? Let me tell you about the record.
LOST IN THE CITY is our most ambitious song cycle to date. An emotional sucker punch. Tales of love and death in the Big Apple. Celebrating two decades together as a band, the music reflects the raw energy and sophistication of the city we’ve called home; a giddy brew of balladry, jazz, rock, blues, minimalism, you name it. It’s poignant for me since I’ve recently moved back to London where I’m raising my baby daughter. Some of the songs almost sound like a farewell.
I’m particularly excited because the album showcases the lyricism of our two despicably sassy horn players, Candace DeBartolo and Kevin Cordt. They share more solos here than on any of our previous albums. They’ll also be joined on a few numbers by guest trombonist Sara Jacovino. A lush horn section for our jazziest record!
But don’t be fooled. We’re much too undisciplined to let ourselves be pigeon-holed. The band still rocks and struts. Blame the insubordinate rhythm section of John Young, Tim Vaill and producer Riley McMahon for scuppering any dreams of international jazz festivals. The record takes a further turn down a rain-drenched boulevard where we find Tony Lauria plinking on his piano in the company of a string quartet featuring "Einstein On The Beach" violin virtuoso, Antoine Silverman. Add our old friends Martha Redbone and Alexis England on belting backing vocals and you can throw any quick elevator pitch straight out of the 42nd floor window.
No apologies. Our lack of commercial success has one silver lining: ARTISTIC FREEDOM!!!
But we still need YOU. Since launching this Kickstarter campaign I've heard from a few good folks wondering why we're asking for such a seemingly large sum. Isn't is cheap to make music these days? Not if you're working with a top string quartet and some of New York's best session singers and musicians. Not when you still care enough about the sonics to record the basic tracks in one of Brooklyn's better studios. And not when you're planning to record EIGHTEEN SONGS!!! Add to that mixing, mastering, graphics and replication costs... you get the picture.
"But what's wrong with good old rock and roll?? We love the band, you've already won Independent Music Awards, do you really need all these extra bells and whistles?" Each of our records is different. As a summation and celebration of two decades of music we've decided to up the ante. Many of the songs in this collection lend themselves to greater orchestration. We hope you'll agree. We'll save the punk tunes for record #8.
"Why so many songs?" Because that's how we roll! Four of our records boast seventeen tracks. LOST IN THE CITY will go one better. Seven albums in two decades isn't really that many. We compensate by making sure each release is a chock-full-of-goodness epic. You don't listen to full albums any more? Understood. (Though we wish you would!) Then all the more options for your personal playlist.
Everyone knows there’s no revenue in music sales any more. They say the money’s in touring. Well, you try taking a middle-aged septet on the road! This Kickstarter campaign is for music, not therapy bills. We'll tour some if we're lucky but it won’t pay for the record. Once in a blue moon we may even get lucky and have a song placed in a movie or a hit Netflix show but we can’t rely on that either.
This is old school. We need patrons.
My Enemies and I have been crowd-sourcing since long before the term even existed and we’ll continue to do so until our hairs turn white. We promise to keep growing and to always offer something completely different. You may not love every highway and byway along the way but, trust me, we’ll get you to paradise one way or another. Please help us and please stick with us. We truly appreciate your support.
Our goal is to release this record for our 21st birthday. We’ve set a total of $21,000.* That won’t completely cover the cost of making the record but it’s all we dare ask in these wacky times. A thousand bucks for every year of our existence.
Please check out the rewards. We hope there’s one with your name on it.
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
(*Because I now live in London Kickstarter insists I actually set a total in sterling. £15,000 is the closest round figure. if you live in the USA you should see the dollar equivalent.)
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