We are The Awfully Sudden Death of Martha G, and this is our Kickstarter project! First off, we love you; the fact that you are reading this means more to us than you can know, so thank you, you are a wonderful human being, or other sentient being.
So, who are we? The Awfully Sudden Death of Martha G is a four piece rock band from Seattle, Washington making music that is both danceable and meaningful. With undercurrents of a dark sense of humor and thoughtful insight, tempered with just the right amount of sarcasm, we aim to make sure every song gets stuck in your head for weeks. We’ve been playing in and around Seattle now for some time going as far south as Portland, and have performed on some of the same stages graced by our rock heros, but I, Patrick, have been writing music since I could speak. I wrote my first song at the age of three with my cowboy boots (I was in my country phase then) kicked up against the toy box, composing my first ballad of loss, as any good country song would be. And then, when I started taking guitar lessons at fifteen, I wrote my first string of songs after only a month and knowing only four chords. Since then I have lived in France and Germany, all of which has influenced me deeply as a songwriter. I moved to Seattle just over two years ago from Berlin with a bevy of new material and a burning desire to share those songs with the world.
Since then, the Awfully Sudden Death of Martha G has been working really hard to perform the music they love as much and as well as possible. In addition to this we’ve been writing an enormous amount of new material. In the four months after the release of our first album alone, I demoed 22 new songs. These songs are good; they are really good, and we very much want to get them to you, our fans. That’s where you come in. We simply don’t have the money to pay for all the recording, mixing, mastering, and everything else that goes into making an album.
With that in mind, we intend to do a six song E.P. featuring our favorites of all the new songs we have written recently. To do a decent recording and mastering of an album, the bare minimum would be 2,500 American dollars. It’s what our last album cost, and it’s what we are hoping to raise here. This time around, we will record a few less songs so we can really focus on making those we do record as stupendous as humanly possible. With your help, we will enter the studio in February and March, and will have a fully completed album by June of 2013. In exchange for your help, you will get some wonderful goodies, as well as our eternal gratitude, of course. Prizes include everything from a digital copy of the new album to special recognition on the album itself, to a foot rub and a party for you and your friends. If we don’t raise the $2,500 you don’t pay anything, but if we do you get to support local music, which you should feel great about, and get some amazing stuff in return. For some of you exceptionally rich people out there, it might even count as a tax write-off; I’m not really sure how that all works.
What happens if we raise more than $2,500? The more money, the better the album; so the more we get, the better the products you receive in return. If we raise a little over $2500, we will use it to spend more time mixing the album and mastering it, or upgrading the packaging of the albums to the extra, super-wonderful deluxe version. If we raise a lot over $2,500, let’s say, $5,000, we could make a full length album that would pleasantly massage your eardrums from beginning to end (beginning to end of the album, not beginning to end of your eardrums…well, maybe it would). Thanks for taking a moment to read this, and I hope by now you are as excited about this project as we are. If you would like to get to know us a little better first, however, you can see videos of us, and listen to our first album all the way through at awfullysudden.com. If you want to support us, but quite literally don’t have any money, there are other ways you can help too: post this page on your facebook wall, tweet all about it, write letters to pen pals, go door to door, or basically let everyone you can know about this. We need as much support as we can get. Thank you again and we look forward to taking this exciting next step with you.
We remain, eternally yours,
The Awfully Sudden Death of Martha G
Risks and challenges
There are several risks and challenges associated with recording an album. Most of these boil down to a lack of experience. Things like, running over time in the studio, not getting the proper mix, or just simply being unprepared for the realities of being in the studio. This won't be a problem for us, however, because I have significant experience with studios and we have already learned the hard lessons on previous albums. We will be fully prepared before recording so that every minute spent in the studio is making the album better, not troubleshooting.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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