The Pyronauts have been a surf rock band for over 15 years. 2014 marks their first European tour and the release of their newest CD: Live in San Francisco. The band's history goes back to 1998 when four kids: Paul, Bob, Gabe, and Leigh started a group called Fire Arm. A few gigs later the band changed the name to The Pyronauts (meaning explorers of fire and paying homage to surf band The Astronauts). The current line up is the groups longest running line up yet. The Brett Cole, bass, joined in 2003 and Tim Stephenson joined shortly after on the drums.
Over the years the band has performed up and down California... 640 gigs in total! That's well over 1500 hours of performing, untold number of hours rehearsing, and probably close to 10,000 hours driving in the band van (the unsung hero of the group). The band's albums have been recognized with 5 star reviews, they have appeared on television numerous times, opened for Dick Dale an astonishing 20 times, and have entertained thousands upon thousands of people - all while playing the music that they love - surf!
This project is to raise the funds for the release of their 8th album: Live from San Francisco, help pay their impending European Tour gas bill (it's a loooong drive to Europe from California), and to re-order merchandise to take to Europe. The band will also document their tour with a DVD to be released in the fall of 2014. Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
It is costly to travel to Europe and put out a new CD and order T-shirts and stickers all at the same time. Airfare is currently astronomical. Licensing for cover songs contained on the CD amount to roughly $130 per song per 1000 copies of the album. The band wishes to fulfill this project so that they can have the best possible European Tour experience and provide their loyal and new international fans with quality CDs and other merchandise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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