TIGER WAVES NEEDS YOURS HELP!
Although we haven't been a band for very long, in the last year and a half we've released two EPs, an album, a slew of singles, we've criss-crossed the country on two nationwide tours, played more shows than we can remember, had an awful SXSW, a beautiful summer, and we've met a ton of incredible people along the way who have taken us under their wing and shown us their inimitable generosity! Since we've all had the pleasure of surviving the Mayan Apocalypse, in this new year we hope to enlarge our vision, broaden our shoulders, take a deep breath, and tackle 2013 head-on!
Let me fill you in a bit on we've been up to the last 7 months. We've been hard at work in creating our next album; we've scrapped projects, restarted projects, lost projects (and were ecstatic when we chanced upon them again!), we've written lyrics, re-written lyrics, assembled EPs and albums, (became unhappy with said EPs and albums) and disassembled them into fragments in our efforts to make a release that we're all happy with. There has a been a series of light-hearted and short-lived side-projects that made (fortunately unnoticed) forays into electronica, sound collages, ambient minimalism, etc. This went on for quite some time, seemingly ad infinitum! Eventually, however, we were able to cull together a collection of songs that we think fit together just about perfectly. We're finishing that material right now and we'll release it on vinyl this spring, with the gracious help of Austin Town Hall! At the same time, we're planning our third tour so that we can share this new batch of songs in a live setting with all you non-Texans out there. We can all honestly say that these songs are our greatest yet and we're more than ecstatic to enter 2013 with a 3 week tour and a planned release in which we get to present those songs to all of our fans, in both their studio and live settings!
You can here our previous releases here:
But here's the problem: touring is incredibly expensive. We've learned from our past two tours that, even if you live off Ramen and sleep in the van, its tough to make it back home without incurring debt! So we want to do it right this time. As much as we want to share our music and go on tour, we'd hardly be able to without your help! Here's where you come in. We're asking for donations. But every donation will be rewarded with a considerable gift! You can donate as much as you want but the more you give, the more you get. We're incredibly appreciative of anything you have to offer, but for you folks in New York or Chicago (or even Lawrence KS) who are just aching to see us live (I'm sure there are some of you out there!) a larger donation may be the one that gets us on the road. Kickstarter, however, is a bit tricky and works like this: if we don't raise enough money to meet your goal, we can't receive any of the money our backers have pledged.
So think about it! Actually I can do some of the thinking for you: there are a lot of things 20$ can get you. You could buy yourself a new flash drive, or twenty packs of gummy bears, or a gourmet cheese platter, or a 24 pack of cheap beer, or a blu-ray from Walmart. These are all appealing, yes, but you could also use that 20$ to help get us on the road AND you and a friend will get into a show for free so you wouldn't lost a single dime (assuming tickets are 10$ each, which they probably aren't)! Anyways, if you've got some spare Christmas cash laying around and are feeling generous, your gift won't go unappreciated; if not, just come out to one of the shows and hang out, we'd love to see you along the way!
James, Joshua, Nick, Reid, & Tyler
Risks and challenges
Organizing, promoting, and successfully going on a tour is not an easy endeavor. There are a lot of moving parts that need to be ordered and obstacles that need to be prepared for. We have, however, spent a lot of time getting ready for this tour and ensuring that everything will run smoothly. That planning includes: estimating gas costs for the van (which is where most of the money will go), saving up money for gear or van repairs, preparing merchandise to sell at shows to generate some extra funds to get from city to city, and so on. We've put together a pretty thorough budget and we have saved up enough money so that our Kickstarter goal only needs to be 1,500$. It may seem like a lot of money, but a three week tour is more expensive than you'd think!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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