About this project
The Early Years...
Ross Warner met Andrew Blair while Blair was in middle school. Andrew's older sisters would pick Ross up while he walked home (he lived close by) and bring him over to the Blair house after school. The two bonded over guitar, learned Paul Simon and Cream songs, and played with chimpanzees. Fast forward ten years and Blair is recently graduated from Cal, retired from rugby, and Warner has returned to the Bay Area from a collegiate baseball career at UC Davis. Done with their athletic endeavors, guitars in hand, the musical connection established year prior returned in all its glory. Songs were written, performed, and the San Francisco Bay Area loved it.
Bigger band, bigger sound requires a BIGGER Studio. We need your help!
After a few years writing and playing around the San Francisco Bay Area as a duo, Blair and Warner put together a trio, adding cellist Robin Ward to the fold and recording 4 songs at HITWall Studio in South San Francisco with Dan Foldes (Poor Man's Whiskey, Sarah Watkins). The EP receive critical acclaim from the Bay Bridged and 7x7 Magazine, lives shows received positive reviews from The Owl Mag, and "Suitcase" was voted runner up for Best Song by an Oakland Band for the Oaktown Indie Music Festival. Shortly thereafter Ward left for Portland and the band went through a few changes before finally settling in with Doug Keen on bass and SF mainstay Andrew Laubacher on drums. The band has new material, a bigger sound, and wants to capture that energy with engineer/producer Scott McDowell (Sean Hayes, Kelly McFarling, Geographer, The Stone Foxes, Goodnight, Texas) at Hyde St Studio C in San Francisco.
Hear what Hyde St Studio C owner/engineer Scott McDowell has to say about the space!
The Budget Breakdown
We Became Owls needs your help to fund this recording process. Below is an accurate breakdown of how we will use your donation. The bottom line is ALL of the money we are trying to raise will be put toward the production of this EP, as well as paying the kind folks who have kindly donated their skills in the form of art, musical amazingness, poster design, video editing and production, etc for FREE for far too long! This tight knit group group of WBO helpers deserves a HUGE thank you and we hope to provide them with what they deserve. If we are lucky enough to exceed our goal, any extra money will be used to distribute and publicize the EP in the most efficient way possible. We will send it to music blogs, radio, local and national music publications, and maybe even over seas! Although the video says $6,000 we shot the video and realized our budget required a bit more money :) sorry for the confusion. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT!
6 days in Hyde St = $3600
Mastering = $500
Paying musicians = $800
Creating physical copies of cd = $700
Video/art/rewards = $1000
Art by Greg Mercer and Clay Eichner.
We know that many Kickstarter campaigns have similar rewards, and we tried very hard to make some of our rewards unique to us and our music. The ART we have by Greg Mercer and Clay Eichner is PHENOMENAL and we are so proud to have both Clay and Greg involved in our campaign. Both have been involved with WBO from the very beginning as Greg designed WBO's first Bottom of the Hill poster as well as the WBO logo seen on the website and Bandcamp site. Clay Eichner is another longtime supporter of the band and has designed multiple concert poster for us. He recently published his first comic book to rave reviews and is in the process of completing a hand drawn 27x40 inch poster that will be driven by the lyrical imagery of each song. We will sell the ORIGINAL piece as well as a limited run of prints, signed and numbered by Clay. Stay tuned for updates and images.
Greg has worked in art and design for the Natural History Museum in Chicago for over ten years. His specialty is hand drawing natural scenes and animals. For this campaign Greg is working on animal prints on 10x10 inch heavy card stock and also on salvaged wood! The animal image will be on the front and the We Became Owls logo will be on the back. See some of the images below. Stay tuned for updates and samples as the campaign continues!
Risks and challenges
Andrew, Ross, and Doug are not professional musicians. Although the dream of being a rockstar continually beckons each band member, the reality is that the digital music age has made it nearly impossible to earn a living being a musician and a musician only. That being said, each band member is extremely passionate about this project, and all three are committed to record new material in a nice recording studio. Furthermore we are excited to be able to give YOU something to listen to and feel proud to know we have such a supportive community of friends, family and fans.
Most challenges will involve creating rewards and making sure everyone who donated to the project receives their reward in a timely manner. There is nothing worse than hearing stories of "Oh yeah I donated to a Kickstarter and then never got my reward". We DO NOT want to be one of those campaigns so we will work diligently to provide people with what they deserve for kindly donating their money to our cause.
Please be patient with us as we work through these challenges. We want to make YOU happy because you made US happy by donating to this project. You know what they say....The best nation is a donation! Thanks for listening.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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