About this project
Hello and welcome to the Kickstarter page for Sulek's fourth studio album release, Unbound At Last.
We spent the last nine months of our lives in a chapel-turned-studio capturing the most powerful, beautiful, meaningful and interesting musical experience that our brains could possibly handle creating. And we are now very excited to be so close to presenting you with this, the grand climax of our musical career to date, an explosion of whimsical indie pop that is dense with meaning and rich with elaborate arrangements, Unbound At Last.
Sadly, we not only spent all our time and energy recording this album, we also spent all of our money. The final steps of releasing this album (mastering and duplication) are two very expensive parts of the process, and that's where you come in. All the money we receive from this Kickstarter will go directly into mastering and duplicating the album. We want this album to get the professional treatment it deserves, so go ahead, check out the different reward options, and pitch in!
Not sure who Sulek is or wondering if this album is worth your time? Watch the video, listen to the preview of the first single Devil's Grin, read our bio, and check out our website. You won't regret it. Thanks for visiting and thanks for all the support!
Sulek is an indie pop band based out of Milwaukee, WI. The band consists of the husband and wife duo of Patrick and Ruthie Hoctor, along with Chris Winberg. The band plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, cello, piano, keyboards, bass, and drums. Sulek came to prominence in 2007 when their early recordings were used for the soundtracks to many short animations created by BarfQuestion Films. Since then they have continued to gain momentum with four studio albums: Songs from the Doctor’s Office (2008), Believer’s Lane (2009), Birds in the Attic (2011), and Unbound at Last (set to be released on July 20th, 2012).
Beginnings -- Since its formation in 2005, Sulek has always done what felt natural. The founding members of the band were essentially a group of good friends who taught themselves how to play all of their own instruments simply because they enjoyed making music together. After a couple years of playing shows and writing original music, they began making recordings on a four track recorder, just for the fun of listening back to their own music. It was these recordings that gained the interest of BarfQuestion Films, who used the songs as soundtracks to many short animations released to a large internet fan base. Because of this animated lucky break, Sulek suddenly found themselves with fans, fans who wanted more.
Songs from the Doctor’s Office (2008) and Believer’s Lane (2009) -- These early, self produced recordings were compiled together and became Songs from the Doctor’s Office in 2008. Sulek quickly produced another record, similar but more composed than the first, called Believer’s Lane, in 2009. It was after this record that two of the original member left the band to travel abroad.
Bird’s in the Attic (2011) -- The three remaining members, Patrick Hoctor, Ruthie Hoctor, and Chris Winberg, decided to take things up a notch for their next album, so they hired producer Justin Heron to help them out. With Chris and Ruthie writing lyrics and Patrick writing and arranging the music, they set up a studio in an old attic and emerged months later with their third studio album, Birds in the Attic, in 2011.
Unbound at Last (set to be released on July 20th, 2012)-- As soon as Birds in the Attic was released, with three studio albums under their belt Sulek felt nothing but an extreme desire to make something new using everything they had learned over their six years as a band. So they set to work right away, this time setting up their studio in a chapel, and once again teaming up with producer Justin Heron began working on what would become Unbound at Last, the grand climax of Sulek’s career to date. Patrick spent hours upon hours writing arrangements including cello, violin, piano, organ, choir, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, and bass, while Chris and Ruthie tuned into their inner poets as they wrote lyrics about breaking free.
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