I just put the finishing touches on both my guitars and vocals for twelve songs that I couldn't be more proud of. I came home to a quiet house this evening, put on my headphones, and listened to all twelve songs in the tentative order we’ve established (twice), and I can honestly say that it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
If you would have told me five years ago that (for whatever reason) Jordan Wright would treat me as a musical equal, I might have spit in your face. This guy has been writing the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard for what seems like forever, now. It has truly been an honor to play with him. I sometimes struggle to believe that my friends are interested in playing the songs I write.
When my younger brother Josh passed away in the fall of 2011 they were not fairweather friends. They watched after my dog, they got me anything I needed, they stayed up late, they got up early, they did all the driving, they did all the laundry, they let me talk, they let me cry, they let me be alone, they let me yell at the top of my lungs--the point is, Due North is the reason I am alive today. Be it the compassion of my friends or the importance of having a productive outlet for my emotions... Grief is no fucking joke.
Nothing in recent memory seems to have come particularly easily. “Quality” is a relative term, and although it is likely that someone else’s standard of ”quality” (or the standards that I'll have in five years) may be vastly different from those I have right now, I no longer care. I think my friends and I created an album that is reserved, intense, angry, emotional, hopeful, and apathetic, and hearing it come to life has got me fucking elated.
We have always had our recordings up for free download and this album will be no exception. You may be asking: “Why would I give your band any money, then, Eric?” Well, you have a pretty good fucking point.
- 1) We just can’t currently afford it on our own.
- 2) I think Kickstarter is a fantastic idea and a fantastic tool working as a barometer to measure interest in the music we make up.
- 3) Like many musicians, we have already spent thousands of dollars out of our pockets playing music over the years--whether it be fifty bucks for the gas tank, a five dollar pack of strings, a forty five dollar drum head, or pitching in to buy supplies to make silkscreens to print shirts (at a loss).
- 4) Art is about passion, not about business.
…and we’re obviously not very good at business... If you folks are “investors” hoping for “return on investment,” I want to break it to you now: even though I think my own band is sweet shit and I just spent a whole page hyping it and trying to get some cash out of you, you might get it and think it totally sucks, and we’re not going to give you your money back. We’re going to take it and spend it! Suckers!
We’re asking for some money for supplies to create, design, burn, and print some physical CDs and shirts to get us started again, to have the songs professionally mastered, and to attempt to repay our good friend Chuck who has opened his house to us and spent an incredible amount of his time working on this. Either way, thanks for reading this whole thing. Sorry ‘bout the rant.
Risks and challenges
The album could get held up in mastering. We don't have any control over many factors including availability of the engineer, environmental factors, or potential delays in his process - although he has guaranteed us a 10 day turnaround once he has the files.
Though unlikely, mixing could potentially take longer than anticipated. We've been receiving mixes throughout the process and are quite confident that this will not be an issue.
Lastly, physical production of the CDs could be postponed by difficulties with printing. Since we are still silk screening and burning everything ourselves, this should not be an issue. We've done this before. We understand the challenges. The real factor that could delay this part of the process would be lack of time - though I vow to do my best and to work through the night if needed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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