The goal is write, record, and release a new punk song every week. That’s 52 original punk songs released over the course of the year. Every friday backers will find a new track delivered to them either via email or a download page on sixstringmachinegun.com.
Where’s the money going?
To purchase equipment specifically meant for the recording and production of all the tracks. First, we’ll be concentrating on getting a computer interface and enough budget mics to get live tracks onto disk. When we start hitting stretch goals, we’ll move onto more channels and better mics. All the money will go into things relevant to making the production of the songs better, and the backer rewards.
When will backers get the first track?
The first track will be slated for release to backers on the first friday of june. This will give us enough time to get the gear in place, and fine tune the process.
Will Kickstarter be the only place to get these tracks?
Backers will have exclusive access to the tracks for at least a month. After backers have had the tracks for at least month, We will be packaging sets of 8 songs to put onto services such as spotify as EPs. We will release the recordings under a Creative Commons license. This would happen at the same time they’re released on streaming services This means backers will have at least a month of exclusive access to the tracks before anyone else gets to hear them. None of this can happen though, if we do not hit our basic funding goals.
What kind of quality of recording will it be?
We’re expecting upper-end demo quality. That said, today’s demo quality blows some early punk recordings out of the water. We have access to a room suitable for recording. It’s been the location of a few recordings already, so we know it’s more than serviceable for this project. We just need to equip it for recording.
So who’s going to be working on the songs?
Lots of local musicians have expressed interest in being guest musicians. We’ll be filling in the list as we get people to sign on officially. I’ve recruited a solid core band to form the backbone of the band. I’ll be playing guitar on most songs. I’ve been playing in bands since the basement scene inspired me to finally pick up an instrument. Lately I’ve been playing bass for Death Waltz ‘76 ( http://deathwaltz76.com ), and previously was behind Zombie Reagan. For drums I’ve recruited Barry, who’s in Death Waltz ‘76 with me. He’s also played in a slew of other bands too numerous to list here. Lastly, on bass is Roach, who earned noteriety on the south shore in the band Entrophy ( http://entrophy.bandcamp.com )in the late 90s, and more recently infamy in The Murder. ( https://www.facebook.com/TheMurder )
So far for interested guest musicians we have:
What will it sound like?
Kris Jenson (Oilhead)
Crazy Jay (Redline Rebels)
Julian & Craig (Fantastic Liars, ex-Faulty Conscience)
- Kevin Gallant (ex-Yestarday's Heros)
- Ryan Coomey (Swaggerin' Growlers)
- Chris K. & Chris T (Liberation Day)
- Liam Boyle (Old Edison)
The core players will get a couple of demos together, and develop a core sound. The sound in my head to start with is somewhere between the Sex Pistols and the Dwarves. We’ll also branch out from that core sound. One week we might add a new instrument, like sax, organ or something along those lines. Other weeks we might vary the style a bit. Maybe we’ll be feeling the funk, or maybe we’ll make things totally fucking brutal. All the while, we’ll be retaining that core sound. Lyrics wise, we’ll be centering around day-to-day life topics. While we won’t shy away from an occasional political song, we’ll try to avoid timely lyrics that names names. We definitely want to try to avoid sophomoric lyrics. Even if we do end up singing about chinese food, we will at least try to keep it witty.
Will this even be listenable?
Hell yea it will be. If you need some quick samples, I recorded the Faulty Conscience album, good enough for punk rock, in a bedroom. (spotify linkage: http://open.spotify.com/album/0DseFYp77dXZkp3llFpRow ) We have several people with experience recording albums on board, so we're definitely covered for engineering, mixing and mastering.
Didn’t Jonathan Coulton already do this?
Yes, but he’s just one guy. We hope to have a lot more going on sonically than he had. Also, I have a mohawk and that makes me more badass than him automatically. Also, I’m much sexier.
Doesn’t Tim Armstrong do this too?
Sort of. He does a lot of covers. He also just releases songs whenever he feels like it. We’re also not quite as famous as he is, so we need help from you, in order to make this happen.