We are a somewhat nomadic band currently based out of Los Angeles, via Portland, New York and Boston. Over the past four years we have been lucky enough to have had some great opportunities, tour with some amazing bands, and meet some insane people.
We have made one EP and one LP and have gained the respect and ears of our peers. But, like many bands these days we have been victims of the ever-failing music industry. We've been under funded, overlooked, and underappreciated for years. So we decided to do something about it. We are currently making our greatest work to date here in LA in a studio in the Hollywood Hills called New King Sound. We have teamed up with producer Noah Georgeson (Little Joy, Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom) who has agreed to pretty much work on spec due to his faith in the project. So far we have had the help in the studio of friends in The Strokes, The Whigs, Adam Green, and Little Joy, and there is something magical going on.
The thing is we don't have any funding as we are in between labels and are currently unsigned. Before making the record we were unsure about signing to a label at all, except for the fact that a label can offer us something that working in a coffee shop can't; money. Lucky for us, we have a great friend named Jenny Eliscu ( Rolling Stone Magazine) who knew our situation and told us about this amazing site. We flipped out. So here we are 1/2 way through a great record, in debt 10,000 and totally excited about the prospect of being able to propose a trade with our fans.
Here is how everything breaks down:
$10,600 - Recording Expenses
$1750 - a week mixing at Hanger Studio
$2500 - Mixing Engineer
$150 - misc. Expenses (gear/strings/sandwiches)
$2000 - mastering
$17000 - TOTAL
Remember, this doesn't even include CD/Vinyl pressing and manufacturing!
With all our friends chipping in to help, we can reach out to the blogging community, music magazines, and OUR FANS! We have total faith in our fans (YOU!) that they will buy our record, so why not pre-order?
We already feel like this record is a real communal effort and wouldn’t have come this far without the help of our friends. So why stop now? Let’s give this project the follow through it deserves! Help The Dead Trees create the record that you deserve to hear and we deserve to make. And at the same time lets get the word out about kickstarter.com so others can do the same!
~ The Dead Trees
- (89 days)