UPDATE: As you can see, we reached our make-or-break kickstarter goal of $12k! Incredible! We're so grateful to everyone! As we explained in the cost breakdown below, that initial goal doesn't represent the actual cost of the album, just what we needed in order for us to be able to cover the rest of those costs out of pocket. We've got a little more time on this campaign to try and make it all the way to $16,500, so please keep giving and sharing!
Bobby and Owen here!
We’re Driftwood Soldier, the friendliest mandolin-bass gutter-folk duo this side of the Schuylkill River. We’re recording a new album, Stay Ahead of the Wolf, and we’d love to have your support.
For those of you just tuning in, we’ve been hustling our strange hustle for the last five years, bringing bass-heavy storytelling to any and every kind of venue. Maybe you saw us out there in a basement, a dive bar, a church, a barn, a YMCA, on a street corner, a rooftop, or in the back of a fast food joint. Maybe you saw us for the first time in the video above. Regardless, we’re glad you’re here!
Stay Ahead of the Wolf will be our second full-length album. We recorded and released our first, Scavenger’s Joy, when we’d been performing as Driftwood Soldier for barely a year. We did it live, trying to capture the excitement of the new project and the first twelve songs we’d written for it.
Blessings & Blasphemy, the EP we put out in 2017, was different: a methodical exploration of the spiritual power of music and the oppressive potential of religious dogma.
Like Scavenger’s Joy, this new album represents the full scope of this hard-to-define thing we do. Like Blessings & Blasphemy, it’s the product of extensive preparation. In June, we recorded our favorite seventeen songs from the last three years and brought them to artist/producer Erin McKeown.
Some tracks got cut. The rest we whittled, sanded, and oiled until they shone. In November, we’ll go into Spice House Studios with engineer Alex Santilli to carve them as best we can into digital stone.
The pre-production with Erin and the recording at Spice House Sounds both cost money. So will the mixing, mastering, and the physical production of the CDs, not to mention the promotion. For years, we’ve been taking the money we make from music and feeding it back into the project, trying to build a little momentum and a sustainable income. Unfortunately, everything we’ve got saved isn’t enough to give Stay Ahead of the Wolf the chance it deserves.
That's why we’re asking for your help.
This crowdfunding campaign is, more than anything else, a pre-order for the album. Our priority is for you to have the music, either as a download ($10) or a CD ($20). We also hope you'll tell everyone you know that this project is worth supporting!
For those of you willing and able to contribute at a higher pledge level, we’ve tried to put together some suitable rewards for you. Our merch has always been spray painted thrift store shirts, but now you have the chance to customize! We’ll buy a shirt in your size and put your favorite stencil on it, or (for a little more) Owen will make you your own stencil.
We also have an option with a "basket" full of Driftwood Soldier-made bitters, DS-roasted coffee, DS-crafted bike spoke jewelry, hand-dyed yarn from our friends at Juniper Lane Fiber Arts, and the entirety of our back catalog (including the infamous B Sides EP).
If you want to keep your DIY reward musically oriented, Bobby will make you one of his patent-pending Janglers (the tambourine pedal on his left foot) for $300.
And then for the highest level rewards, you can join us in the studio in November, or we can come play a house show for you in your living room.
That’s it for now! We want you to have Stay Ahead of the Wolf because we think it’s the best music we’ve made yet. We also want to reach more people than we’ve been able to in the past, and we need your financial support to help us with that.
We’re well aware that money isn’t the only way to support something you care about, so if you’ve got ideas, offers, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to message us!
Bobby and Owen
Cost Breakdown for Stay Ahead of the Wolf:
- Pre-Production - $1000
- Recording - $3500
- Additional Musicians - $1000
- Mixing - $2000
- Mastering - $1000
- CD Manufacturing - $2000
- Publicity and Outreach - $3000
- Radio Promotion - $1500
- Kickstarter fees, Credit Card fees and Taxes - $1500
“WAIT, THAT DOESN'T ADD UP! You’re only asking for $12,000, but those costs are $16,500.”
Yeah, we know. We just didn’t figure we could raise $16,500, and Kickstarter is all or nothing. We would love to be proved wrong, so IF WE HIT THAT $12,000 MARK, PLEASE KEEP PLEDGING AND SHARING, but if we only have to make up a $4,500 difference at the end of this, we’ll consider ourselves pretty lucky.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk here is that the music isn't as good as we think it is. However, many of these songs have been crowd favorites at our shows for years, so if you like any of our previous recordings, or what we do live, you've got no real need to worry. Having Erin McKeown and Alex Santilli involved just makes us more confident that this album will be worth it.
Another risk is that unforeseen circumstances delay the project or cause it to be significantly more expensive than our budget predicts. We think we've built in appropriate amounts of protection for both time and money (assuming full funding), but you can't plan for everything. As we address in the FAQs, even in the worst case scenarios some version of this album will still get made, we just won't be able to reach a bigger audience. That's a risk for us though, not you. Either way, you get the music, and we wouldn't have it any other way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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