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Driftwood SoldierBy Driftwood Soldier
First created
Driftwood SoldierBy Driftwood Soldier
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$9,593
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
123
backers
10days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 26 2018 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

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.

photo by kyle cassidy
photo by kyle cassidy

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! 

photo by tom and nora kaszuba
photo by tom and nora kaszuba

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. 

You can listen to both albums on bandcamp or spotify

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

erin mckeown, photo by jo chatman
erin mckeown, photo by jo chatman

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.  

spice house sounds with chief engineer alex santilli
spice house sounds with chief engineer alex santilli

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. 

available driftwood soldier stencils
available driftwood soldier stencils

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).

the DIY basket
the DIY basket

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. 

The Jangler!!!!!
The Jangler!!!!!

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.

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    Stage Shout-Out

    During the album release tour, we'll give you a shout-out from stage!

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    In addition to the album, you get a custom T-shirt personally spray-painted by Owen.
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    Shirt + CD + Owen As Your Voicemail

    The same as above, but with this option Owen will also record the greeting for your voicemail. This will be delivered as a digital file and may require you to hold your phone next to some decent speakers to transfer it to your voicemail. Also, that shirt and CD!

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    DIY Basket

    We're resourceful fellows! Here's a basket* of things we make. Including: coffee (roasted by Owen in his backyard), chicory-cinnamon bitters (prepared according to Owen's proprietary recipe), jewelry (bent out of bike spokes by Bobby) and a naturally dyed skein of yarn from our friends at Juniper Lane Fiber Arts. Also, the thing we make best: gutter-folk music (our previous two albums and the B Sides EP in CD form)!

    *No actual basket included. We don't know how to make them yet.

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    You pick: either Owen draws and cuts a custom stencil (and puts it on a shirt) or Bobby manufactures you a Jangler, a copy of the ingenious someday-patented tambourine pedal he stomps on with his left foot. Message us when you pledge to tell us which you want. Also, of course, the CD!

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    Wanna hear some snarly Sinatra? A mandolin remix of Wu Tang? For this pledge level, we'll (re)arrange a song of your choosing for our idiosyncratic instrumentation. Then we'll record it at Orange Studios. We'll film that for you, and everybody you know, to watch on youtube, and we'll send you the digital file as well. Also, you'll get this CD we're working on.

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    Driftwood Soldier Live Performance

    We'll show up anywhere within 300 miles of West Philly and play a live set of gutter-folk music for you and whatever audience you invite. We'll provide our own sound system and you're welcome to charge a door price to recoup your costs. If you're further away, it'll cost a little more, but don't be scared, just message us before you pledge and we'll work it out.

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    Day In The Studio

    We're recording the bulk of the album the first two weekends of November, 2018 at Spice House Sounds here in Philly. Pledge at this reward and you can join us there for a day. Lots of coffee and probably some kind of hoagie included. Message us before pledging to make sure the available dates work with your schedule,

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    Limited Run Letterpress Poster

    You get one of the last two posters out of a limited run of twenty produced in 2016 by multi-talented artist Caitlin Quigley (vocals on both Scavenger's Joy and Blessings & Blasphemy). This is an awesome piece of art, repping your favorite mando-bass gutter-folk duo, and, to nobody's surprise, you get the CD too!
    (posters are 11 x 15, two color, for images see Update #2, one has now been claimed as part of a larger pledge!)

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