The Push Stars are back!
My bandmates and I have been best friends for many years. We somehow figured out (with the help of many) how to make a full time job out of playing in a rock band for ten years. From open mics, to bars, to clubs, to theaters to arenas, we literally saw a dream come true.
We stopped trying to actively sell our band name in 2006, for numerous reasons great and small, but through it all we assured each other we would do it all again someday.
Fast forward to my birthday a couple months ago, when Ryan and I took a trip to Memphis to celebrate and breathe in some of the rock and roll ghosts there. We went to Graceland, we toured Sun Studios (which we had done both years earlier with Dan on tour, but were too rushed back then to appreciate it) We stayed at the classic Peabody Hotel and sat in awe at the lobby bar where Elvis once signed his first recording contract.
Finally, we went to see soul legend / turned preacher Al Green sing his gospel in a small church on the outskirts of Memphis, and with this, we were sufficiently blown away.
"We should record a new album here" One of us said, and there was suddenly no doubt as to what we wanted to do. We called Dan at home in Hoboken, and he completely got what we were feeling: wouldn't it be nice to record how we once did? With total immersion, away from everything but each other with the singular goal of making music that might matter to someone, somewhere, someday.
I left Memphis for Boston on an early flight, and Ryan had a few hours to kill before heading back to his home in Los Angeles. He had the brilliant idea to take a quick tour of Ardent studios before he flew out. Later he called me and said he found the place where we should make our record. Magical, as he described it.
I knew Ardent was legendary, but what I didn't know was that the album that inspired me to start the Push Stars in the first place was recorded there. (The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me) so in a strange and serendipitous way, everything was falling into place for a divine reunion.
So we had the dream, but then reality set in. We've been out of the game for 10 years. So much has changed about the music business since then: Record labels are virtually defunct (our old label, Capitol Records, rents many of it's offices to the outside world) Record stores are an endangered species, and you can now distribute songs globally with the click of a button on your phone. The times have changed, to say the least. That is why we come to you to ask you to share the road trip with us. In less poetic terms, we need money to make our record the right way, and are reluctantly prepared to ask for it. We've never done fund raising before, but it seems this is a beautifully inclusive way forward for us.
We can share our excitement, make good music and offer some fun rewards we hope you might like. So please take a look at our page, and remember you are making a tiny musical dream come to life with your contribution.
Chris Trapper Boston, MA May, 2017
P.S. When we decided to record another record, I immediately went into obsessive songwriting mode, which I do when I'm excited about a project, and I pounded out 11 songs in a matter of a couple weeks. We feel confident that the new songs are up to company quality standards and we're ready to make the album of our lives. We hope you'll join us.
Thank you again from the top and bottom of our hearts.
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P.P.S. F.Y.I. Your money will be utilized for studio time, equipment rental, transportation, lodging in Memphis, mastering, manufacturing, a video and a promotional budget once the record is done. Basically, YOU ARE THE RECORD COMPANY.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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