Do you remember when they used to play videos on MTV? Yeah, me neither, but supposedly, at some point between the birth of Christ and the death of Michael Jackson, they did. A video could make a band -- a good song/great video combination could make people sit in the same spot for 3 consecutive minutes and listen to a new song over and over. That's becoming a bigger and bigger feat these days, but we believe people still want to see music videos and to discover bands this way.
I remember growing up in a teeny tiny town in Missouri, Sonny and I had 4 channels, which meant we watched a lot of Antiques Roadshow, Home Improvement and The Simpsons.. But every so often, we'd go to our grandparents' house and we'd just sit there and watch videos for HOURS. We were obsessed. We still talk about seeing Jimmy Eat World's "Bleed American" and "The Middle,", or Green Day's "Basket Case" for the first time... They were some of those pivotal moments for us, after which we knew we would never be the same. And besides knowing we were going to mortgage our futures, right then, we knew we wanted to write music, record albums and make music videos.
We think we have the right idea for the right song (you can listen to it above and read about the idea below). And like anything that's any good, making this video is going to be a bit expensive, and that's why we're asking for help from family, friends, fans and strangers to help us do it right! We truly appreciate any help that we get for this endeavor, and I hope you check out the video above and the prizes on the side and let us know what you think! Thank you so much!
Certain themes always seem to work when they're done right -- Love conquers all (evil, racism, hardships, death). Humans wants to survive, even if it means living in a world of shit. And finally, Zombies kick ass. They just do, and they're not going anywhere. Their existence is inevitable -- it's gonna happen. So we may as well be as prepared as possible and make a ton of movies and videos about it.
I always think it's funny discovering who is obsessed with zombies and zombie movies... You might never know that your seemingly normal cubicle neighbor has a giant back tat of a George Romero zombie under his white collar. These people, us included, look pretty much like everyone else out there. But like zombie movies, we're not going anywhere.
For our video, we're taking the approach of trying to understand the human nature of the undead. We want to know what happens to a zombie couple as they're trying to keep their relationship and love from falling apart as their limbs fall off, and as the brain supplies start getting low. But we don't want to give too much of it away just yet. We will, though, give away the fact that we have a great team of people going into this process.
As soon as we saw their reel, we knew these were the right guys.
It was just a matter of if they wanted to work with us on this idea. Fortunately, they're just as sick and twisted as us, maybe more so, but unlike us, they're brilliant. Above is the work of brothers Kevin and Rich Ragsdale, and we could not be more excited that they're a part of this process. As soon as we sat down with them, their ideas were flowing. In the next couple months we'll be meeting with them often to get the narrative and the visuals down. You can also check out their full music videos at their site --
Finally......THE PRIZES!! I think we have some good ones. For example, you can own my drumset....
I played this circus-set at over 200 shows! It's been to festivals and across the country and back. And it still sounds awesome!
Most Prize Packages come with a SUPER BLACK MARKET POSTCARD! This is specifically designed for this KICKSTARTER and will have a personal THANK YOU from the band!
These original SBM T-Shirt Designs are also included in the prizes! Both designs are by Sonny of SBM and are both specifically for this Kickstarter Project!
Also, we have guitar and bass picks, drum heads, and drumsticks played at SBM shows! As well as NUNCHUCKS signed by the band!
We're also offering SBM tour posters, Personalized Ringtones, and Digital Copies of our latest release!
You can get the physical copies of ALL of our Releases, signed by the band!
You can also get a Personalized POP-UP THANK YOU card, handcrafted by Sonny, with a personal note handwritten from the members of SBM!
BE A ZOMBIE!!
And finally, we want to give people a chance to be in the video. For one, you could be a partygoer, one singing our song along with us when BAM! Zombies eat you.
But I'd personally rather be doing the eating...so you can be a zombie in the video. And who doesn't kind of want to be a zombie? They have it pretty sweet. I never see them working fast food or at the Mac store. They get a lot of fresh air and exercise -- seem to always have a lot of friends around, and let's not forget, THE BRAINS! So you will get the chance to be a part of the video making process! It's going to be a hell of a lot of fun!!
Thank you again for reading this if you're still reading it! We appreciate your interest and any donations to help fund our project!! Maybe we'll see you on set!
joe, sonny, benn and adam
Here's a link to our self-produced music video for "There's Going to be a Party...!" from our full length Will Sell Anything [spoof of the 1985 Cult Classic TEEN WOLF!]
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