A Long Story Short
House of Rabbits is a completely independent band. This means that we operate totally free of any record label. We believe that this is the truest way to do things on our own terms and maintain the artistic integrity of our work. However, it also means that we have no financial backing to create such works. Getting right to the point, the purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise money for our debut, full-length, studio record entitled Songs of Charivari. For a more in-depth look at what this project entails, read "A Short Story Long" below.
A Short Story Long
"Charivari (or shivaree or chivaree, also called "rough music") is the term for a French folk custom in which the community gave a noisy, discordant mock serenade, also pounding on pots and pans, at the home of newlyweds. The community used noisemaking and parades to demonstrate disapproval, most commonly of "unnatural" marriages and remarriages, such as a union between an older widower and much younger woman, or the too early remarriage by a widow or widower. Villages also used charivari in cases of adulterous relationships, wife beaters, and unmarried mothers. In some cases, the community disapproved of any remarriage by older widows or widowers." -wikipedia
About a year ago, House of Rabbits (Jess Gabriell Cron, Mike Caffell, Andy Kovari, Ian Malcolm, Eloy Palacios) formed in the wake of the avant-metal project FEASTofFETUS. HoR released our first demo containing 4 new songs in July of 2014. The concept for these songs came from the word 'charivari' which translates to 'rough music'. Each song told the story of a specific character who had committed some offense that would be grounds for public disapproval and shaming in the form of a mock serenade. For example, "Skimmington's Last Ride" is the story of an adulterous man who must face the wrath of the mob. "Traje de Luces" tells of a vain celebrity athlete who takes advantage of a naive lovesick girl and "Trophy Widow" is about a woman who spent her entire marriage doting on an unappreciative man. We imagined that all of these characters lived in the same town; a town in which all of the residents pry into the secret lives of their fellow neighbors to form opinions and judgements. A town we named "Voyeurville".
In January of 2015, we had the idea to write a script for a theatre piece which involved this fictional town and its characters. This script was then picked up by an award-winning producer/director team who brought many talented artists and actors onto the project. The next four months consisted of intense planning and rehearsals. During this time, House of Rabbits wrote ten new songs for the piece. The result of all of these elements was Charivari in Voyeurville: A Vaudeville Rock Musical Masquerade which made its premiere to a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd at the 99-seat Lillian Theatre during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. The show sold-out all 6 of our Fringe Festival shows and garnished much critical praise and awards such as the Encore Producers' Award which extended the show for an additional 3 performances at the Bootleg Theater in July.
After the run of Charivari in Voyeurville, we decided it was time for us to record a studio album comprised of all of the songs from the stage show. For this record, we have enlisted the talents of some very well-respected audio engineering professionals that we believe are the most capable to capture the very unique sound we'd like to convey with this album. We have already begun recording at The Bunker studio in LA with prolific guitarist/composer/engineer Jason Schimmel (Secret Chiefs 3, Atomic Ape, Estradasphere, John Zorn). The results of these sessions are incredible!
Why do we need $5000!? Yes, that figure is a bit daunting to us (especially because if we don't hit our goal on Kickstarter, we won't get any funds) but it is also necessary to make a record of this caliber. Recording, mixing, mastering, album cover artwork, CD pressing, advertising, accompanying merchandise production and the percentage Kickstarter takes are all included in this budget. Some of you may be saying "surely you must have money to make a record now after all those sold-out theatre shows" and that would be a valid argument. The truth is, because of all of the production costs for a show of that size, ticket sales allowed us to just break even. Which, to us, is still a great success. It allows us to realize our vision and share it with people without leaving us in a financial rut. This is what we hope to achieve for this record via Kickstarter. The last time I launched a Kickstarter campaign for the FEASTofFETUS record Animals in Falsetto, we successfully raised $4800! I know we can do it again with all of your support and anything we raise over the $5000 amount will go straight toward a tour folowing the release of the album (we hope to play at SXSW this year!) The money that we raise never goes into any of our pockets. It goes straight to band expenses. Always. We believe in this project and we are laying the groundwork here to put House of Rabbits on the map. Asking for money is never easy and since we don't have a sugar daddy of a record label, we need to rely on support from our fans, friends and families. That's where you come in. Even if you can't contribute money, we ask that you help us spread the word about this campaign. You might know someone with big $$$ who has always wanted to back a project such as this and would never have known about it if you hadn't told them! Support through word of mouth is just as important to us as monetary support.
We love these songs that we have been crafting this past year and we know you will too. We can't wait to share them with you. This record is going to be massive! Thank you for supporting independent music!
House of Rabbits (Jess, Mike, Andy, Ian, Loy)
Risks and challenges
Of course we face many risks and challenges in any artistic endeavor but we are confident that we can overcome whatever obstacles may arise. We always see a project through to the end and we take pride in our ability to deliver a product equal to what we propose or better. We hope to release the record by early next year. However, we may need to make changes to recordings or mixes or artwork in order to benefit the overall album and these things take time. We will also be at the mercy of the turn-around times of CD replication services and merchandise production houses. If all goes smoothly, these snags won't factor in. No matter what happens, this record will get made!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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