Drew Grow & the Pastors' Wives are looking to record at the Hangar in Sacramento, CA this August and release a full length album on our self-run record label Amigo/Amiga in the early Spring of 2013. We have been putting a lot of time and work into making these songs the best they can be and we look forward to making the best record we can. We've hired on our good friend and cohort Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, Quasi) to help produce the album, and our friend Bryce Gonzalez (Here We Go Magic, Monsters of Folk, The Breeders) to engineer the sessions. While recording the first track from our “ONE” EP, and the song "Hook" off of our self titled album, the Hangar gave us a few of our greatest recording experiences in the years we've been making records so we are eager to get back and create there again.
We have various plans for how to release this record - as always, based on the amount of funds available to invest. As we see it, there are three levels of goals that will help us to achieve a good, better, or the best case scenario. Our goal for this project, to really put the album out the way we feel we should, is $20,000. As everyone knows, records are expensive to make and it's even more expensive to simply let people know that you made the record.
$7,500 is a bare minimum amount for us to record and release this record and follow through with what we've promised here. We will record at the Hangar, pay our esteemed producer, engineer, mix/mastering engineer, and artwork / layout designer. $7500 will pay for the studio and some pressing costs through our partners at Pirates' Press
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- $13,000 will help us pay for the studio costs as above, but we will invest more initially with our partners at Pirates' Press for their pressing of the vinyl and CDs, and invest some money in promotional expenses.
- $20,000 will allow us to pay for everything as listed above, but we will invest in promotional expenses for the new record, and reserve some additional funds for future Amigo/Amiga releases (a new Kelli Schaefer album is in the works) so we don't have to open up Kickstarter campaigns for future releases. Longevity for the whole Amigo/Amiga family, if you will.
In 2009, we started our own record label in an effort to release the music we wanted to release, the way we wanted to release it. The upside of this is that we have grown quite naturally every step of the way. No publicity stunts or bought-on tours; we've done things the way we have wanted to from the beginning. Our concept was simple: consistently operate only slightly in the red and give people quality music at a price they can afford in bite sized chunks. By releasing singles for the first year, we were able to make releasing music sustainable for ourselves, and now for some of our friends. We have since continued to grow and have been invited to support tours, most recently with Sub Pop band The Head & The Heart, and prior to that with Merge Records band Wild Flag. The band has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, AOL Spinner, and weekly rags and blogs across the US.
Thanks for being a part of our community over the past few years. If you can, please help us make this record possible in the near future, and grow our label into a sustainable business for all of eternity.
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