This recording project is the duo collaboration of drummer Anthony Pausic and songwriter/guitarist Kivett Bednar.
Anthony grew up in Long Beach, CA playing proto-metal and big band.
Kivett grew up in the heart of Austin, TX playing blues and Americana.
If the Black Keys could be coined 'grunge-blues,' then this album is 'blues-metal.' It's still squarely a blues album, but takes a step in the direction of classic, heavy metal
We see this as nothing more than emphasizing some common musical threads between those two genres that already exist. (i.e. distorted guitars, dissonance, growl-y vocals, heavy beats, odd meters, dark subject-matter). Our goal was to accent these qualities present in both categories, but not lose the soul, melody, and dancibility intrinsic to the blues.
Addiction, jealousy, and betrayal are all major themes on the album. These are things that we need to exorcise from our hearts. The main inspirations for the lyrical content came from gangsta rap and old blues recordings. Sometimes blues artists like Leadbelly would recount a little tale before bursting into song. The proverb would always be rich in accent and colloquialisms. In a way gangsta rap is similar, and it's this aspect of that genre we draw from on the record.
We recorded at Ocotillo Studios in Los Angeles with some incredibly talented engineers who made sure the drums were huge and the guitars were sharp.
The album is almost exactly 30 minutes long on each side. This allowed us to take an already superior playback format, vinyl, and make it sound even better by printing at 45rpm. So the album, when you get it in the mail, will look like a 33 but it will play at the rate of those little 45's.
The LP itself is going to be printed on clear red vinyl, and we're only doing 500 numbered copies for this first run. We may print more in the future, but they probably won't be red, or be numbered. The first ten people to buy the album get the first ten numbered records in order.
Austin artist, Max Voss-nester, has created a Tibetan Raja inspired death-mask for the album cover. The symbolism associated with the Raja in Tibetan Buddhism fits really nicely with the musical themes on the album. Raja is the lord of the dead, and the guardian of spiritual practice. The spirit comes and haunts you, if you're slacking in your Dharmic responsibilities. The skulls in its crown are captured souls. Our interpretation of this is that the Raja comes and makes your life worse when you're not on the path that you should be on. And in that respect the Raja is a malevolent character. However, the haunting of the Raja is ultimately what sets you back on the righteous path.
We're creating posters and tee-shirts based on Max's design. The posters will be numbered and beautiful. The tee's will be discharge ink on comfortable shirts.
Please help us to stave off the Raja. Please believe in us and help us to stay on the right path by contributing at whatever level you can to this Kickstarter. Spreading the word is the best way to help this project get funded, outside of directly funding it yourself. So please help us out to reach as many people as we can by sharing this Kickstarter in a Facebook status update, an email, a conversation, or in whatever way that you can.
Thank you for your time and energy.
Land of the Living
Risks and challenges
The album is complete. The album artwork is complete. The design and layout are complete. What we really need money for is vinyl reproduction, teeshirts, and posters. All that merch is actually mighty expensive. Especially so since we didn't skimp anywhere. The records are red-translucent, come in a beautifully designed jacket, and are numbered. The posters are SXSW Flatstock quality, limited edition, and numbered as well. The TeeShirts are processed in a special way to be extremely comfortable and durable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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