Friends, Family, Kickstarter,
We're making an album! That much, we're sure is happening. We need your help so we can do it correctly, and get the mixing process handled right away. That way, this album can get onto your iPod sooner!
To save cost, and retain a comfortable recording environment, we are flying a very talented and trusted engineer/producer, Jamie Carter, to Vermont for ONE WEEK to make this album with us. He'll be bringing a complete set of gear to record remotely, as he has accomplished before, most notably with Tal National (also funded through Kickstarter.) This April, the five of us will be removing ourselves from our jobs and everyday lives for that week. Each day will be filled with recording from the time we wake up, to the time we pass out. Given our surroundings, and the continued relationship with Jamie, we believe the music can reach it's artistic potential.
MEET THE BAND:
Jordon is from "The Beauty Spot of Vermont," Grand Isle, and inherited his passion for drums from his Grandfather. He is exhilarated by many forms of athletic activity and is a formidable opponent at most. When he's not playing drums for Bandleader, he enjoys being in atmospheres other than our own.
Alex is a veteran figure of the Burlington music scene, playing in various bands for the past 10 years. He's shared the stage with Twin Atlantic, Sick Puppies, The Wombats, The Pretty Reckless, and many more. Today he splits his time between Bandleader and Cameo Harlot. Apart from being a diehard musician, his Neo Geo collection is getting pretty respectable.
Dan has the big hands of a dairy farmer, and was one. Today those hands are perfect for cranking out complex walking bass lines unique to his sensibilities. His last band, Tricky Monk's and The Ding Dings gigged around for over ten years, eventually moving out to Oakland, CA to tackle the west coast punk scene. Today, he is happily married to Kristin, who takes all these great pictures of us.
Patrick has been writing songs consistently since he was 14. Now, almost ten years later, he's finally making decent ones. In 2010 he released his debut EP, Fresh Paint. His first band, T & The Wonder, continues to collaborate since it's origin in 2005. He plays a Gibson ES-333, is addicted to vegetable pho, and makes his own lip balm.
As a four piece rock band, we've been playing steady gigs around the Vermont area since August, 2012. Bandleader consists of the four most dedicated musicians you'll ever meet. Since day one, we've thoroughly agreed that we aren't in this for money, fame, or anything else other than making GREAT MUSIC. When we started, all we had were the songs from Patrick's solo EPs, but with new material and an energetic collaborative spirit, we discovered something much greater than we expected.
That said, we can promise you a quality collection of music here. These songs have been carefully combed over, rehearsed, demo'd, and rewritten. Some of the lyric sheets date back to February of 2012, so the overall arc of the album tells a complete story over a 10 month period of time. Please know that we wouldn't be asking for your help if this music didn't mean everything to us. This is an extremely passionate pursuit for us, and you will continue to see that passion as long as we progress.
It's not just a fundraising site, but a great way to get our friends and fans involved in what we're doing. Today, there is such an overload of media content and it seems like everyone and their cousin has some sort of artistic pursuit in progress. That's a positive thing, but it can be hard to keep people engaged and informed on what you're doing. Given the amount of thought and time that has gone into our goals here, we are all excited to include you on this album and give you a direct connection to our process.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER $2,000?
That would be a very helpful outcome for us. As the budget stands, this fundraising only covers a portion of our costs. As you can see in the "Risks and Challenges" section below, our ideal location for recording requires a gas generator, which will add to our costs considerably.
We plan on printing physical copies of the album in the future. With funding, that may come a lot sooner. Rest assured, any funds we receive will go directly into the band, including updates to all the backers. Anyone who backed this project would get a reduced rate on any physical copy of this album. The success of our Kickstarter greatly affects the timeline of the album's growth.
***This video was made possible by our friend, the extremely talented filmmaker, Giancarlo Iannotta.
Thank you Katherine and Kristin for shooting footage of the band!***
Risks and challenges
Recording location is still TBD. We have access a friend's cabin deep in the mountainous woods of Vermont. This is our ideal setting, but without a surplus of funding, we may not be able to afford a gas generator rental for the week, which would leave us powerless, literally. That is why we have a backup location in mind. We know our ability to perform this album, and Jamie's part is a sure thing. The only obstacles we may face are purely external and relate either to money, electricity, or mice.
We are working with a short timeline here. As the proposed date sits today, we are going to record in mid-April. That should all go smoothly, but some sort of financial setback could throw things.
Nevertheless, this entire project is stable, and more than ready to happen.
- (20 days)