HELP THE BEMIS FAMILY PUT OUT FOUR RECORDS FOR FREE AND KEEP KICKING ASS
This is Max Bemis. You're going to see a lot of "we" on this Kickstarter (because it was created by my wife Sherri and myself). But I'm going to write this section in first person and then Sher herself will follow up with one of her own.
We're kickstarting the next phase of our life by crowdfunding what means most to us: our family and what we create together. In this case, the centerpiece is the new album by our Johnny and June type band Perma, which we've decided to call "FIGHT FAIR".
This isn't just about one album even in the literal sense. We want to give the world FOUR albums and stream them for free regardless of who backs this Kickstarter. One full length LP, two e.ps and one of indeterminate length. All created by the Bemis family. So that would be the Perma album, the first solo Sherri Dupree-Bemis album, my first solo album (the first release by me since Say Anything recently stopped), and the first release by our girls' indie rock project, which they've titled FLOWER PETAL FLOWER ROSE.
We've already started recording these records and invested a lot in them on many levels. They cost money to record and we would like to ideally spend more money on production costs and having our friends play on or help mix the records, master them, etc. Basically everything a label gives you money to do, we're doing on our own. So we decided that Kickstarter would be a perfect place to "get this thing going" to its fullest extent without having to deal with a label's schedule, working with their opinions clashing with our own (even in best case scenarios) or keeping us from giving the albums away for free. And we love the idea of labels. This is just what makes sense for us right now, for these records.
Before we get too deep... what does this sound like?
PERMA sounds like the first Perma record but heavier, grainier and full of the significance of being married for nearly ten years and how beautiful and hard that is on any couple who is truly dedicated to one another. We are recording it right after having our third child, beautiful Charlie, and having kids just adds more beauty and realness to true love. We don't f**k around in this family. So this record is PERMA not f**king around. You're going to hear pain, joy, heartbreak and ultimately the sound of two people who have sworn and will always dedicate their lives to NOT GIVING UP ON ONE ANOTHER, no matter how hard the world and the devil try to rain on their parade and sometimes convince them they're going to end up sad and alone. It also sounds like Title Fight, kinda.
Sherri's solo E.P, still in the planning stages, is going to feature her unique talents as a vocalist and songwriter, though her band Eisley is a beautiful unicorn and still strongly continues, this project will have a different style. We've referenced Amy Winehouse in the planning stages because Sherri has always loved classic music and she's so beyond incredible a presence that having a musical platform that's solely her own, produced by me and her close friends, is something that at least I know she deserves.
My E.P is me writing songs without worrying about the history of Say Anything et al clouding what I want to do. It's just what I want to hear me sing about, in the style I choose, and of course that means a lot of angst and singing about Sherri. However my influences from hip-hop and pop (the first music I loved, even before punk rock) are a lot more prevalent on this first excursion. So if you hate Do Better, Crush'd, Baby Girl, or our album I Don't Think It Is, I would steer clear even if you donate just so you can hear Sherri's better E.P or the Perma stuff (or out of some sick voyeuristic thing, but hey, you do you, honey).
In a broader sense, this Kickstarter finds us going through career transitions and relationship hardships just like every other normal couple I've ever met. I think that's what makes ME "back" it, given that I have a hard time asking for anything, let alone money. It's a celebration of the fact that people love me and mine outside of a project that no longer defines me or them, and respect the fact that the true, integral things are what I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to.
So, to sum it up, if we make our goal, then we will have accrued the amount of funds we probably would have been paid by labels to release all this music (actually less based on past experience) and if we make more, it's going to not only go towards enhancing the experience of these albums that nobody has to actually pay for (we're gonna just stream them) and that of our home studio and lives. Music videos, "content", live streams, (god knows what else, we're excitable), all the fun good stuff. And yes, we need the help to do this particular thing and the support right now and are in no way afraid or ashamed to ask.
Touring is rough and brutal on a three-kid family and this is another way to support our shit without having to destroy our safety (and sanity) to do so. Plus I want to write stories (comics and books and movies I think) full-time now and, trust me, this would certainly help me dedicate as much time as those art-forms deserve without me concerning myself solely with "breaking it big in Hollywood" (I lived that and it blew) to support myself through writing.
You get involved, you're making a difference in our lives. And then we can invest in improving our recording space, singing the songs, writing the stories, raising the family and living the lives we think you want us to live. Frankly we'll do that any way, but Kickstart is about HELPING. And we want to give back for that help. So I think this all makes sense. Let's do it!
If you haven't heard our music before this or don't know who we are, check out Say Anything or Eisley. Or just google us, bitches.
Basically... Max is the wordsmith of our family. If something needs to be communicated, I always go to him for help. Because if something involves me needing to be eloquent, I get nervous and my mind goes blank. I know Max gave you the whole shebang up there and he's super good at being honest and transparent and everything he told you about what we're trying to accomplish is perfectly communicated (as always).
Ever since I was a little girl, all I wanted to be was a mom and a singer (and 'own an ice cream store'). So far, with the help and support of people like you, I've been able to do that. And then I met this amazing dude who also had the same dreams... and again, people like you have allowed us the ability to do that all the while raising a family of little pink-haired kiddos who now love creating their own art.
This project is coming at a big life-changing time for our family. After Max’s recent (for lack of better term) mental breakdown (which he released a statement on earlier this year), we were faced with huge choices as a family which included Max quitting to tour and focus on his passion of becoming a writer and creator of music without the chaotic stressors of touring with a big family. When we were going through all of that, it felt like our lives were falling apart but we fought for each other and for our family and towards the end of it all, we started writing the Perma album together. It’s about what we were going through and it has been very therapeutic for us as a couple and for me as a wife, a mom and a creative lady who hasn't changed much since she was the five year old girl writing that 'bucket list' note. (Still working on the 'Ice Cream Store' thing).
So thank you for even thinking about supporting this Kickstarter. It means everything to us. You're allowing for this crazy, loud, colorful family of five to create art for you and ourselves and each other from our little corner of East Texas. Love you guys.
Risks and challenges
The risk inherent in this project is doing it. By not relying on Say Anything, Eisley, or anything not directly family-related for our income, we're hoping we can spend more time together and growing as people instead of being stuck in the past. That sounds heavy when written out. But it's true!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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