3 expensive plane tickets, an amazing recording studio, one dead fish, an almost burnt down uncles house, the smelly van plus 3 days and a few thousand dollars later, we have a ridiculously good sounding (and almost complete) record.
We are especially excited about this album because keyboard legend Ryan Tomazin was able to join D Franx, Primo, and Robie Dread for the rhythm track recording sessions in December. Plus, the CRZA (Band Guru) stepped into the role of producer, ensuring that each tasty tune got just right amount of sauce.
Have a listen to 3 of the of the new (unfinished) tracks:
help us complete the album...
Burnt is really excited about this new project, but to realize the potential of this record we need some money. With your help we can pay for additional recording sessions to lay down the vocal tracks and bring in additional members of the Burnt band extended musical family to flavor the record.
In order to maintain the Burnt sound we have crafted over the years (and to save a little dough) we are planning to mix the album ourselves. However, we will need money to pay for a proper mastering session. Then we will need even more money to pay for CD pressing, T-Shirts, and Posters.
Our goal of $3,000 will not cover all of the costs entirely, so of course we'd like to overachieve this amount! But even if we do not reach our project goal, this record will still come out in June. Somehow we will, as always, find a way to get the music out... after all, we are all just a bunch of Johnny Lunch Pails-- not afraid to put in work.
About our past D.I.Y. albums...
All five of our previous releases were recorded and mixed entirely ourselves. The video above shows a lot of footage from our old Stems and Seeds Studios built in the Coachella Valley and in San Diego. These ware the places where we recorded our first three releases: Chorro (2005), Esperanza (2006), and Tortillas (2006).
The majority of Brains Keep Cookin (2009) (4th album) was recorded in a rented rehearsal studio in Oakland, CA. We brought in all our own recording gear, budget mics, a pot of slow cooked beans and tried to ignore the noise from a dozen other bands practicing next door. The album was finished in various living rooms and garages all over California.
The 5tht Burnt release, La Quinta (2011), was self recorded in a dungeon-like basement studio in the heart of the Tenderloin District, San Francisco. On our 2010 West Coast tour we came across a gem in Northern California-- The Old School Studio in Mendocino County-- where we eventually had the album mastered to analog tape.
It is awesome to be a "Do-It-Yourself" band; we've been able to put out a lot of music independently....but we have often wondered: "what would it be like to record a record in a professional studio?"
...And now for the prizes! Check out the rewards we are offering...
the organic cotton BURNT band T-Shirt...
Backstage at Victoria Ska Fest...
Burnt is proud to be performing at Victoria Ska Festival 2012 in beautiful British Columbia. The official line-up and dates have yet to be announced but the fest is in early July. The Ska Fest is many days at many different venues. We will get you and a guest backstage passes to the show Burnt will be performing at and we can kick it before and after our set.
the House Party...
We are going on a West Coast Tour in support of the new album this summer. We are heading up the coast from San Francisco to British Columbia and back. If you know us you know that we love cooking and eating good food. You'll also know that house parties are quite possibly our favorite way to perform. We'll make you an organic dinner and play a show for you and your homies. Maybe Primo will wash your car too.
What happens if you all support more than $3,000?
Without money concerns, our imaginations are the only limit... some ideas are:
We could afford all the recording time we need to do exactly what we want on the album.
CD packaging is expensive. With some extra money, we could go beyond the minimum CD Sleeve and get Eco-friendly materials and ink, and/or add more artwork and a booklet.
Press the record on Vinyl! We always wanted to but never had the dough.
We are going on tour in June and Big Edna (brown and tan dodge ram band van) could use a serious tune-up. Its a good thing its been a light winter cause she just sprang a serious leak in the rough. She's too tough to die but could use some love.
We could also potentially start working on the long awaited acoustic album!
Maybe we might even release some of the 50+ Burnt tracks we are holding hostage?
- (32 days)