I'm Cait Brennan. I've been writing songs my entire life, played concerts, even had my own PBS concert special, but I never made a studio album until now. I didn't want to do it unless it could be fiercely independent, totally inspired, and absolutely unique. With co-producer Fernando Perdomo we made you a monster of a good album. I need you to hear this thing, because I think it's powerful stuff, and funny, and strange and catchy and kind of wonderful in its own crazy way. There aren't many trans rock singers out there, and there's still a lot of folks who want to keep it that way. Let's show them what we can accomplish. I hope you'll join us and be a part of making it happen. Tons of cool rewards await, of course, but you've already changed my life with this overwhelming response. I just want to keep making more music and get it to you guys, so thank you so much for helping me do that. Here's our original pitch video to tell you more about what we're making.
I met production genius Fernando Perdomo when we were both on tour with the International Pop Overthrow festival. We became each other's biggest fan pretty fast. Fernando co-produced the amazing LINDA PERHACS comeback album last year on Sufjan Stevens' label, he's remixed Todd Rundgren, produced Andy Pratt, and played on several number one hits. Straight up genius, that guy. We became fast friends, and worked like mad in a sweltering studio in Reseda to bring twelve amazing tracks to life in (I kid you not) just under five days. Have a listen to "Madame Pompadour" and see how we did.
Power Pop Impresario David Bash of the International Pop Overthrow festival described my music this way: "Cait Brennan is a singer songwriter with a unique brand of glitter glam soulful rock n’ roll sung straight from the heart. Plus, you gotta love anyone who can channel Roy Orbison, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, and Etta James in the space of a single set!" Believe it or not, that's a reasonably accurate description. He forgot Harry Nilsson, but hey.
That diversity didn't happen by accident; I was raised by my great-grandmother in a little trailer out by Turf Paradise racetrack. My family was in the horse racing business and we were always on the road, so I picked up influences off the AM radio from the Mills Brothers to Nilsson to Tejano to the Starland Vocal Band, from Bowie and the Beatles to every one hit wonder heartbreaker on the airwaves. I began performing as a teen in the 80s, but as a trans teenage singer, what I mostly got was my ass kicked. I took a break and wrote some movies and such before returning in 2012 with an extended run of shows and a concert on the PBS "Songwriters Showcase" series filmed at Tempe Center for the Arts.
I love sci-fi, fantasy and nerd culture, and my songs reference everything from Doctor Who (“Madame Pompadour”) to Fantomas (“The Tragical History Of Dr. Walter”) to Firefly ("Twilight"). Sneaky literary and cultural references abound, but for me it's all about heart and soul, truth in storytelling and hopefully a decent gift for melody. And harmonies.
I sang the entire album myself, including the background vocals. I have about a five octave range, a bit more on a good day. You'll hear harmonies in the vein of Queen, the Beatles, the Louvin Brothers, and then again just like my own kind of music which is all that but then very different. Here is a press excerpt:
"Her life story is as honest and uncompromising as her voice. Cait came out as trans as a teenager in the 80s (a rarity back then!) and was an early pioneer as an out trans artist. ("I was Cait before being Cait was cool," she laughs.) Against Me's Laura Jane Grace interviewed Cait for her AOL Originals series "True Trans" in 2014. Curve Magazine featured Cait in their April ’09 issue, saying she very nearly became “the first transgender rock star” (and praising her writing as “funny as hell”)."
I've been a very active supporter of the Kickstarter community for a long time and I'm proud to be launching my first project here.
The album is called "Debutante" because, you know, hilarity. The songs are...well, there's pop (in the Beatles/Raspberries/Elvis Costello sense), there's psychedelia, there's loud weird rock, a bit of Americana, and there are sonic adventures I can't classify for you. Here are the words of the esteemed American Todd Alcott, one of the few who've heard the thing.
"My friend Cait Brennan has created a singular work of pop music and I urge you to support it through the ol' Kickstarter dealy.
Harkening to the days when pop music albums were created to get lost in, with lush harmonies and intricate multi-layered arrangements, 25 Years in Five Days has its roots in English pop, roughly the decade between "Penny Lane" and "This Year's Model," taking in "Diamond Dogs" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and stuffing in healthy chunks of Aztec Camera as well, with lyrics that are simultaneously deeply personal and broadly universal. The fact that it was recorded in the space of time usually set aside for fine-tuning a snare-drum sound makes her achievement all the more remarkable."
If you know my songs, you'll hear faves like "Madame Pompadour," "Dear Arthur," "Once Upon A Nevermind" and "Underworld," with a bunch of new material including "Black Diamond," "Showman," "Meet Your Remaker," "Harmony Lies," etc.
We rocketed past our initial funding goal in 69 hours. We're past Stretch Goal #1 with the release of the Madame Pompadour video and the Black Diamond vid too. Now we're heading for $6000, $7000 and hopefully, album two. Nothing more important than getting more music out to the people.Help us out and there are some AMAZING rewards down below...scroll on down there and have a look. Chip in just a buck if you wish--it still helps!! Mainly I just hope you'll enjoy the songs, and I thank you for being a part of this crazy life-changing thing. xx
Okay, here's the loot - be sure to check the side list for additional levels including songwriting opportunities and house shows!! xx
PLEASE NOTE: ALL ARTWORK IS CONCEPT ART ONLY--actual items are still in development--item art will definitely differ from these examples!
UPDATE - 102% funded in the first 69 hours! Thank you!
We're hugely grateful for the amazing response to the album. THANK YOU! Here are three clips: One, a rather spooky video for "Black Diamond," the album's rather spookier closing track. Two, a very rough mix of the much cheerier "Underworld" from the album, and in video #3, producer Fernando Perdomo speaks about what drew him to working with Cait.
This weekend's project artwork is a photo by Kori Stanton, taken on the set of Love or Whatever a few years back. It's not the official album artwork, just something we were playing with as a mockup, but it sure is a great photo nonetheless.
Risks and challenges
The recording sessions are already complete, and the album is on its way to mixing and mastering. After that, once artwork is locked, it's off to the production plant and to your home. If we make our goal, the album ships, simple as that, though we are of course at the mercy of the production plants.
A WORD ABOUT VINYL: The vinyl renaissance has caused the USA's very limited number of remaining plants to work non-stop; even major labels find their vinyl releases being pressed with ridiculous delays. Once the funding goal is reached we will get the album ready for vinyl pressing as quickly as possible, but their schedule is beyond our control. (Somewhere between a few and several months is the estimate; we ballparked that to December but it may be early 2016. ALL OTHER REWARDS including digital download will ship on the release date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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