Stream the Bells EP below, and get an immediate download when you pledge toward our full-length album, Locust Avenue!
Nettles needs to raise $5,500 to finish, release, and promote our first album, Locust Avenue. It's a big step for us, folks. And we need your help in order to take it.
All funding will go toward expenses pertaining to the record:
- Mixing (making sure everything sounds balanced in relation to everything else)
- Mastering (making sure that balance still sounds great on your headphones and your hi-fi)
- Finalizing the artwork by artists Matt and Elizabeth Kleberg.
- Producing the physical copies of the broadside albums.
- Promoting the record.
Nettles is the songwriting project of Guion Pratt, and a musical showcase for some of the finest musicians and humans he's ever met. Depending on who you ask, the band is somewhere between 4-6 years old.
Nettles aims to take lyrically driven, traditionally-inspired songs written by Guion and give them an impressionistic, minimalistic arranging treatment. There's a carefully considered reason for every element that makes it into these arrangements, and anything that can't be justified based on the content of the song gets stripped out. Unless it's really fun to play.
About the record, Locust Avenue
The songs on Locust Avenue are reactions to the experiences, conversations, books, art, and Radiolab podcasts Guion has taken in during his first 4 years in Charlottesville, mostly written in a house on Locust Avenue. (Get it?) We recorded them over the course of the last year, where we could, when we could.
These people can be heard on the record:
- Guion Pratt — guitar, vocals
- Juliana Daugherty — flute, vocals
- Chris Campanelli —guitar
- Sam Bush —keys
- Michael Coleman — drums
- Brett Jones — electric bass
- Joseph Dickey — upright bass
- Daniel Goans — production, piano
- Edd Kerr — engineering, various magic
What's a broadside album anyway?
The bottom line is we feel CDs have run their course. The typical life cycle of a CD in 2014 is that it's ripped to mp3s soon after purchase, then lost, broken, or otherwise wastefully discarded. There's no sound quality improvement over a good mp3 on a CD as there is with vinyl, and the actual physical artwork is too small to be enjoyed like that of a vinyl gatefold sleeve. At the same time, vinyl is just too expensive to produce for us at this time.
So, in the place of the obsolete compact disc (RIP Alanis Morissette CD I bought in middle school, wherever you are), we want to try something new that we think provides a more valuable and meaningful option for those of you (and us!) who adore the physical, visual component to music. We'll be producing high-quality 13X13" prints of the Locust Avenue album art, designed by the artistic power couple of Matt and Elizabeth Kleberg, with the full liner notes, lyrics, and a download code printed on the back (redeemable in the format of your choice from mp3 right on up to lossless).
These will be hand-numbered, limited edition works of art large enough to hang on your wall, or just the right size to file with your vinyl records (but trust us — if you know Matt and Liz' work, you're gonna want this on your wall!)
And of course, if you need a CD version for your car, we totally understand. We're not purists! Just let us know, and we'll be happy to burn you one as well, no problem ;)
Risks and challenges
Though we've completed a lot of the time consuming work of tracking the record, there are still several steps between where we are and releasing this thing. We've set what we believe is a reasonable projected release schedule of October. We have no reason to expect delays, but we want to set expectations soberly—delays can happen. If they do, we appreciate your patience, and promise the record will be worth the wait. We've put a lot of time into these songs already, and we believe it's worth doing right.
If any delays do occur, you can bet we'll find some way to get you primo Nettles-related content while you wait ;)
If you have any questions or confusion about any part of this project, or just want to trade some good jokes, send us a message here on Kickstarter at any time and we'll be delighted to talk to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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