Shape-shifting orchestral rock outfit, BATTLEHOOCH, is venturing forth from San Francisco this summer on an ambitious tour to discover America. We are going to collect audio, photographs and video with the aim of creating engaging media online for people to view around the world.
Specifically, we will produce the following three types of content:
*Desolation Show music videos: We will perform live in deserted, wild, beautiful landscapes around the country using a battery bank built by drummer, Hyoobaloinz.
*Mini-episodes from the road: We will gather and edit video content from multiple sources into entertaining bite-sized videos which encapsulate the best parts of the trip.
*Tour songs: We will collect sound sources along the way to edit into original tour songs. Since we will be traveling for so long, we hope to have a full album for download upon our return.
Please explore the following websites for more background information about the project and our band:
This is a page I created to advertise the Desolation Tour concept to the good people behind Kickstarter. It If you look at any of the links on this page, I would recommend starting here:
Here is the BATTLEBLOG, which is tended by our guitar player, AJ:
This journey will be an exploration and celebration America's diversity: Its people, sounds, cities and natural environments. It is also a sociological experiment to document the trials and tribulations that will ensue when six mercurial musicians decide to quit their jobs, throw caution to the wind and confront the unsuspecting public. What is it like to survive as a DIY band on the road in the modern age? Joy and frustration are sure to butt heads as we play music in the streets, in nature, at house parties, underground art spaces and at clubs. It's like a modern-day version of Lewis and Clark's journey into the Louisiana Purchase, but in reverse; We are heading east to collect information to send back to our patrons: The royal collective You!
Our last tour brought us to Austin, Texas for the South-by-Southwest music festival in March. On this journey we created several proof of concepts to illustrate our goals for this upcoming country-wide voyage. Our very first Desolation Tour Video, which we filmed outside of Sedona, Arizona was edited by the visual member of our band, Tyler Freeman. Please check out the first link on this page (http://spacecollective.org/ryan/6039/Desolation-Tour-2010) to see this video, as well as Mini-Episode #3 from that same tour. You can also hear our latest Tour Song there!
Every time we go on tour, we add new tools to our portable studio and learn new tricks about how to use digital technology to stay productive and inspired on the road. However, we have a couple of setbacks this time around. We have spent most of our money! We have invested in new records, CDs, tee-shirts, stickers, screenprinting supplies, a new van (along with repairs, insurance and parking tickets, not to mention gas!) and myriad other expenses. My pocket camcorder mysteriously broke during the Sedona video shoot. Tyler and our sound guy, Gabe Armstrong, both want to join us for parts of the trip, but more mouths to feed requires funds. They proved immensely useful on our southwest tour; having at least one extra member to help with the production and editing end of things made us much more productive. We would love to be able to provide a stipend to them for all their good work. To demonstrate how awesome Tyler is, check out his new invention which he is bringing back from his recent time in the Netherlands (if you thought his wii video controllers were cool, check out this VJ bomber jacket!):
In addition to paying for a videographer, I have compiled a short list of equipment that will be helpful in our undertaking:
-Pocket camcorders: Zoom Q3 ($190), Kodak zi8 pocket digicam ($180), or Kodak playsport Zx3 ($150).
-DSLR still/video camera: Canon Rebel T2i ($850-1,100);
-Flexible tripod: $30
-Food/ extra cash for videographer.
-Trimetric 2020 ($170) to monitor the state of charge of the battery bank.
-"Kill a watt" meter ($30) to see how much power our amps are actually drawing.
-Lights and ballasts. Reflective surfaces.
-2 TB harddrive.
-PV solar panels (500-800W) to charge battery bank from the van's roof. ~$3/W: 200W Evergreen panel: $600. This may be hard to procure at the last minute, but I have worked as an intern at the Real Goods/ Solar Living Center in Hopland, so I may be able to swing something.
Additionally, Gabe has found a spot in Big Sur where he would like to film the first Desolation Show of this tour. He has given us an estimate for this shoot at $300, including ATV rentals! We had initially planned to shoot this weekend, but we could not get the funds in time. There is still a chance at the culmination of this Kickstarter project. Our going-away show will be headlining at the Bottom of the Hill on July 15th, followed by a short trip to the northwest. We will be passing back through the bay area on August 3rd before heading east. If it is likely that we will meet our funding goal, we will start purchasing camera equipment right away and we will plan for new Desolation Video shoots. We already have a contact in Oklahoma that has a spot in mind for us.
This project was spearheaded by me, Hyoobaloinz, but you can get the other members' opinions in the video interview at the top of the page. This is a democracy, after all! Everybody on this tour will have a voice and a perspective, especially if we can get enough pocket cameras to pass around.
If you are even remotely interested, please check out some of our links and pass this page on to your friends, families and colleagues. We have lots of pictures on Flickr, we would love to add you as a friend on Facebook, and we have lots of shwag to encourage your contributions to our fund-raising goal.
Thank you everybody for taking the time to check us out. We love you all very much!
More to come soon!
- (25 days)