About this project
Thank you for checking out this Kickstarter project to launch my first album! Please scroll down to read more, and if you'd like to support, click the links on the right to select a reward!
Update: LAST DAY LIVESTREAM!
Today at 1pm Pacific, Lucia Fasano and Angela Webber (Doubleclicks Records) will count down the last hour of the kickstarter with Q&A, songs, and fun! TUNE IN AT: https://youtu.be/kS6jS4JFKfk
Update: STRETCH GOALS!
We hit our goal! Thank you! We're going to be able to make the album! If you keep donating, we will use the money to make the project bigger and better!
***LAST BONUS GOAL: At $7,000, Lucia will write a Kickstarter Song to thank everyone who backed!!***
I am a lifelong singer/songwriter, storyteller, and performer. Since graduating high school, I've performed solo and with my band Shady Characters, performed standup comedy across the country, acted, drawn cartoons, done improv, and produced shows. I process my life through music and poetry, whether it's mine or someone else's. I have ever since I would sing, as a little girl, "Oh Somewhere Deep" (though I said "Deet") to the Nightmare Before Christmas, or write a little song in response to the fighting and fear and desire for love that often kept me up at night.
After the loss of my dad, I recorded my first full-length solo album. The album was produced by Larry Crane at the legendary Jackpot! Recording Studio. We met while I performed at his comedy show with wife Jenna Zine, Keep It Like a Secret. Larry had worked with some of my inspirations, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, Death Cab For Cutie, She & Him, and Sleater-Kinney, as well as being a musician himself, playing in bands such as Vomit Launch, and I knew he could help me make the record that I wanted. In the time since recording the album, I finished college and graduated Cum Laude, appeared as "Lasik Girl" on Portlandia, played numerous shows, co-created the comedic web series Catty B's, and released the single and music video Nerd Boy, produced by The Doubleclicks.
I've made some amazing fans and friendships through music and comedy, and cannot wait to now release my solo music album, Radio Silence. My music is a crucial part of my identity and an intimate part of my poetic imagination. It bridges the gap between the part of me that desires to make people laugh or draw a cute picture or make a living–– it's the part of me that just is, regardless. I want to release it in the hopes that there are other people out there that want or need that connection, that same outlet that music has brought me.
Listen to the title track from the album with full instrumentation right NOW!
A great deal of my life has centered around loss, or fear of loss. When my grandma, NYC detective Marie Cirile Spagnuolo (also known in the papers as "Lady Tiger"), passed away in 2011, I was singing in my band, and drove cross country to help clear out her house. We found a magical old mandolin in a beat up tweed case, which I named Mando Calrissian. I had never played before, but started learning Neutral Milk Hotel songs and songwriting with the few chords that I knew, to deal with my grief. Soon I incorporated the mandolin into my band's act, and began performing solo shows. A short time after, I had moved to Portland, OR to study and pursue comedy and music.
By the summer of 2014, I'd accumulated a great deal of songs and gigs. Songs about my grandma, my family, my partner, my friends and fear and life, and then my greatest nightmare occurred–– my dad passed away without warning. I was living in Portland, he was living in LA. My dad was fundamentally a reason why I wrote songs in the first place, why I sang them, and why I believe I have songs and stories to tell. I decided, as soon as possible, to record my solo album. That winter, I began recording with producer Larry Crane.
This album captures this time from adolescence to adulthood, the rise and fall of hope and fear and grief. It's a snapshot of being a girl unable to sleep because they feel buried alive, taken out of moments due to worry over their father's health, the ecstasy of being in love, the distant loneliness of being on tour and playing shows in warehouses, and the promise of possibility that keeps us all persisting, despite the risk of more heartbreak. It's this era, lovingly wrapped up in a messy twine, for you to discover, while I continue to grow as an artist and person.
Producer Larry Crane worked closely with me to ensure that this album represented myself, at that moment, as a solo artist. I am playing mandolin and singing like you would find me at a local cafe or punk club, with the songs the way I wrote them. My partner, musician Kyle McCormick, features on the album with guitar, keys, and more, with Larry playing bass, guitar, and keys. Larry gave the album an incredible direction, emphasizing the natural thematic through-line and the heart of the songs. I am thrilled to deliver an album that is as eclectic as myself, with songs ranging from folk, to punk, to jazz, with the lightness of comedy and the most authentic of my tragedy. This album balances the conceptual with the experienced. The part of me that loves concept albums, rock operas and showtunes finds a place through metaphor in songs like "Winter is Coming", "Little Bell" and "Raindrop", while also documenting real life events like the fight to legalize equal marriage in "Beautiful Day" or mourning my loved ones in "F". This album not only transports me back to these moments in my life, but to just the three of us, myself, Larry, and Kyle, working together, making this album by hand. it's an album that I wish I could have put in the glove compartment of my mom's car, for my younger self to discover while we drove around in the car blasting Patti Smith and singing along.
This Kickstarter project is being managed by Angela Webber from The Doubleclicks through her "label" Doubleclicks Productions.
Angela says: Hello! I am eager for Lucia's album to see the light of day and the inputs of your ears, which is why I am lending my "crowdfunding expertise" and "Kickstarter management experience" to this project. Lucia's album is done and mastered, however, we need your help to produce it onto disks, to fund a release, to tour the album, and to spread the word! This album deserves to go everywhere. We have put together some rewards to make this worth your time!
DIGITAL ALBUM: The album will be sent to you via a digital download code to Bandcamp.com. You can get the album in FLAC, WAV, mp3 or many other formats to your desire!
CD: The CD will be printed on OasisCD green-friendly packaging.
SHIRT: The t-shirt design is a cute little squirrel drawn by Carolyn Main! The art will be available on ringspun t-shirts in ladies (S-2XL) and unisex sizes (S-3XL) AND on a high-quality eco-friendly tote bag. View size charts: (unisex/men's shirts) (women's shirts)
DOODLE: Lucia is a cartoonist for the Higgs Weldon (see her comics here) and drew all the little doodles on this page! At this level, she will draw a picture just for you and send you the original inks!
Here is how we will spend the funds from this Kickstarter!
Thank you so much for your support! I can't wait for you to hear my album!
Featured Kickstarter Photo by Alex Ell.
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The album has been recorded, the merchandise has been priced out, and the project is ready to ship. Doubleclicks Productions have shipped two successful Kickstarters in the past and feel confident in our ability to do this once again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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