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$1,997
pledged of $16,667pledged of $16,667 goal
30
backers
16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, April 5 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Hi guys, Mike from Mutts here. Bob and I started this band back in 2009. 

Here's us back then:

Now Mutts is 10 years old.

This is us now, with our drummer Ian:

In the past decade we've met a lot of incredible people out on tour, playing hundreds of shows with very talented musicians, comedians, dancers, and fire-twirling folks.

We've also self-released 4 albums and 5 EPs. 

We just recorded our 5th full-length album (10th release overall), and we need your help to put it out.

The new album, Stuck Together, is the best thing we've done. The songs are fueled by the most turbulent 5-year period in my life. Many tears, a lot of joy, heaps of disappointment, tons of hard work, and a lot of milestones and memories went into this record. And it was all captured for posterity by Rick Fritz from Audiotree, in bad ass sounding high fidelity.

We're booking our 10-Year Anniversary Tour from May through the end of the Summer to build the hype for the album.

With your help, Stuck Together will come out in early October, and then we'll do our record release tour.

As backers, you will have your digital copies in hand within a couple weeks of funding this campaign, and the physical copies by September.

What are you paying for:

We spent all the money we have to record and mix this album. 

We need funds to master it (that's the last step that makes the thing sound like other professional albums), get the vinyl and CDs made, and then properly promote the tour dates and the album. 

The last point is the most important in terms of our band's ability to keep going. We finally have an established publicist on our team - one who can leverage this action-packed year into a level of sustainability in our career. He'll help us get press about the album and all of the tour dates, but he doesn't work for free!

Thank you!

The basic goal is releasing an album we're proud of, and putting on fun shows for our friends, family, and fans. 

The bigger picture, and the reason we need your help, is to ensure that our 10th year will include some sold-out tour dates, our 10th release will reach more music lovers, and that our 1st decade will close with a big bang that'll propel us through the next 10 years!

Risks and challenges

As far as the recording, the risks and challenges are already taken care of - we've recorded the album, and we took our time to make sure it's as good as it can possibly be. We took 4 of the tracks from Stick Together EP (with Chris Pagnani on drums) and remixed them, even re-recorded a few parts, and then remastered it along with the new tracks (with Ian Tsan on drums) to make sure it all sounds consistent.

So the real challenge of this project is booking these tour dates and making sure they're at good venues, with other bands who care about stuff. In the past 10 years we have self-booked most of our tour dates, and often end up playing venues that don't promote shows, with bands who were added to the bill too late to help get people there. The result is we walk away from a gig 10 hours away from home with $30 - not enough to get to the next city, much less help 3 grown-ups sustain a living. Our plan to overcome this is to start early (we're already working on this), and to leverage our past decade of experience playing in these cities to book at venues who help promote shows locally, and these are typically the venues that local writers will cover, which makes our publicist's job easier. And we are working to help find the other bands ourselves instead of leaving this up to the venue exclusively.

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