About this project
Our second studio album is entitled "THIS IS US" and is slated to be released in October 2015, pending the success of this project.
$6,000 - Recording, studio time, ~14 songs
$1,500 - Press, production, manufacturing
$1,000 - Album artwork, design
$500 - Marketing, press, publicity
We're Stacked Like Pancakes (SLP) - a rock band from Towson, Maryland, and we need to raise money to fund our second studio album. If we reach our goal, the album will be funded and we will donate an extra thousand to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation to honor Kellen's sister, Courtney, who was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2007. For every $5,000 donated after the goal is met, we will donate another $1,000 after the Kickstarter is funded. Additionally, if we reach those new milestones, we could fund really awesome things like VINYL RECORDS and SWEATSHIRTS and a MUSIC VIDEO and who knows what else! Every donor of $20 or more will be able to submit a photo to become a part of our album artwork.
There are no gimmicks here - the funding of the album is contingent on crowd-funding the money to donate to CCFA. If this project is successful, there will be a new album, and there will be a donation. If it is not successful, there won't be either.
In order to explain, please read this excerpt regarding our band name from the biography of our website: "It doesn't matter how deep of a meaning or back-story there is with your band name – what matters most is the quality of the music you create and the connections you make with the people who come out to shows to hear it. The band name is a part of the image, but creating good music and sharing an experience with you matters first and foremost."
While we still hold this strongly to be true, an album name is different. It's special. At a fundamental and skeletal level, we have to know in our gut and bones that an album name is correct. THIS IS US has several facets, and please know that this is different from saying "it has several meanings." It only has one meaning, which we can best explain through music, but we will do our best here.
If you have been a part of the #PancakeNation for awhile, you may know that there are many band members to have come and go. There are so many reasons for this, but the most important thing to come of it is - quite simply - who is in the band today. It's hard to put together a new album when you cycle through six drummers in a year. Personnel conflicts are inevitable, but we're stronger because of our weird past and we're comfortable where we are today. This is us.
Speaking of the #PancakeNation, this is what we call our f̶a̶n̶s̶ family. They are the driving force of our success. There's nothing more energizing than meeting a new fan who is so eager to share how instantly passionate they have become just from their first time hearing and seeing us play live. And likewise, there are a healthy amount of ultra-dedicated lovers and supporters of our vision who are essentially shareholders of the band and business that is SLP. You know who you are. The music industry is incredible and frustrating, and we would be nothing without all of the support from our fans. This is us.
So whenever I (Kellen; taking the stage-selfie above) would think about the album concept THIS IS US, never was there a point where I was thinking "us" solely being the band. I felt a necessity for it to be something way bigger than just our music and our fans. My sister was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2007, and I've seen how she has suffered over the last decade (she was finally diagnosed after years of doctors not really knowing what was going on). Treatment has gotten way better, and she currently does not need to be fed through a tube. She missed out on life-forming experiences like high school because of this incurable illness. I have always tried to empathize, and my hope is that we can all have a shared empathy for the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer in order to raise awareness to help further research for Crohn's Disease. This is us.
Courtney is quiet, but incredibly strong. She has taught me to not take the simplest things for granted. She is one of my greatest inspirations. She is beautiful, and the best dancer I have ever seen in my life.
The following information is borrowed from CCFA.org
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. People suffering from Crohn’s often experience loss of appetite and may lose weight as a result. A feeling of low energy and fatigue is also common. Among younger children, Crohn's may delay growth and development. Crohn's is a chronic disease, so this means patients will likely experience periods when the disease flares up and causes symptoms, followed by periods of remission when patients may not notice symptoms at all.
Crohn’s disease may affect as many as 700,000 Americans. Men and Women are equally likely to be affected, and while the disease can occur at any age, Crohn's is more prevalent among adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 35. The causes of Crohn’s Disease are not well understood. Diet and stress may aggravate Crohn’s Disease, but they do not cause the disease on their own. Recent research suggests hereditary, genetics, and/or environmental factors contribute to the development of Crohn’s Disease.
All of the pledges are listed on the right-hand-side. A lot of time and thought went into coming up with the many different ideas and putting it all together.
Pictures take up a lot of space, and this page is already pretty lengthy. To view more of our merchandise to know what the stuff you're pledging for looks like, visit our online store.
Risks and challenges
There could be a delay in recording the album, because we're dealing with art and creative processes and scheduling and so many other factors...but we budgeted this time with careful thought. Really, the only risk we run with Kickstarter is the project not getting funded. No funds = no album.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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