Thank you for taking the time to check out our Kickstarter page for our second record Start Sinning, which we are planning to release in late October or early November of this year.
Those of you who are familiar with John & Brittany know that we are collectively and individually deeply entrenched in the Philadelphia rock scene; since our inception in 2010, and subsequent release of our self-titled debut EP in July of 2011, we have played major venues and clubs in the city like TLA, World Cafe Live, Legendary Dobbs, and the Grape Room. We also host the weekly Wednesday night open mic at Dobbs, where we hopefully play a part in fostering a sense of community in the scene. We have opened for such national artists as Everclear, The Smithereens, Matthew Sweet, Jeffrey Gaines, and we have an upcoming show with the Gin Blossoms. We've traveled to Atlanta, DC, California, and regularly perform in neighboring states like New Jersey and Delaware. We honestly work very hard to be "out there" - in addition to our official shows, we often hit several open mics a week to hone our performance and song craft. Our writing style is a little like finishing each other's sentences; it's a true collaboration. Sometimes it's an intense process, but we both actually like it that way. It's a pretty potent chemistry we have going on, and it has manifested itself in the newest collection of songs we've written for the "Start Sinning" record.
..Which brings us to why we're here on Kickstarter.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 in one month to cover most of the costs of studio time, the engineering fee, mixing, mastering, CD graphic design, manufacturing, and, very importantly, marketing. This would include PR and radio promotion to get the record out to music publications, blogs, and college, commercial, and satellite radio. We have the opportunity to record our new project with our friend Steven LaFashia. He is a Philly-region
recording / mixing engineer, who was also the lead guitarist in one of our favorite bands Jealousy Curve. We are starting the recording in the third week in June with our own savings, and if the Kickstarter goal is met, we will attempt to complete the record by late July, then set it up with a promotional period of 3 months prior to the record coming out this fall on John's DIY indie label IT KEEPS EVOLVING.
We know we have set an ambitious goal for this. It is not lost on us that we are asking for your support in less than prosperous times for many people. Each and every person who joins us in this project will have our sincere gratitude and we have come up with 10 different reward levels to hopefully offer something of value to all of our supporters, whatever the pledge. As you can see, we're having a little fun with the whole "sinning" concept, so hopefully there is "deadly sin" that fits your budget :)
In all sincerity, we appreciate any support you are willing to give in helping us to take this project to a new level. For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is based on an all-or-nothing concept, which means we don't receive any funding unless the goal is met. This means we have a very intensive 30 days ahead of us and we won't be able to make this happen without YOU. If you are able to pledge, we can't thank you enough, but we will do our best! Equally appreciated would be your help in spreading the word about this campaign to your circle of friends. You can help by re-posting the link to your Facebook, Twitter, or in emails. We are going to send out periodic updates on our progress; we promise not to hound you or guilt you into anything.. well, on second thought, Catholic guilt got us into this mess, soooooooo, ya know..
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
~ John & Brittany
About John & Brittany...
John Faye's music career has spanned 20+ years and has seen several incarnations from his time as the lead singer and songwriter of The Caulfields, (who put 2 major label albums for A&M Recs. in the 90's), to his current indie band IKE (who recently put out their 6th record), and, of course, John & Brittany! John has had the privilege to share stages with many artists he respects and admires, from REM, to the Ramones, to Bon Jovi. He has taught songwriting at Drexel University for the past several years, and dedicates most of his Saturday afternoons to coaching student bands at the Bluebond Music School in Philadelphia. He is also the proud father of 2 amazing kids.
For those unfamiliar with Brittany Rotondo, she's a northeast Philly girl with power chords and poetry in her blood. She and John met on the day after Christmas in 2008, and it was apparent from the get-go that she was a 1-in-a-million individual. In their very first conversation, they discussed a mutual love for the Beatles and Ramones, whether John was "a stoner," and the fact that both of them have pencil leads from childhood puncture wounds still embedded in their skin. Needless to say, they became fast friends literally overnight. Brittany was not yet a musician, but they started writing together just weeks after they met. She got her first guitar about 6 months later and soon John & Brittany were writing the "nicotine pop" songs that would become their signature combination of youth and experience, order and chaos, escape and reality.
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