Wow! We crossed the $6,000 line, but we still have stretch goals that you can make happen!
We met our first goal, and are almost 110% funded. We've had people ask us if we're done fundraising. We're not done yet! If you know someone who still wants to support the project, there are some great reasons to get involved! Check out the updates section for more info on what's to come!
We’ve been writing music together for a decade. More than 500 weeks of making music together has led to a huge pile of songs, and this summer we’re finally recording the best of it. We’re making an album with a great, long backstory. It’s been a slow, intentional process that has allowed us to really let our friendship grow and our songwriting flourish.
Dusti and Steve started writing together in 2006, and have added a new song each spring as a part of Tenebrae, a creative collaboration at Warehouse 242. In 2013, Bryan Norton joined the team, and now that we’ve been through a full decade together, we’re ready to record an album that sums up the music we’ve created together.
We’re hoping that you’ll support our first studio album and help us record a decade of songwriting.
What is Tenebrae? The music we write is about beauty, loss, and love. We've taken on these topics from as many angles as we can — pulling apart the ways we understand what sacrifice really looks like and means. We’ve all experienced loss, love, and beauty, and this album has been inspired by those core emotions and experiences. But this album was really borne out of the writing we do for an annual event in our church community called Tenebrae. Once a year, a collection of artists, writers, musicians, and speakers get together to create new art and music that marks the sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity. Each piece is based on one of the final seven words of Jesus on the cross. The lyrics to our songs come from imagining what the humans involved in the final moments of this harrowing experience might have thought. The songs are very human, but the emotions that drive it transcend the human experience and dive into the most basic elements of what we believe.
Why did you wait so long to record this music? We’ve been really intentional about the process of writing one song per year with this collection of artists, and it took us the full decade to work our way through all seven segments — plus a bonus epilogue in our final year. The patience we’ve put into this project has allowed us to learn new things about the way we write together, and given us the opportunity to work with some amazing musicians and writers.
Some of these songs are ten tears old, will I like them? The bones of some of these songs have aged for a decade, and we’ve had the chance to take them apart and rebuild them to sound like a cohesive album with threads that come from every style we’ve written. Some of the songs still have the flavor of singer-songwriter acoustic moments, and some fully embrace the soaring electric guitars that populate our favorite music. We started with acoustic roots and have continued to add layers of lush keys, deep drums, and soaring guitars to augment the rich lyrics that form the core of how we write. As a part of rebuilding the songs, we’re working with an incredible producer, Jacob Early, to take an up-to-date approach to combining the songs into a cohesive album. If you want to know what the songs sound like, listen to the soundtrack behind the video on this page — that’s the instrumental track that forms the basis of our 2015 piece.
Is this church music? No, and Yes. These songs weren't written for Sunday mornings, and this album probably won’t sound like most of what you’ve heard in a church before, but it comes from a bunch of people that met at church. It’s about what we believe, it’s driven by our faith, and it sounds like the songs we want to sing together. We think that everyone will get the core emotions that are wrapped up in these songs. These are more human songs than church songs — it’s a collision of how humanity is impacted by the world and by God, and we’re as honest as we can be as we write.
When are you recording? When will it be done? These are all great questions! We're working on rebuilding all of the songs right now, and that work will continue as the summer begins. We are planning to be in the studio during the month of July to track everything and make sure we have enough time to really record the songs as we hear them in our heads. After we're done tracking, we'll be mixing at the end of the summer and mastering this Fall. We're hoping to have masters ready to go by the end of September, but our timeline is fluid because of all of the incredible musicians who are volunteering their time.
Who is involved? By the time we're done with this project, we'll have a long list of friends and bandmates that have contributed, but the core team will be Steve Whitby (guitars, vocals, writing), Dusti Jensen (lead vocals and writing), Bryan Norton (lead guitars, vocals, writing), Caleb Boyd (percussion), Drew Chin (keys), Joe Page (bass), Dan Warren (vocals), Christina Felten (strings), Rookie Kalmanir (bass), and Jacob Early (producer and much more).
So, we’re hoping that you’ll join with us in Kickstarting the first ever Warehouse studio album that walks through a decade of songwriting. We promise that we will work hard to create the best representation of the music we’ve been writing together and sharing with our community.
Risks and challenges
Any recording project that relies on the talents, time, and contributions of actual people [who are musicians] comes with the inherent risk that someone could fall down the stairs, get transferred across the country, or lose interest in their sarcastically-wonderful bandmates. BUT, we think we've accounted for each of these possibilities, and are ready to meet the challenge of making music in the real world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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