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Dusti & Steve have been writing music together for 10 years. This summer, we’re going to record 8 songs that tell an amazing story.
Dusti & Steve have been writing music together for 10 years. This summer, we’re going to record 8 songs that tell an amazing story.
102 backers pledged $8,639 to help bring this project to life.

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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!

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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.

The Band We Love
The Band We Love

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.

Here's the track listing for the album!
Here's the track listing for the album!

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.

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    MUSIC. Get the digital download as soon as it’s done. Even before we make the CDs and Vinyl records, you’ll have the music.

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    CD. Go old school and get an actual CD with amazing album art from a Warehouse 242 artist, and all the related notes and awesomeness.

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    VINYL. Claim a signed copy of the album on an incredible, purely-analog vinyl record. Yes, to be played on a phonograph. The album art will be wonderful, and the hipsters will all think you're cool. You'll also get a digital download of the album.

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    T-SHIRT. Every band needs a great t-shirt. Luckily, we're surrounded by artistic friends, and they've helped us design a killer shirt that'll be stylish for decades. If you back us at this level, you'll get a shirt, a CD, and a digital download of the album.

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    BACON. This project is about music, but if you pledge $100, you'll get the signed album (on CD or vinyl), a huge thank you in the credits, and one pound of genuine, home-cured, applewood-smoked, Whitby Bacon. [Sorry... only available in the Charlotte area. Bacon is hard to transport -- mailmen love bacon.]

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    COVER SONG. [The non-bacon hundy.] Not in Charlotte but want to give at a solid Benjamin level? How 'bout we record a cover song [of your choice... within reason] and send it your way with a copy of the album in whatever format you want? We can do it.

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    LYRIC POSTER. We’re producing a series of eight lyric posters that incorporate our words from the songs on this album. All the art will be original, and you can select two of the designs to hang on your walls. You'll also get the album in any format you'd like.

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    SONGWRITING SESSION. We love writing songs, and we really love collaborating however you're comfortable. If you back us at this level, we'd jump at the chance to sit down and write a song with you or for you. You'll own the song we work on together -- we just enjoy the creativity.
    Even if you're not musical, we'd love to write about what's going on in your life.

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    HOUSE SHOW. If you commit $750 to our project, we’ll play an acoustic house show for you and up to 50 of your friends. We can play at your house, a small venue you have, your church, or in a gallery environment. [Must be in the area of Charlotte, Asheville, or Greensboro, NC] You'll also get a copy of the album in any format you want.

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    Executive Producer Credit. We'd love to have you on board as an executive producer of the album, and we'll list you in the credits as the real deal if you pledge $1500. You'll also get the album in any format you want, a poster, and a pound of Whitby Bacon.
    If you want, we'll hang out with you for an hour on Skype, or grab coffee if you're in the Charlotte area.

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    JENSEN ART. Josh Jensen is one of the most talented abstract painters in the Carolinas, and he's committed to creating two original paintings for our backers. If you back us at this level, you'll get the album (in all formats), a t-shirt, and an amazing original Jensen painting [40"x40" or 24"x48"] for your wall.

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