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FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 27 YEARS FROM MINNEAPOLIS ROCKERS THE SUBURBS.

Cover art by Kii Arens
Cover art by Kii Arens

Join us as we bring out a BRAND NEW Suburbs record.

Announcing Si Sauvage, The Suburbs' first new album in nearly three decades with 10 new remarkable studio songs (and a couple bonus tracks for Kickstarter supporters).

People who have heard advance mixes, say it sounds like a culmination of the entire history of the Suburbs, and thoroughly contemporary at the same time. It's surprisingly upbeat, with plenty of dance grooves, yet also contains the beauty of older songs like "Girlfriend" and "Spring Came."

It's mature AND fun, and it's obvious that the Suburbs audience has grown along with the band. Crowds are already cheering and singing along at recent shows to new songs like "Turn The Radio On." 

We invite you to give this first song a listen while you read about the Kickstarter project: 

Suburbs Fans are the best. 

They've really taken a "pride in ownership" of this unique Minneapolis band. They've gotten behind the band's incredible "Love Is The Law" campaign for marriage equality, they've packed the clubs and theaters, shared the songs, worn the band's indelible logo, and turned-on friends and family to The Suburbs nutty videos and Chan and Bruce and Beej's rocking, quirky, and lovely songs.

What better way for the band to raise the budget for the recording and promoting of their first new album in 27 years than to come directly to this great group of supporters who have grown and celebrated with them?

Who are The Suburbs?

The Suburbs were instrumental (no pun intended) in the development of the "Mpls. Sound" which spawned The Replacements, Prince, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, etc. Those groups are their friends and peers. Their mix of punk, dance music and humor on releases for Polygram and A&M Records in the 1980's was ahead of its time. Their concerts are known for their high-energy excitement and entertainment.

Photo by Kii Arens
Photo by Kii Arens

Accolades!

The Suburbs were voted among the "100 Most Influential Minnesota Musical Entities of the Twentieth Century" by The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Chan Poling was voted #6 in Rake Magazine's "Favorite Minnesota Rockers" poll (alongside Prince, Bob Dylan, and Paul Westerberg). The Minnesota Music Awards honored Chan Poling with their POP (Perpetually Outstanding Performer) Award.

CHAN:
"They were wild times, pop music was changing. Some of my favorite memories were onstage, playing shows with REM, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, Blondie, The B-52s... I remember one night The Replacements trashing our gear while they warmed up for us in Duluth. We ended all getting hammered together of course on the tour bus as we rolled back home."

Fun times. But by the 1990's The Suburbs had been worn out by touring and the pursuit of the charts and since then only performed occasionally.

Now in 2013 they've returned in earnest, with a new album and a new line-up. The band currently consists of original members singer/songwriter/keyboardist Chan Poling, singer/songwriter/guitarist Beej Chaney, singer/drummer Hugo Klaers, Max Ray and Rochelle Becker on saxophones, as well as new members Steve Brantseg on guitars, Steve Price on bass, and Stephen Kung on trumpet.

Why Kickstarter? What happened to Polygram, A&M Records, Universal Music? Why not use a label?

CHAN:

By now we've all heard the various sides in the battle for your entertainment dollar. We all pretty much understand the old music business model has changed, yes, but not the spirit or the intention of the makers or the fans. We keep making and listening to music.

But "listening" is a bit different than "buying"... Honestly, the trickle down of pennies from downloads etc. just doesn't add up nowadays for bands selling less than Jay Z, particularly enough to pay for the production of a new studio album!

Which brings us here; Kickstarter, by all appearances and evidence the most popular and efficient solution for artists stymied by the chasm that's opened between the process of writing, producing, recording and distributing music and making a living, a chasm which if left to grow threatens the very existence of original, indie music.

Because - as we all can figure out - if the musicians can't afford to make music there will be no more music to listen to. Except, one might imagine, a sort of manufactured corporate strain which (one shudders to think) will end up dominating the world like some sort of zombie apocalypse.

What's that? The zombies are already here? Screw them. They've always been here. We're still making original rock music.

The good news is that places like Kickstarter, where the music lover directly transacts with the artist, not only allows the artist the ability to afford to make his or her music the way they want, it inherently does away with a middle man, reducing waste and delivering good product at a cheaper rate, AND has the multiple benefit of actually adding value. If you haven't noticed yet, you get more stuff with your music on Kickstarter! T-shirts! House concerts! Signed posters, hot pink vinyl and swag!

With your pre-orders and pledges we can pay for our own promotion, advertising, videos, marketing and publicity agents, touring costs, etc., not to mention the very best recording, mastering and manufacturing talent and facilities so the new songs sound as awesome as they can be.

Bottom line: you help pay for the product and we deliver it. This platform makes for less risk for us, more interaction and investment in the process and artist for you.

So, let's embrace this new model, this DIY - no, this DIO (Do it Ourselves!) - world. Hell, if we reach our pledge goal we'll be further ahead financially than most big label "advances" would have gotten us anyway... and we will still OWN our music.

And so, justly, will YOU.

So, here's what we'd like you to do:

1. Pick a prize level and donate. The skies the limit!

2. Tell your friends. Please pass along this link - the more the merrier.

3. Follow along. We'll be sending out updates throughout the course of the campaign.

Thank you!!

Photo by Kyle Hansen/RKH images
Photo by Kyle Hansen/RKH images

Check the performance calendar, get t-shirts and stuff, watch videos and more here: www.thesuburbsband.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We're already hard at work on this. As much as anyone can promise anything these days, we can guarantee your pledges and support will result in a finished product that will be delivered to you in a timely manner. This is what we do. CDs and LPs will be easily delivered once manufacturing is complete which will take probably AT LEAST six weeks after the Kickstarter campaign ends. Additional gift levels have been designed to be easily delivered; coasters, posters etc. will be delivered allowing time to be signed by the band, packaged and mailed, the special social things like golf and guest list etc. can be scheduled taking into consideration weather, everyone's schedules, etc., and the private concerts can be discussed over the phone and scheduled whenever in the next year.

FAQ

  • Lots of stuff happened. Marriages, kids, divorces... Beej moved to Los Angeles. Chan and Beej made solo records. Chan became involved with his other group, The New Standards. Original Suburbs guitarist extraordinaire Bruce Allen died. Michael Halliday retired. Chan got remarried. His wife died.

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  • CHAN POLING:
    I guess I just gotta be honest and say that I simply didn't want to do it before. I was busy living my life separate from being in The Suburbs. But after my wife Eleanor died, I suddenly wanted to make a new rock record. Go figure... Well truthfully I'd been thinking about it for awhile, but now I really wanted to do it. You collect a lot of songs in 20 years, and while this by no means is the culmination of every song Beej or I wrote in that period (as a matter of fact some of the songs on this new CD were written in a single moment of passion while we were working on it, as it should be) I think it benefits from a nice long gestation period in general.

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  • The Suburbs are resuming touring and performing in a limited way, so be sure to catch them when they show up in your town!

    GIGS UPCOMING (so far):

    MINNESOTA STATE FAIR - Aug 30
    NEW YORK CITY - MERCURY LOUNGE - Sept. 27
    ST. CLOUD - PARAMOUNT THEATER - Oct. 26

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