THE ROAD AHEAD
Our experience so far have been unbelievable. The support and encouragement we have received over the years validated the inner voice that told us to keep going. With your help, we can go even further.
We created this Kickstarter project to raise money for studio time and critical bus repairs ahead of our fourth national tour. Working on this Kickstarter project allowed us a chance to reflect on where we have been and the sacrifices made to get us here. We are entirely a product of unwavering support from family, friends, and fans. Throughout our travels, we have had the opportunity to meet some of the most inspiring and supportive people. They have welcomed us into their homes when we needed a place to sleep and included us in their lives. We are fortunate to share this connection with them.
Through our music, we wish to share these experiences in hopes to inspire people to stay positive in their thoughts and actions. With this philosophy permeating through our music and culture, we are all encouraged to help each other on our respective journeys. We each have our own paths and routes in life, but realistically, we're all headed in the same direction. Let's keep it moving forward and enjoy this ride together.
We wrote a song called "Zombies" back when we first started out. We originally recorded it with Alex Pappas (Finch) three years ago, but recently re-tracked it with our good friends Keita and Matt of 3db SoundWorks. We are pre-releasing "Zombies" here on Kickstarter, along with the original version, to show a glimpse of our growth as a band. It has been a year since we released our latest EP, and we are scheduled to record our first full-length album by December 2012. We have roughly half the songs written and will be using inspiration from the road to finish the rest.
Working with 3db SoundWorks on "Zombies" was a great experience. Some of us have known Keita since high school; working with him adds a real homegrown vibe to the process. You will hear the quality and level of production their experience adds to our sound. They're cutting us an amazing deal on studio time to finish the songs we have so far, and we can't wait to get started!
We have been working with limited resources, and as a result, have had to compromise sound quality during the recording process. With your help, we will have a chance to fully record and present our music the way we intend it the be heard. We are also offering you a chance to see how our record is made. We are recording in a private world class studio at an exclusive location. Join us in experiencing our first time fully realizing our sound.
Our tour begins on the West Coast with Tomorrows Bad Seeds and ends on the East Coast with Rebelution and Passafire. It is imperative that we repair our bus so we do not miss a single show. Meet our bus "Bessy":
She works hard taking us show to show and she tirelessly keeps us safe. We have done our best to maintain her and she does her job well. We are fortunate that these vehicles were designed to keep children safe; incidents we experienced on the road could have turned out much worse if we toured in a more traditional vehicle. With 320,000 miles under her hood, we would like her to last another two years. We are experiencing problems with her transmission, brakes, and steering.
We have spent time turning her into our mobile sanctuary. To eliminate hotel room expenses on the road, we hand built bunk beds in the back and rotated the seats inward to form a living room. She has developed a personality over the years and we have grown attached.
We are also grateful for everything that has happened so far on this journey. Consider this our official thank you to everyone who has come out to a show, supported our music, and most importantly, to anyone who has ever believed in us. The energy you have given us is proof that we are all part of something bigger. And we believe it.
We've had growing pains over the past few years. We are real people and are as imperfect as the next guy. We deal with the same life problems that you all do, and we make the same mistakes. We fight with each other daily and aren't afraid to admit it. Through it all, we've learned how to stay positive, and that's a lesson we would like to pass along.
We didn't know each other before this band; our love of playing music brought us together and we work hard every day to keep that love alive (although you guys usually do most of that work for us). It's our hope to show the world how to stay unified when times are tough, and to get and stay motivated. We constantly ask ourselves the question "How bad do we want it?" We believe if you work hard and keep your motives strong and pure, you can achieve anything you want.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to read all this! We'll be hitting the road very soon, so come out to a show, introduce yourself, and join us on our journey. We wish you all happiness and success in everything you do.
Much love and respect,
Through the Roots
T.T.Rmy: Our lifeline. These people have each played a critical role in getting us to where we are today.
The Amaro, Betrix, Boatwright, Cruz, Hawkins, Hernandez, Jackson, and O'Rear families.
WHAT WE DO:
April 2012 So-Cal Reggae Fest
Valley View Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
February 2012 Show w/ The Expendables
HOB Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
"Fed Up" & "Here to Stay"
January 2011 Show w/ SOJA
Hilo Civic Center, Hilo, HI
- (25 days)