Is it Dad Rock or Dada Rock? You'll never know unless we record our debut album or paint the sky with a fish.
Hi, this is Pete Ficht, the singer/songwriter, rhythm guitarist and guy who gets stuck doing stuff like this for Wild Bells. The other guys are probably out in the street playing stickball and running in the spray from the fire hydrant, while I look longingly out the window between puffs on my asthma inhaler. Those bastards.
But still, I owe it all to them. If it wasn't for Scott, Craig, Sean and Sean bringing these songs and band to life, I'd still be sitting in my man cave playing acoustic guitar and dreaming of one day sitting here writing a Kickstarter project description. So, in a way I've already succeeded! But, in another, more reality-based way, I haven't succeeded yet. Unless YOU (and many others like you) help support us in recording our debut album. Please check out the rewards in the right column, we've got some pretty good stuff there that we hope will inspire you to contribute. Here's a little more about the project...
Sean Farrell: keyboards, vocals
Craig Stahr: lead guitar, vocals
Sean Tichenor: bass, vocals
Scott Pettitt: drums
Pete Ficht: vocals, guitar
Last year we recorded a 2-song single with producer Tony Lash (http://www.tonylash.com/). Tony is an incredible producer and a Portland legend, probably best know for his work with the Dandy Warhols and Heatmiser. I've recorded with him with 3 different bands over the years and I've been delighted with the result every time. There are links at the bottom of the page where you can hear or buy the single we did with Tony last year. The new album will include those 2 songs and have a similar sound.
We plan to go back in the studio (http://www.themagiccloset.net/) with him in June to record 8 more songs to make a full album. So we have the songs, the producer and the studio all lined up to go, we just need the money for the recording costs. $5,000 will cover the studio time, producer, engineer and mixing. At this point we are not planning to press actual CDs, since why? Digital downloads will suffice for now. But, if we do make more than our goal, we will likely press some CDs and/or vinyl. For the kids.
Wild Bells is a new band, but we’re all veterans of the Portland rock scene and have played in some pretty cool bands over the years. For more about the band's history, check out our website: http://www.thewildbells.com
Our music is sort of hard to describe. But I'll do it anyway, since I'm already here. We've all been in such varied types of bands that a lot of very different influences have started to seep in. I once went directly from playing keyboards in a psychedelic spacerock project to playing bass in a honky-tonk band. We don't have a particular sound. Every song has sort of a different feel or vibe, some kind of mixture of power pop, country, psychedelia, roots rook, and indie. You really need to hear it (hint, hint).
Clearly we're not a hot, new, young, cutting-edge band, and it's kind of hard to get traction in this American Idol, youth-obsessed culture. But we don't really care. Some people may scoff at us for being geezers and call us Dad Rock and all that (which actually is kind of accurate, since we have 7 kids between us). But really, I think we should be admired. Do you realize how hard it is for someone in their 40’s to get home from work, put the kids to bed and then go out and play a rock show at one in the morning on a Tuesday night? Man, that’s heroic.
And we’re only doing this because we LOVE IT. There’s no reward, no money, it’s just because we are compelled to make music. We’re lifers. We all started doing this in our teens and twenties and we’re still doing it. I look back at all the people we played with back in the day and 95% of them have given up on it. That’s understandable. That’s sane. But we’re still out there.
And maybe you’re one of those people. Maybe you had to give up on your dream or your passion, whether it was music or art or whatever, because your life got in the way. Well, we’re proof that you can still do it. It’s not too late. There’s nothing stopping you. Except in our case, lack of money. So we’re asking for your support to help US keep our crazy dreams alive.
Please help us reach our goal of $5,000 to fund the recording of the first of, hopefully many, Wild Bells albums.
We recorded a 2-song single (Curtain Call and Never Learn) last year with Tony Lash. Curtain Call is the song we're playing in the video above. These 2 songs will be on the record to round out the 8 new songs. So this will give you a good idea of what the album will sound like.
If we do make more than our goal, we will use the extra money to do one (or all) of these things:
- create custom artwork for the album
- press CDs and/or vinyl
- record 1 or 2 more songs
Filming, editing and photography by Eric Maxen http://www.ericmaxen.com/
Video concept by Pete Ficht
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Since we have the songs ready and the producer and studio lined up, there shouldn't be any risk involved with us recording and completing the album. Unless there is illness or someone needs to leave town for work or something like that.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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WINDOW-SHOPPING IS TOTALLY COOL WITH US: We're grateful for ANY support and will happily send you a shout-out on Facebook and Twitter and Friendster (if I can remember my password from 2004).Estimated delivery:
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10 FOR 10: Digital download of the entire album. This is a great value, 10 songs for ten bucks. Which works out to approximately, let me check my math here, something like a dollar a song? Hey, that's cheap!Estimated delivery:
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LOOK, THERE"S MY NAME: Digital download of the entire album, plus your name in the artwork/liner notes of the album (in whatever form that turns out to be). This will be physical evidence that you are a sophisticated patron of the arts and a little loose with your money. PLUS, we will put you on the guest list for our Portland record release show.Estimated delivery:
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LET'S GET PHYSICAL: In this wild and ever-changing world of technology (have you seen the Roomba?? That shit is amazing) who knows if CDs will even exist in the next month. We may all be listening to music through our TELEPHONES or something crazy like that. So, we may not actually make physical CDs and just rely on these new-fangled digital downloads. BUT for you (yes, you!), we will send a copy of the album from a short run of hand-crafted discs, signed and smudged by the band, PLUS everything listed above.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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MIX IT UP: Not only will you get everything listed above, but you will get your choice of a mix tape (yes, cassette) created by Pete from his collection of classic vinyl OR a very rare physical copy of the 1999 Third of July CD by Pete's old band, the State Flowers (which was also produced by Tony Lash).Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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SONG SUNG YOU: We will write a song for you, record an acoustic version and send it to you. Plus we'll post it to a special Kickstarter page on our website and play it at our record release show. Just give us a topic, a title, whatever you got. Who knows, your experience with fiscal spreadsheets could spark a new dance craze. But even if it doesn't, you'll still get everything listed above!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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YOU WON'T EVEN HAVE TO PLAY IT BACKWARDS: We will audibly say or sing YOUR NAME somewhere on the record. It'l be something like "C'mon, baby, baby, baby, Fred Blurth, baby, baby, oh yeah", but better. Not only that, but we'll send you a special and rare WIld Bells t-shirt. How rare is it? So rare that we haven't even made them yet! But we surely will for 250 big ones. And you'll still get everything listed above!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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HOT FOR TEACHER: We will give you the choice of a 1-hour music lesson from anyone in the band. Hone your drum skills with Scott! Cop those crazy Craig licks! Learn all the secrets of monophonic analog synths from Sean F! Expand your bass knowledge base with Sean T! Get songwriting tips from Pete! We will do this in person in the Portland area or over Skype. Plus (surprise!) you'll get everything listed above!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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THE EXECUTIVE: For this grand gesture, we will prominently list you as Executive Producer of the album in the artwork/liner notes of the album (in whatever form that turns out to be). PLUS, we will play a set for you at your home or in the Liberty Lounge (Pete's basement bar where the video was filmed) if you are in the Portland metro area. Or over Skype, if you are not. Oh, and we'll probably throw in everything above. Yeah, you should definitely do this one.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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