BE THAT AS IT MAY...
An insightful look into
the world of a contemporary yet underground Chicago metal band that’s
pushing the envelope in terms of originality and musical style.
ABOUT THE PROJECT...
Be That as It May follows
Yakuza over a 2 ½ + year period documenting the recording and 2010 release
"Of Seismic Consequence" and beyond.
From the recording of the
"Of seismic Consequence" album, to documenting the Yakuza “live” performance including the one
off performance of the "Yakuza Arkestra.”
from the band members, engineer Sanford Parker, Seismic performers including
vocalist Kelly Lamont and cellist Alison Chesley (Helen Money), to testimonials
from their peers including Tom Gabriel Fischer Warrior (Celtic Frost,
Tryptikon), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Eugene Robinsion
(Oxbow,Author), Greg Kot and Jim Derogotis (Chicago
writers (music critics) and NPR's sound opinions), Dr. Deena Weinstein
(sociologist, author of “Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology and professor, De
Paul University), Jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark, Blake Judd
(Nachtmystium/twilight), Dylan O’Toole (Indian), Rodney Pawlak (Dj, manager of
St Vitus/Macabre), Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, Human Remains, East West Blast
Test) and many more.
WHO IS YAKUZA?
From the band’s inception
in 1999, Yakuza has been fiercely independent in all facets of creativity and
output. Refusing to be limited, or pigeonholed by the
often-conservative “metal” genre restrictions and or instrumentation
expectations, Yakuza has created a sonic resonance unlike any other
band. In the tradition of musical
outfits such as Hawkwind, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, The Stooges and Black
Sabbath, Yakuza is an extension of that tradition. And yet
Yakuza is taking it to a new level by making it a little weirder, a lot heavier
and are doing it on their own terms.
THIS MIGHT BE DANGEROUS...
In a genre of music where
LOUD, distorted and gut wrenching guitars are king, Yakuza is out there doing
Sticking a saxophone front and center as a lead instrument ultimately
challenges many preconceived notions about whether or not a saxophone belongs
in contemporary Heavy Metal music.
A MIRROR FOR APATHY...
In American culture where
mainstream commercial music has become very safe, banal and overproduced,
Yakuza is a breath of fresh air. Now so more than ever, popular musicians are presented as magazine advertisements,
billboard icons and super heroes to garner media attention. This unfortunately is the paradigm or example presented and sold to teenagers everyday. Be That as it May is a piece of alternative media, showcasing an outlet for creativity that is real and attainable through dedication and hard work.
Be That as It May presents a band and its
respective members, as proficient and talented artists committed to creating
soulfully epic music as a lifestyle while doing it with honor and integrity. This playing and recording of music is
recognized as a privilege and is upheld as something sacred, not to be taken
for granted. Yakuza’s members
creatively construct their lifestyles to service this creativity.
THIS IS ABOUT COMMUNITY...
Be That as It May is
a look at a band that’s is a product of the Chicago Independent music
community. This urban metal “scene” is being recognized as an epicenter
for contemporary Heavy Metal by both fans and critics alike. Yakuza
resides in the bull’s-eye of this movement. Its members are synonymous
with blue collar and service industry Chicago and are entrenched in this
community and committed to it as lifestyle. Local critics and fans are in
agreement that Yakuza is the embodiment of the Chicago metal “scene.”
One might think that this
kind of creative ethos, integrity and musicianship would be respected and recognized
by a larger audience, but that’s not the case with Yakuza.
Yakuza has decidedly
rejected any form of musical, promotional or marketing compromises to gain
larger commercial and mainstream acceptance. For Yakuza exists in a
consciousness just above (or below) any corporate media perception.
LOVE and FEAR...
This underdog musical outfit has yet to be sought out for large-scale
commerce, for the music industry is somewhat perplexed and often fearful about how to market a band like this. This is not a concern for the band nor thier musical peers, rock critics
and their small yet widespread fan base always eagerly awaits their next show
and latest creative effort. Their avant-garde creative ethos are held in high regard, and is considered a high watermark in terms of creativity,
integrity and musicianship, regardless of how known or unknown they may be.
Be That as It May is
about a band that’s rejected packaged conformity and are forging their own path,
defining a new model of success and doing what ever it takes to keep the
Yakuza "ship" afloat with its flag flying high.
US EXCEED OUT GOAL!!!
amount seeking: $10,500
State of the project…
Be That as it May is almost
entirely shot, and several rough edits of various sequences of the film are in
existence. The shooting is to be
completed by June 2012.
will cover a minimum of 3 months of hardcore editing over 60 hours of footage to get a solid cut of the
movie together along with additional post- production, manufacturing and distribution of film.
THIS IS ABOUT LIFE, DEATH and CHOICES...
In a perfect
world we would hope to double or even triple this amount to enable a longer
editorial process, allow for more shooting, (that will tie this footage
together to the recording of the newest 2012 Yakuza album, recording in May
is a grass roots effort the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM we can make do with to bring this
film together is $10,500.
But the more
funds we get the more time we will have to build the most amazing edit, sound
mixes and create original, collectible promotional materials, and a killer website!
Our ideal is
to do a special (limited edition) release with unique packaging, and reserving
the option to put this documentary out completely INDEPENDENTLY!
SO PLEASE HELP US EXCEED OUT GOAL!!!
THIS ALONG IF YOU LIKE MOVIES AND HEAVY METAL AND DESIRE TO SEE A KILLER
INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A KILLER INDEPENDENT BAND!!
need to choose an amount to pledge and a reward level (to the right) to get on
board to help us out.At
the end of our Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges for
our project meets our $10,500 goal, then the credit cards of those who pledge
are charged and we receive the funds to finish our movie. If we don't meet our
goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and no rewards are
provided. But if we exceed
our $10,500 goal then the extra funds will be used to make the movie even
better. Aside from a 5% Kickstarter
fee and a 3-5% Amazon credit card processing fee, all funds raised will be used
directly in the production of “Be that as it May.
IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL?
nothing. You don’t get charged and
we don’t get any money to make our movie.