Artist of the day: Guiltmaker
(Welcome to Kickstarter week on Soundcheck! This week we’re spotlighting artists with recent or ongoing projects on Kickstarter.com. Today: Alt-rockers Guiltmaker.)
Project: Recording a new six-song EP at Singing Serpent Studios in New York City. Their goal amount represents about 33 percent of the total cost of travel, studio time and pressing the EP on vinyl. The band is paying the rest.
Goal: $4,500 Raised: $3,233 (through 4/27; the deadline is today, so click here to donate)
What $5 got you: Access to a behind-the-scenes video and photo blog during recording.
Guiltmaker is adhering to that old adage, “Give, and ye shall recieve.”
The alt-rock quartet’s most recent album, the 2010 EP The Emerald Coast, is available for free download on their Bandcamp page. And the band is putting up about $9,000 of their own money to record a new album this summer in New York City — they’re just asking for a little help to get there.
“Either way, we’ll be going to New York and recording this EP,” said drummer Daniel Williams. “The Kickstarter would provide about 30 percent of the funding, the travel and pressing the new EP on vinyl. If we do not succeed with our Kickstarter campaign, there’s a chance we would not produce our new record on vinyl.”
Guiltmaker — singer-guitarists Dan Radde and Shaun Drees, bassist David Teten and Williams — have been around in various forms for about eight years, and Williams said most of the donors seem to be longtime fans, friends and family. But the group has played a handful of notable shows in the past year — opening for AWOLNATION and Peter Bjorn and John, the closing of Vinyl Fever — which may have increased their visibility in the local scene.
The group plans to record the new EP with producer Jeremy S.H. Griffith (Underoath, Norma Jean), but isn’t counting on fans to pay the full bill.
“Some bands go crazy and must be hoping to get 100 percent of their funding from there,” Wiliams said. “But we love what we do.”
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*