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We have another very important announcement to make about the 'line up' and who will be playing/recording this record with Gary....
I want to first say that I personally apologize for having to keep 'changing' things up with this fundraiser, but sometimes things are out of my, and Gary's control, and I surely hope you all understand. If you know bands and how they work, then you probably understand that sometimes things just don't always go as planned! That said, many of you know this project has always been all about Gary, and that who he would opt to play with was always somewhat negotiable anyway, seeing as he is the literal 'heart' and soul sound of Yawning Man, and pretty much any project he has ever been involved in or with. So, here is the scoop...
Neither Mario nor Alfredo will be performing on this session/release. I am truly sorry for any disappointment this may cause, but while this may seem unfortunate, it is absolutely not; please, continue reading because I promise you will be happy! We have some GREAT news that will surely exceed any expectations you may have had about what is to come!
But wait...the BEST news...for all of you big Yawning Man fans, and fans of Kyuss: Gary/Yawning Man will finally, at long last be doing a BRAND NEW version of the song that Gary wrote so many years ago, later to be covered by Kyuss: CATAMARAN!!!
If you've ever heard of the seminal Desert Rock band Yawning Man, then you've should know that what/who makes Yawning Man's music stand out, and sets them far apart from their Desert Rock followers and contemporaries (Kyuss, QOTSA, etc.), is, specifically, Gary Arce. His uncanny ability to capture some of the most ethereal, psychedelic guitar tones ever made has been captivating friends and now, many fans across the globe, for over 25 years.
Although Yawning Man as a band has a fairly limited library of 'officially' released music, Gary has been quite active over the years, and has participated in lot of 'side projects', each one of them are different and often peppered with some very revered musicians, but every project has his 'signature sound' within. Gary's creativity is unending and his goal is to create and sculpt as much music that his heart, and hands are able to procure- and, of course, document in the form of a actual recordings...
So, why the need to raise funds ahead of time? Well, as of right now, although Gary is absolutely active in Yawning Man, he is yearning to create a brand new, unique, and very special album that is one of a kind- separate from Yawning Man. Gary would like to team up with some other talented musicians to create some brand new, incredible music....we can expect to have amazing musicians literally knocking his door down to work with him, since it has always happened in the past, so this is 'mystery project' for us too. We're hoping this adds to the excitement!
All we can tell you is that once the funds are raised, in the studio they go (we already have the genius Harper Hug at Thunder Underground Studios http://thunder-underground.com/ ready and waiting!). The 'they' will be an as-it-happens-thing. With Gary involved- you *KNOW* it will be excellent! However, Gary needs some financial support in order to make it happen. This is where YOU come in, and why this page was created!
We want to do this grass-roots style, and get YOU all involved, and we would be honored to have you all as fans and friends be a part of the process! We really want to make this a 'minimalist' project, so we aren't asking for a ton of cash- just enough to get some recording/engineering time as well as fund the post production. We'd like to think of this is a way to 'pre-order' what we are sure you know will be an album you'll appreciate and want, while adding some 'extras' to entice- like some of the additional, one-of-a-kind 'fun' items!
So please, join us in this quest to bring more beauty to this world by pledging- or even just spreading the word about this project. And if you pledge, you can always add a dollar or two to whatever item you choose for good karma. We certainly appreciate it!
Oh, and whatever we raise over and above our goal will absolutely be used to further production, extra engineering, etc. to make the music more than spectacular...*In addition, anything we earn OVER our goal, we will donate AT LEAST 10% to ALLIANCE FOR ANIMALS, Boston, a humane organization (501 (C)(3) registered http://www.afaboston.org/
This means that 10% of our surplus, plus extra money after production will be generously donated towards the welfare of our beloved furry friends.
So have fun with this! We encourage you to donate, even if it's a little- every donation counts! And please, be sure share this page with all of your music loving freinds (and also your music hating friends because if they hate music, then you'll have fun annoying them with good music like this). ;-)
Thank you very, very much in advance. Cheers!
*On the off chance you've never heard Yawning Man, which is Gary's 'main' band, here is a good start:
And below are the links to listen to some of Gary's side projects. Each of them are excellent and unique. No telling what he will do this time, but it's clear the running theme is simply stellar! Listen to samples of a few of the many successful side projects he has participated in:
With Sera Beth Timms (Black Math Horseman, Ides of Gemini)
With Greg Ginn (Black Flag), Brant Bjork (Kyuss), etc.
Gary wrote both of these songs, and performed on the album “Flames for All”
Wendy Rae Fowler (QOTSA, Earthlings?), Members of Sons of Alpha Centauri, etc.
Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson), Abby Travis (Masters of Reality, KMFDM, etc.) and kind generosity from Linda Perry (Four Non Blondes, Pink, etc.)
With Scott Reeder (Kyuss, Obsessed), Mario Lalli, etc.
If you have any questions about this campaign, feel free to contact Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, and cheers! :-)