Hi! We are The Gentlemen Thieves, a pop-punk band from Mississauga, ON. Since our formation in early 2011 we have been working very hard, independently recording and releasing our first EP "Crafting Lies", playing numerous shows, spanning across Canada, sharing stages with some of Canada's most talented and icnredible bands.
Over these past two years, we have been busy working hard to write some of our best material to date. We have a collection of 13 songs that we are incredibly proud of, and think will really "strike a chord" with those in our music scene. We believe that with the right focus, and dedicated touring, these songs will be able to launch us into the next level of our music careers. As such, we have decided to go all out with the handling of these songs, and give them the full studio treatment they deserve. We also plan on presenting them to you, our fans, in the best way possible.
What we plan on doing is releasing a new 7" vinyl single for our song "Shooter". We hope to present this with full artwork, on mixed colored vinyl. This is scheduled to be released in June of 2013, followed immediately by an east coast tour through Canada to help promote the release. We then plan on releasing the remaining songs on our first full-length album, due out some time in the fall of 2013. This will not only be available for purchase via digital download, but also as a CD, with an 8 page color booklet, full of new artwork and photos. This will be followed up by a full extensive tour of Ontario and Quebec, hopefully hitting some bigger festivals as well.
As an independent artist, we benefit greatly from being able to take full control of our own musical careers. We are fulfilling our dreams by writing, recording, and releasing the music we want, how we want, when we want. In taking this path, however, it also means we fund everything ourselves. We do not have the help of any music labels, executives, or government grants to pay for our studio time or manufacturing costs. Going forward, there are many costs to cover:
- Studio time @ The Gentleman's Den with producer Dave "Brownsound" Baksh (SUM 41, Organ Thieves, Brown Brigade)
- Mixing & Mastering, by Steve Rizun of Drive Studios (The Flatliners, The Creepshow, Ill Scarlett, Protest The Hero)
- Professional CD pressing
- Professional 7" vinyl pressing
- Artwork for both the 7" single and the album
- Photo shoots for the full-length album
- Various instrument costs (skins, strings, setup, rentals, etc)
We evaluate the total cost of this project to be roughly around $8,000. We therefore are asking our fans, friends and family to help us in only reaching $2,000, or 1/4, of that amount. In reaching this amount, we will be able to not only finish recording these songs, but also give them the proper physical distribution we believe they deserve.
As musicians, making new music is our passion. Much like how the seasons always change, so will we always write and record new music. It's just who we are and what we do. It's not the when or why we're concerned with, it's the how. We want these new songs to be brought to you, our fans, in the best way possible. For that to happen, and a physical distribution and release occur, we need your help. Without the help from you, we will not be able to afford the manufacturing and pressing of these vinyl and CD's.
We're not asking you to just GIVE us your money though! We're asking you to invest in us, and help us move forward in our careers as musicians. For your investment, we have many different prizes and items available:
- digital downloads of the 7" single and the full-length album
- physical copies of the 7" single and the full-length album
- limited downloads of exclusive EP's
- special thanks and appearances on the new album
- personal interactions with the band
- exclusive test press vinyls, courtesy of United Record Pressing
- ...and more!
So, How Can I Help?
Don't delay, donate today! Every little bit helps, and is much appreciated! Beyond that, you can help us by spreading the word, and tell all your friends about our fundraiser via social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. The more people we can reach, the better chance we have at reaching our goal.
Much Thanks And Appreciation!
*Any prizes earned through funding can be picked up at any Gentlemen Thieves live show, or direct from a band member if you personally know them. If shipping is required, please add $5 to your total before funding
Wow! We are speechless! We are already more than halfway to our goal, and there is still just under three weeks left to go. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. Your help and support means the world to us.
Since we have raised $1,300 so far, we can guarantee that we will be releasing the 7" vinyl, titled “Shooter”. Once we hit $1,500, we will release the artwork and track-list. So if you haven’t donated yet, now is the time to do so! Also, be sure share on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. The more people we can reach, the better chance we have at hitting this goal! Thanks
So here it is! The cover for the 7" vinyl! It is entitled "Shooter".
It was designed by the talented Bronte Stefanowski. Side A of the vinyl will have the new single "Shooter", while Side B will contain a newly recorded version of an old favourite, "Take My Advice".
If you haven't contributed to our IndieGoGo and secured a 7" vinyl for yourself yet, now is the time to do so! Get it while it's cheaper, and help us reach our goal at the same time! Thanks