What's going on, everybody? We are The Helvetica Effect, a hard rock band out of the small town of Fort Walton Beach, FL. Currently, we're in the process of creating a massive record; one that, to put it bluntly, could possibly propel us beyond the confines of the Gulf Coast and really start making our dream come true - to be able to "effect" the country, nee the world with our style of music.
Unfortunately, the reality of recording a record of this quality and nature has been that it's taking up a lot of our time and money...one of which we simply can't pull out of our own pockets any longer without going into total debt ourselves. We've been playing steady gigs, of course, and the money that we earn from them has been going towards this, but as any working musician can tell you, that only stretches so far. That and a lot of the hidden costs (copyright and song rights fees, reproduction costs, graphic design, etc) have been creeping up on us as well...
This is where you, the listener...our fans, the Effectees...come in. This site will serve as our official pre-order site for our new album, "Calm Amongst The Chaos."
It's simple, really - pre-order the album here and you know without a shadow of a doubt that the money is going towards getting this new music to you. Not only that, but we're adding in additional, fun little things along with said album pre-order, depending on how much you choose to donate. Here's an example - as of this writing, we have 451 fans via Facebook. If every single one of those fans decided to pre-order just the album at $10, that already brings us to $4500 dollars, which is just shy of our projected goal!
If you don't choose to donate, we're sure we could do this all ourselves. But, investing in this guarantees that the record gets done in a few months as opposed to a few years..and you, the music fan, will be directly responsible for its creation.
That and we really don't want to have this become the next "Chinese Democracy"...
What We Need & What You Get
The goal number that you see above is an amount that we've taken up a lot of time calculating, factoring in not only our own earnings for future paying shows, but every cost imaginable - right down to the barcode on the back of the CD's packaging. Even if we can't reach the $6500 goal, every little bit helps and it'll help make the process a lot easier come release time.
And, as we mentioned before, not only are you getting JUST a CD. Depending on how much you donate, you can receive anything from a special mention in the albums liner notes to t-shirts to an Epic Meal Time, cooked by the band!! Also, every donation gets you an entry into a drawing for 2 tickets to a secret show TBA later on this year w/ The Helvetica Effect opening for a very special headliner...
Other Ways You Can Help
Whether you're contributing graciously or you simply can't donate, you can still help! The power of social media is unparalleled these days and just sharing this link with others on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or whatever your poison is just the kind of push a band like us could use - not just in the realm of accuring more money, but really getting a chance to connect further with you, the fan. Anyone who just listens to the music has the possibility of being Effected...and that possibility is all we ask for.
Trying to save the world. One song at a time.