We're making a music video!
We're Assorted Animals - an experimental pop/rock group from New York City blending a unique aesthetic sense with savvy arrangements and visceral songwriting. Assorted Animals is just what it sounds like: a collection of beasts. Grady hails from southern California and brings with him a strong background of punk, ska, surf, hiphop, and rock. Laura, a southern New Jersey native, has quite the taste for electronica, prog, jazz, triphop, and grunge. Brandon brings an insatiable love for metal and melodic rock from his home of central Colorado. Now, all of our forces have combined to take over New York City....and the world!
During our two year span, we have played consistently all over NYC - from the world famous venues of Manhattan [Arlene's Grocery, Fontana's, Cake Shop] to the dive bars of Queens [Astoria Brewhouse, Shillelagh's Tavern] to Brooklyn hotspots [Trash Bar, The Rock Shop]. We have also performed at the 2011 Astoria Music & Arts Festival, the past two annual Queens Zombie Walks in Astoria, and most recently we interviewed with MySpace as part of their re-launch campaign as a platform for musicians.
This past winter, we finished our first studio album that was self-recorded, self-produced, self-mixed, self-mastered, and self-titled. We did everything guerilla style: recorded, produced, and polished in various studios/moments all over the City. The entire process took half a year and is brimming with the anxious, raw, and honest energy that we poured into it. We collaborated with photographer Cathleen Parra and graphic designer Dyle MacGregor for the finished product, which is available for live stream on our website (http://www.assortedanimals.com/) and Spotify, as well as for purchase on CdBaby.com, Amazon.com, and Itunes.
And now we're hungry for the next step in our musical journey: the making of the music video for our first single, "Skeleton Army"! We have teamed up with an incredible trio of visual artists--Jorge Arzac, Odemaris Byrd, and Brandon Pro--to shoot a quirky and surreal, Spike Jones-inspired music video. The entire story will unfold in a bathroom set, which we will build in a studio in order to manipulate our space as it transforms from an ordinary bathroom into a tripped out, party-filled daydream featuring a rich cast of characters and an ever-changing medicine cabinet. Our vision is sculpted and clear; we want the video to be a professional, high-concept, and fun multimedia experience. This is where YOU come in!
Where does all the money go?
Your money will be used to rent studio space in Manhattan for two days while the set is constructed and the video is shot. It will be used to pay for lumber, a carpenter, equipment rentals (cameras, lights, dolly, stands, cables, props, etc.) as well as the rental truck needed to transport everything to and from the studio. A portion of the fundraised money will also cover catering for all of the cast and crew donating their time to make this happen.
IF YOU'RE VISITING THIS PAGE, TAKING THE TIME TO READ, DONATING TO OUR CAMPAIGN, SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY--THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING US MAKE OUR DREAM COME TRUE!!