Who are we?
The Bandit Kings are an original alt. country/rock/pop band with two female lead vocalists, a vintage jangle sound and modern rock rhythms. Featuring Renee Dupuis, Ann Marie, Dennis Monagle, Joe Cardoza, and Dan King, the Bandits have found bare-bones musical chemistry, including the rich meld of Ann Marie & Dupuis, who “both have voices that bring us back to the dawn of country rock, whisky soaked and raspy in just the right places while never crossing into the overpowering."
Why Help us?
The music industry is packed with tons of amazing talent that deserves your attention, and it is easier than ever to get lost in the shuffle (and harder than ever to get media attention and radio play). The Bandit Kings are busting with new music and we want to record it and attract the recognition of mainstream and not so mainstream media. You can be a part of supporting a band that strives to write classic songs, put on intimate shows, and continue to live as working musicians. We aren't working hard to be the "next big thing", we are working for longevity in the world-wide music community and have modeled our work efforts after artistic mainstays in the vein of The Pretenders, REM, and Lucinda Williams.
What We Need...
We are hoping to raise $15,000 in a grassroots campaign for the digital age. We have spent well over $20,000 of our own money on the last two albums, which we have been able to do by the skin of our teeth, thanks to playing over 250 gigs in the last two and a half years.
The Bandit Kings have a fantastic resume of achievements and DIY has been our theme from day one. We've done tons of art, publicity, financing, booking and recording ourselves to keep costs down and will continue to do so. We have an awesome slate of fresh material to record but waiting for gig money to accumulate after expenses (ie: food, transport gas, gear maintenance, etc...) takes a long time and DIY can only take us so far. To help push us above the fray, keep momentum and meet our challenges we are going to need some serious professional help in these areas: Recording, Video, and Publicity.
With your help the Bandit Kings can afford to record a high quality album and pay for studio time, a professional music video, and a publicist.
You want that in cold hard numbers? Here goes:
- $8,000 towards a new record which will include studio time and professional mixing and mastering (we support small, local studios and their engineers!);
- $2,000 for a professional video and all the exposure that high quality media can afford us;
- $5,000 to hire a professional publicist to promote our efforts.
& What You Get...
We intend to ply you with cool incentives and ensure that you realize just how truly grateful we are to you already for coming to shows, paying door covers, buying merch and CDs, applauding vociferously when each song is done, and now, helping us rocket into the next phase of musical history.
What you will get from us in return:
- new digital downloads
- signed merch
- rare live tracks
- cameos in our music video
- your name in our liner notes
- live gigs in your 'hood (or your house)
- lessons in Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Songwriting and Production.
Why you mean so much...
We need your help. Your donation, no matter how big, WILL have an impact. At a time when art is constantly under-funded, The Bandit Kings have to be able to rely on the kindness of friends, family, and smart philanthropists to get our music out there.
Our grassroots is your grassroots!
We know that not everyone has money to spare. Please take a moment to help us get the word out about this campaign, whether or not you can give. Our voice is only as big as your voice. And you have a great voice!