Our Record's Done. Join Our Campaign!
We're Black Whales. We are a psych-pop group from Seattle, WA. that formed in the winter of 2008 and have been writing, performing, recording and touring, every chance we've had.
We've had some unbelievable opportunities that have allowed us to share stages with bands like The Breeders, Portugal. The Man, Wooden Shjips and Cold War Kids to name a few, as well as make records with studio badasses like John Goodmanson, Richard Swift, Mark Rains and Eric Corson.
So now we're here, halfway through 2014, and we've completed our 2nd full-length record, titled "Through The Prism, Gently". It's a psychedelic record of pop songs that has been recorded, mixed and fully mastered. It's done. It's completely done...but now we need your help to put it out and be our record label.
What Does The Album Sound Like?
ANSWER!: You tell us! We have some Sneak Previews of a few tracks off the album to give you some idea of what the record sounds like and to give you a sample of what you're investing in.
Joining Our Campaign and What's In It For You...
We are acting as our own label. That's an hugely time consuming and expensive thing. The beauty of doing it this way is that we were free to make an uncompromised record with the people we wanted to work with, full of imperfections, happy accidents and the final album sounds exactly how we wanted it to sound! The downside is that we don't get the resources and the bank account that also comes with working with a label.
What we are asking our fans and supporters to join us in releasing this record independently and offset some of the costs of publicity, distribution and the pressing of the vinyl, download cards and CDs (all of which add up very quickly).
We were definitely a bit apprehensive about using a crowdfunding platform to raise money, but realised that we could turn it into an opportunity to connect with our supporters and give them something unique and special in return for joining our campaign and becoming a producer of this record. We've created a bunch of really cool perks that we hope will entice you to support this record and it's November 11th release date!
We thank you sincerely for checking out our campaign and encourage you to take a look at the packages we've put together for donors and hope you find something that speaks to you. We can't thank you more for all of the love and support we've already received from our city of Seattle, both coasts and lots of states in between!
Risks & Challenges
$8,000 is a good chunk of change, but it's a pretty low number when you look at all the costs of making and releasing a record on your own.
International Orders?We can do that! Please add $20 to cover shipping costs. It's been recommended that we keep it to shipping in the US only, but we'd like to make it work. We hope this makes sense.
Other Ways You Can Join...
Word of mouth is by far the best network in which to spread the word! Please consider sharing this with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks! This is a free way of showing your love and support!
We have a ton of new music in the works. We'd very much like to bring "Through The Prism, Gently" to fans and supporters and get busy playing it on the road and making the next record. The sooner we can close the book on this one, the sooner we can get back to making music and traveling out to see you!
A very, very sincere 'Thank You' from Alex, Alan, Ryan, Dave and Adam,