Blackout Party started small, playing Monday nights at a local bar, then things got crazy. All of a sudden, it was Saturday night, the lights were swinging, and people knew the words to our songs! We'd put out a record on our own and opened for some of our heroes, but we knew we had to keep pushing. We hopped on a plane to Nashville, soaked up that Tennessee grease, and recorded 11 new songs at Zac Brown's "Southern Ground Studios."
The studio and staff were amazing, and when the guys weren't playing hackey-sack in the kitchen, we managed to make some noise. From the personal chef and amazing architecture, to the insane list of vintage gear and beer on tap, this was a bucket list studio experience for the band. Most importantly though, we got to sit in the same room together and record live to 2-inch tape! Here's a shot from the upper deck.
What It Means
Nashville was amazing, and we couldn't be more excited with how these songs came together in the studio. We have finally made OUR record, now we want it to be YOURS. On this page you can pre-order the vinyl and some deluxe merch packages which will only be available through the campaign. Get 'em while they last! For $100, you can even add "Executive Producer" to your resume!
Everything has been kept in-house, and we want you to hear it how it was meant to be heard, on vinyl. Actually, on deluxe smoky-swirly DOUBLE vinyl. One swamp green, one wizard purple.
We dug deep to make this record, and we truly appreciate any amount of support.
Here's a close-up of the cover, with custom artwork by renowned graphic novel artist Eric Johnson. Yup, that's us floating in the water next to cans of beer. This thing has so much cool hidden eye candy, we can't wait for you to see it up close!
What We Need, What You Get
We've already spent a big pile of cash (over $8,000!) on studio time, airfare, and custom artwork. Now that we're back from Nashville, we are partnering with YOU to get this record mixed, mastered, and pressed up on vinyl. What we still need...
$7,500 finishes this record strong (mixing, mastering, pressing), and puts it on your turntable!
So, What Does It Sound Like?
SoundDiego.com said the title track "sounds like Dave Grohl went on a heavy bender with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers". We hope you agree!
If that one doesn't do it for you, hopefully this one will. "Go Easy, Louise" was written for Brian's Grandma last year just before she passed.
Seeing a loved one suffering is something everyone can relate to, but SoundInSanDiego.com said it "sounds more celebratory than mournful... with pounding drums, soaring choruses, and ripping electric guitar splitting time with an explosive slide lead." Hope you like it too"
Describe the record in THREE WORDS...
Referral PrizesOur friends at Sector 9 Skateboards, Karl Strauss Brewery, and Spy Optics put together some insane prize packages for the three contributors who refer the most amount of funders to the campaign via the Indiegogo "share tools". See below...
How Can I Win?
Indiegogo tracks who refers the most amount of funders to every campaign, which we can access via our campaign's analytics.
Help us get the word out, and we will give you cool stuff!
THE MEGA PRIZES!!!
*Top 3 referrers will get their pick of prizes below. 1st place has first choice, 2nd picks next, 3rd gets last remaining prize.
1) Beer For a Year!
Karl Strauss is offering “Beer for a Year” to one lucky contributor. Winner will receive 12 cases of Karl Strauss brew! You will have lots of beer! Throw a party! Invite us!
*Remember to use the Indiegogo "share" tools, as we will be using this data to determine all of our winners.
2) The Sector 9 Experience
Sector 9 is offering a complete board and some extra Sector 9 gear to one lucky contributor! Sector 9 is the biggest skateboard factory in the world, and it's right here in San Diego, CA! We love Rob Molt and the whole crew up there!
*Remember to use the Indiegogo "share" tools, as we will be using this data to determine all our winners. (note: photo is not of actual board offered)
3) Spy Optics Package
*Remember to use the Indiegogo "share" tools, as we will be using this data to determine all our winners. (note: photo is not actual prize offered)
The top 50 referrers will be sent a limited edition "Vinyl Countdown" hat as a thank you gift for your support and help spreading the word online. Thank you!
We have put love and guts into coming this far by writing our best songs ever and going all-in to record them in the best studio possible. Now it's up to YOU!
Our last record was named:
- "Best Rock", "Best Americana", and "Best Local Recording" at the San Diego Music Awards
- "Top 5 Releases" by SDRocknRoll.com
Risks & Challenges
The biggest obstacle to reaching our goal is not getting the word out!
- If for some reason we come up short, we will still move forward and use the money we raise to press vinyl for everyone who contributes. Indiegogo allows us to keep the money we raise, so all our contributors will get the goods!
- However, we believe our fans will get the job done by not only contributing, but by getting involved on various social media platforms and inviting people they know to contribute.
- We've come this far, now we are passing the ball to YOU! Contribute, share, enjoy!
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can't contribute, we understand, but that doesn't mean you can't help:
- Help us get the word out and make some noise about the campaign. Share the link on your social media, message your friends who are vinyl hounds, anything you can do to help we truly appreciate!!
- Use the Indiegogo share tools!
And that's all there is to it.
-Brian, Tim, Daniel, Jesse, and the Hoth