Who The Hell Is Bobby Joe Ebola and Why Do You Want My Money?
Hey there! We’re Corbett Redford and Dan Abbott of Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, a very unusual and ambitious satiric rock/punk/folk band from Pinole, CA. We’ve been making fun and amazing art since 1995, and the last four years have been our most intense and productive ever. Some of our accomplishments in that short time frame include creating 15 music videos, recording 2 LPs, 2 EPs, a few 7” singles, compiling a live box set, readying two books and playing 500 self-booked shows.
On the surface, it seems that we have much to look forward to: bigger shows, lots more upcoming releases & projects, and an enthusiastic and ever-growing fanbase. It hasn’t been easy, however; we have recently been overwhelmed by the workload and costs of doing all aspects of continuing forward with all of this, basically as somewhat of a small business, by ourselves. In order to accomplish all that we have in the last four years, touring, filming.and recording, we have spent around $50,000+ of our own money.
This month we had to cancel the last 30 dates of a recent 70 day U.S. tour, and put several projects on hold in the face of looming deadlines and expenses. We hit a wall. We can’t do this alone. For more about our recent breakdown/almost breakup, go here: http://bobbyjoeebola.com/?p=3176
In order to complete several projects now in progress, and in order to make our band a healthy & long-term venture, we need your support. If you are a fan or friend of our band, and want to see our songs, videos, books and other projects come to fruition, or you want to help us build the apparatus we need to keep going as a working band, NOW IS THE TIME.
We are a band rife with broken equipment, in need of van repairs, without a current practice space and out of stock of some of our most popular albums & other merch... every cent went into our gas tank during our recent relentless touring.
Our book projects are currently in the midst of heavy production, nearing deadlines... and without the rest of the funding needed to complete them. With over 30 artists contributing work and guaranteed large distribution, it is very important for us to see these books thru to completion. You can see more about the books at these links: http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/4408/ & here: http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/audio-zines/4416/
We are also sitting on a batch of some of the best new tunes we have ever written - Lost On A Gambler, In The Corn, Get Off My Lawn and more - and are set to enter Oakland’s Jingletown Recording Studio later in the year. This also, is another huge opportunity for our band - we have never recorded in such a high quality renowned studio. Read more about Jingletown here: http://www.jtrecording.com/
Lastly, our ambitious goal to complete videos for the two remaining songs of 13 from our 2010 album, “F”, has yet to be fulfilled. We still owe DVDs of this to many folks who contributed to a crowd-sourcing campaign we held a while back. Plus, videos for songs on our most recent album, “Trainwreck To Narnia” are in various states of production. These are fun projects that we are very passionate about... and also are an easy way for new people to find our band and get excited about what we’re doing.
With all of these circumstances in mind, we are asking for your donations to keep our train moving, to help us fix what needs to be fixed and keep the momentum we have worked so hard to maintain. If you can't donate, you can still spread the word and share this campaign! Read below for a detailed list of what we will spend the money on, and look to your right on this page to see the awesome things we, our community and collaborators are offering to you if you can donate!
NOTE: If you see more than one item you would like to have in our donation rewards list, just pay for them one at a time to make sure that we know what all to send to you!
What We Need & What You Get
Here is a list of everything we are hoping to find funding for.
* Guitar amp - $1000 -- Dan has been borrowing guitar amps for every show since 2009, after selling his old amp to cover some of the costs of a bygone acoustic tour. It’s about time he had his own amp to practice, play shows and record with.
* Drum & Bass Repairs - $1500 -- What was it Indiana Jones said? "It's not the years, it's the miles." Our drummer's hand-me-down kit is torn to shreds after several tours and hundreds of shows; huge cracks in the cymbals and drums. It would be comical if it wasn't such a bummer. Our bassist's equipment is similarly worn; the amp needs a new speaker cone, and the bass itself needs some expert TLC. We will repair what we can and replace what we have to.
* Meal Deal & Songbook production - $4000 -- We have some amazing opportunities before us this year. Our friends at Microcosm Publishing, in a great leap of faith, have agreed to publish two projects of ours; a read-along storybook/EP called Meal Deal With The Devil, and The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook, a lavishly illustrated compendium of humor, instructive essays, puzzles, and lyrics and chords from nearly 100 Bobby Joe Ebola songs. We’ve been working very hard to bring these projects to fruition, and we are exceedingly proud of how they’re coming along, but we will need to come up with some of the initial production costs for each book. We are grateful to Microcosm for fielding the lion’s share of these expenses. The $4000 we are responsible for is quite a chunk of money. But once these are in print, they will be distributed around the country through major channels, and the opportunity to have even one book is something most bands never encounter.
* Repress of our F CD - $1000 -- The good news; people want to buy our 2010 Album F, which features the fan favorite song, “Life is Excellent”. The bad news is, we can’t afford to make more CDs. The money from sales all went to pay for gas money on tour.
* Van repairs/loft for sleeping - $500 -- Our beloved van had a laundry list of sudden, urgent repairs needed right before our last tour in April, costing us nearly $1000. We left for tour not just penniless but already in debt. The van still needs several things to be a safe and reliable tour vehicle, including a spare tire, a rebuilt loft, and some basic tools.
* Recording at Jingletown and mastering at Fantasy - $4000 -- Over the last couple of months we’d been in talks with Jingletown Studios in Oakland, planning to record a new batch of songs. Jingletown is a world-class studio and would be an enormous step up in recording quality. One does not simply walk into Jingletown, but somehow we got our foot in the door. The recording would need a world-class mastering job, and Fantasy Studios does the best mastering work on the West Coast.
* MUSIC VIDEOS for Armadillo, Hey Everybody, Postcards, Crazy, Cop Kisser, Child Soldier - $4000 -- The barrage of music videos we made for F were a turning point for our band. We grew leaps and bounds as artists during the process, and ended up with fun art that lent new elements to our music. The videos brought us new fans and new credibility, and have given us a whole new medium of communication to work with. We are two videos away from completing every song on F (which we need to do, as we still owe completed DVDs to a bunch of very generous donors from 2012), and we have these mindblowing ideas for videos to complement the songs from Trainwreck to Narnia. These are labors of love that we are very passionate about. We’d love you to star in them with us!
* PR for Trainwreck - $500 -- Despite our best efforts, our most recent effort sorta landed dead in the water. It came out in December 2012, right before EVERY critic went on vacation. The few reviews that it got were positive, but we simply lack the resources to do a proper promotional push. For $500 we could hire a professional to get Trainwreck to Narnia the attention we feel it deserves.
* F: The DVD production cost/authoring fee: $1500 -- A tidal wave of expenses and missed deadlines kept this project from completion. We are still committed to finishing this DVD version of our 2010 album F. We don’t know of any independent band that has ever done this, and with good reason. We want to be that band, and we are SO CLOSE to finishing this.
* New band merch (all money went into gas on tour) - $1000 -- Without guarantees on the road, the money we make from merchandise is sometimes all that stands between us and begging at gas stations. We’ve pretty much run out of T-shirts in any size people want, and we’ll need to re-up on patches, stickers, buttons and all those other little goodies that have made our merch table so infamous.
* Tashirojima Benefit Flexi - $1000 -- This is a project we’ve wanted to do since the Japanese tsunami struck several years ago. All of the recording is mixed and finished for the song about the true story of Tashirojima, aka Cat Island and how all of the life there survided the tsunami. The B-side will feature our cover of Phil Ochs' "Draft Dodger Rag", also already recorded.
All proceeds from this flexi-disc record would benefit JEARS, which helps take care of animals displaced by the tsunami and other disasters, and East Bay Humane Society, a foundation we have long supported as a band. Featuring cat-themed art and iconography by Japanese watercolorist MiMi Paint and includes a digital download code, we would love to be able to release this benefit single on this awesome format.
* IndieGoGo Fee - $1400 - If we reach our goal, IndieGoGo will take this amount from us. So we hope to cover this cost as well as every penny of this counts for our band.
With that said...
Now obviously we're asking a lot, and for a lot of different things. We wouldn't consider any of these to be frivolous expenses, however. Every dollar we raise will go directly to band-related expenses; not rent nor electricity bills nor bail money. If we fail to raise the full amount, we'll try to pay off our immediately approaching debts, then hopefully repair and replace damaged equipment. Then we can at least play shows. Beyond that we'll hopefully have enough for merchandise and new releases.
If you've been following our career, you know that we regularly dream up the impossible, and then somehow pull it off. We're good at it, too. We're looking down the barrel of a whole lot of impossible right now, however, and the strain has nearly shattered the band. We really could use a helping hand to render us fully operational, and put us on the road to self-sustaining success. Every dollar counts, and we've got some great prizes to thank you with, donated by some of our closest friends, fans, and co-conspirators. Again, look to your right for details on what you can if you donate!
Those of you who contributed to our fundraising campaigns for our tour van, and for our "Life is Excellent" music video, saw where your hard-earned money went. We worked like the dickens to make good use of every penny. We promise to do the same in this campaign. We'll make new and exciting art that will blow your top, and take our weird little band to places none of us could have expected, least of all us. And we hope you'll join us on this adventure. This journey is just beginning!
"I love your band, and I want to help," you might be saying "but I'm broke!" Well, we understand. Oh lordy, do we ever. You can still help us, though:
HELP US GET THE WORD OUT! Spread this link far and wide. Repost like crazy. Use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Reddit, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, anywhere you can think of. If you're bored, get creative! If you can get the word out to 20 or 100 or 1,000 other people, it could mean the difference between success or failure for us.
Thanks so much for helping us! We hope to see you soon!
-Dan & Corbett