You may not know the band Bombay Beach by name, but if you’ve made it this far, chances are you know the people who have created it. Jeremiah Hayden (Modern Kin, The Pastors’ Wives) provides the thump, Matthew Zimmerman of The Beauty brings the soul, and Ryan Lynch (Fort Union, Kelli Schaefer, Indian Valley Line, & many other artists) wields the powerful guitar feedback. Since making the record, Kelli Schaefer has joined the band as a live member as well.
Bombay Beach is big Sonic Youth-ian riffs juxtaposed with David Lynch-ian sound breaks. It is a diegetic soundtrack to a film that has not yet been made.
The origin - the drive to create this music - stems from a broadcast of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey on an old CRT TV in a family basement. One particular scene in the film commands all attention - the “moon bus” moment as it is known. The scene is eloquently shot, a spacecraft flying above the stark moonscape with the earth glowing in the otherwise black sky. Accompanying this movement is an eerie atonal choral piece by Gyorgy Ligeti titled Lux Aeterna. It is a heavenly sound. Since the broadcast, it has been a chase to find something like it, to achieve something beautiful and melodious amongst the atonal - in a way this reflects how life seems, or rather is.
We have taken the better part of a year to record this album with engineer Chris Benson as well as document the process on video with Peter Berkley of the Art Dept. In doing so, we have stretched our recording budget to the maximum, and now we ask you for a helping hand to cover the manufacturing costs of a vinyl release. With the release, we have plans to make the pilot episode of the film for which this soundtrack has been made - the record and short film have been created hand-in-hand through the writing process. Our minimum goal to release the album is $4,000, but if we can reach our stretch goal of $6,000 we will be able to release not only the vinyl, but the first episode of the film of the world we have created.
We realize that crowd-funding campaigns are a dime a dozen (Spotify pays a dime a million) and many of you might be browbeaten by the asking alone. We understand that Bombay Beach an unknown quantity - a band that no one has heard before - and some of you might consider this a risky prospect. We hope that we have garnered your trust through the quality of projects we have been in and supported over the past few years, and we invite you to be a part of our new project. All these are reasons we have taken the project as far as we can on our own without asking anyone for anything; we are keeping our budget to a minimum, pressing a short-run of records, and operating entirely in the black as we release our new little world.
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