Congrats to the dudes in Nonpoint and Protest The Hero for their amazing Crowdfunding Campaigns to tour and to put out new records! The $400,000 that Protest The Hero raised is a true testament to the power of metal fans around the world and their ability to make things happen. It also shows many of us musicians that putting out a record or going on a major tour is possible for any of us, with or without a huge label investment, or personal risk to the band. If the fans want it, they can have it.
We are BATTLECROSS, a Heavy Metal Thrash band of five hard-working guys from Detroit. We were signed to Metal Blade Records in 2011 and have released one album, 'Pursuit of Honor', which has produced singles that have ranked i#1 and the top ten of most requested metal tracks in North America on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Why We Need your Support!
We're on the verge of some VERY big things---events that every heavy metal band has dreamed of. In the next few months, we'll be playing with bands like Anthrax and Hatebreed at the New England Metal Fest in April, at Orion Music + More with Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers in our home town of Detroit in June, and we were just announced to play a tour that could really give our band the break that we've been working towards for our whole life: the 6th Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Machinehead, Amon Amarth and some of the most popular acts in hard music today.
The Mayhem Fest tour lasts 30 days and will take us all over the United States of America. The week that the tour starts, we will be releasing our new album, our follow up release to 'Pursuit of Honor'. This is a crucial time for the band, with the expenses associated with recording on a small recording budget, and the cost of going on a tour of this magnitude, we need to be in a position to afford to do this. We no longer can hold jobs at home, so we must work to make music our career.
We've made great sacrifices to make BATTLECROSS grow, much like the sacrifices and stories of perserverance that we convey through our lyrics and energetic style. We've lost jobs, sold personal items, and have done whatever it took to make our dreams come true. This tour is no different!
Touring is very expensive. On our last tour, we spent almost $10,000 in gas alone. After the tour, we traveled straight to Florida for six weeks (where we are now) to record the next album and have incurred a lot of expenses getting our members to and from the studio, while bringing in no income
This tour will be even more difficult as we are a new band and our per-show guarantees still don't cover the costs of the $1,000 + needed per day for gas/transportation, the required liability insurance ($1,000+), the cost of a small crew to help on this size of a production ($3,000), buy our merch, merch tent, our personal and band monthly bills, advertising and more will cost the band upwards of $50,000 or more to go on this tour. We've committed to $25,000 ourselves between the nightly guarantees and our merch sales, but as a new band, we can't count on merch sale income, especially when we're playing with so many awesome bands with their own merch to sell. We'll need to raise the rest!
But if you know us, you know that the thought of coming up with the remaining $25,000 won't stop us from taking this amazing opportunity. This tour will give us the exposure, fan base and attention that could launch us into a global band with a dream career and we'll do whatever it takes to get there!
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can't contribute to our campaign, you can share this campaign through social media with the Indie GoGo share tools. You can also tell your friends about BATTLECROSS and ask them to listen to our music, request us on the radio or encourage them to check out our set at Mayhem. Please help spread the word. If you want something else for your perk, contact us and we can work something out!
...lastly, if you don't like our music and could care less about seeing us, please take the time to support another crowdfunding campaign and show the world that fans have the power when it comes to seeing their favorite bands and to spread the word that becoming a musician doesn't mean going broke! Keep dreams like ours alive!
Hope to see you this summer!
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