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We have completed all of our obligations to record labels. It's time to go it alone and take control of our careers. It's now or never!
Protest the Hero
Toronto, Ontario
4 Team Members

**note on shipping: for the two perks that require shipping, if you forgot to add it into your contribution, please just make a no perk contribution for the correct amount

Short Summary

Can you believe that we've been a band for 13 years and counting? We've finally decided to take matters into our own hands and want to raise money for the album directly from the people who have helped keep this band going all these years. In this time, we've release 3 full length albums, a live DVD/CD, as well as an EP and a 7 inch. We've toured all over the world (but still wanting to check off more destinations and visit more places) and pretty much lived and breathed this band as long as we've been in existence.

We are finally free from all obligations and want to be in control of our “careers”. In general, the record industry is backwards and we'd be stupid to renegotiate with anyone at this time. Crowdfunding seems to be something that's working. Whether or not this is the next thing for the music industry, it's a way that supporters of a band can know exactly where their hard earned dollars are going. No middlemen, no commissions, no bullshit.


What We Need & What You Get

Over the last couple months, we kept our ears to the ground, watched other people use this method and actually succeed. There have been many different approaches and fans of music are starting to understand this format, but it's lacking something. Bands and artists don't show you how the money gets spent.

We however, will account to you to show you how every penny is spent and prove that making a top notch record comes at a price. Who knows, if we exceed our goal we will be able to do things we may have only dreamed about. Essentially, the success of this campaign will determine how amazing this record will become. We are set up for Flex Funding which means if we don't reach our goal, we are still getting the money that is raised. So, if we don't reach our goal, we will have to reevaluate how we are planning to do this record. Regardless, we are ready to deliver this thing however our campaign plays out.

Remember, anything that is available through the perks is exclusive to the campaign. The CD Digipak, Gatefold Vinyl, and Tshirt are all one time offers. None of them will ever be printed again in this way.


Exclusive Protest The Hero Sweatshirt design by Dan Mumford
Exclusive Protest The Hero Shirt design by Dan Mumford
Exclusive Designs by Dan MumfordGuitar Picks


Exclusive Fundraiser Packages

Pack 1 - Digital Album DownloadPack 2 - Exclusive CD DigipakPack 3 - Signed Limited Edition VinylPack 4 - CD, Exclusive Tee-Shirt, Guitar PicksExclusive SweaterPack 6 - The Leage of Ordinary GentlementPack 5 - Album Listening PartyPack 7 - Arif's Post Card ClubPack 8 - Rody KaraokePack 9 - Pizza Party at Tim's HousePack 10 - Signed Ibanez Prestige GuitarPack 11 - Protest Covers Any SongPack 12 - Be Heard On The New Album

The Impact

By taking part in this experiment you yourself are taking charge and helping to change how we make music. You are putting faith in us to come through and show you that we've learned a couple things over the years. Every time we've headed into the studio in the past, we've kept all the people who have supported this band in mind. The level of responsibility is so much higher this time.

With that in mind, we give you our word that we will not settle for “good enough” - we wont take any shortcuts, and above all – the money we raise in this thing will be reflected in the final product.

Here's to making our best album yet.


Other Ways You Can Help

If you don't know what to think about this idea and aren't sure you can commit – there are other ways you can help out. Spread the word! Tell your family and friends and let them know what's going on. We don't expect everyone who's listened to and enjoyed our music to jump on board, just let people know this is happening. With all the social networking and ways we now connect with one another, by posting links to this page you are reaching places we would never be able to reach.


Here's a projected budget we've prepared to give you an idea as to how we've planned to allocate the funds. (Budget is based on reaching our goal).

Recording Budget  
Pre Production ($200 a song) $2,000.00
Launch Video $1,500.00
Studio Fees  
Studio Time $22,500.00
Producer Fees $20,000.00
Other Workers (engineer, assistants) $8,000.00
Gear Rental $2,000.00
Gear Purchase $2,500.00
Tech work $1,500.00
Per Diems ($25) $4,000.00
Band Salary per member, per month $833.33
Session Fees TBD
After Recording  
Mixing Fees $8,000.00
Mastering $2,500.00
Artwork $2,500.00
Exclusive Artwork $1,500.00
Other Expenses  
Management Commission TBD
Travel $1,500.00
Accommodations $2,000.00
Hard drives and other random expenses $700.00
Grand Total $92,700.00
Fundraising Total $125,000.00
Indie GoGo Fees (4%) -$5,000.00
Credit Card fees (3%) -$3,750.00
Adjust Gross $116,250.00
Cost of Goods for Perks (20%) -$23,250.00
Studio Money $93,000.00
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raised by 8,361 people in 1 month
273% funded
No time left
$125,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on February 14, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Digital Album Download

    Full album download with liner notes before official release. You will be thanked in the digital liner notes for your generosity.

    1327 claimed
  • $25USD
    Exclusive CD Digipak

    New album on CD with exclusive and original artwork by Dan Mumford. All artwork, liner notes and packaging are exclusive to crowd-funders. This wont be offered in any other platform. Comes with digital download card and you will be thanked in the physical liner notes.

    2065 claimed
  • $40USD
    8 GB USB Stick

    A 8 GB usb stick with a PTH logo that has a lossless digital version of an unreleased song from the Scurrilous sessions. There will be hi rez artwork, lyrics, and never before seen tour footage. If there's any room left over we will add treats from the PTH archives including old photos, articles, logos etc.

    79 claimed
  • $45USD
    Signed Limited Edition Vinyl

    *ADD $5 for Shipping to CDN/USA and $10 for International -180 Gram Gatefold Vinyl with exclusive artwork by our friend Dan Mumford. Limited edition coloured vinyl signed by the band. Comes with Digital Download card. You will be thanked in the CD liners notes AND inside the vinyl too! First 506/506 already gone.

    1299 out of 2000 claimed
  • $50USD
    Exclusive Tee Shirt + CD

    *ADD $5 for Shipping to CDN/USA and $10 for International -Crowd-funders exclusive tee shirt (designed by D.Mumford). Will only be available to people who contribute, then never printed again. Comes with guitar picks (4) featuring tee shirt artwork. Thanks in liner notes. 726 already claimed!

    1174 claimed

    Exclusive Sweatshirts

    *ADD $10 for International Shipments. CAD and US shipping included. Your choice of two pullover beauties. A blue hooded pullover OR a grey hoodless pullover. As usual, will only be printed to order for campaigners. Comes with digital album download. You will be contacted about your choice and size via email upon completion of the campaign. Comes with album download. (will arrive separately)

    250 out of 250 claimed
  • $100USD
    League of Ordinary Gentlemen

    ...AND gentlewomen. You will get a custom tour laminate with your photo on the back. When you bring that laminate to any PTH show, you will be rewarded handsomely at the merch table. Every tour, we will print / dream up one exclusive thing that will only be given to you.

    190 claimed
  • $125USD
    Album Listening Party

    Be our guest at the one and only official listening party upon the completion of our new album. In Toronto - pth grab bags for everyone attending. Will be an awesome night of listening to the new album, Arif and Rody DJ sets and Tim shredding piano. Time to celebrate! All Ages / Licensed bar to be confirmed.

    83 out of 200 claimed
  • $250USD
    Handwritten Set of Lyrics

    Rody OR Arif will handwrite the lyrics to a song of your choice (from any album). Lyric sheet will be signed by author and mailed unfolded. If you'd like it to be a song from the new album, this can be choosen after the album is released. You will be contacted for your choice after you have purchased.

    9 out of 50 claimed
  • $300USD
    Timmy Piano Jam

    Timmy will write and record you a piano song in the style of your choosing. This can be instrumental or with singing / spoken word. You can dictate what the song is to be about or let him decide! He has written lots of piano stuff for PTH - but secretly wants to be Ben Folds. We cannot wait to hear these gems.

    3 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,250USD
    Pizza Party At Tim's House

    You and 3 of your friends will join the Protest boys for a pizza party at Tims house in Toronto. All food and beverages are covered and we will party the night away. You will sleep snug and sound in Tims spare bedrooms (if you need to). Tim makes an incredible homemade pizza and will keep em coming until you say stop. But even then, he will keep serving them. Not Local? We will take over your kitchen and throw a pizza party while on the road.

    3 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Be Heard on the New Album!

    You and a friend perform Guest vocals (or other guest instrumentation) on our new album. We will work with you to come up with some vocals or instrumentation that suits the song. But it will be your voice or your fingers doing the talking! You also get to take in one full day at the recording studio in all its shame and glory. Accommodations are covered. Transportation to Toronto area is not included.

    4 claimed
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