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Video Update 2: STRETCH GOAL TIME!
Thanks to you, we’ve reached our base goal for the funding
of our new album, Baby Fat – Act 1! This album is HAPPENING, brothers and
sisters! We can’t thank you enough for your support! We’ve not only funded the
album – we’ve also managed to infuriate the fundamentalist punks by daring to
ask our fans to fund this thing! There are monocles popping out left and right
all over the Internet! Talk about icing on the cake!
But like we said from the beginning, while we can make the album now, to do it right, we need to raise more funds. Ultimately, we’re going to try to get to 40K. But for now we’re focusing on our first stretch goal: getting up to 33K. 33K will enable us to hire the singers we want and to pay for more studio time for vocals.
When we reach our stretch goal, all $10 and above contributors – past and future - will receive hi-res files of the album in addition to mp3 files. If you’ve already contributed, thanks! You can keep helping by sharing the link via e-mail and other social media so we can reach our goal.
All new contributors who contribute $12 and up will receive hi-res files too – but only when we reach 33K! We just added some new perks and dropped prices on a couple others so this is a great time to contribute!
Is this the first you’ve heard about our campaign to fund Screeching Weasel’s Baby Fat – Act 1? Scroll down to read all about it – and check out our intro and other update videos too. All videos have clips of demos from Baby Fat at the end! The album is being produced by the All-American Rejects’ Mike Kennerty, and features AAR’s drummer Chris Gaylor on a bunch of the tunes.
PLEASE KEEP CIRCULATING THE LINK, and check out our Indiegogo page for our third video update - which just went live. It features another clip of a demo of a Baby Fat song!
And again – THANK YOU!
Video Update 1
Baby Fat: Act 1
Baby Fat: Act 1 is the first act of a two-act rock opera I've been working on for the past few years. It’s not a rock opera in the traditional sense - the ones done by bands in the 70s seem to me to be concept records – but an actual opera with a linear narrative, featuring different singers portraying different characters. Baby Fat is the logical next step for Screeching Weasel after years of making themed and concept records like My Brain Hurts, Anthem For A New Tomorrow, Emo and These Ones Are Bitter.
I started writing this record in April 2011, though the genesis of a few of the songs dates as far back as a decade ago. I’ve put a ridiculous number of hours into writing, rewriting, arranging and demoing these songs. Not to mention writing and rewriting the story, going back and replacing entire blocks of songs to better define characters, and working on recurring musical themes to bookend scenes, etc. Hey, it’s taking up a double album for the first act alone – almost an hour of music! And all that has been a blast, but it’s time to start recording.
Now, don't let the fact that it's an opera scare you - if you liked Boogada and My Brain Hurts, you're going to love Baby Fat. It kicks all the ass you're used to, and some new kinds of ass you never even knew existed! In addition to the current lineup of Screeching Weasel, we'll be featuring some guest musicians - including Chris Gaylor and former SW bassist Dave Klein - and, of course, we'll have a bunch of different singers to sing different roles. It’s a Screeching Weasel record, but one that subverts, distorts, and breaks all the rules about what a rock record is supposed to be, not to mention what a rock band is supposed to be.
Let's face it – rock in general and punk in particular has more rules than the Taliban, and they always lead to boring music. If we brought this idea to the average label they'd try to get us to make a traditional record. Thankfully, Recess Records is 100% behind us - they’re ready and willing to release Baby Fat - but unfortunately they don’t have the money to fund the production. So we're bringing it to you.
I'd be lying if I said this wasn't a nerve-wracking proposition in a way. But at the same time, burning the rulebook has breathed new life into my songwriting. The old waking-up-at-3am-with-a-song-idea-that-can’t-wait insomnia is back; the house has gotten filthy because I can’t be bothered to clean when there are lyrics to be polished up; I pace around all amped up like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for our producer (Mike Kennerty) to send me arrangement ideas and demo tweaks. I haven’t felt this nervous and excited about a new record since we signed with Lookout in 1991 - I'm half a cup of coffee away from Tom Cruising on Oprah's couch!
So what does any of this have to do with you? Simple: Capitalism is dead in the record industry, at least for us small frys. We're back to the patronage system and you're the modern-day counts, queens and dukes who will decide whether this record ever sees the light of day.
We've got some great perks to pique your interest, but more than anything, this campaign is about you guys bringing this record into existence. The purists (i.e., the Internet know-it-alls who wouldn't help fund this record if it was the second coming of Rocket To Russia) are going to piss on it. The critics are going to ignore it, because I stopped playing their games three years ago (I don't do press anymore). So it's up to you.
We've got a great crew that works hard to make sure our travel and shows go smoothly, but if nobody's buying tickets, there's no show to play. It's the same thing with Baby Fat – without you, there’s no record to make.
So the question for you is do you believe? Do you believe in Screeching Weasel? Do you believe in Baby Fat? Do you believe in magic, brothers and sisters? Then wave those wands and make Screeching Weasel’s Baby Fat: Act 1 a reality!
Baby Fat Budget!
It's going to cost a lot of money to do this right. It's going to cost a lot of money to do this at all. But we can get there - and it'll be worth every penny! Here's a breakdown of the budget - and keep in mind that this is the absolute bare minimum we need just to get the record done.
• Flights and Hotel Rooms - $5000 (the musicians live in different parts of the country. And since it's an opera, there will be multiple singers, so the producer will need to travel to record them).
• Per diems - $1500 (people need food to live).
• Fees for other singers and musicians - $2000 (this is on the low end. Hey, talent costs money! But we'll make it work.)
• Studio time - $2,000 (most of the tracking won't cost us anything as we're recording at our producer's house. But we will be recording different singers in different parts of the country and will need to pay for studio time for that. This budget amount is much lower than what we'd prefer, but I'll record vocals in my bedroom if it comes to that).
• Mixing and Mastering - $3500 (this is the absolute cheapest we'll be able to get the record mixed and mastered for. If we overshoot our goal, we'll put more money towards mixing, and studio time for vocals)
• Art - $1500
• Layout - $500
• Indiegogo/Paypal/Credit Card Fees - $2430 (if we reach our goal exactly, more if we exceed it)
• Perks and fulfillment - $8500
Any money raised beyond our goal will go toward more studio time for vocals and mixing, up to 40K. Any money raised beyond that will go towards the recording of Baby Fat: Act 2, recording of which will commence in 2017!
Please check out the perks to your right, and thanks in advance for your contribution!
Brother, I Can't Spare A Dime!
If you can't contribute, fair enough. Times are tough. We get it. But you can still help by spreading the word: share our Facebook and web site posts about this campaign, Tweet about it, and hype it on Tumblr and Instagram and all those other social media sites I like to pretend I am familiar with and understand. Thanks!