An interesting project here from Wooden Wand that you can help kickstart. I’ll let the man himself tell you:
I was recently invited to record for a split 7″ with my friend Duquette Johnston (formerly of Verbena) and his band the Gum Creek Killers, for release on the Communicating Vessels label. Instead of just sending a track I had in the archives, Duquette suggested I visit him in Birmingham and we record our sides together, from scratch, with the same band. It was one of the most positive recording experiences I’ve ever had, and I immediately wanted to make a whole record this way.
After much hemming and hawing, deliberation, and advice-seeking, I’ve decided to use Kickstarter to fund this project. Initially weary of this new model, I have since come around to it in a big way. I feel that this sort of interaction with fans (and the removal of middle men) is a revolutionary step in the right direction toward fixing a decrepit, crooked music biz. I thought that using the interim between my latest record Death Seat and the next wide release Wooden Wand full length would be the ideal time to test these waters.
The idea is to release the album on limited edition vinyl, and then offer downloads for a limited time. The money raised would be used for studio time, travel accommodations, mixing, mastering, and 500 LPs with professionally printed sleeves. We also need to feed everybody. We’re hoping to exceed our goal, and we are undershooting quite a bit to meet it no matter what. I think this record will be a great one.
The LP will be under the name WOODEN WAND & THE BRIARWOOD VIRGINS. The Briarwood Virgins is the name I’ve given the band that features all four members of the Gum Creek Killers, plus Jody Nelson (Through The Sparks) and Brian Lowery (Wooden Wand, The Only Sons).
Ideally, we would record in March / April and have the LPs and gifts ready to go by summertime. These gifts range from super limited versions with letter-pressed covers, to zip drives full of demos, to a private gig in your living room where you choose the setlist.
You can find the project here:
Upon request, I will gladly email you a demo of a song I’m planning to cut for the record, so you know what you’re getting yourself into. 🙂
If you receive this in error, or get it more than once, I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. There will be no follow-up email unless you express interest in the project.
Thanks, as always, for your support.
James Jackson Toth, Wooden Wand