Firstly, a huge thank you for taking the time to visit our Crowdfunder page. It seems like a whole lifetime ago that we were able to casually have a drink with friends at the pub, have a family meal or watch a live band sweating it out on stage as our feet stuck to the rumbling floor of a music venue. We hope that you have all been surviving the best you can at this super weird time!
To get straight to the point (well, almost!), we are now a self-funded band, and are unable to play shows as a way of drumming up the cash needed to release a record. With small businesses, bars, venues and the music/arts industry in general falling to the unforgiving hands of Covid 19, we are turning to you to ask for help in finishing and releasing our record, 'Under The Patio'.
Although smashing drums and belting out choruses costs us nothing, the mastering engineers, videographers, artwork designers, PR wizards, photographers & distributers (to name a few) need to be paid for their hard work in getting our album out there, even before we get to printing and pressing physical copies to send to you. By pre-ordering a vinyl, buying a t-shirt, or even just donating a few quid as your good deed for the day, you'll be playing a huge part in helping us. We've come up with some super cool rewards for your generosity, which you can check out over on the right.
Fitz and Rhii's raucous riffs and thunderous drums collided back in 2015, when they slipped off after a rehearsal with former band 'Bombs' to come together as a mischievous two-piece and had the freedom to belt it out until the early hours in a way that only a duo allows. This new sound got the two hooked, and from there, Little Thief was born. The band quickly became the duo's primary focus, and they took to the road to gig at festivals and venues around the UK and Europe. As the twosome began selling out headline shows in their hometown of Bristol and became a festival favourite around the UK, they expanded their line-up to match their growing sound with heavy riff-bass aficionado, Paul Hopkins and later, slick sexy synth from Ryan Rogers.
With interest in the band quickly growing, they were welcomed into the warm hands of independent record label, Funnel music, who paired them with heavyweights such as Kill It Kid's own tub-thumper Marc McNab Jack and Grammy nominated producer and engineer, Bruno Ellingham who helped shape them into the band they are today. With a new record under their belt (almost!), the band are ready to step up to the plate and deliver this long awaited fresh sound to their eager audience.
With the financial pressures of Covid decimating the arts industry, Funnel Records sadly are no more, and the bright future of these new and upcoming rock and rollers has been put on hold. This is why the band are looking to you to help them finish their record, and get back on the road.
Back in 2018 BC (Before Covid), back when hi-fives and face touching were a thing, we had the honour of sitting in the same room as heavyweight producer Stew Jackson (Massive Attack) who filled our heads with gritty themes and an unguarded delving into the macabre, resulting in a bold new album, embracing the messiness of being human. We had the honour of laying down the tracks at Rockfield studios, and even managed to finish and release a few before the dreaded plague hit us all. We have since been unable to move forward in getting this music into your hands. We are excited at the prospect of finally delivering this epic cacophony of jagged and soulful sounds, with the new sleek maturity that has been injected into the band.
With major labels paying over £50,000 on releasing an album for huge artists, it's difficult to keep up. Even though we are not looking for anywhere near that amount, any help we do get will go directly towards finishing the record, getting the vinyls made, printing t-shirts, making music videos and PR.
Here is our financial plan for the release:
Here's the breakdown:
Vinyl pressing, vinyl design, and mastering 31%
Pressing, duplication with printed sleeves, designs for record sleeve, USB drive cassette design
Digital album on USB drives, plus tees and album art prints 16%
Tees, tee design, artwork prints, cassette USB duplication
Videos and promo, photos for press 33%
2x music videos, 1x live video, 1x promotional video for the record & press shots
PR and marketing costs 21%
PR, singles promotions, record promotion, physical promotion, social media promotions, playlisting
This comes to a grand total of £9000, and we are looking to raise half through your kind donations and pre-orders.
We want to say a massive thank you in advance for your interest in keeping the arts alive and supporting independent artists. At this very strange time, where we can't go to the pub or buy a ticket to a live show, we thank you for your support in funding this record, keeping the band alive and moving forward. We hope that you are as excited as we are to finally hear a full album from us, and we vow to keep bringing you new music and live shows in return. THANK YOU.
Now go check out the rewards, and get yourself a big dose of great karma!