So after 28 days and about 1000 tweets, our Kickstarter has come to an end. The Weerd Science team has been posting thank you’s along the way that, brief as they were, were always heartfelt and real. So anyway, rather than bore you guys with another thank you, I’d really like to tell you some of the reasons why this was literally a life changing thing for me.
Have you ever felt like you let someone down? Remember what a shitty feeling that is? Well that’s what Weerd Science became for me in a lot of ways. When we would do a show and 5 people would show up I always felt like it was my fault for not being famous enough or that people expected it to be a fucking Coheed show with thousands of screaming fans (I do need to point out that these thoughts do not reflect how anyone felt there, just my insanity and insecurity).
Anyway, I have always wanted to do WS. Always. If that meant in conjunction with a band, then that’s great. The more music the better! WS to me is the most creatively fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. To me it is everything.
Ok ok ok, so after the last few shows (before this year) were awful and the label didn’t seem interested in releasing “Sick Kids,” I had basically given up. That was it. I wanted people to care, but if they didn’t – what could I do?
After a while and a lot of hard work by the team (Neesh, Dave, Chris), my best friend and mgr., Ernie Falconer, hooked the project up with Horris Records and MC Lars. Lars was thrilled to help me put out the record. Needless to say I was over the moon!!! Pumped!! This was what we’ve been waiting for! After a few meetings, Lars brought up the Kickstarter idea.
I hated it.
In Ernie’s basement in Queens, Lars said it’d be a great way to see what kind of interest is out there. I thought, “welp, this is the end of this. Lars believes in this thing so much, but surely he’ll be bummed out when there is 50$ on the last day and it was Ernie who put it in there!” I was terrified. I nervously would say, “Ok, but I hope any one gives a shit.” A desperate attempt to warm Lars up to the idea that nobody will care.
After the first day there was like $700 dollars! I was cautiously optimistic. It kept climbing and climbing and all of a sudden this thing that I was so afraid of became such a thrill!! Every time I’d look there were more people pre ordering the record. I honestly couldn’t believe it and I thought even if it takes the full 28 days we’re gonna get to that 4k goal! Nothing could’ve prepared me for the next 20 days.
Not only did we reach the goal but we doubled it. More than doubled it! Over $8,500 raised. I don’t wanna get all sappy on you guys, but in my heart I feel like this is all because I stayed clean and life makes more sense than ever. And that’s priceless. When you guys ordered the LP, and the shirts and hoodies,etc…. it made me feel like I haven’t in years. Hungry. Ready to get on stage and go as hard as I can. Harder than ever before. Thank you doesn’t even sum it up. This changed my life.
First of all, thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for the unbelievable show of support! When MC LARS set the goal at 4000, to be totally honest, I thought he was CRAZY!!!! While clearly he had confidence the goal would be reached, none of us thought we would have it in 5 days!!!! As per the kick starter template we will continue to take pre-orders and sell the exclusive packages till the end date in a few weeks. So while our original goal has been met it doesn’t water down the importance of each and every order. If you were thinking about donating please don’t let the fact that we’ve reached the original goal so quickly deter you. We ofcourse want you to hear and experience Sick Kids and thanks for making someone feel the best they have in 6 years. I fucking love you guys……peace
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You know what guys, I’ve been on 3 different major labels in my career and a few indie deals on top of it. I’ve always took pride in the fact that Weerd Science had a more subversive mind set and to me it was ALWAYS about the people, the fans, shit, about YOU!!! We set up this kick starter thing to bring the music and my new LP directly to you. Remember kids, while the labels small n large are running scared n the selection of actual art on these labels is less and less. We couldn’t be more proud to offer a way for you to be directly involved in the creation,distribution,exposure,etc…… This is it. For the fans. By the fans. Please support our Kickstarter campaign
Weerd Science – Nervous Energies (Nervous Energies session)
We just got added to Slam Dunk Birmingham! For UK tour dates and tickets, click here.
Check out the recent UK fan site interview with MC Lars – he talks about the upcoming UK tour with Weerd Science. You can check it out here!
“I’m so excited to be rocking the mic with Weerd Science, I’ve been feeling his jams on the underground tip since 2005.” – MC Lars
MC Lars and I will be joining Less than Jake, Reel Big Fish and 3Oh!3 for the UK Slam Dunk Festival as part of our tour in May. See you there!