“Our successful crowd funding campaign allowed us a new level of both artistic and business minded freedom”
You remember Protest The Hero’s crowdfunding campaign, right? It’s been referenced enough times over the past six months that you should be familiar with the details: that the highly-technical Candian band smashed their Indiegogo campaign target of $125,000 by more than two and a half times, probably setting some kind of record in the process, and ensuring their survival for at least another album cycle.
Since the campaign concluded in February, pledgers and non-pledging fans alike have been waiting to hear what would become of the new record, and we’ve now got a snippet of news with the announcement that Protest have signed three distribution deals for the as-yet untitled album. Razor & Tie will get the United States, Sony will get Canada, and Spinefarm Records will get the rest of the world:
That’s pretty cool. For all the disdain pointed their way for some of the frankly ridiculous perks – $1250 pizza party anyone? $250 handwritten lyrics sheet? – this was truly a breakthrough achievement for the band, and shows the potential for this kind of music-making in the future.
As they say, there are two versions of the album: one for funders, and one for everyone else. Details on what these entail are so far sparse, but we expect that when the album is properly announced.
Of course one of the drivers has actually amicably parted ways with Protest – long-time drummer Moe Carlson. Moe wanted to return to school, and couldn’t marry the time demands of both a college degree and a professional touring musician, so he stepped down. Lamb Of God‘s Chris Adler has since stepped in to record studio parts, which is pretty damn cool, as Adler is primo, and a well-connected dude as well. With he and Protest being buddies, it will likely open even more doors for them in the future.