Last year I came across a Kickstarter campaign for a band called "Vessel" that are from New Hampshire. I can't remember exactly how I found it, but I believe it may have been somehow by way of Joshua Watkinson, a Massachusetts singer/songwriter whose project I had also helped fund. However it was that I found it, I was intrigued because I had never heard the term "Post Rock" before.
And when I heard it I had one of those feelings where you hear something and immediately think of another band. Not that they're derivative or anything like that, because I don't think they are. It's a sense of hearing something and you're like "ohhhhhhh, THIS is Post Rock? Okay, I totally have heard this before."
And I think the most famous example of post rock, at least for me, is the band Explosions in the Sky which are most known for their soundtrack to Friday Night Lights. That really cool and intimate instrumental music that was featured in the film and TV series, including the main theme music.
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So I listened to the videos that Vessel had uploaded and I was digging it. You could totally just lose track of time listening as you get sucked in, much like with Explosions in the Sky. And so I contributed to help fund their demo. That, sadly, was not to be as the campaign did not meet it's funding goal.
Now they are back with a new Kickstarter to fund the printing and shipping of the CDS of their debut album. They're in the process of mixing/mastering it now having already completed the recording, and now all that is left is printing up the CDS to send out to all of you who I know will support this great band and pledge some money.
They're setting a goal of $600, but as with most indie groups they definitely could use more than that to help with all the unexpected costs that come out. Don't forget, Kickstarter and Amazon get a cut of their profits, so the more they get, the better they are able to get this goal of getting their debut album out into the hands of the fans accomplished.
Below I've included some links including some youtube videos of their playing, as well as one of them introducing the campaign and explaining what they are going for.
There's also a widget below, and in the top right hand corner of this blog. If you like the music you hear, consider pledging some money. If you don't have a lot, there are pledging levels of $1 and $5, and at $10 you can get a digital copy of the album. Higher levels get hard copies, T-shirts and more.
As I've said a number of times, you HAVE to support independent music if you are a music lover. They don't have unlimited pockets funding them, they don't have the big corporate machine helping to advertise and market them.
All they have is us. So how about we don't let them down, eh?