Sunday, 17 April 2011

Bad Pollyanna - Album Fundraiser

We all know that the music industry has changed thanks to the Internet.  Many bands who would have normally remained in the garage or touring the local pub circuit are now finding an audience via online channels such as YouTube, MySpace and Facebook.  I wrote an article back in November for TME which discussed this very subject.

The Internet makes it possible to support local bands, expand your musical horizons and generally keep up to date with what is happening in the international, national and local music scene.  It also gives opportunity for bands to gain a fan base and get their music out into the big wide world.

One such band, who caught my eye back in October 2010 is Huddersfield theatrical rockers Bad Pollyanna.  They were support for The Birthday Massacre at Corporation and blew me away with their loud no nonsense sound.

When I got home I looked the band up online and found they had a large online presence on places such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Reverbnation, and YouTube.  Disappointingly, there seemed to be some tracks available to listen to online, but no recordings to purchase.

Since then Bad Pollyanna have been touring relentlessly it seems, with dates all over the country.  They are now on an Album Fundraiser Tour and are trying to gain enough funding to record their first album.  Again, using the power of the Internet, Bad Pollyanna have created a Indiegogo profile and are asking fans to contribute to the cost of making the album.  In return the band are offering a number of 'Perks' a including personalised thank you letter from the band, signed posters, exclusive 'listening parties', album credits or private shows.

Bad Pollyanna released this personal appeal to their fans:

“Hello our amazing fans. First of all, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your incredible support so far. Without you, there would be no Bad Pollyanna. You have all waited long enough for a top quality album so that you can have your favourite Bad Pollyanna songs at your fingertips. We want to record the album that you deserve.
An opportunity to record a full studio album at a hugely discounted price has been presented to us by long term friends and collaboraters Mat Dauzat who has produced and co-written at least half of Bad Pollyanna’s material and Kevin Lamb who is the band’s first choice of sound engineer and mixing engineer who are based in Los Angeles.
We know you all work hard for your money and we don’t ask this lightly. Below you will find our ‘Contributions Scheme’ which is a list of what you can contribute and what you will receive from us in return. Doing things this way means that we will make decisions purely based on what we think will result in the best possible tracks for you our fans. We can only do this with your support.
Any purchase from the list below- however big or small- is truly appreciated and every little helps. If every fan we have on ReverbNation gave just a few dollars we’d be hugely over budget!
There are limited places for some of our schemes so please get in early for the ones you are keen on to avoid disappointment. This is especially true for the Listening Party which is already filling up.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all on our Album Fundraising Tour in April and May and again at our album launches in July and August- and of course one hundred of you at the Listening Party.
To everyone who decides to contribute no matter how big or small- thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Love to you all, from Olivia Hyde, Nikki Kontinen, Peter Dawes and Sam Morrow.

So, Femetalism has dug into her pockets and added a contribution to an album I have been looking forward to for some time. Why don't you check out Bad Pollyanna and then visit their fundraising page on Indiegogo and make a contribution too? :)