Current and former members of Norma Jean, Every Time I Die and Dead and Divine have combined in yet another example of a hugely successful crowdsourcing project. The newly formed Hundred Suns have already 100% funded their debut album, thanks to music fans having raised more than $22,000 towards a new album, which is expected to be completed by March 2017.
Hundred Suns, which consists of Cory Brandan (Norma Jean) on vocals, Ryan Leger (Every Time I Die) on drums and Chris LeMasters (Dead and Divine) on guitar, have been working on new material for over a year but want to keep the recording of these tracks free from the constraints of record labels. So, like While She Sleep’s venture we discussed last week, they’ve turned to us – the fans.
In a statement, the band said:
“We started this band hungry to create something new, inspiring, and different than the music we had previously made. Since the landscape of the music industry has changed so drastically over the years, we felt it was the best decision for this band to make our first album independent of record labels.
“To find a way to create art freely – without boundaries or limitations – and to keep our fanbase as involved in this process as possible.Your contributions will aid us in building something we truly believe in, and it helps us eliminate the middle man. We make a record, and we put it in your hands!”
This is another great example of bands getting fans involved in their music, and putting them at the centre of the music creation process. They’ve teamed up with brands like ESP Guitars, Pearl Drums and Sennheiser to offer a range of great perks for fans, from digital downloads, CDs and tshirts through to a signed LTD TE-200 guitar, amp patches, picks and more.
And to give you a taster, here’s a link to their new single Bedburner:
The band added:
“By choosing to crowdfund this record, we’re putting the power in YOUR hands. You now play an integral role in how we make music, which we think is awesome. We feel like that’s the way it should be.
“We’ve all spent the last decade writing and recording music, and we’ve made so many great friends along the way: Producers and engineers, music fans and musicians. We plan to include EVERYONE in this journey, and for that reason we’re dead-set on making this an album to remember. This will be the first true representation of Hundred Suns, and we want to be able to write you into this story with us.
“Let’s make this record huge.”
For more information, or to donate to the project yourself before time runs out on Friday, go here.