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Damnwell and Good

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Do you know who the Damnwells are*? If the answer is “no”, you really should reconsider your position on the matter. It is fairly immaterial who they’ve shared the stage with (the Fray, Cheap Trick, the Cary Bros, Augustana), where they are from (Brooklyn), or that they were once signed to Epic Records (and subsequently dropped just before the release of their best album to date).

What matters is that the Damnwells are surviving, perhaps even thriving, despite the gauntlet the music industry is so good at implementing. They’re heading back in the studio in January, thanks to the help of an innovative and inspiring site called pledgemusic, which essentially allows fans to bankroll their favorite bands’ efforts…kind of like a record label, but without all that pesky evil.

For amounts starting at $12 (for just the finished CD) to $50 (your name in the liner notes) to $2500 (the band will record any song YOU have written) and up to $5k (for a private house concert anywhere in the world), you can be a part of making this record happen. Once you pledge, you also get exclusive access to new demos (there are currently 7, including the one below) and pictures of the whole process.  And that’s not even the best part. 50% of every dollar raised after the target amount (in this case $20k, which is already met!) goes to The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. What an idea!

The Damnwells are so good that their fans have paid over $20,000 to ensure they can make another album. Do you know them? It’s time to shake hands. Donate and be a part of something radical.

Listen:
Change
[new demo]
Sell the Lie
Golden Days
[from Air Stereo|buy]

*I’ve written about them before. Their long-awaited DVD documentary Golden Days is finally available! I bought one and I can’t wait to see it! Download their last, self-produced album for free @ their website. I think I’ve covered all the bases…

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  1. Thank you for posting about the Damnwells. I’ve been a fan for years and amazed that this band somehow slipped through the cracks. And, yes, I pledged on their pledgemusic page. Absolutely!

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