Columbus, OH’s own City Lights have began a Kickstarter account to raise $5,000 to make their sophomore record. The group currently do not have label backing and need the support of their fans to help them through this time.
Personally, I feel like this is a cheap attempt to squeeze fans for money but what do I know. Read a message from City Lights below and watch the video explaining their situation after the jump.
“With the help of our families, friends and fans, known as backers, we hope to cover the remainder of our recording costs for our next record.
We have personally saved and invested all we can into the band and this project, but we need your help to make it happen. Though our goal is only $5000, the recording of the album and everything that goes with it cost well over that. We are only asking for enough to cover what we can’t.
We want to make our sophomore full length a special project that includes the participation of our amazing and supportive fans. Over the last four years we’ve had the opportunity to tour all over North America and meet some truly amazing people who love and appreciate City Lights. We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of the love and support from you guys, so we want to make a record that you will absolutely love. We have the opportunity to work with a top notch producer, and record at an amazing studio for this next album, and we can’t wait to get started.
The catch is, our last tour saw us completely replacing the brake system in our van, repairing our trailer hitch, and to top it off replacing an entire side panel off the trailer that was ripped of by a gnarly blown tire. Despite these setbacks, we’re determined to get these new songs out to you all, because you deserve it. That’s where Kickstarter comes in. We are currently free agents with no record label backing, and plan to fund the album ourselves. We have saved every penny we could, and as a band are investing as much as we personally can into this project. The amount of money we are funding through this Kickstarter ($5000) is just the last piece of the puzzle that we need to put this album together. It is the minimum amount that we need to cover the remaining recording costs.
We appreciate each one of you who has come out to a show, let us play in your basement, or picked up a shirt and sang along with us. All we’re asking of you guys is to give as little or as much as you can to help make this next record a reality, and we promise make it as awesome as possible. We’ve thought long and hard about the rewards that we are offering, and hopefully you guys think they are great. We really want to reward our backers with as much as we possibly can. Hopefully together we can make this dream a reality, and we’ll be able to have an amazing album to share with you guys next year!”