Check this out, a Kickstarter campaign for a project that sounds amazing: Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, and the rest of the True Believers are getting back together after 27 years of amazing music apart.
Now, I’m a sucker for a good Kickstarter campaign. You got some good music and a great sob story? I’m in. I’ve donated to a whole pile of these campaigns, and usually, I feel pretty good about that (although the waiting game for some of these projects to finally arrive is maddening…)
This, however, has to be the WORST Kickstarter campaign in HISTORY. First off, a great band I’d love to support – True Believers (Alejandro Escovedo & Jon Dee Graham, etc) getting back together. Cool, right?
Well, the old geezers are only promising to record ONE song at this point! Gee, thanks! And you’re telling me that these guys can’t afford to record ONE song? Really? C’mon. And, best of all, for a minimum $25 pledge, you get to DOWNLOAD that ONE song ONE day before the rest of the world can buy it for a buck! No other promised updates or incentives. NOTHING! The next level you can get in at is $1000, and that’ll get you the opportunity to hang out (for 5 minutes, I’m sure) at the recording studio. Woo – hoo! (I got to spend a whole day with Del Barber in the studio and HE offered to buy ME pizza! I hope I don’t owe him a couple grand now.)
I can’t wait to hear the song, but I also can’t believe that they’re serious about this campaign. I also can’t believe that 29 suckers so far have bought in.
These guys, who I previously respected greatly, seem to be making a mockery of crowdfunding!
Thank God for projects like Namedropper, one I’m proud to support. Great people, great pitch, great incentives, great updates, very amazing project – everything this one is NOT!