3 Days Left to Kickstart The Suburbs' New Album July 22 2013, 0 Comments
Friends, we have raised over $54,000! Only $11,000 left to reach our goal. Help us push it past the finish line! 89.3 The Current has put our first single "Turn The Radio On" into it's rotation and fans in the Twin Cities are embracing it. Listen to it here.
If you've been planning on pitching in, wait no more. Do it NOW!
And please help SPREAD THE WORD. Post on Facebook, Tweet, send snail-mail, scream out your window. With your help we can cover the many expenses that come with producing and publishing an album - and YOU can get an advance copy along with 2 Kickstarter backer exclusive Bonus Tracks, exclusive swag, and other great prize packages.
With Gracious Thanks,
— Chan, Beej, Hugo, the Steves, the "Shower of Flowers" Horns, Buzzwell, And... the Entire Suburbs Family!
The Great Fans of The Suburbs: Keith Morioka July 11 2013, 3 Comments
Keith Morioka has been an avid Suburbs follower since he first heard the song Love is the Law at a YMCA dance when he was 16. His passion for the band has taken him from Hugo, Minnesota, where he first witnessed the electric atmosphere of a Suburbs concert, to Costa Mesa, California, where Keith found an official cassette of Love is the Law after long searching for one. “I felt like I found the Holy Grail that day.”
It is the extraordinary connection between the band and the fans that has made The Suburbs a staple in the hearts of so many music lovers, young and old. Keith proudly states, “The fans are passionate about the band and the band is passionate about the fans.” One of Keith’s favorite memories was when he attended the sold-out 1993 reunion show. Beej was stringing the guitar to its maximum decibel level before turning around on the edge of the stage and falling back into the crowd. “We sent Beej crowd-surfing. That’s the way The Suburbs do things."
Even through the twenty-seven year absence of a Suburbs album, Keith has carried hundreds of conversations with fellow Suburbs supporters, trying to one-up his friends on the best concerts and stories each individual shared with the 80s rock powerhouse. Heck, before his wedding the 1984 tune Love is the Law was played.
When the news appeared on his Facebook feed that The Suburbs were preparing to release a new album, the thrill and emotion that ran through Keith’s blood could not be described. He immediately contributed to the Kickstarter campaign and started to encourage his friends to do the same. “I so want this album to happen. Let’s get this thing done!”
Well Keith, it’s time to loosen up those vocal cords and lace up your party shoes because the party rocks on!
Keith with his collection of The Suburbs albums
Ticket Stubs from various Suburbs concerts
A collage of The Suburbs
WE WANT TO KEEP ON ROCKING! Please help fund The Suburb's first new album in 27 years, Si Sauvage. Learn more about the project and listen to our new song "Turn the Radio On" at our Kickstarter page!
Announcing Si Sauvage, The Suburbs First New Album in Nearly Three Decades - Due Out Aug 27, 2013 July 10 2013, 1 Comment
>> UPDATE August 27, 2013: Now available for purchase in our music store!
Cover art by Kii Arens
People who have heard advance mixes, say it sounds like a culmination of the entire history of the Suburbs, and thoroughly contemporary at the same time. It's surprisingly upbeat, with plenty of dance grooves, yet also contains the beauty of older songs like "Girlfriend" and "Spring Came."
It's mature AND fun, and it's obvious that the Suburbs audience has grown along with the band. Crowds are already cheering and singing along at recent shows to new songs like "Turn The Radio On." We're streaming it below so you can decide for yourself.
Join Our Kickstarter Campaign and Help Fund This New Album
We need your support to make this a reality. We're raising funds to self produce and publish this album. So tell your family, tell your friends, tell your cows. Share this link, post to Facebook, Tweet, send snail-mail, scream out the window. We are thiiis close to returning, we just need all your incredible help to make it reality!
Calling All Rockers!!
Help fund The Suburb's first new album in nearly three decades, Si Sauvage! Learn more about the project and listen to the first song "Turn The Radio On" at www.thesuburbsband.com/kickstarter. #kickstartmebaby #thesuburbs
Support our Kickstarter! June 28 2013, 0 Comments
Join us as we bring out a BRAND NEW Suburbs record.
10 new remarkable studio songs (and a couple bonus tracks for Kickstarter supporters).
Suburbs Fans are the best. They've really taken a "pride in ownership" of this unique Minneapolis band. They've gotten behind the band's incredible "Love Is The Law" campaign for marriage equality, they've packed the clubs and theaters, shared the songs, worn the band's indelible logo, and turned-on friends and family to The Suburbs nutty videos and Chan and Bruce and Beej's rocking, quirky, and lovely songs.
What better way for the band to raise the budget for the recording and promoting of their first new album in 27 years than to come directly to this great group of supporters who have grown and celebrated with them?
People who have heard advance mixes of some of the new stuff say it sounds like a culmination of the entire history of the Suburbs, and thoroughly contemporary at the same time. You'll hear the same energy in Hugo's drumming, the same gnarled and oddly sexy voices of Beej and Chan mining similar offbeat and humorous lyrical territory, yet tinged with a new depth and maturity lacking in the earlier recordings. (Life changes you, after all!) It's surprisingly upbeat, with plenty of dance grooves, yet also contains the beauty of older songs like "Girlfriend" and "Spring Came".
So why Kickstarter?
By now we've all heard the various sides in the battle for your entertainment dollar. We all pretty much understand the old music business model has changed, yes, but not the spirit or the intention of the makers or the fans. We keep making and listening to music.
The good news is that places like Kickstarter, where the music lover directly transacts with the artist, not only allows the artist the ability to afford to make his or her music the way they want, it inherently does away with a middle man, reducing waste and delivering good product at a cheaper rate, AND has the multiple benefit of actually adding value. If you haven't noticed yet, you get more stuff with your music on Kickstarter! T-shirts! House concerts! Signed posters and swag!
With your pre-orders and pledges we can pay for our own promotion, advertising, videos, marketing and publicity agents, touring costs, etc., not to mention the very best recording, mastering and manufacturing talent and facilities so the new songs sound as awesome as they can be.
Here's what we'd like you to do:
- Visit our Kickstarter page and watch the video. We made it just for you.
- Pick a prize level and donate. The skies the limit! Isn't this exciting?
- Tell your friends. The more the merrier!
The Suburbs Kickstarter Press Release June 27 2013, 0 Comments
Minneapolis Rock Group The Suburbs Announce First Album in 27 Years with Kickstarter
Legendary rock group returns to record first new album in almost three decades
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. —The Suburbs, the Minnesota-based rock group, have returned to record their first new album after a recording hiatus of 27 years and are reaching out to their fans for support in a Kickstarter campaign that will launch Wednesday, Jun 26 and go through Thursday, Jul 25.
The Suburbs represented Minnesota rock in the 1980s alongside The Replacements, Prince, Husker Du and Soul Asylum. The band recorded 6 albums, including two for Mercury/Polygram (featuring their signature song “Love Is The Law”) and A&M Records. They were featured on MTV and voted among the "100 Most Influential Minnesota Musical Entities of the Twentieth Century" by The Minneapolis Star Tribune. The band's mix of punk, dance music, and humor was ahead of the curve and has stood the test of time as their dedicated fans have proven.
"Suburbs Fans are the best. They've really taken a 'pride in ownership' in our band," said Chan Poling, lead singer and keyboard player for The Suburbs. "They've really gotten behind the incredible 'Love Is The Law' campaign for marriage equality, they've packed the clubs, they’re just great."
The Suburbs started a Kickstarter campaign to pursue their independence from the ever-changing music industry. Fans can pledge a range of dollar levels on The Suburb's Kickstarter campaign page and choose from a variety of experiences and gifts while pre-ordering the band’s brand new album SI SAUVAGE, which will include 10 new songs and is scheduled for release Aug. 27, 2013.
For more information about The Suburbs Kickstarter campaign or to make a donation, visit www.thesuburbsband.com/kickstarter. Connect with The Suburbs on Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about the band on The Suburb's website at www.thesuburbsband.com.
About The Suburbs
The Suburbs are an alternative punk rock, funk and new wave 80's band formed in 1977 from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Original band members consisted of Chan Poling, Bruce Allen, Michael Halliday, Hugo Klaers and Blaine John Chaney. The Suburbs released six albums between 1978-1986. During that time the band's popularity increased and gained a following that broke out of the Midwest and reached both coasts. Today, The Suburbs consist of three original members: Chan Poling, Hugo Klaers, Blaine John Chaney and two new members; Steve Brantseg on lead and rhythm guitars, and Steve Price on bass. The band's eighth album is scheduled to release late August.
Kickstarter Campaign Press Contact: Kaila Przymus 507-829-9795 TheSuburbsBandPR@gmail.com