Nov. 12, 2012
-- Shalloboi are raising funds via Kickstarter to release the 'field of flowers' 7" vinyl single set, a series of four singles. "It's a project that have always wanted to do, but we never thought possible," said Tyler Ritter (vocals/guitar)
, who wrote and recorded all of the songs. "For anyone familiar with the music of Shalloboi, short songs are not something we typically record. Though we've always loved the 7" format, the length of our songs has prevented us from being able to release our music this way - our songs were just too long to fit on one side."
In 2010, they had a breakthrough - without even trying, Shalloboi's songs were finally getting to a length that would fit on a 45. Realizing this, they began to work on a group of seven songs with the idea of releasing them as a set of singles, each with unique artwork, rather than combining them all into one full-length LP. Their vision was that the songs would be a cohesive work, but the format would allow them to exist on their own or as a whole.
"What makes this project unique is the fact that we've already done the hardest work - writing, recording, mixing and mastering the songs," said Ritter. "They are 100% ready to be pressed to vinyl. We're very proud of these songs, as they capture the spirit and excitement of that period of time in the band before everyone moved on to the next thing."
Each of the 7 songs were recorded very quickly over the span of six or seven months (give or take), during which they had a trio of strings players (Merilee Phillips, Aleksa Lederer and Katelyn Eldridge). Soon after, the strings trio parted ways with the band and the finished songs were shelved while Ritter and bandmate Stefanie Goodwin (vocals, percussion) regrouped.
They came back to the songs a year later and realized They still wanted to release them as originally envisioned. "We decided the best way to raise the money was through Kickstarter, since we just didn't have the funds to self-finance this series of releases," said Goodwin. "The money that we're trying to raise would be enough to pay for the first two singles; any extra money raised would be put into the project to fund the rest of the remaining singles. Since we're not into high-stakes betting, we thought it would best to set a modest goal with the hope of exceeding it, allowing us to fully realize this dream."
Ritter notes that they would also like to compensate those who contributed to this project, since they have donated several hours of their time to playing Shalloboi songs over the years.
Shalloboi's Kickstarter project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152243686/shalloboi-...
) will only be funded if at least $1,500 is pledged by Friday, November 30 at 11:00 AM CST.