I think whats even weirder is that they have a publicist and their whole team still intact. I feel you shouldnt ask your fans for money unless you really need to. show them respect. The only ones who are going to donate are the ones that are already dedicated and buy cds, merch, and spread the word on their own. Still, if its do or die a band should do it.
but when you still have money to pay for a publicist, manager, booking agent do you really need to ask your fans? I dont know maybe im naive.
Did you actually go and watch the video at www.IamLovedrug.com?
! It sounds like they really do need the money and they do a good job explaining why. And based on what they're offering it doesn't seem like they're asking for a handout at all; they are giving a lot of songs, videos and other stuff away. They are earning it. A $15 pledge gets a digital copy of the record plus around a dozen songs and videos so far and it's not even halfway over.
Also, what makes you think they still have a publicist or anything? Agents and managers only get paid if the band makes money later, so they typically drop a band that isn't making money, don't help at all, or work really hard for nothing because they believe in the band.