Maybe I'm bored, but I feel an urge to address your comment. Yes, NYRE is a lot like the Packers shareholders deal, except for the fact that with the Packers you don't get a T-shirt, royalty checks in the mail, digital media to distribute to friends, or an exclusive photo album, among other rights. I don't see how it's any different from a regular fan club, where you pay a yearly premium to receive the right to purchase tickets first and a few meet and greets. If people will pay for exclusivity if it's available, it's the job of the artist/company to make it available. Am I crazy for thinking this?
On the touring front, we toured 7 weeks and all over this entire country (US) after the release of Phoenix. We plan on going back out in April, which means we will out-tour our last touring cycle (for Vagabonds, while we were on a label) significantly. We dumped 65k into our record, and we think it sounds like it. We love how it sounds, and so do our fans, and we'll gladly dump any excess of money into our music because we think it's worth it. We think our fans deserve it.
"Start touring already," is just about the most ignorant thing you could have said. Something tells me we could tour 365 days a year and you wouldn't hear about it, because something tells me you don't really care, and that's fine, but if you put the burden of proof on us you'll lose.
What baffles me is the sheer stubborn ignorance of music "listeners" these days. You're not music fans, you don't get music like a fan gets music (I happen to be an avid music fan, and I will pay extra for added value). You don't see the value in the connection between fan and artist, and you don't appreciate the things that true music fans appreciate. You resent true music fans, because your "fanship" is a fickle, selfish one that revolves around you, and you're jealous of those who actually have a deep connection to music. Your relationship to music is largely based on the fact that it's a convenient topic to troll. You get a kick out of having an opinion... You'd gladly see your favorite bands fail so you could feel good about knowing them before anyone else did and exclaim with sadness at the void they've left as if you didn't have any blame for their demise.
You won't kill us, because we have real fans who support us. We won't die because of you, because we don't pander to you. You don't get us, and we like it that way. Keep hating, and we'll keep making music.
The industry has changed. Independent artists have been forced to discover new and creative ways to get music made and to support ourselves while making it. Our music sales don't pay the bills (we all work side jobs), but it doesn't mean we don't have listeners who are willing to support us if we give them rewards in return. Obviously, if you don't think any of the rewards are worth it, then you won't understand why someone would purchase them. But, it doesn't make it okay to call the whole thing a "scheme." If it were so, our fans would be angry with us. Instead, they're all very happy with their rewards and are begging us to do another Kickstarter.
I realize if I responded to every knee-jerk blog comment on the internet, I'd never have time to write songs, and considering that's what I really love to do, I'll keep it to just this one.
What happened to this website anyways? I remember it's users being more sympathetic to indie bands in general...
Be good, kids.