Yeah, I feel like this is a bit extreme. How much studio time could you need to record songs you've been playing for years?
What about individual value for a customer? $25 isn't enough to include a T-shirt the band can make, buy, and ship for less than $10?
They're charging $25 for an album full of songs the fans have already heard. I'm sure it'll sound great, but goddamn.
The next tier is $50 for the $25 remix album, a $10 t-shirt you won't want to wear in public, and your name in a booklet. What a steal.
Do I sound cynical?
It's all voluntary, of course. Clearly the fans value it enough or else they wouldn't have donated.