Underground Cities has come a long way in the past few years. The band's upcoming full-length album made our list of local releases to look forward to this year and the band is about to embark on its first national tour. The album was initially predicted as a February release, but the band needs help raising funds to press it.
Underground Cities' first EP, The Dalliance Album is a beautiful, cohesive set of six songs that started off as one piece of music. Dalliance is followed up by a full-length album called The Journey to Arcosanti, which the band has been working on for over two and a half years.
was recorded on a shoestring budget, with bassist Brent Bachelder taking on the engineering duties (Tobie Milford and Illya Riske of The Whisperlights pitch in as well). Even though Riske currently lives in Bangladesh, he recorded a choir track for the new album.
The band is asking $3,500 to press Arcosanti and to prepare for an upcoming 26 state tour. This will be Underground Cities' first national tour, and the money will be used to purchase the "merchandise and equipment to share our music with the rest of the country this summer."
The album is bound to come out soon, because Underground Cities has already booked a CD release show on May 12 at The Sail Inn.
The campaign ends on Saturday, April 21 and the band hits the road on May 30. The Kickstarter offers all sorts of goodies, starting with five bucks for a thank you and a hug. $100 gets you a signed poster, an official pair of Underground Cities sunglasses, a t-shirt, admission to the CD release party, and more.
With larger donations comes more interesting rewards. $500 nets all of the previous rewards and four free Underground Cities shows. For $1,000, you get to name a song on the new album, which could get interesting, and for two grand or more, you get to go on "a date with the members of Underground Cities." I'm not sure if you get to choose one musician or you get them all, but they're a fine-looking bunch, and if I learned anything from Win a Date From Tad Hamilton, this approach works.
If not, you could always pay the full $3,500 to get an autographed guitar.
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Here's a taste of what Arcosanti has to offer: