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Grammy-nominated Atlanta, GA band After Edmund make new album with help of fans




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NEWS SOURCE: After Edmund
February 7, 2012

Atlanta, GA, January 2012 - Growing up in rural Georgia, Grammy-nominated indie-rock band After Edmund has just about seen it all. From local concerts and small town origins to the previously mentioned Grammy nomination earned in 2009, After Edmund has been busy. Most recently they’ve self-produced, recorded and released a pair of EP’s, as well as putting an explosive viral video on Youtube.

Such accomplishments have left this group of Georgia natives with a grass roots fan base stretching across the country. Self-described “super-fans” are checking in with the band regularly via social media from even as far as way as Europe and South America.

Their latest project has them raising money for a new album through a website called Kickstarter, a platform designed to help crowd-fund different initiatives. Some recent efforts on the website include the reunited Five Iron Frenzy setting a record for most funded music project of all time - pulling together a whopping $200,000. Or more locally, an artist in Macon raised more than $10,000 to see his graphic novel come to life.

In the past year After Edmund has written over 50 songs, about a dozen of which they plan to pick to finalize and include in their not-yet titled album due out this spring. Productions on several of those songs have already begun, with the band travelling to Nashville this month to record with acclaimed producer Rusty Varenkamp (Mutemath, Tenth Avenue North, Toby Mac).

“We are gathering together all our fans and friends to raise about $30,000 for this new album,” says lead-vocalist Mitch Parks. “We’ve wanted to do this for a long time, to give our fans an opportunity to be as big a part of this record as we are.”

Hopeful words that come at a time when the music industry is at its lowest point in years. Fortunately with the help of start-up companies like Kickstarter, independent artists have been able to create a strong-foothold with their fans in what has quickly become an over saturated market.

One of the things that Kickstarter brings to the table is that campaigns must reach 100% of their goal by a chosen deadline – in the case of After Edmund they are looking to raise around $30,000 by February 24th. Setting the bar so high may be a daunting challenge for some artists, but After Edmund has already seen over-whelming support. Raising almost 25% of their goal in the first week, Parks is quick to offer up praises for supporters, saying “The progress so far has been incredible. I can’t believe it… from the bottom of our hearts we are blessed to have you guys as friends and as fans.”

If you happen to see them at a one of the 120+ concerts they do a year, be sure to ask them about the incentives they have set up for people who offer support to the project. The band has come up with some pretty interesting ways to say thank you for any amount given to the campaign. Whether it’s a free download of their new album due out this spring, a custom made “Futurebass” or even you very own After Edmund concert, everyone who contributes to the making of After Edmund’s new album is sure to receive something cool in return, and an enthusiastic thank you from the band.

For more information about the campaign see www.afteredmund.com/kickstarter.

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