thelastplaceyoulook Turn To Their Fans To Help Kickstart Their First National Tour

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To make the most out of the chance of a lifetime, you may have to make some sacrifices. For thelastplaceyoulook that means quitting their day jobs, looking for more affordable housing, and leaving their families behind for six weeks.

Having built a dedicated fan base here at home the band now find themselves preparing for their first national tour. They'll spend six weeks on the road opening for 10 Years and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus playing to new crowds in exotic locations such as Madison, WI and Lancaster, PA.

Financially speaking it's not easy for a band with no major label support to commit to a tour like this. That's why the band has turned to the fans for tour support in the form of a recently announced Kickstarter campaign.

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Photo by Marco Torres.
So what does it cost to hit the road for six weeks? Well, according to the budget attached to the campaign it's close to $19,000. The bulk of that is going to go gas, food, merch, and having a place to stay, although they admit they're hoping to find some new friends on the road to help them save some money on that last one.

While all of those things are important, it's the down payment on a new van that may be most important of all. As they explain in the video for the campaign their current van "Big Red" is a gas guzzler and a new vehicle would go a long way in bringing down the cost of the tour.

"It will literally cut our gas costs by 60%," the band tells us.

Add in money for a tour manager/sound/merch person, promo beards, making the new van tour ready, and having some extra cash on hand in case something bad happens and you can see how the budget starts to skyrocket. That said it's not exactly the high life.

"This isn't a tour bus," they explain. "This is the gas-station-bathroom showering, floor crashing, seven guys in a van kind of tour."


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curious
curious like.author.displayName 1 Like

it's simple. there is an opportunity being given that the band was unexpected to happen to tour nationally in front of 10's of thousand of new fans with major acts in cities they've never been to. rather than say "no we can't afford it" they are ASKING fans to DONATE. if they choose to help great if not that is their prerogative. the fans feel inclined to support something why is that wrong? if the band has made enough genuine connection with a fanbase that endears them to help what is the problem with that? 

purepony2k
purepony2k

"Add in money for a tour manager/sound/merch person, promo beards, making the new van tour ready, and having some extra cash on hand in case something bad happens and you can see how the budget starts to skyrocket. That said it's not exactly the high life."

 

"...they're not asking the fans to cover the entire thing for them. They're not even asking for half of the funds to come from the fans. They're just looking for $7,000 to help out with the money they've already saved up."

 

oh thank you! 

 

fuck off.  hundreds of bands, many from this city, hit the road paying 110% for touring expenses every day.  seriously, go fuck yourselves and your merch and your new van and your beards.

 

Houston Press, try doing a write up on a real Houston band that isn't begging for hand outs.

 

Brandon Lemons//TTOC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

brandibrownrocks
brandibrownrocks

 @purepony2k My bad....you're not a band, you're a booking agency. Now it all makes sense

brandibrownsucks
brandibrownsucks

 @brandibrownrocks  @purepony2k 

 

How does that make sense? Also, you frequent Scout Bar. So there's that sad, little factoid.

brandibrownrocks
brandibrownrocks

 @brinnlitz Again I disagree. The music industry has changed. The days of musicians getting record deals and making obscene amounts of money are long gone. We are in an independent era. Most bands are unsigned doing everything themselves now. That's why sites like kickstarter were created. I dont see it as begging. Its no different then a fan buying a cd or a band shirt.

 

If you playing music to be "famous" then you are in it for the wrong reasons. Most musicians I know only want to make enough money so they can quit their day jobs . Its not about fame. 

 

If getting booked on tour to open for two national acts isn't "making shit happen".....I don't what is.

 

In just 5 days they have raised more than 5k of their 7k goal. Fans will always support the music they love.....whether thats going to a show, buying cd, or donating to a kickstarter campaign.  

 

Call it what you want. The proof is in the pudding.   

brinnlitz
brinnlitz

 @brandibrownrocks 

we are living in a time where people throw their integrity out the window and think that begging for money from fans is as virtuous as doing it yourself (it's not - it never will be). if you have to beg for money so you can be "famous" then maybe you shouldn't be famous. fame comes to those who bust their ass and make shit happen. fame also comes to the best musicians who write the best songs. that is, unless you're talking about beiber, katy perry type fame, then yeah, whore yourself for the lowest common denominator (and lose your soul in the process).

brandibrownrocks
brandibrownrocks

 @brandibrownsucks  @brandibrownrocks  @purepony2k You obviously have way too much time on your hands. I frequent Scout Bar to support the bands that I work with....as well as my friends bands. Otherwise I'd prefer not to drive way 80 mi. round trip on a Sunday night.  The Last Place You Look are friends of mine. They are outstanding musicians and just good people. They have been busting their for asses and supporting the local scene here in Houston for years now and finally got opportunity to take it to the next level. They do everything themselves. Who cares if they ask people....their fans and supporters...to help. I think its awesome that we are in a time where we can use social media to help dedicated hard working musicians follow their dreams.  No one is forcing you or anyone else to donate a penny. 

brandibrownrocks
brandibrownrocks

 @purepony2k Ignorance is bliss isn't is purepony?  Or is it envy? Soooo negative and judgmental. That's sad coming from another local musician. By the way...what does 'TTOC' stand for so that I can make sure NOT to support your band in the future.    

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia communitymanager

 @purepony2k I'll admit that I miss the point that you're trying to make here. What's the problem with offering goods and services in exchange for money to fund a tour?

purepony2k
purepony2k

 @CoryGarcia here's my point Cory,

 

These "goods" are nothing but over-priced cereal box prizes.  There's a certain "ethic" to being a "working musician" and that means sacrifice and a lot of it when it is called for and I don't just mean quitting your job.  Hotel expenses?  Find a camp ground for fuck sake.  Tour manager?  No reply.  There are plenty of other bullet points to comment on, but there is no point.  This is happening whether I like it or not.

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia communitymanager

 @Logic For what it's worth I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

Logic
Logic like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @CoryGarcia  Sure, it is a way of utilizing infrastructure. Bands also utilize infrastructure by putting out unnecessary reissues to records that diehard fans will buy. But there's nothing wrong with it because there's people stupid enough to buy them right? I'm just saying there's a tasteful way to give to your fans if you feel so inclined....asking for money isn't exactly the most tasteful way of doing so. I'm also pretty bothered by the number game they're playing. I've been on the road maybe 3x as much as these guys, and the numbers they're displaying make touring practically impossible. Why support a tour (they're not talking about how much they're making at shows btw...) that isn't even potentially profitable haha? It just seems to me as a band with one foot in the door. This "profession" requires a lot of sacrifice. But it's a sacrifice musicians choose, they don't guilt trip fans into thinking it's a problem we can "share". 

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia communitymanager

 @Logic But is it lazy or just another way of utilizing infrastructure? More accurate: are fans a commodity? 

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia communitymanager

 @purepony2k So do you see something like Kickstarter as just a business shortcut or do you think that by being involved with one it cheapens the music? 

Logic
Logic

 @CoryGarcia The line is pretty simple. Touring is OPTIONAL. Getting sick....is not so optional. Gear theft is not optional (though if you're on the road you should have musicians insurance). You should not tour if you can't afford it. And that is nobody's fault but your own. It's "ok" to set up a Kickstarter. It's ok to be lazy. Plenty of people are broke, quit "good" jobs, so that they can tour and not ask anything from anyone outside of a) come to my show and b) buy my record. The idea is to go out on the road based on the infrastructure that you built. There are a lot of bands that go out on the road without this, and you know how they can do it? They shut up and play. 

purepony2k
purepony2k

 @CoryGarcia no snarkiness taken.  asking for money to help pay for hospital bills would be totally acceptable, as it is something completely unplanned and a situation worthy of charity.  the "ethic" I speak of entails busting your ass to the point of absurdity; selling your possessions, taking on a second job, a third job, living well beneath your means, sleeping on floors, sleeping in the van, not sleeping at all, missing meals, whatever it takes except asking your fans for more money then what you have to sell is worth.  that is "ethic".

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia communitymanager

 @purepony2k I want to preface this by saying that I'm not trying to be snarky or combative. I'm asking because I'm genuinely curious about your point of view.My main question is this: If this is "ethically" wrong, how far does that "ethic" extend? Would there be situation where it wouldn't be wrong to ask fans for money? (For example: to pay for hospital bills.)

 

I'm curious as to where that line is in your opinion.

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