The goal was to raise $20,000 to make a new record.
Is it realistic to ask fans to cough up that much money to support a band’s effort to make new music?
Honor By August not only raised enough money, but the band raised an extra five grand, that’s how badly HBA fans want new music.
As a result, new music is on the way.
“The Kickestarter campaign has been truly amazing and a humbling experience,” said HBA front man Michael Pearsall said. “Over 250 people backed us and we’re extremely grateful and humbled by support of fans. We’ve been excited to record and release some new music. It’s been really encouraging not only to hear from fans, but also to see the show of support by preordering the album.”
It’s been three years since HBA put out a full CD. Found was released in 2009. The band did offer up an EP titled On our Own, in 2010.
But that was not “Good Enough” for HBA fans, who have supported the band despite the backing of a major label.
As a reward to those who participated in the Kickstarter program, those fans will be getting HBA’s new single first. Pearsall said the new song is called, "Somebody Real."
“We released first single off the album to our Kickstarter backers so they have the song right now,” he said. “We shot a music video for the first single. The video premier will be on Oct. 19.”
What should set this new music apart from the HBA records of the past is this one is much more of a collaborative effort.
It may be hard to believe that anything can top Downing Out Television or the dramatically underappreciated “On own Own,” but Pearsall believes the new record is the band’s best work to date.
“Most of the previous records were comprised of songs that I primarily wrote and the other guys kind of added their parts to it with a couple of exceptions,” he said. “But on this record there’s a couple of songs where Chris (Rafetto) wrote most of, there’s a couple of songs that Evan (Field) wrote most of, and there’s some songs I wrote almost all of. Then there are some songs that the four of us wrote together as a group.”
Now the challenge will be getting their new music heard. The band has been playing regularly in New York City and they will be adding some more live shows with the hope that someone will see what HBA fans have already “Found.”
“I think the band has gone as far as we can go independently,” Pearsall said. “One of the things we’ve been told is we have a great sound, but it will require take a major label (to get their music out). Does it have to be a major label? Not necessarily, but it’s got to be people with the resources to help us push on through to the next level.”