Our first LP has been recorded. Everything we want to say, exists. But we are still only halfway there…
Over the summer, we drove up to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to begin recording our very first full-length album at April Base Studios. We spent a week working with Beau Sorenson (Bob Mould, Yellow Ostrich, Death Cab for Cutie) where we essentially recorded a live album- all the songs were tracked with the four of us in a room and the main vocal added post-take. We weren’t planning on this being the method of recording, but as soon as we got to April Base we were overwhelmingly inspired to go about making an album as pure and seamless as we could and ended up bringing 12 songs back with us to Chicago. We decided to call the album“Voir Dire” (Old French, pronounced vwah-dear), after Andrew spent a grueling day at the DuPage County Courthouse for jury duty and learned that the term was used by lawyers as the process to find a jury of American citizens who would vow to “see the truth”.
A few months later, we recorded some overdubs and finished main vocals and backing vocals with Stephen Shirk at Shirk Studios in Chicago. Now, we are blessed to have those 12 songs completely recorded. Everything we want to say, we said. Everything we wanted to play, we played. It was an intensely challenging but wonderfully rewarding experience.
Yet, the journey isn’t over. As many of you know, it is very financially ambitious to record and release a full album independently without the help of a record label, investor, or bank loan. Unfortunately, we are about to enter the second half of the full-length album process with extremely limited resources. As musicians and artists, we haven’t the personal capital needed to finish the record. This Kickstarter campaign and your donation will help fund the following much needed endeavors:
-Mixing the album
-Mastering the album
-Reproducing/pressing the album
-Publicizing/promoting the album
With our levels and rewards of contribution, we wanted to keep it as serious and music & art focused as possible. We want to gift you things that are very thoughtful and important to us. It is such a generous and kind gesture to donate to something like this and we feel you should obtain something as unique as possible. As you can see from the tiers, Andrew Pelletier and Shelby Pollard both have literature that will be self-published and released exclusively through this campaign. Andrew is currently almost finished with a novella that comes as the narrative companion piece with Voir Dire and Shelby will be releasing a book of prose poetry!*
Thank you so very much for taking the time on this page to read, listen, and watch a little bit of who we are. We want to be as transparent as possible with you. Any questions you have, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you for your interest in Voir Dire and Minor Characters. We appreciate you so much and cannot wait to share this music with you. We are so excited that you are part of the story.
*All backers will receive their packages PRIOR to the actual release of the full album!*
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