campaigns are becoming commonplace for enterprising musicians with material to
share and little capital to make their dreams reality. The music business has
greatly changed with the Internet and digital downloads that getting a studio
contract to produce an album is largely a thing of the past.
Many established acts have even bypassed that avenue to start their own labels. Marin County-based IrieFuse has begun its own capital campaign for its first full-length studio album. Riding on the tails of its successful Sun is Rising EP and a series of festival and club shows the reggae and rock group is counting on its ever-growing fan base to help fund its new album entitled Give & Get Back.
The disc will include band favorites such as I’ll Be Your Root, Press On, Action Reaction and The Man.
According to band member Ryan Lee, the way the campaign works is you can decide “whether to help a little or a lot.” For just one dollar receive a copy of the digital album. A copy of the album and digital downloads can be had for $15. And there are a myriad of other packages to choose from including T-shirts, autographed albums, VIP tickets to the CD release party, or even a personal party with the band. All of these make perfect holiday gifts for any music lover.
IrieFuse is ranked number one on ReverbNation with its grooves compared to artists such as Sublime, Rebelutionand Iration. The band’s influence is clearly roots, island and reggae, ska,dub, rock, and hip-hop. Mix that all together and you have that original sound that is IrieFuse.
The fresh and original sound can be attributed to its band members: Joe Endoso of Novato, lead vocals and guitar; Ryan Lee of Petaluma, keyboards; Patrick Dwyer of Novato, keyboards; Taylor Stecker of Santa Rosa, lead guitar; Michael Gil of San Rafael, bass; and Scott Bohm of Novato, drums. This group of long friends began performing together in 2011.
Upcoming shows include a benefit for Toys for Tots at Billco’s Billards & Darts at 1234 Third St. in Napa on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Cost is $7 with a new toy or $10. The show is open to all ages. The Conscious Immaturity Xmas Benefit will be held on Dec. 19 at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco at 1695 Polk St. Cover is $10. The holiday fun continues at the Wipeout Bar & Grill at 302 Bon Air Center in Greenbrae on Dec. 20 at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $5 with all ages invited.
IrieFuse can be found onFacebook, Twitter and Instagram @iriefusemusic as well as at iriefusemusic.com.To participate in the fundraising campaign and get a copy of the new album or other goodies, go to store.iriefusemusic.com.