Christian ska band raises $100K on Kickstarter

From the Five Iron Frenzy Kickstarter (raeg parts bolded by me):

We need your support now more than ever. The inspiration and energy to create an amazing record is there but this time we will be working without the support of a label. This gives us incredible artistic freedom, but it also means we need to raise our own financing. Our hope is to release an album in 2013, ten years after our initial final show.

We are shooting for the financial goal of $30,000.Your pledges will be used to pay for demoing new material, recording, mixing, mastering, and associated travel expenses.Keep in mind, this budget covers making the album only. Every dollar we raise over $30,000 will be used for such things as promotion of the album once it’s released because we think it would be great to have this album reach as many people as possible! Additional funds could also enable us to play some shows, because yes, we would love to play shows!

The results?

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57 Responses to Christian ska band raises $100K on Kickstarter

  1. Dirty says:

    Damn. Is that all it takes?

  2. LC says:

    Eh they’ve been around for awhile and are popular among the fairly large group of people who only allows themselves Christian music and so has lower standards
    I’m fuckin 27 now and I remember FIF shirts in high school

    oh god im old

  3. Save Parker says:

    I still have a huge problem with Kickstarter, seems like a bunch of people asking for handouts.

    • VyceVictus says:

      I’m actually glad it exists. I think it provides one of several viable options to the quandary of recording artists profiting from their work in the 21st century. Theres something profoundly democratic about the idea of instead supporting a band by buying records in the hopes they break even, you can literally pay a band to make the record you want to hear.

      Of course the system is easily abuseable and you cant truly tust the band to devote those funds as they say (hookers and blow), so it all comes down to the integrity of the musicians (personal, not “artistic” integrity). Even though this band might be whack, their fans are getting what they pay for (potentially, provided the band doesnt flake), so it seems fair enough.

      I reecently backed a project by Oxbow for a music performance DVD. If there’s any band that can claim actual artistic merit it’s those guys. I am stoled that I played a minor part in directly contirbuting to a piece of entertainment I will enjoy.

      • Save Parker says:

        Maybe I just miss the days when a band would play shows and sell shit and actually get jobs to make money. Do I think they need $30,000 to get quality recordings? Hell no. Its pretty easy to get good sounding recording equipment in this day and age, I really have no idea what they’ll use an extra $100,000 for except for buying cool shit. It just seems like lacking a work ethic to me personally, I don’t care how much artistic merit anyone has, you gotta work for what you want to put out.

      • Sergeant D says:

        as a diehard advocate of free markets, i completely support anyone’s right to beg for money and the right for retards to give it to them. but i will still never not raeg at the “WE NEED UR HELP!!!!” message that seems to be part of all these pleas for donations, as though expressing yourself through professionally-recorded music is some kind fundamental need which they are desperate to fulfill.

  4. LeandroS says:

    I dont want to live in this world either

  5. Kumichou says:

    Just say the magic word: “Christian”


    • Dan says:

      It doesn’t say “Christian” anywhere on that page.

      • Sergeant D says:

        the smartest christian bands (like mxpx) play both sides, like “we don’t talk about our beliefs but our fans know what they are!!” this way christians will assume they’re christian (with all the profits that’s sure to bring) and secular audiences won’t be turned off.

        smart branding IMO.

  6. Wintermute says:

    Shouldn’t these fucking delusional christian weirdos be donating to charity instead of giving $100K+ to a band that hasn’t played a show in 10 YEARS!

    “Hey guys, we have $70K to use for “marketing” our digital download only album! HAHAHAHA! Thanks Jesus! Now where is the Macbook Pro we need to start recording.”


  7. shivbeatus says:

    It’s not like this is a new band that came out of nowhere, I don’t really see the big deal

    • Sergeant D says:

      no care if it’s mozart: “halp guise i need a new harpsichord i can has money???” it’s still gay

      • VyceVictus says:


      • Shiv The Impaler says:

        I see your point there then, and yeah, I don’t understand why they don’t just sell merch and hype that like other bands. That way they’re annoying you but it’s for capitalism and not charity. I still like this band’s joke songs though

        • Sergeant D says:

          let me be clear: i don’t have any big “moral/ethical objection” or anything dumb like that, i just have a hard time respecting people who beg for stuff. that said, if i thought I could get $140K to fund my projects by asking strangers for it on the internet, you better believe I’d do it in a fucking heartbeat haha.

  8. jm6g90 says:

    At least we can be sure those god-fearing christian kids wont spend all that ill-earned cash on booze and girls!

    oh wait

  9. Cougar party says:

    This is great. I have been praying for them.

  10. nustej says:

    Christian-latewave-ska validates any & all my thinly-veiled racist comments.

  11. justin says:

    i was at their last show in california lol

  12. Void Eater says:

    Hello, we are a Christian pornogrind band called Jesus Semen Sundae, looking for $30,000 dollars so that we can record an album full of our unique brand of goreship. Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for your donations.

  13. Dan says:

    Haters gonna hate. Five Iron is legendary.

  14. snores says:

    Clearly the solution is to make another christian band and make mad money off it. Stuff Christ Will Love? Mad money, mad chrisitan bishes.

    • The Other Nick says:

      Well that market is saturated now. These guys were early adopters of that business model and they are now reaping their reward.

  15. freftd says:

    why u hatin tho?

  16. Dan says:

    So much butthurt over stuff that isn’t actually there and things no one said.

  17. dope says:

    everybody knows god hates ska

  18. jorbams says:

    This amount should only ever be collected for an attempt to raise Link 80 singer bro from the dead.

  19. beholdthesharktopus says:

    Oh man, I remember this band. One of my friends was/is nuts for them. They’re ok I guess, kinda goes under the same category as Yellowcard and Relient K as generic music that bible camp counselors listen to.

    • Brah says:

      “kinda goes under the same category as Yellowcard and Relient K as generic music that bible camp counselors listen to.”

      YUP, goin’ to the super Wal-Mart, gettin’ that new Creed album.

  20. Anonymous John says:

    Why wouldn’t you ask for money if you know you’re going to get it?

  21. Hypefreecollin says:

    Fuck that video, seriously. who is that funny to??? Dads only?

  22. shawnyouwillhate says:

    “plz send money to pay for mortgage on awful cul de sac home and upgraded jungle gym equipment. my 6 year old is really hurting, I can’t get a real job bc nobody is hiring these days.’

    someone front them the $35 it costs for an HD camera these days, I couldn’t even hear his pleas.

  23. Alex_P says:

    Strong whoring skills.


  24. LAIFF says:

    I came here to get my srscore news, please. Only Mexican teenagers from the ghetto care about ska.

  25. dza says:

    need $ fast!
    please repond

  26. Keka says:

    Hey all credit to them, they managed to get suckers with too much money to pay for trivialities so that they can make a product that a whole bunch more people will give them money for. Gotta love them business smarts.

  27. Kenshin says:

    Erm, they aren’t even Christian anymore.

    Look at their wikipedia article:

    Changes in religious commitment
    In The Rise and Fall of Five Iron Frenzy, Scott Kerr explained that he chose to leave the band in 1998 due to his renunciation of Christianity. The documentary ends with Andrew Verdecchio implying a similar rejection of belief in God. As of 2011, Verdecchio lists the popular “new atheist” books God is Not Great and Letter to a Christian Nation as favorite books on his personal Facebook page.[48] Other members of the band remain involved in Christian churches to various degrees.[44]

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