Ok… I just took a most vulnerable step and created a GoFundMe for the upcoming tour, CD, Merchandise. I can honestly say that this is scaring the crap out of me. Why? Because I’m afraid I will be laughed at, ridiculed… all of the other things that go along with putting yourself out there. But after selling everything that I have for pennies on the dollar I’m still coming up short.
I recently did an interview for the new Kill Ritual tour and the last question let me talk about the expenses of being a musician. I wrote this…
“Support local music! Buy CDs! Buy shirts! Go to concerts! We are not self-sustaining entities with money falling out of our pockets. I think a big misconception of being in a band, of being a musician, is that someday we’ll grow up and get a REAL job. I’ve HAD a real job. I did what I was told by society to do and I was fucking miserable. Seriously… if you’re an accountant and you love accounting… then by all means, follow your passion. But, if you hate it and you do it until your dying day… are you going to say, “I wish I would have (fill in the blank)” or are you going to say, “Fuck! That was one hell of a ride!” (Mic drop)”
I meant what I said in all sincerity. I don’t want to go to my grave saying “I wish I would have followed my dreams.”
If you would like to donate to this GoFundMe I would greatly appreciate it.
I am back from Hawaii. Two weeks of walking the dog, hiking mountains, seeing an active volcano, walking the beach, swimming and eating a half ton of Poké.
A lot of my friends have mentioned to me that they could never live in Hawaii. They would get bored too easily. I can honestly say, especially after reading this article (link below) on being an introvert, that it would be a welcoming change for me.
I can already tell what you are thinking. You’re a front man in a rock band… how can you be an introvert? Well, being an introvert doesn’t mean that I am shy of people, nor does it mean that I don’t like people. Introverts need alone time and solitude to recharge. That is what makes us feel alive. Extroverts, on the other hand, need people around them to recharge. It doesn’t make either of us ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ (Read my blog post on what I think about right and wrong) So… I could easily live out the rest of my days in Hawaii.
While I was in Hawaii I was fortunate enough to have a time difference of 10 hours between Hawaii and Sweden. I would wake up in the morning and have tracks off of the new album in my email. Andy LaRocque and Steven Rice were working diligently on perfecting the sound for our next album, ‘All Men Shall Fall’ while I slumbered away in the perfect Oahu nights. I’d wake, have coffee, and listen to them while working on the CD sleeves and inserts. Getting all of the lyrics, credits, etc. in order. I can’t wait for you all to hear this album. We’ve already shuttled it out to labels, reviewers and select close friends to give you the best of it all. If you would like to write a review of this new album and you have blog that you regularly do reviews, hit me up.
All Men Shall Fall has been a labor of love for months now, and now that we are done we can sit back and enjoy what we’ve brought to the table. Not only have we completed this album, but we are also touring with Raven and Hirax in Europe starting in June. Raven were also invited onto the Monsters of Rock Cruise for 2018. Who knows… maybe you’ll see us on there too. 🙂
Hey KR Fans!
We’ve got a few announcements to make.
First, we’d like to let you know that we’ve finished recording our newest album, ‘All Men Shall Fall’. It’s being mixed and mastered as we speak over at our friend, and Guitarist extraordinaire, Andy LaRocque‘s (King Diamond) Sonic Train Studios in Sweden.
Second, we are pleased to announce our upcoming tour with Raven and Hirax in Europe. We’ll be kicking off the tour in Belgium and ending it in France. Make sure to check the links below on facebook or on bandsintown for ticket info and venues. We are super stoked!
And last but not least we have Chris Lotesto (Ion Vein) on Guitar, Dave Chedrick (Hirax, Deathriders) on Drums and Jim Pegram (Imagika, Angerhead, Mudface) on Bass to help us along for this tour.
The Flaming Arts, and Ellefson Music Productions Presents
Raven • Hirax • Kill Ritual
07-Jun Roeselare (BEL) “De Verlichte Geest”
08-Jun Essen (GER) “Turock”
09-Jun Hamburg (GER) “Bambi Galore”
10-Jun Rotterdam (NLD) “Baroeg”
11-Jun Tilburg (NLD) “Little Devil”
12-Jun Osnabruck (GER) “Bastard Club”
13-Jun Dresden (GER) “Chemiefabrik”
14-Jun Dornbirn (AUT) “Schlactaus”
15-Jun Florence (ITA) “Circus Club”
16-Jun Milan (ITA) “Blue Rose Club”
17-Jun Montbeliard (FRA) “Atelier des Môles”