Dr. Slothclaw had it figured out. The group would work on their album nonstop to have it ready for April, throw a release bash, and enter the 2016 festival season with thirteen funky fresh jams hyped up and ready for play.
Deep Space Boogie (DSB) was only about half way complete when they realized they were not only going to be four months late, but also roughly a thousand dollars short. What does a band do in such a predicament? What anyone in the 21st century does when in need: turn to the internet.
Adam Golihew, guitar and vocals for Slothclaw, caught up with NEPAudio (after his spaghetti dinner) at Meeting of the Minds 9.
“It was a lack of planning on our part,” Adam admitted. “We thought we could just breeze through it, but we realized that if we would have done that, DSB would have been a much less superior product. It’d be better to give [fans] a late album than one we’re not satisfied with because, really, who’s time is it?”
Golihew said that it wasn’t really the money, but the band’s own pressure for satisfaction that held up the Deep Space release.
“Not only did it have to be good enough to pass our criteria, but then on top of that, to have it come across correctly on an album. We’re a live band; when we’re in the studio it might not even sound like us because it’s just a different energy,” Golihew said.
In fear of putting off the release any longer, Slothclaw turned to their fans for DSB’s finishing funds. Any donation $25 or more recipients got their name in the record credits and they “COULD LIVE FOREVER IN THE DEPTHS OF THE DEEP SPACE BOOGIE,” as the post description put it. $50 and you received the entire Slothclaw discography, a mystery sticker pack, plus a signed poster.
Troy Pemberton, also known as Grateful Dad and often seen live painting at Slothclaw shows, even contributed to the fund. One recipient would get a hand-made, custom tie-dye tapestry with their $200 donation.
“Without U, funk would just be FNK and there just ain’t nothing funky about that,” the Indie Go-Go post read. “We need the dancers in the front row, and the head nodders in the back. We need the guy on the floor whose face just melted off and the vendors who are jamming in their booths. We need all of our funky people to step up and throw in a few dollars on some community funk.”
“We were a little bit hesitant because asking for money from people who already pay to come see us and buy our stuff is tough,” Golihew said.
Throwing all hesitation aside, it worked. Within a month, fans had helped Slothclaw reach their goal and then some. Golihew beamed that it was really within the last four days they hit their goal. The $1,284 raised was only a third of what the overall production of Deep Space Boogie cost, and was used for the final step in the process: the physical creation of the album—with all 32 donor’s names included.
“We owe a giant, enormous thank you from the bottom of our funky hearts to everybody who donated and helped us complete it and the fans who support us always,” Golihew ended.
Deep Space Boogie is out and available for download through the Slothclaw website, iTunes, Spotify, and just about anywhere music can be streamed.