Today is a historic day for The Independent Ear Family & ALL MEMBERS OF THE REALM!
Here is a special message from the latest addition to the Independent Ear Family, the bad boys of rock the L.A. Knights!
When we kicked this off nearly four years ago, it was for a one time gig opening for Hollywood legends Bang Tango! We didn’t really even have a name for two months! Now as we approach our first show ever with the 4.0 Version of the lineup, featuring David Fanz on Vocal, Troy Poder on Bass, Michael “Damage” Gallagher on drums, and Mike Baltrinic and Jozey on guitars, we realize what a crazy ride it has been. We have been lucky enough to sell almost 1000 cds between our releases, we have played with Cinderella, Jackyl, Great White, Faster Pussycat, Bullet Boys, Freddie Salem, Gilby Clarke of Guns N Roses, L.A. Guns and Tracii Guns as well as the band Tuff. Do you know these bands have sold over 30 million albums among them? More if you count the CD’s Gilby sold with GNR! Not too shabby!
With the indie success of Rubber City Meltdown and the success of our out-of-town and opening gigs, we caught the eye of several record labels on the Indie scene. Not all were up our alley & one even asked Jozey, What Do You Need Me For Then?? To which Jozey calmly said, you’re Right Bro, What DO We Need You For?!? and hung up quickly! For those who aren’t aware, most indie deals are not what you consider a record deal to be. We don’t get a limo, we don’t get free studio time and we don’t get a signing bonus, hell we don’t even get a big time tour with a bus (YET) Although we do expect some Champagne, Ryan! We still have expenses the band absorbs to be INDEPENDENT and record the disk we want based on our vision! A vision created on acoustic guitar by the songwriting team of Fanz & Zeitler and brought to fruition with Baltrinic, Poder, Jaeger and now Mr. Damage! We are well aware of the limitations of being an indie band working with an indie label. And we embrace that fact!
WHAT WE DO GET? A man who came to us with a belief in our band, not only as songwriters, as musicians?but as rock stars with over the top personalities & marketability. Ryan Block From Independent Ear, Inc. started the conversation with Jozey and reiterated it through one with Fanz, YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL. You live this lifestyle that you sing about, you live your lyrics, your solos, your drum beats, your hooks. You are rock and roll! His support and enthusiasm proved to us that we want to trust this man with the marketing and promotions of not only the second CD, PSYCHOANALYZE, with the re-issue of Rubber City Meltdown, but for our brand & for our future endeavors. This is a distribution deal. We know the difference, always have. It’s what we wanted, so we can control everything from the title, to the single, to the artwork, to the fact that we chose Akron’s Custom Audio Mutation Studios to record with Curran Murphy. We want to compete say over our BRAND and our Band! And Independent Ear wants us to have that control! They want our vision to come to life, so they can market the f*ck out of it! We all get what we want, especially if we can sell about 10K cds! So buy some!
WHAT DO YOU GET? You will get a follow-up album to Rubber City Meltdown that will blow your roofs off. You will get us coming to bigger towns and out-of-state towns and maybe even a European town or ten.(We think big in this band & especially when pouring Knight-inis or looking at boobs!) You can expect more interviews, reviews and videos than before. More shows, more fan interaction, more merchandise, sponsors, endorsements and probably more shit talking by the people that don’t like others to have success! We just want to rock more..drink more and well, do more of everything!
WHAT TO EXPECT? Here is a list of what to expect from us in 2014 and 2015:
1. Saturday at 6:00pm at Rippers Rock House, we are signing our contract. Ryan is coming in for the signing on Saturday in person & You are all welcome to come down and try some killer wings, ask questions during the John “MotherTruckin” Lane emceed event and then stick around to celebrate with a show featuring us and the Godz, which we are filming for the DVD.
2. A re-issue of Rubber City Meltdown on November 15th through Independent Ear.
3. A launching of a new website for Independent Ear on December 1st, 2014
4. A launching of two new websites by the band, LosAkronKnights.com and RubberCityRock.com on December 15th 2014.
5. We are recording a live DVD Saturday November 14th at the Eric Moore and the Godz Benefit at Ripper Owens Rock House. This DVD will be available in January 2015.
6. In late January we will enter Custom Audio Mutations Studios in Akron, Ohio with Curran Murphy behind the board to record our second cd, PSYCHOANALYZE.
7. In January tour dates will start to unfold, and festivals around the country are going to be included.
8. In April of 2015, PSYCHOANALYZE is planned to be released.
WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU? Your continued support, Love and dedication to the Realm! Join the Akron Street Team for Independent Ear first things first Help L.A. Knights by joining our street team as well. (Details to be announced Monday, November 17th, 2014!) We want 10k likes on Facebook & 10k followers on Twitter and we want each of those to buy one cd! Jozey is putting the street team together and has a plan for anyone who joins. Contact him and find out exactly how you can help! Also, we have a gofundme.com account if anyone wants to help donate to offset the costs of producing our cd and going on tour. The band and the label will work together to see that it happens, but if you want to help we will be offering rewards for those who donate to the Fund such as signed guitars, tee shirts, cd packages and more! Details will be announced on Monday November 17th via a YouTube commercial! Watch out Troy! Also, buy us shots when you see us play? We love Jaeger, Fireball and Jack!
Thanks for reading this and caring about our band! We truly are humbled by the fact that so many people around the world have shown an interest in our songs! We promise to make good on your trust in us! We also want to take a special moment and thank Ryan Block and his team at Independent Ear, Inc. They have been easy to work with, followed through on everything and have known the answers to our questions before they were asked! That’s something that helped us feel comfortable with this deal.
THE HEART OF RUBBER CITY ROCK LIVES WITHIN THE REALM!