After two years of gigs and general divilment we think it's high time St. Simeon and the Stylites put together their first E.P.
For those not in the know here's a brief bio of the band:
When Roger arrived in Falcarragh, North-Donegal, he found a couple of like minded souls with a fondness for the strange and quirky end of the musical spectrum. St. Simeon and the Stylites were born. After a year of local gigging, Ben and Roger returned to college promising to keep the Stylites alive. (Shout out to our original drummer during this period: Marc Grady aka Alypius Stylite!)
An exciting 2015 saw the addition of Eoin Hough and Dan Crowe (keys and drums respectively). Hence, with renewed Stylitic fervour, we cracked on with a mini-tour of festivals and music venues over the summer which culminated in an appearance at the Cork Jazz fest!
Now time has flown and 2016 is upon us. Thus far, we've been getting away with just a few rough recordings and goofy videos. So, after two and a half years of gallivanting, it's high time St. Simeon and the Stylites released some properly recorded tunes!
Here's a breakdown of what we'll use the money for:
We've a studio in mind that'll do us a deal for €600. E.P printing with a nice sleeve we've priced at €300. For the artwork, posters, flyers and merchandise we've budgeted (in cottage industry fashion) €200. Finally the rest will be on postage and creation of rewards for our funders .
So why aren't we reaching into our own pockets for this venture? As a primarily original band, not to mention poor students, we don't make much money outside of the few generous pubs that book us for cover nights.
Along with the usual rewards we've decided to add some incentive markers to keep the ball rolling:
If we reach :
€400 - Roger will give up his beloved hair. Along with the comedic value (even as a child he’s never had a buzzcut and we suspect he’ll look like a misshapen bug-eyed alien) we can donate the hair to a charity. It's just reached the required minimum donation length; 10 inches of greasy mane.
€650 - Dan Crowe will catch a bus or a train. In fact any form of public transport will do. We are convinced it is the only way to rid him of his phobia and save Derek (his suffering father) from ever having to drive all the way to Cork city and back in the space of 6 hours :)
€900 - Ben will post a video of himself dancing the Charleston to 2-unlimited’s immortal 90’s hit ‘No Limits’. (He actually does a mean Charleston..)
€1100 - Eoin will do something amazing - possibly agricultural or involving the piano.. Maybe both. Serious suggestions welcome!
Finally a big thanks for reading this and hopefully dropping us a few quid for this project!