With multiple down-to-the-wire pledges last night, you met the goal for the Fall Pledge Drive. THANK YOU. We can now pay our producer and stop bugging you for a while. Now we know how public radio feels…
We’ll stay quiet about the Pledge Campaign for a few weeks, and quietly keep working on AccessPass videos and InnerCirclePass videos before we introduce some new exclusives next month.
For now, again, THANK YOU. We are a very happy and grateful band. To celebrate, here’s the best muppet.
It’s the last day in our Fall Pledge Drive, which means we get to stop annoying you with these posts, but it also means temporary exclusives – a mug, a chance to play video games with us, etc. – go away after today. We’re almost at our goal, just need one more push!
And if you get an InnerCirclePass, you can see exclusive, unreleased songs recorded in random places like very yellowy warehouses (below).
As we’ve been saying, our our violinist/saxophonist/
My Dear Friends and Music Lovers,
As some of you may know, I am having a baby very, very soon. In fact, by the time you read this I may have already become a mother. It is a very exciting time for my husband and myself, although a little nerve wracking at times. We are overly joyful to be starting a family and are so thrilled to be welcoming a little bundle of boy.
While this is a most wonderful time for me, it has also meant making very difficult and life changing decisions. After many, many emotional nights and heartfelt conversations, I have decided to step down from my position as the “badass chick” in Kingsley Flood. Let me tell you, as can the band, my husband, extended family and friends, it was not an easy decision for me and took many months to come to. This coming January would have been my 5-year anniversary joining the band, which is no small feat; especially if you have smelled the KF guys?
The reality is that as much as I would love to continue rocking, I will soon have the most important responsibility in the world: taking care of a helpless human being that will rely on me for almost everything (I know what you are thinking, I was already doing that but with five grown men J). The conclusion I have come to is that it would not be fair for any parties involved if I continued to be a member of Kingsley Flood. My baby needs a full-time mommy, my husband needs a full-time partner, and the band needs a full-time member. What do I need? I need to have peace of mind and most likely won’t be able to have that if I am out on the road all the time crying in the back of the van.
I would like to take this opportunity to reminisce about some of the most memorable moments I’ve had while in the band, non-musically speaking. Let’s see, the time that Travis hit Naseem in one shot with a BB to the butt in the dead of night was nothing less than priceless. There was the time that a weirdo drunk guy in Pittsburgh couldn’t get enough of me or my fiddle and I was forced to hide in the van. I believe the quote from the gentleman was, “I never thought I’d like the fiddle, but that bitch can sign my face” (the gentleman had been trying to get me to autograph his face with permanent marker all night long). Oh, and hanging out at Josh Hartnett’s mansion in Minneapolis until 5 am was pretty cool too.
Musically speaking, opening up for Styx in Washington D.C. was quite the experience, especially since we had our first (and last?) heckler who wanted us and everyone else off the stage so Styx could start playing; they were scheduled to start in 3 hours. Playing Vincent’s in Worcester with a 6-person band crammed into a space of maybe 16-square feet made you really appreciate your band mates’ ability to maneuver, go with the punches, and use of deodorant (the place is also filled with taxidermied animals, including cats, and seriously makes the Rhumbline in Gloucester look like a cathedral). For me though, opening the Newport Folk Festival on the main stage takes the cake. Having read about, studied in college and graduate school, and attended the festival, it couldn’t get any more real and humbling for me.
I will miss meeting new people (fans, stage crew, journalists, other musicians, producers) and making new friends. I will miss traveling to places I probably would never end up at on my own, e.g. Toledo, Ohio and Texas. I will miss playing, arranging, composing, and creating music with five amazing musicians. I will miss hanging out (a lot) with five guys that looked out for me and had my back always, who I would call my brothers. I will miss everything that comes with being in this band. I will miss striving towards and becoming a better musician, which includes working on fine-tuning my ear, finding my own sound(s), harmonizing with one to three other voices, and of course perfecting Jenethel (that’s my Ethel Merman impression for those of you unfortunate enough to have never heard it).
At this point, I know that you are all teary eyed and aren’t quite sure how you can continue on. Don’t despair, Naseem looks really good in cowgirl boots and a little dress. J Seriously though, this isn’t the end of the band, nor is it the end of my time playing with them. I am sure that in the future I will be on stage again as a special guest doing what I do best: jumping around, making angry faces, laughing at something funny that has just happened and singing a pretty duet or two.
It’s been an amazing journey to say the least and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I wish you all well and hope to see you all again at some point in the future!
Until we meet again,
Jenée Morgan Force
Very excited to finally be looking at actual CDs of our Live at the Armory album. If you’re still into those ancient things (as well you should be!), you can get them through our PledgeMusic page. Bobblehead not included.
Today we try something we’ve never tried before. Today we launch our year-long Pledge Music campaign, where you can be directly involved with the band for as much or as little as you want. We’re excited. We’re terrified.
The Pledge page will always be changing; exclusives will come and go. They’re divided into three categories: Stuff includes signed Live at the Armory CDs, a recording scrapbook from our latest recording sessions, us making fools of ourselves singing Happy Birthday, etc. Experience includes Wrestling with Travis. We’ll leave it at that.
With Access, you can learn about how we make music – from writing to promoting – and even offer feedback, weigh in on crucial decisions, etc. We’re prioritizing the music, because it is, after all, why we do this.
Here are our three categories of Access:
And here you’ll find our three milestones throughout the year:
While our email blasts and Inner Circle performances happen on a monthly basis, we prefer to follow our own calendar. We’ll be aiming to generate support according to those targets, and will be offering special exclusives around those times.
The journey begins. See you out and about….
naseem, nick, george, jenée, chris, travis
Music – and the way we listen to it – has changed. While it quietly plays in the background of our local Starbucks or is featured in those mysterious what-does-that-even-do drug commercials, our attention spans become shorter and our patience thinner. Owning is replaced by streaming and—let’s be honest—having unlimited, instant access to any song you want just makes it all a little less special. We wonder if music has transformed from art to a commodity.
And where does that leave you? We play in this band because we get to connect with you, dear music fans. You believe in its transformative power. You treat music as the activity itself, not as the soundtrack to something else. You eye better headphones because you’re convinced you haven’t tapped into the full potential of a great, dammit-you-have-to-hear-this studio album.
We know you do this because we do this.
And yet, with albums churned out of mom’s basements everyday, it’s harder for you to wade through the millions of YouTube videos and Spotify recommendations to find music – a band, an artist – that you will not only love, but love for a long time.
And it’s harder for us to find you and keep you in our corner. Like almost every other band, we struggle with how to keep doing this in a dying industry where music is valued less.
We also operate with the fundamental belief that if we put out quality music consistently (or, try to) and leave it all on stage, we will find you. We won’t need crazy marketing, we won’t need crazy gimmicks. We’ll just need some great songs, great arrangements, great recordings and great live shows. That’s the type of band we want to be, because that’s the type of band we’ve always wanted to see, as fans.
We believe that you feel the same way.
So we’re starting a new journey, and we invite you you to come along for the ride. The traditional music business models are what got us into this strange state in the first place. So screw the traditional models.
We’re launching a new Pledge Music campaign unlike any others. Starting next month, you’ll be able to support us directly, for a year. This won’t be supporting a particular project like you did for our album Battles. Rather you’ll be supporting a band, for a year, like you might support a public radio station.
We’re taking out the middle-people and we’re focusing on the music. No distractions. If you choose, you can become a monthly ‘Inner Circle’ member, and we’ll try out new demos on you, we’ll ask for your feedback, we’ll send you random covers we’ll randomly do in random places. We’ll prioritize the music, because we know that’s what you want.
We are thrilled about the new music we’re creating and the new stories we’re telling (above is our favorite shot from our recent recording sessions). And we’re thrilled that you, dear music fan, exist and are hungry for more of the good stuff. Let’s keep creating.
More to come next month.
naseem, nick, george, jenée, chris, travis
In his review of Live at the Armory, Pete Chianca says George’s guitar work “provides more of a backbone here than on Kingsley Flood’s stellar studio albums,” Jenée’s harmonies and counterpoints are “beautiful,” and Naseem’s “compelling, wild-eyed rasp is impassioned, pointed and best of all, unique; there’s just no one else out there who sounds like this guy.”
Check out the full review here.
It’s a good day. We officially get to share with you our full-length Live at the Armory, we finally put on record two live show staples that we’ve never released, the live version of “I don’t wanna go home” seems perfect for the US World Cup game today, and the Boston Herald calls us “Boston’s best live band.”