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Psychostick Makes Unique Marketing Pitch To Raise Money To Record New Album

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Comedy/metal band Psychostick has launched a new way to help raise recording money for their next album: in exchange for a $50 donation, Psychostick will use their fans’ names as a lyric in their new and unwritten song, “400 Thank Yous” (working title). The band plans to start recording in August with a spring 2009 release via Rock Ridge Music.

“Our fans have been asking more and more frequently about when we're going to record our next album. The problem has not been a lack of songs - we have enough songs to record two new albums. We simply haven't been able to afford to stop touring and record it. Finally, something had to be done. This was our solution,” says guitarist Josh “The J” Key.

From July 14th through September 30th, Psychostick will be accepting the $50 donations (limited to only 380) through their website, www.psychostick.com. Businesses will have the opportunity to name drop in one of only 20 places for $250.

In addition to the name use, every donor will receive a signed copy of the new album and a signed poster. One lucky individual will win a pair of tickets plus airfare and accommodations to the CD release party.*

The band has also posted a heartfelt promotional video on YouTube.com, also shown below.

“So in a nutshell, drop some cash our way and your name shall be immortalized in a Psychostick song. We'll pronounce it correctly and everything,” promises Key.

Psychostick has created a special page on their website that details exactly where the money goes (studio time, new equipment, software, etc). Visitors to the page can follow the bands progress dollar for dollar. In total, the band hopes to raise $23,000.

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21 Comments on "Psychostick Makes Unique Pitch To Record New Album"

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1. Kalis_wrath writes:

I much like this! Great idea and must say that it has to be the most creative idea for a band to raise money. Kuddos!

# Jul 14, 2008 @ 11:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. psythe writes:

Lamest band ever. Lamest idea ever.

Kuddos given: f***ing zero!

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 12:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. psythe writes:

^^ I should probably expand on my initial reaction. This is a great idea, if you're a hiphop/rap/rnb/corporate rock/mtv/sucker of satan's c*** act. In essence, if you're not a metal act. Otherwise, it's a selling of the soul of your music. f*** this and f*** this band. If they were any good they wouldn't need to do this anyway.

Case f***ing closed.

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 12:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. KinG_KoOPa writes:

yeah that's kinda weak. 400 thank yous wtf kinda sh** is that earn money just like every other hard working band

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 11:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Kalis_wrath writes:

King Koopa you obviously did not read both articels.
I still think this is cool.

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 4:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. LogAnarchy writes:

that's a clever idea, they cannot be the first that has thought of this

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 6:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Kalis_wrath writes:

It seems they have a bunch of fans that want a newalbum. Asking them to help out should not be too much to ask of them. Its also not as if the fan gets nothing out of the deal. I know that cutting an album is expensive and the figure they are asking is not too high. Being independent is not easy aswell. That is why I think this is a good idea. I also would like to add that I dont think they are selling the soul of their music. Its only one song dedicated to thoes who helped make the album possible. Bands usually just give a thank you statement in the album insert. This band is makin a whole song!

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 6:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. brandedcfh420 writes:

saw this band when they came through charlotte nc recently...nothing spectacular and nothing worth running out and giving 50 bucks over!!!!!!

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 7:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. That_One_Guy writes:

I have to admit it's kind of clever and a bit comical, but all in all just another marketing gimmick. But I say if somebody wants to waste $50 on it, let them. Their mistake, not mine.

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 7:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. psythe writes:

I don't care about naming their fans in a song, that's cool, kind of a clever way of getting the money to record a new album. But corporations? Yeah, because, you know, McDonald's is really integral to the metal genre. It's basically like if Opeth (ran out of money and) did an ad endorsing Pepsi. I'd never forgive them. Psychostick aren't anywhere near as metal as Opeth, but f*** them all the same!

"Hmmm, we need money to make an album because nobody bought enough of our previous albums to support a new one... Hey, Taco Bell... need a blowjob?"

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 9:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RedrumSyndrum writes:

even though i don't like the band, it is a very creative idea

# Jul 15, 2008 @ 11:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Kalis_wrath writes:

While I see your point Psythe, I ask myself "what big corporations would send in money to a band that is not big enough to make a differance to their bottom line?" It seems to me that they are just allowing companies a chance to be heard too, and recognise that maybe there is a company out there that has enough fans in it to support the band or perhaps a company owner who likes the band enough to put his/her company name in the song.

# Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Kalis_wrath writes:

what big corporation*

# Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Kalis_wrath writes:

Oh, oops! Thought I did not say what I ment. Ignore post #13. *LOL*

# Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. psythe writes:

Whether or not the corporations decide to take Psychostick on with their offer is irrelevent; the problem here is that Psychostick are willing to turn their music into an advertisement for a few dollars. Not that Psychostick ever really had any integrity as a metal band, but whatever little bit they did have has now, in my opinion, been irrefutably and irretrievably surrendered.

Now Playing: Arj Barker (LOL!) :P

# Jul 16, 2008 @ 6:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. DeathInEye writes:

Considering Psychostick are a bunch of jokers who (to some, merely) try to make humorous music, I think it fits and works just fine. You don't know HOW these names will be mentioned. They could quite possibly slander them without recourse considering the companies offered their names up willingly to a band who does not take themselves seriously.

# Jul 16, 2008 @ 9:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Kalis_wrath writes:

Good point Death. They could take a company like Taco bell and a fan name and sing something like "fat Jake eatin a Taco bell burrito stuffed with fake steak." Time will tell exactly what they will do.

# Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Ryan Brown writes:

Psythe. Get the f*** over it. They put more work into they're band then you have in anything in your life. Besides having your thumb up your ass. I bet your mother wouldn't even claim you.

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 8:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Kalis_wrath writes:

Hey Brown noser, YOU shut the fvck up! How do you know what Psythe has accomplished in his life? Furthermore, are you suffering from small d*** syndrome so much you have to bring someones mother into an argument like that? If I was your mother would be asshamed at you!

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 8:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. BladderBladder writes:

I've seen this band a few times and love what they do. More importantly, THEY love what they do. They tour around the country in a beat up van and trailer, sleep on floors between shows and make the same sacrifices most other touring bands have to make. They'll get my $50.

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 5:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. DeathInEye writes:

You should try submitting "BladderBladder". I'm sure they'd have fun with that.

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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