100 years ago, in a tiny Manhattan Mini Storage space on the corner of Varick and Vandam in lower Manhattan, four grown-ass men decided to do something incredibly stupid: start a band. Actually, it was 13 years ago, and I wasn’t that stupid because we had some amazing times playing and traveling together.
We made a lot of friends, a few enemies (especially on I-80), and hopefully broke more hearts than got our own ones broken. By 2007, with no real label support, and the economics of being grown-ass man weighing down on us, we decided to fracture the core of our brotherhood and rebuild without Steven Terry and David Chernis. It was hard, nothing short of impossible, but Ted and I soldered on, knowing in our hearts that what we were, an unsinkable, glorious band of itinerant miscreants, would never be forgotten. Six years, two LPs, and numerous fantastic line-ups and tours later, we four, the original Bastards of the Beat, have decided to ride again.
That’s right, kids. Damnwells LP #5 will feature THE ORIGINAL DAMNWELLS LINE UP, and just like our last LP, we want YOU, our brilliant, beautiful, amazing, loving, caring, supportive, funny, sexy fans to be a part of this exciting and potentially disastrous process from day 1!
And, more importantly, WE need you.
-- The Damnwells
AccessPass™: Album #5
By pledging, you’ll get our BRAND NEW album download the moment it’s ready. PLUS all the exclusive updates from the making of the album as they happen!
Signed Copy of New Album
New CD and signed for you!
Demos + Rarities Download
Songs you’ve never heard and skeletal versions of songs for new record.
New Album on CD
Our new album on CD and sent to you the second it’s done!
New design just for pledgers. Unisex shirt.
Limited-Edition Signed Artwork Poster
New artwork for the new record on a poster. signed for you!
For the audiophile, the new record on warm-sounding vinyl and signed. Acoompanied by the digital download of the album
Signed CD + Exclusive T-Shirt
The new album on CD and signed + the new tee.
Signed Drum Head
One of the drum heads used on the sessions for the new album, signed by everybody!
Handwritten lyric sheet
Tell us the song of your choice and we’ll hand write lyrics for you in a very special way.
Your name in the credits + Signed CD
Be a part of the new album…literally. Your name will appear in the liner notes of the new CD. PLUS you can check out your name in print with a signed CD
Private Skype Acoustic Performance
Your own personal concert via Skype. 4-songs that you choose! Gather your friends around the computer and let’s do some rocking!
Original Vocal comp sheets from "Air Stereo" sessions.
These are the pages producer (and Damnwells manager) Wes Kidd used to figure out from which vocal performance of Alex’s to take the best lines to make the final vocal compilation you hear on the actual songs. (This is the method producers used before the advent of the ever-present auto tuner, and it is the method we still use today.) We have completed vocal comp sheets for the songs “Kung Fu Grip Kiss,” “Let’s Be Civilized” (which actually wound up appearing on 2011’s No One Listens to the Band Anymore), “Keep a Little Organ,” “Heartbreak List,” and two comp sheets for “Accidental Man.”
The Very First Pressing of our pre-PMR EP [Signed]
) The very first pressing of our pre PMR EP. Numbered and everything. Signed by the band. This is the very first CD of the first pressing of the first official Damnwells release ever! Track listing: “4th Avenue,” “New Look Now,” “Three Day Old Lover (red version),” Not Me Instead," “Wake Up, Get Out,” Three Day Old Lover (blue version)." Signed by the band.
Backstage + Soundcheck VIP
You and a friend can come hang at our soundcheck and then come backstage before the show. Then, you guys will be set up for primo viewing of the show!
Cover Song of Your Choice
You name the song (within reason) and it will be covered in a very unique way. You’ll receive a video of the rendition.
Original "Bastards Of The Beat" Booklet [Signed]
Original and one-of-a-kind Bastards of the Beat CD booklet template. This is the original mock-up booklet we got from the art designers for Bastards of the Beat together. Black and white. Signed by the band.
Come to the Studio for a Day
Come and hang at the studio with me for the day and watch us make the magic happen!
"Bastard of Midnight" ORIGINAL lyric sheets
These are the ACTUAL SHEETS OF PAPER on which the lyrics for Bastard of Midnight were composed. These are the pieces of paper that were sitting in front of Alex when he was actually writing the song! You can even see all the lyrics he scrapped, the lost lyrics to Bastard of Midnight. A one of a kind for sure!
Songwriting Session (LA or Skype)
A 60-minute workshop with Alex on one of your original tunes.
We'll Produce YOUR Song
Have a song you need some help with? You’ve come to the right place…
Signed Acoustic Guitar
One of my trusty acoustics used on the new album…and signed for you!
Acoustic House Concert (anywhere in U.S.)
Alex will come to your place to play an evening’s worth of music. You can pick the set list and invite whomever you like!
Executive Producer Credit
The highest honor of them all….executive producer! Your name will appear as executive producer in the liner notes and back of the new album!
Full-Band House Concert (anywhere in U.S.)
We’ll roll our gear into your place for the evening. You can pick the songs you want to hear and sit in with the band!