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Kickstarted: The Sheila Divine raise more than $13,000 for new interactive album

 

Over the summer the Sheila Divine announced a reunition, enlisting Kickstarter to help raise $5,000 to record a new album. In less than two months, their fans and supporters almost tripled that goal.

“The Sheila Divine Returns” campaign officially closed yesterday with 310 backers coughing up $13,001. The band hit their target goal in just five days, but that didn’t stop the cash from coming in.

So hey, what now?

“Good question,” wrote TSD frontman Aaron Perrino via email this morning. “I'm going to send out an update about our plans, but the idea currently is to give people two songs a month and then at the end of the process have people vote on the track list for the vinyl.”

Because the band hit $10,000 in funding, they decided to create a hand-numbered 180-gram vinyl pressing of the new album, limited to a run of 300, which will first be given away to the 134 backers who chipped in $30 or more. To further the relationship with their fans, the Sheila Divine last week set up a USTREAM channel where they will broadcast the writing and recording live from the studio.

In August, I reached out to Aaron Perrino about the decision to go the Kickstarter route, and how the fund-raising website fits into the ever-changing music recording landscape.

Boston got a taste of the re-launched Sheila Divine last month on Lansdowne Street, and the band next hits the stage on Nov. 24 at Great Scott in Allston, alongside locals the Hush Now and the Fatal Flaw. Tickets, $12 in advance and $15 at the door, are on sale now.

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