One of our fans told us that if each of our followers pledged $37.11, we would make our goal on kickstarter!! (What is Kickstarter?) Even though every dollar of the $20,000 is budgeted with none to spare, it seemed like such a huge feat!! As soon as we heard $37.11 from each fan would reach our goal, we knew it was possible. This was an awesome realization for us! We immediately went to our campaign (Click to see!) and created a new pledge for $37. (We tried to make it for exactly $37.11 but the program rounds it off automatically.) So if you’re thinking that your money isn’t any good to us in light of our goal of $20,000 – STOP thinking that! It’s exactly what we need!! Some from each fan will make this project successful. Pledge at least this amount and we will send you an exclusive never before released demo song RIGHT AWAY!! If you can’t make this amount, team up with another fan and we will send you both this exclusive first version demo song. Kickstarter incentives are normally redeemed after the deadline and goal is reached, but we wanted you to know, that we know, that you are doing everything you can to help us reach our goal! And for that we want you to have something special now.
The feelings we’ve been through, putting ourselves out there to raise money (or rather asking people to believe in us so much they pledge their money!!), are humbling and intense. But it’s an incredible feeling to be supported directly by fans! Remember, if we don’t meet our goal on kickstarter, NO money is exchanged.
With this new pledge not only will you get the unreleased demo song NOW, but you will also get an advance WAV download of the NEW ALBUM before it’s released to the public, WAV downloads of our EP and Explode B-sides (if you don’t already have them…), the exclusive enemy lovers ring tone (which we will send to you so you can upload it to your phone!), your name listed on our website/facebook page as a supporter of the album and access to a protected link on our website of behind the scenes footage.
So go, pledge, and new music is yours!!!
THE ENEMY LOVERS
Have you ever believed against all odds you were supposed to do something? And you were completely at peace with putting everything on the line for that belief. This is it for me!! Moving my family to Germany is the craziest thing I’ve ever done or even thought about doing. But it actually makes sense in my heart, even though my head feels like a tornado! I’ve never moved away anywhere. Meagan and I got married when I was 20 and she was 19. We’ve lived 15 minutes from my family and 2 minutes from her family for 10 years. Seven years ago we bought a house and have lived here in Arden, NC ever since. We had Ezra 2 years ago and everything has been literally amazing! I love my life and think it’s beautiful!!
The Enemy Lovers were doing great too but we hadn’t made it as far along as I had anticipated. I thought our band would have signed a record deal by now and our careers would be in full swing. But instead everything kind of fell apart. We lost some momentum with the record labels, lost our producer, separated from our manager and then ran out of money. Nothing made sense until this!! This trip is an amazing opportunity for an adventure that we would’ve never agreed to… had everything gone as planned.
So we are selling everything, including our house, to get to Germany and see what happens!! That looks RIDICULOUS as I type it out right now, but it’s happening. Everything is on the line! Do you know how uncomfortable that feels? We close on June 13 and leave the next week!! The feelings inside of me are conflicting. I’m feeling the need to worry, in competition, with the peace I have to do what I know I was born to do.
These words express this feeling best. It’s from a demo song that we hope to put on the new album called “Be What You Need” -
“Make your bet, between your heart and head.
You’ve got to be brave these days, you’ve got to be strong know this.
Hearts always win!
Hearts always win!
Even after giving in, your heart always wins!!
It’s been so wrong it’s been so dark.
It’s been so long it’s been so hard.
What’s done is done is done is done is done
You’ve got to give it up! you’ve got to give it up!
You’ve got to give it up! you’ve got to give it up!
You’ve got to give it up! you’ve got to give it up!”
Though I’m settled inside about the move, things couldn’t be more unsettled on the outside. It’s a long shot and a last chance feeling. We’re going with it!!! If you want buy into this dream with us and be apart of The Enemy Lovers first full length album of all new music, share this post and donate (in the right column) to help us cover recording cost. Keep us in your heart and thoughts as we make this huge move.
PS – You HAVE to see this…Ezra has a passport!!! Look at his picture haha! It’s perfect. Youngest world traveler I’ve ever seen…(click on image to enlarge)
Our dreams have converged in Germany, where we will do what we want for a change, and make our first full length album of new music that inspires us! For the past two years we were “encouraged” to be what they (record labels) wanted and to not make any big moves because they would want a clean slate to work with. But we have only released an EP of 6 songs in 2 years and our goal is to change that! And freaking make a mess of our clean slate!!
From the beginning, record label execs were bending their ears to our sound. Even before our “band” had a name. We were flattered, and excited. This seemed like the beginning of something great. After a year of waiting, we were stuck in limbo. Waiting for someone to make it happen for us. Still having only released our ep. We continued to play shows during that time making new fans throughout the south east. Our single “Coming Down” even became the #1 listener requested song on a popular Birmingham, Alabama radio station. The problem was that we still believed the key to success was a “label”. After 2 years there were still no label offers, no plans for recording and very little money left.
Now we are just going to do it, a DIY project! And give you and all our other fans a chance to contribute! Make a donation in the right column if you love the 3 new live music videos of new unreleased songs and want them to get recorded. We’ll keep in touch and sign up for our newsletter to get updates. Thanks for being a fan and an enemy lover!!
You can also listen to our Graffiti Track to get a feel for the new music we are getting ready to make.
This past Christmas 2010 we had a very special free show at Stella’s in Asheville NC. - Click here to see pictures from the show taken by Kiesha Jean It is still one of our favorite shows yet. And now it becomes our most profitable show ever! I just received these pictures from Naboth, our friend and the amazing man who cares for over 700 orphans in Uganda. That night, December 23, 2010 we hung a stocking to collect money to give to these kids. And this is the result…
This is what our fans gave to the world, from some small show in the basement of a club in North Carolina. For Christmas they gave these kids a comfortable place to sleep. They went from sleeping on dirt floors, literally, to getting a new blanket and mattress each. This is ALL we are worth in the end.
If you were there that night, we want to say a special thanks to you. And the kids say thank you too!
We love you.
The Enemy Lovers
“Matrimony“, an appropriately named new band, is lead by husband and wife James and Ashlee Brown. James started in Belfast, Ireland and Ashlee in Charlotte, NC. Now they have joined their lives in marriage and a band with a name meaning the same. They hold to young love with a mission to “make songs that actually matter” and “a common desire to make good honest music”. Finally, we’re starting to see music that weighs in with more than formulated club ready beats and themes about California Gurls, “featuring some popular hip-hop producer of the decade”!
Being that the lead singer, James is from Ireland you’ll feel a familiarity in this album to Mumford and Sons, who are from Ireland as well. If you like Mumford, you’ll like Matrimony. (read my review of Mumford and Sons HERE)
“The Storm & The Eye” (listen and buy here) is an alt country album documenting the beginning of a new family. It’s the journey of two people joining their futures together while trying to make peace with their pasts. The lyrics are poetic confessions of love and admittance of fears. James and Ashlee’s voices blend flawlessly together throughout the record. In the background you’ll hear beautifully arranged vocal parts, shading the music with multiple layers of emotion. Ashlee sings with a resolute and convincing voice. Even in the first track “Last Love”, her voice is not timid, but strong. And James sings with a pleading and sometimes haunting voice. You will feel what he feels through the tone of his voice. When he sings “One Last Dance”, it growls and builds, leading to one of my favorite lines, “I know the feeling of peace is something to protect”. This is a moment of pure genius.
The production by Joel Khouri at Bright City Studios in Charlotte is transparent, letting each song come through with it’s fullest potential. Matrimony’s “the storm & the eye” is an amazing debut release.
I had the chance to see them live in Asheville, NC and they are the real deal.
The Enemy Lovers are from Asheville NC and want to spread the word about great new music. Though it has become easy to access, it can be hard to find. If you follow us we will try and find it for you, AND WILL MAKE IT FOR YOU TOO!
Check out this live video of Matrimony performing “Flee or Fight”…