A BURGLARY and a stolen computer have created a huge setback for Warrnambool band The Departed.
As a result of the break-in and theft, the group’s leader Adam B Metal has turned to his fans in the hopes of raising the necessary funds to complete their unfinished album, making them the first south-west band to sign up to Australian crowdsourcing site Pozible.
Metal’s house was robbed about a month ago and a laptop containing much of the almost completed record was taken.
“One of the many items that were taken in the invasion was the Macbook Pro I was recording the new album on, which also contained three-to-four weeks of work that was not yet backed up and now has to be re-recorded,” Metal wrote on The Departed’s Pozible page.
“Recording is 65 per cent complete but work cannot recommence until I can replace the stolen Mac.
“If we are able to reach our pledge goal, not only can we afford to purchase a new Mac for the studio, but we can also get the album mastered and ready to release.
“I was always going to try crowd funding as a way to get the album pressed and released for you all once it was all finished.
“But now I need it to make sure this album survives.”
The Departed’s pledge goal is $2500 and as of yesterday there were 18 contributors who have pledged $1265 already, with 53 days to go.
Pledge rewards range from $10 for a digital download to $500 for the opportunity to have your very own Departed track written especially for you that will be “up to you what you do with it”.
Head to www.pozible.com/project/31751 to pledge.