GENEROUS music fans are digging deep in their pockets to help a local band fund its debut album.
Ska and reggae-influenced indie rockers Jeramiah Ferrari, from Leigh, are crowd-funding the release of their first full-length release online through Pledge Music with the help of more than 100 supporters.
Fans of the band’s tunes sign up to pre-order a copy of the album or receive a host of exclusive treats such as signed posters and set lists, instrument lessons from the musicians and even acoustic concerts in supporters’ own homes, with the money being used to finance the recording.
The group, made up of vocalist Ryan Barton, guitarist Josh Aitchison, bassist Hanson Pollitt and drummer Stuart Welch, is currently in the final stages of work at The Grand studio in Clitheroe recording the self-titled debut, which will include new tracks alongside re-recorded versions of some popular tracks from their EPs Dubby Rock and Cactus Killer.
Ryan, 23, said: “We’re really excited because we think this is the best representation of us so far. We wanted reggae as the core with heavy rock and funk influences, and we think we’ve managed to blend them quite well.
“ We’ve been in the studio tweaking the songs every day. Most of it is new material but we’ve also re-written a few of the most popular tracks off the EP after listening to the fans’ feedback.”
Every pledger will receive a digital download of the album before the release date and can also access exclusive content including videos, updates, photos and blogs during the studio process.
Manager John Williamson said: “Crowd funding allows the fans to get involved on a personal level. We’re just finishing off the album by adding another track to it and working on some artwork.”
The band is also determined to help others, with a percentage of the pledges being donated to the Walton Centre, which cares for brain injury patients.
Jeramiah Ferrari chose the Liverpool-based charity as part of the Love Leah campaign set up in memory of Lowton teenager Leah Davies, who was killed in a motorcycle accident and was also a friend of the band.
To find out more about the band, visit www.jeramiahferrari.com. To see the updates on the album, visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jeramiahferrari