American Aquarium launches Kickstarter campaign for upcoming album

“We’ve ruined countless relationships, worked shitty part-time jobs, and sold almost everything we have of value just to stay on the road,” B.J. Barham says at one point in the video embedded here that accompanies American Aquarium’s Kickstarter campaign to fund their upcoming album Burn.Flicker.Die.

As I’ve noted before, I’m a huge fan of American Aquarium. B.J. has tapped into something deep and serious in our culture — his lyrics seem to stream some of the discontent of young people overwhelmed by a struggling economy. But the band’s music is often upbeat, buoyant, hopeful.

So I’m certainly going to kick in a few bucks to get the new record made. The plan is for the album to be recorded with Jason Isbell in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The $20,000 goal seems pretty ambitious, but almost 1/4th of the money has been raised in the campaign’s first few days.

And, as with similar campaigns, donations as small as $10 — essentially a pre-purchase of the album — are welcome.

Again, go here to support the campaign. Here’s the video for the campaign: