Hard Rock band together over 15 years and we can't stop now!
Starting in 1998, at the ages of 15, the members of A.Z. started with one common goal, to share our music with the world and maybe, just maybe, be able to pay our bills while doing it! Naive and green we soon realized how tough the music biz was, getting swindled into one crocked scam after another. By our senior year of high school we felt like seasoned vets, who had more than paid our dues to the rock gods by this point. Boy were WE wrong.
With 4 members, all graduating together, we were more than a band, we were a family. At this point we set out to make our first real deal album, "Too Many Words". $15,000 and two and half years later we came out the other end with a thousand copies of what we thought was the best album on the planet. I mean, it had to be right? We spent all that time writing and recording, were a week within mastering our album when the studio we were recording vocals in burned to the ground. This is just the tip of the obstacles we had to overcome during these two and a half years. So we finished our album and began to play promoting the album. With momentum building and a good economy at the time, crowds were growing and we were making good money for a bunch of college-age kids with a dream. Life was good! Then BAM!!
Here comes the economy...
By this time clubs were closing, pay was dropping off and live music fans were staying home to save money. This being so, we felt it was a perfect time to record our follow up E.P. "Sweating Bullets". Released in 2006 we had just missed the bus. The days of hitting the road, playing as many shows as possible, and getting noticed were over. The digital age hit us like a brick in the face. With Myspace and later Facebook, the number of bands trying to grab those illusive breaks increased by a hundred fold and A.Z. became just another number on a web server at Myspace. What the music industry didn't expect was how much drive and perseverance we had. This began what I refer to as the dark ages of A.Z.
During this time, we lost our original drummer right after releasing the precursor to our most realistic shot at being noticed yet, our single "Velocirap". With this setback it took us a full year before finding a replacement on drums and being able to hit the stage again. By this time the buzz had dropped off surrounding the new single and we were yet again starting from ground zero.
At this point we were so sick of North Alabama and it's music scene we had to get out and stretch our wings. So we did. We acquired management, got a show ready, and hit the road. North up to New York and South to Orlando we played everywhere. The old problems resurfaced. The pay was horrible. Maybe one decent paying show out of 10, and hundreds of miles between shows with 6 grown men in a truck. Things got so tight that we would call our management and have them book us a show on our route that would let us come in and play acoustic for a meal. Many times playing shows in exchange for a hotel room. The worst part about this is the fact that we had become the tightest as a band that we had ever been, and were making great progress in letting people know who A.Z. was. But sadly we could not afford to continue on the road, going broke with bills still rolling in at home. So we cancelled our West coast shows that were already booked and packed it in. Tired and weary, with beaten down egos we were, but finished we were not.
Time for our new album! Annnnddd the new drummer quits. No time to whine about it we began to write and write and write. With loads of new material we were primed for our best album yet, if we could just find the right drummer. Then, out of nowhere, he fell in our lap. Extremely excited we began to prep him on the new material and get the preproduction for this album going simultaneously. Approaching the actual start of the recording, we booked a few shows to raise funds when our bassist, our "brother" whom we graduated high school with, had a seizure on his way home from his first day of work at his new job and ran off the road into a telephone pole dieing instantly. We, along with our entire community, were devastated. We had shows booked less than a month from the date of his death. We called our old guitarist who thankfully filled in on bass for us to complete the few shows we had booked. Now...we had even more purpose. We were not going to let all his work, our work, our legacy just fade away. We were just getting started.
Now with just vocals, guitar, and drummer we entered the studio to create the most massive, emotion filled album we could possibly muster. The irony being that after our brother's passing, opportunities started just falling into our lap. Endorsement deals, great reviews, great press, people working with us, companies waiting to hear this album to see how they could get on board. Well the time is here. We just finished the album, completed our full band roster, got our business plan in order to make this the biggest release possible on February 14th, Valentines Day! But in order to do this, to advertise this album, to get back on the road, to show the world that you don't have to be in LA or New York to make it in the music industry we need your help. At this point in our lives we have families, mortgages, day jobs, and debt up to our eyeballs. During the recording of this album, "Brutally Beautiful", we have blown through our savings, our retirements, our stocks, our children's savings, our credit, our assets, all in order to make this dream become reality. To be able to look our children in the eye one day when they are old enough to understand and say, "If you work hard enough, and are willing to sacrifice, then you can achieve anything in life". Our dream is not to become rock stars, our dream is to be able to provide for our families by doing what we love, what we have worked for our entire lives, making music that people around the globe can relate to and hopefully strike a chord.
Without financial aid we will not be able to replicate, promote, market, advertise, and or play this album which we are extremely proud of. We have exhausted all our financial options and need your help. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story and your consideration in helping a small town band live the American dream.
Peace & Love,
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