Ben Folds Five Readying First Release In 13 Years, Funded By Fans

The band that proudly produced what they coined as “punk rock for sissies” is back and ready to deliver on a promise made late last year: To give fans a new album by summer. The Sound of the Life of the Mind is now set to hit stores September 18th, funded entirely by fans.

Ben Folds Five crowd-funded their new album with help from over 7,000 fans via the Kickstarter-like site called PledgeMusic.

Depending on the amount pledged, fans are set to receive special items, the most impressive of which can purchased for $2500. This jumbo donation will get you a custom recorded version of “Do It Anyway” with your name woven into the final verse. With some limited-edition items having already sold out, the following are still available in exchange for a pledge: New CD, vinyl copy (unsigned), tour t-shirt & download, new CD + tour t-shirt & download, framed limited-edition Bonnaroo photo, signed & framed setlist collection from Mountain Jam and lastly your name in a song.

As of the printing of this story, the band has already exceeded their expected financial target by an impressive 247%.

PledgeMusic has also turned out to be a powerful resource for the band with Folds requesting t-shirt art and last-minute logo work for the band’s self-owned ImaVeePee Records. The conversation between the band and those who pledged had become an intimate one. In a series of video blogs posted to PledgeMusic, Folds comes clean about his odd writing and production style.

This isn’t the first time an artist has been crowd-funded Former Dresden Dolls singer turned solo artist, Amanda Palmer, famously blew past $1 million in funding in just 30 days.

–Jay Tilles, CBS Local


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