Aside from releasing new music on Christmas, the hottest trend for bands these days is having their fans fund new studio albums. Just ask Public Enemy… or Gang of Four… or Cornershop. We can now add The Subways to this list too, as the UK rockers are seeking donations for their third full length effort.
The Subways hope to have their followup to 2008’s All or Nothing released by 2011 and are currently working with producer Stephen Street (Blur/Kaiser chiefs). With PledgeMusic, fans can bid on certain items from the band, with the money going directly to the group. On the low end, £8 buys you a digital download and exclusive updates from the band. Other items, all of which include the free download, range from a 80-page color booklet (£50) to spending an afternoon at their rehearsal studio (£100) to even an acoustic show at your house for £1,500 (so long as it’s in Continental Europe). For a complete list of pledges, head here.
Already at 24% completion, The Subways have 140 pledges, with 100 days to go before the campaign ends. The band is also donating a portion of the funds to two charities: Clic Sargent (who works with families of cancer patients) and The National Autistic Society.
Watch the band announce their campaign below. As always, stay tuned for more news and updates as they’re announced.