BRETT NEWSKI

is creating songs and drawings. Then taking them on tour.

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About

One of my fears as an artist is the dreaded Kickstarter/Crowdfunding campaign. While it has proven useful for so many of us as DIY musicians, it places a lot of pressure on both the artist and the music fans.

Instead of funding our upcoming release “Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down” through the usual platforms, I’m doing it differently this time. My goal is to add 30 Patrons to our Patreon page in 30 days.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Patreon, it’s a subscription based crowdfunding platform that allows its subscribers (patrons) to contribute monthly to the artists whose careers they want to support. As music has become virtually free, Patreon has been a crucial arts and culture platform, helping to keep the careers of independent artists alive and thriving. Patreon allows fans to chip in $3/month, $5/mo, $10/mo, $25/mo or more.

“30 Patrons in 30 daysgets me amped because it builds our inner circle and fuels our band thru the duration of the new album campaign and beyond. It’s also fan-friendlier than Kickstarter because you receive ongoing rewards, instead of just one thing upfront.

If you appreciate what I do and want to contribute to the sustainability of my music, drawings, and live shows, this is a prime time to hop on board :)

Thanks, and much respect,
newski

WHAT YOU’LL GET:
+Exclusive Merch upon signup plus ongoing rewards (depending on subscription tier). Typically I send out physical goods in the mail twice per year.
+Access to the “inner circle” Patreon feed, which grants exclusive songs and videos before they lead to the public.
*NOTE: goods ship once they roll off the presses in early March. 

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:
I’m releasing this album without a label, independently funding the record pressing, promotions, PR, hiring a radio team, and touring. It excites me to share this record with you, but it needs to be released properly in order for people to hear it. Your Patreon membership (at whatever amount you can comfortably afford to contribute!) will go a long way towards making that possible.

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NEW ALBUM BIO:
How do you feel when someone starts playing on their phone while you’re talking to them? It’s a dark moment. It’s a seemingly small, yet significant moment when we realize we’ve got work to do as both individuals, and as a species. 
BRETT NEWSKI’s fourth studio album Don’t Let the Bastards Get you Down is a call to arms against whatever destructive forces we may find ourselves battling, from our individual struggles with toxic relationships, low self esteem, loneliness, and apathy to the more global challenges facing us in 2020: The erosion of face-to-face human connection, the breakdown of the proverbial village, the destruction of the planet, and the myriad ways in which our social media addictions amplify these problems. Depression and anxiety are at all time highs, with many, if not most of us, struggling to preserve our optimism.

So how do we regain control and stay hopeful in the face of these challenges? Perhaps it’s less screen time. Perhaps it’s changing the way we approach our tiny pocket TVs. Perhaps it’s discovering or recommitting to our passions. Perhaps it’s getting our hands dirty in pursuit of real solutions to our problems (instead of just complaining online). Perhaps Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down can shed some positive insight.

In Last Dance (cowritten with Grammy nominated songwriter Pat Macdonald, ‘Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades’), Newski lays bare the highly relatable challenge of trying to stay informed and engaged while simultaneously staying afloat psychologically: “I ain’t trying to build the ark, I just really wanna learn how to swim / Thru a sea of plastic bottles, all the refuse, the mess we are in.” In Grow Your Garden, Newski issues a wake-up call from the hypnotic, numbing effects of living with our eyes glued to our screens: “If I was the dirt beneath the sneakers on your soulless feet / I’d nudge you far from the mirage so you could see the water”.

In Lousy T-Shirt, Newski describes the traps of social comparison in these “tiny TV times”, in which we so often compare ourselves to the “greatest hits” of others’ lives. (“I ain’t making any headlines / It’s a failures parade / I drove all the way to Hollywood and all I got’s this lousy t-shirt.”) He doubles down on this theme in Buy Me a Soul, singing “Step out from behind these little screens that rule our lives / I’m sick of highlights / Cause we’re an empty shell and we’re on earth but we’re in hell / Can anybody hear me? / Is this a permanent bad dream? Or is it too much reality?”

What could topically threaten to amount to “too much reality” for the listener is buoyed by Newski and collaborator Spatola’s signature blend of largely up-tempo, guitar-driven alternative with splashes of what they describe as “Geek Rock”, “Happy Punk”, and “Diet Grunge”. The band has had a busy few years, playing alongside acts like PIXIES, Courtney Barnett, Violent Femmes, Better than Ezra and Manchester Orchestra, and will be touring extensively in 2020 in support of this latest release.

“Newski's live shows are part rock n' roll, part stand up, and part therapy. In the end, the room is won over,” says Jim McGuinn of The Current in Minneapolis.

www.brettnewski.com/tour
By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 94 exclusive posts
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38
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Livestream
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Writings
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Videos
By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 94 exclusive posts
49
Audio releases
38
Images
3
Links
1
Livestream
5
Writings
7
Videos

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