by Jay Tilles
Probably best known for their 2001 modern rock hit “Alive,” San Diego’s P.O.D. is looking to fans to fund their latest album, which will claims two firsts for the band: first to be crowdfunded and first all-acoustic album.
“We’re excited to announce our brand new acoustic album available for pre-order exclusively on PledgeMusic,” the band wrote on the crowd-funding site. “It’s going to be a little bit of old and a little bit of new – favorites including “Youth of the Nation” and “Alive” will be alongside some brand new songs.”
The band explains that they got the idea after doing a number of radio shows and being asked to perform acoustic. “We were a bit hesitant at first, but after great fan reaction, we wanted to do a whole acoustic album.”
P.O.D. will offer a number of autographed, limited edition and one-of-a-kind items available to include pre-ordered albums. Notable exclusives includes a Facetime call with the entire band, a bass lesson from Mark “Traa” Daniels, drum lesson from Noah “Wuv” Bernardo Jr. and guitar lesson from Marcos Curiel via Skype.
Autographed items include t-shirts, drums sticks, CDs, posters, drums heads and cymbals.
“We’ve been raiding our parents’ house, our friends and families’ houses, to get all this old school memorabilia, P.O.D. stuff from back in the day,” explained Bernardo. “I actually took something off my mom’s wall.”
While donations in excess of $1,000 will garner exclusive opportunities like joining the band at rehearsal or private dinner, a donation of $10,000 will get you a private concert from the band at your house.
P.O.D.’s yet-to-be-titled ninth album is due Sept. 16.