Shortwave Society Plans to Recoup, Rebuild, and Record After Gear Theft

Back in November we reported on the theft of local indie-pop quintet Shortwave Society's van and $25,000 worth of gear, including several homemade synthesizers. There's no good time for something like that to happen, but the fact that the robbery took place just a few weeks before the band planned to go into the studio made it that much worse.

Since then, the members of the band have been making do with borrowed equipment and the few pieces of gear that weren't in the van. In order to start replacing as much as they can, though, they've started a campaign at the website to raise at least $5,000 in the next two months. They're calling the effort Recoup, Rebuild, and Record.

"We've got a bunch of new songs to record, but with everything that has happened, we have no budget for new equipment or to fund this new record," the band members write in an e-mail announcing the campaign. "We are hoping to start rebuilding our instruments, replacing the stolen gear, and book studio time in the spring. We have a lot of new material that we are really excited to record. However, the financial burden of making a record for an independent band is more than you would imagine. We are anticipating the album to run between $6,000-$8,000 to record, mix, master, and duplicate. We've already had some donations coming in for the stolen equipment, which has been beyond amazing. We are trying to replace our gear piece by piece, but we are looking at $7,000-$8,000 for the bare minimum to get enough to get by on."

Donations come with a gift from the band, ranging from a handmade button for $5 to a package including downloads, signed copies of the band's CDs, band apparel, or a dinner party hosted by the band. They'll even perform a house concert for you and your friends for a pledge of $1,000.

As of Dec. 13, the campaign had raised $390 from nine contributors. If the band doesn't reach its goal of $5,000 by Feb. 8, all donations will be returned.