PledgeMusic is excited to announce their joining with Soul Asylum for an upcoming album of all new material, to be released later this year.
"We really couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Soul Asylum into the PledgeMusic fold. As any music fan knows, Soul Asylum was one of the most innovative and iconic bands of our generation, and by bringing alternative rock to the mainstream they helped usher in a new era of music. And that's what we're trying to do here, so by bringing them closer to their fans with this new album, it's a perfect fit, and the start of a great relationship" --Says Scott Graves PledgeMusic Head of Talent Relations
Soul Asylum's story begins in 1981, when three friends from Minneapolis, MN decided to form a band. Guitarist Dan Murphy, bassist Karl Mueller, and then drummer Dave Pirner began playing under the name Loud Fast Rules, with Murphy and Pirner taking turns on vocals. In 1983, Pirner moved from drums to lead vocals and rhythm guitar, and the band formerly known as Loud Fast Rules became Soul Asylum.
With the national buzz on the band continuing to grow and their deal with A&M nearing its end, other major labels came knocking at their door. In 1992, they signed with Columbia Records and released Grave Dancers Union. The album was filled with crunchy but melodic tunes like "Somebody To Shove" and "Black Gold" and helped open more doors for the band, scoring significant alternative radio airplay and MTV and VH1 rotation. When the ballad "Runaway Train" was released as the album's third single, it rose to number five on the Billboard chart, raised album sales to double-platinum level, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1994.
The heart and soul of Soul Asylum remains intact as they continue to produce heartfelt and passionate rock n' roll. Soul Asylum 2015 consists of Pirner, Michael Bland on drums, Winston Roye on bass, and Justin Sharbono on guitar.
Pledge exclusives include signed copies of the new album, your name in the liner notes, live and rare Grave Dancers Union download, a Skype drum workshop with Michael Bland, side stage viewing at an upcoming show, guest list for life, signed acoustic guitar, private acoustic show, private full band concert, original Dave Pirner artwork and much more.
Pledging will also give you access to a Pledger-only section of the site, like private backstage access into the creative process where the band will be posting video updates, audio clips, pictures, blogs and more. To be part of the process and see what other unique and one of a kind pledge prizes the band has to offer, please visit: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/soulasylum.
"Leading up to the release of our album, we'll be giving pledgers an inside look. We'll share some of the new music and video clips you won't see anywhere else and we'll drop the album to pledgers only, days before the actual release! We're very excited to share this new record with you" - says Dave Pirner.