When Fort Collins band Wire Faces launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new album, “King Cataract,” on Dec. 27, none of the members had any idea that all of their music gear had already been stolen. It was taken out of the practice space they share with another Fort Collins group, Fierce Bad Rabbit, on Christmas Eve. Neither of the groups found out about the crime until four days later.
I caught up with Ian Haygood, guitarist for Wire Faces, and talked about the Kickstarter’s progress, how its goal has altered in light of the theft and the outpouring of support that his band has seen from both the Denver and Fort Collins music communities.
Reverb: So what was the initial purpose of the Kickstarter?
Ian Haygood: The initial purpose of the Kickstarter was to help us raise enough funds to cover mixing, mastering and duplication costs, and hopefully a small budget for a music video is what we were shooting for. The ironic thing about all of this is that we were actually robbed on Christmas Eve. We had no idea. We actually didn’t find out about it until the end of December — like three or four days after we got robbed. We were kind of on holiday, people were out of town and no one was really playing shows or using the practice spot.
So has the purpose of the Kickstarter been altered?
The whole thing is strange because basically at the crux of us finishing the record, we get robbed. We’re about to finish the record, we were two days into our Kickstarter campaign and we just get robbed. It sort of has taken a bit of a different turn. We’re out some major gear here. We need to buy things that are essential for us even to play live. So yeah, it sort of wasn’t initially for that, but now it kind of is.
Have you tallied up the value of the equipment that was stolen?
Yeah. We share the space with Fierce Bad Rabbit and we estimate that over $25,000 of gear was stolen between the two bands. It was a ton of stuff. You would have needed a UHaul truck or something.
So what happens if the Kickstarter meets its goal of, what is it, $5,000? And what happens if it doesn’t?
I’m not sure off the top of my head, but the majority of that is actually going toward mixing and mastering costs, and really at this point the goal is to get over $5,000. If we get over $5,000 then we can start putting that money toward gear. That’s sort of the goal. I don’t know how we’ll get there, but we’ll see.
How can someone help out other than the Kickstarter?
Anybody can reach out to us individually if they like. We’ve already had such an incredible response from the music community. It just makes me so proud to be a part of it. For instance, in Denver we’ve had Snake Rattle Rattle Snake offer gear and help and we’ve had Mike Merchant offer gear and help publicly. Other people have written us emails and are really reaching out. Actually, (Wednesday) night there was a benefit concert held for us and Fierce Bad Rabbit. A bunch of Fort Collins bands played and they donated all the money to us to help us get some gear.
The problem is there was so much gear that was stolen that it’s like, ‘how do you even make a dent in that?’ I don’t know. The one thing about it is it’s not like we’re all really wealthy corporate lawyers and someone stole our BMWs. We’re all musicians. We don’t make any money. So these people stole our livelihoods. They stole the thing that makes us whole. It’s just hard to imagine somebody would do that.
Check out the group’s Kickstarter to see how you can help or simply to peruse the extremely interesting pledge rewards (they include personalized cakes and Wire Faces tunes, among other things).
Indie music blogger Nic Turiciano is a writer in Fort Collins. You can follow him on Twitter at @nic_turishawno or email him at email@example.com.