Canadian all-girl metal band KITTIE last weekend raised $20,000 in eight hours via crowd funding campaign for a 20th-anniversary documentary. As of yesterday (Thursday, April 3), the campaign had already raised over $35,000 from 770 funders, and there were 26 days left for fans to contribute.
"To be honest with you, it was something that I didn't necessarily expect," KITTIE frontwoman Morgan Lander told TheLondoner.ca. "I was under the impression we would need the full 30 days to raise the money and it turns out that we actually shattered our goal in the first eight hours."
She added: "We're going through hundreds and hundreds of hours of video [including personal recordings captured over the years]. Things like the making of [KITTIE's debut album, 1999's] 'Spit' are things that no one has actually ever seen before."
In addition to paying for the production costs of the 20th-anniversary documentary DVD, the Indiegogo campaign will help fund a tell-all book that "digs deep to give [the fans] the story behind the music." KITTIE is working on the official band biography with Mark Eglinton, an author, journalist and film-producer currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland who co-authored former PANTERA/DOWN and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown's memoir, "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera", and whose first book, titled "James Hetfield: The Wolf At Metallica's Door", was published in April 2010.
"[The book and the DVD are] going to tell the story but in a different way," Lander told TheLondoner.ca. "The DVD is going to be a lot more light hearted, because when we were out on tour it was all about having a good time and having fun. The book, on the other hand, will focus a little bit more on the business side of things and some of the things that happened with labels and past members."
The project will feature contributions from all of KITTIE's current and former members, including Talena Atfield, Lisa Marx, Jennifer Arroyo and Ivana Vujic. "That's what makes it outstanding for the fans, because we have had a tumultuous time in terms of (changing) some band members and we've had some bad blood with people," Lander said. "But I feel like time heals all (wounds) and we were able to put a lot of those things aside in order to celebrate the time we did have in the band together."
KITTIE released a best-of compilation, "Not So… Safe", in September 2012 via eOne Music. The collection featured tracks from the band's records "Spit" (1999), "Oracle" (2001), "Safe" (2002), "In The Black" (2009) and "I've Failed You" (2011).
KITTIE's latest album, "I've Failed You", sold 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 178 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous CD, "In The Black", opened with around 3,400 units back in 2009 to land at No. 132.
KITTIE's fourth album, "Funeral for Yesterday", registered a first-week tally of 9,000 in February 2007 to enter the chart at No. 101.
"I've Failed You" was released on August 30, 2011 via eOne Music. The CD was recorded at Beach Road Studios in Goderich, Ontario, Canada. The band once again worked with producer Siegfried "Siggy" Meier, who helmed "In The Black".
Pictured above: KITTIE 1996 - Present
From left to right: Talena Atfield, Fallon Bowman, Tanya Candler, Mercedes Lander, Morgan Lander, Tara McLeod, Trish Doan, Ivy Jenkins and Jennifer Arroyo