System of a Down
drummer John Dolmayan
has officially launched a fundraiser campaign for his all-star cover project These Grey Men
, aiming to gather $55,000 for an album release and a tour.
The album will include covers of such artists as David Bowie
and more. The band is to be led by Dolmayan and his longtime collaborator and friend James Hazley
, formerly of Cockeyed Ghost
."About two years ago, I began to feel somewhat incomplete,"
John noted. "I was touring and having a great time with my friends in System of a Down, but something was missing. After some soul searching, it hit me that I hadn't given anything new artistically to the world in far too long. Though touring was fantastic, it didn't fulfill a fundamental need that was growing day by day within me. A need to step into the studio with a blank canvas and share what comes out with fans across the world."On one of my many trips to visit friends and family in LA, I was scrolling through the 10,000 or so songs in my iPod, and as different songs would come on - for reasons I can't explain - I would rearrange them and change the melodies around in my head. I began noting the songs that changed the most profoundly, and a list began to form. Over time, it became clear that what I had on my hands could be the project I was yearning for,"
the drummer added.
As of today (June 17), with 58 days to go, Dolmayan has gathered a total of over $10,000, making the final goal seem like an achievable one. The guys also came up with a clever award system, which might even get the full band playing in your backyard, but you'll have to invest $10,000 or more for it to actually happen.
Check out more info and funding details over at Kickstarter