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, Radiohead, Outkast 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.