Kathleen Stubelek (bass) Circle Takes the Square
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Kathleen Stubelek, Bassist and vocals for Circle Takes the Square, we self release on the newly formed Gatepost Recordings.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Hot Water Music - Exister
- Propagandhi - Failed States
- Torche - Harmonicraft
- The Cranberries - Roses
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't bend! Acsend!
What band did you discover in 2012 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
Eyedea & Abilites. I wish I had paid attention to them much sooner. By the Throat is a great record, and everything I've heard Eyedea on is incredible. RIP Mikey Larsen
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
In terms of music, I spent a lot of this year with blinders on. With the exception of a European tour, we've been working on our record for virtually two years straight. I will try to be more aware next year. Good new years resolution.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
Our full length, Decompositions, will be released in entirety, digitally on Dec 21st, physically in the new year. So look for us on the road!
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Bad Religion, they've just been one of my favorites for the last 20 years. And I think our buddies Kylesa will have a new one next year. I'm not sure who else has plans to release (see question 4!), so I better get on that!
Fundraising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made a strong impact on the ability of artists to release music. Do you think this approach is a trend, or will it continue to shape how artists produce their material?
We used Kickstarter to fund our new record and it was much more successful than we expected. I think online fundraising is beneficial for some bands, but might not a good idea for everyone. You have to be careful not to abuse the generosity of people. But for us it turned out to be so helpful, not just financially but emotionally as well. We discovered that even though we'd been off the map for quite a while, a lot of people still wanted to hear from us. That was rewarding, and hopefully will be rewarding for them when they hear what they helped create in a way. This type of group fundraising will most likely evolve as folks realize the pros and cons, but the idea is planted, and the infrastructure is in place, so it could go in any direction now.