The indie/alternative quartet band from Seattle, Washington, The Classic Crime, wanted to make their tenth year as a band count. They found a way by deciding to release an acoustic album, filled with remakes of songs of their past and to highlight the previous 10 years as a band. More importantly, the band’s newest album, What Was Done, Vol. 1: A Decade Revisited, is the quartet’s first record with their partners at BC Music, a division of BadChristian.
The album represents everything the band has done since 2004 and the members had fans choose their favorite songs that they might have wanted to be remade for the record. Another highlight for the record was its funding. The Classic Crime set up its first Kickstarter campaign for 2012’s Phoenix, in which they were able to raise enough money in just a day.
“It was pretty risky and we felt pretty unsure if we could raise it,” vocalist and guitarist Matt MacDonald said. “It took 24 hours to raise money for the first [Kickstarter]. We are thankful and encouraged by the people that support us and it really helps us move forward working on new projects.”
The quartet reached their set goal in the first four hours of the slotted time for 30 days and raised 336 percent of the band’s budget goal. The extra money was used to spend more time on the album to make it the best the band could do possible.
“It’s all become something a lot bigger and better because of the fact that our backers were so supportive and allowed us to spend so much time on it,” MacDonald said. “We’re happy to deliver that.”
The acoustic album stands as something the band has never done before and MacDonald said they wanted to create something in celebration of the band’s career. He always saw many other artists doing something along these lines and it was finally his band’s turn to make it happen. But something he didn’t think would turn out so well ended up working out. He thought rewriting a few of the songs that have been played hundreds of times in the past and songs he wrote when he was 19 wouldn’t be as exciting as it eventually was.
“A lot of these songs we’ve recorded a bunch of times are super old and I’ve always felt I wanted to move past that, but surprisingly it was really good,” MacDonald said. “I was discovering those lyrics again. They almost seem new again because I’m a different person. I’m kind of feeling them differently and thinking of them differently. I wasn’t trying to recreate what I did the first time I was just trying to re-experience it. We connected with who we were in a new way and perspective and that’s what we hope for people who listen to it.”