Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Briar Rabbit Raising Funds for Veggie Oil Van

Chicago indie pop act Briar Rabbit (A.K.A multi-instrumentalist Phillip-Michael Scales) is happy to announce its signing to Midwest management company Wine From the Moon (home to Paper Thick Walls, The Damn Choir and singer-songwriter Jane Thatcher) and a recently-launched Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a “grease van,” a touring vehicle that runs on vegetable oil.

Raised in a suburb of Detroit, Scales began playing music at a young age and was self-releasing records and fronting bands by the time he was in high school. He went on to study music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He recorded his debut, Briar Rabbit & the Company You Keep, with friends and former band mates in Boston and at Chicago’s CarterCo Recording. The album draws influence from folk, blues and rock and spotlights Scales’ dynamic voice and sharp lyrics. “Company” has received rave reviews in The RedEye and on top Chicago blogs Windy City Rock and Reviewsic.

The “grease van” (or “veggie oil bus”) campaign is well underway with more than “70” individual backers. This project will only be funded if at least $5,500 is pledged by Thursday Jul 21, 11:16am EDT.

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