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Vegas band Candy Warpop looks to Kickstart its debut album

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Candy Warpop is preparing to record its first full-length album with producer Eric Rickey.
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Leslie Ventura

Another local band is looking for help funding its debut album, with plans to return the favor. Earlier this week, arty rockers Candy Warpop joined the ranks of local artists who have used Kickstarter to fund their visions, announcing the project on Facebook.

“We’re very excited to record this album,” says drummer Anisa Buttar. “It’s all we can think about and all we’re working on.”

The band has until March 11 to reach its goal of $3,600. Backers who contribute $10 will receive a digital download of the album, along with an immediate download of new single “Trigger.” Beyond, backers can receive a CD copy of the album ($20 and up), a spot on the album-release show guest list ($40), a chance to add their voice to a “sound collage of epic proportions” ($69) and a personalized Candy Warpop house party set ($150). Local artists Matthew Couper and JK Russ have also contributed original pieces for backers who pledge $250.

Fans can contribute here.

Candy Warpop, which played its first show in June 2011, has found a more consistent sound since signing up new singer Amy last summer. Hoping to challenge themselves further, the band plans to record 18 songs with local producer Eric Rickey, who has also engineered for Rusty Maples, Dusty Sunshine and his own band, Most Thieves, among others.

“Trigger,” also recorded with Rickey, offers a taste of what’s to come, but the album’s imagery could really separate it from previous Candy Warpop efforts. “I get influenced a lot by the history of Las Vegas, especially the nuclear era,” says bassist Jonas Woolverton. “That’s kind of an underlying theme of this album.”

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