Joyful Noise has announced the new WHY? album Golden Tickets to be released on September 17.
The new album, Golden Tickets, will be a collection of personalized “theme songs” for and about 7 specific WHY? fans. Yes, the band wrote songs about their fans. Yoni and Josiah internet stalked (or facebook creeped as I like to call it) several of their fans for the purpose of creating some sweet tunes about them. Sweet! SO DON’T YOU EVER TELL ME BANDS DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR FANS, OK?!
The concept, Yoni explaines, was that, “We would write a theme song for one customer who came to the [WHY?] web store and bought something every month. Like Mighty Mouse. It would be a song about that person. We’d read all about them on Facebook and Twitter, and sometimes even go so far as to contact their significant other to ask them questions. Then I would write the song on piano, and my brother would take the skeleton of lyrics & piano and turn it into a fully realized arrangement.”
These songs, which the band referred to each as a “Golden Ticket”, were given away to fans in a variety of ways. One Golden Ticket was used to to raise money for victims of the Tsunami in Japan. They sold another Golden Ticket on eBay to benefit victims of Tornado devastation. The band held an iconography contest, and gave a Golden Ticket to the winner. They also hosted a video contest and awarded a Golden Ticket to a man who didn’t attempt anything interesting at all, but merely sent the band footage of himself, shirtless, mouthing a monologue with no sound (the words Yoni imagined this man was speaking became the lyrics for “Dropjaw”).
We haven’t even gotten to the cool part yet. Here’s the cool part:
- First, the new album will be pressed on gold and black vinyl.
The gold vinyl will be limited to only 700 copies.Gold vinyl SOLD OUT
- Second, a literal ‘Golden Ticket’ will be randomly placed with one of the limited edition gold vinyl orders. Yeah, you guessed it. If you’re the lucky person who receives the Golden Ticket, WHY? will create another song in homage to your lucky self. YEAH!
Pre order the album here.
The past limited edition releases from Joyful Noise have sold out pretty quick, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!