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The Strain launch Pledge campaign ahead of Folk Fest performance

By Courtney Merchand on September 10, 2014

Have you ever wondered who’s behind a rockers look? Turns out, it could be you.

Front man and lead singer of The Strain, David Taggart, has put his infamous golden locks on the chopping block – for the right price that is. It’s all part of the Wakefield bands new Pledge campaign aimed at raising money to record a new album after a two year hiatus.

“All our fans really stepped up to help us win Ottawa’s Big Money Shot [in 2012],” he said. “We’re looking for that support to help us out again.”

Pledges start as low at $10 to receive a VIP exclusive download of the new album before it’s released. But if that doesn’t peak your interest – and let’s be honest you’re just waiting for me to tell you how much it’ll cost you to dye his hair fuchsia – the band has thought up some rather unique prizes.

“It’s just hair, it’ll grow back.” But anyone that knows the singer can testify to the special bond David has with his signature indie-do and for one low payment of $300, you can take this front man and current hair model to the barber and have your way with his hair.

“His hair doesn’t matter,” Rylee Taggart, synth and back up vocalist, explaining why no amount of pledges will get her in that salon chair. “Plus, his is already crazy.”

But if you prefer to be immortalized in song, the Strain will gladly write and home-record a track just for you to the tune of $500. Or if you just want to get some face-to-face time with drummer Alex Serre or bass player Nick Johnston, then you’re only looking at $450 to get that private living room concert of your dreams (ear plugs not included).

But the band won’t be pocketing all the money raised during the campaign. Two per cent of the proceeds will be donated to a charity that “hits close to home” for the band members – the Huntington Society of Canada.

According to David, the Strain are planning to record their new album in the late fall to early winter in Vancouver where they’ll be recording with Howard Redekopp, a BC producer who has worked with big name performers such as Tegan and Sara, Mother Mother and Dear Rouge.

“It feels amazing to be playing Folk Fest. We played Bluesfest before but taking the main stage and opening up for Lorde, I’m nervous,” said Rylee.

The Strain are no strangers to Ottawa’s music scene and their campaign comes just in time for the band’s first-ever appearance on the Ottawa Folk Festival stage.

“We’re all really excited about it and it’s on a really good night,” he said. “We’re going to be playing some new songs that will be on our next record.”

If you’ve been to any of the Strain’s recent performances at the Black Sheep, then you can expect to hear some of your new favorites like “Coywolf” and “Tearing Up the Street”.

The Strain will be taking the EH! Stage at 6 pm, opening up for Dear Rouge and Lorde on Thursday, Sept. 11. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Tickets to The Folk Festival can be purchased in advance here.