Age of Collapse have announced three upcoming benefit shows to raise money for a spring tour in Europe. The crust / hardcore band's lined up 26 shows in 12 countries between May 8 and June 2.
Bass player Blaine Factor tells CityBeat that the band's label, Aborted Society, helped set up the tour by putting them in touch with the European label AgiPunk, which provides services to bands touring Europe, such as assisting with renting a van and providing a backline. But the band still needs money to print shirts and buy copies of their records from their label and then ship them overseas.
"That's the expensive part," Factor says.
The benefit shows will happen Feb. 28 at the Tower Bar in City Heights, March 15 at The Stronghold in Logan Heights and May 3 at a venue yet to be announced. While it's become increasingly common for bands to resort to crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter to cover tour costs, Factor says that Age of Collapse didn't like that option.
"We're pretty strongly influenced by the DIY community," he says. "We've always done things close to our fellow bands and people in the scene. We really hate those sites like Kickstarter, those online begging websites.
"We already have the assets in place; we just need some cash. So, why not just reach out to the community and set up some benefit shows?"
Once in Europe, Factor says they'll have an easier time taking care of expenses like gas and food.
"A lot of venues in Europe are subsidized by the government, so even if 10 people show up, you still get paid your guarantee," he says.
Factor says the cover charge at the benefit shows will be around $5.