In 2009, former Boisean Levi Cecil spoke to Boise Weeklyabout the then-innovative way he was funding a new CD: he asked friends, family and fans to help him finance the project.
"It was really only partly about the money. I really wanted to engage people," Cecil told BW.
Cecil's proto-crowdfunding campaign showed he had moxie, and the result, Everything is Fine, confirmed he had talent, both of which have surely served him well as a member of Portland, Ore., rock collective Ages and Ages. With founder Tim Perry at the helm, the seven-member band makes bright, layered, choral-esque music wrapped around meaningful lyrics. Ages and Ages sophomore release, Divisionary (Partisan Records, March 2014), was made during a time of lows (deaths) and highs (marriage, birth) for band members, situations Perry is quoted as calling "some dark-ass shit" (partisanrecords.com). Ages and Ages was able to reach the light at the end of the tunnel, however, and the evidence is Divisionary—NPR called the title track"an anthem for everyone."