As for why Powell decided to crowdfund their new music, she says, while laughing, “It was just because of a lack of funds. You know when you’re dormant as a band for 10 years you’ve got to figure out how to pay for that shit.”
She was a little nervous about trying to re-start the band. “At first I was really scared,” Powell says. “I was like, you know what, let’s just set [the crowdfunding campaign] at $10,000 and we’ll be lucky if we get that. And we’ve made almost three times that now without really trying and it’s great because the album is funded by our fans, which is really cool. And it gave me faith in the band. It made me go, OK, we’re going to be alright. People still like us.”
Over the summer, Save Ferris played a secret show at the Echoplex as a warm-up gig to their next performances at Santa Monica Pier and in Mexico City. The band was surprised to find a line around the block. At Mexico City’s Ska Fest, where they shared the bill with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, and Less Than Jake, Powell was once again surprised to find fans swarming around her for photos as she stood in the crowd. The band’s star power continued all the way to October when they opened for Gwen Stefani at the massive Irvine Amphitheater.