Reaches Out – Australian Rock Band Uses Cafepress.com to Reach
International Fan Base
Signal Room, the Australian rock
band born on the set of cult science-fiction TV hit Farscape,
recently embraced Cafepress.com as the way to satisfy their
fans’ requests for band-related merchandise.
Sydney, Australia (PRWEB)
July 11, 2006 -- Signal Room, the Australian rock band born on the
set of cult science-fiction TV hit Farscape, recently embraced
Cafepress.com as the way to satisfy their fans’ requests for
Based in Sydney, Signal Room is self-publishing a new CD. The
financial investment merchandise sales usually require in
production, inventory and shipping, and the back-office technology
to support it, was out of the question. Enter CafePress.com. Their
capability for one-off production of t-shirts and other
merchandise keeps the band from having to maintain an inventory in
various styles and sizes and eliminates the risk that they may be
left with unsold goods.
Signal Room is able to accept credit cards and ship inexpensively
to Europe and the U.S., home to the majority of the band’s fans.
“It’s a huge hassle dealing with payments in different
currencies and shipping from Australia to anywhere,” admits
Stephen Edwards, the band’s guitarist.
Signal Room exists in its own right, a lot of people find it
through Farscape. Drummer Wayne Pygram says, “it’s
inescapable. It will always be a part of who we are, but it
doesn’t define us. We’re not just actors who got bored and
decided to start a band. We all have serious music backgrounds and
two of us also happen to be actors.” Farscape is an
international phenomenon and as a result, Signal Room fans are
scattered around the world.
“It’s surprising sometimes, but we do have fans everywhere.
We’re using the proceeds of our CafePress.com sales to fund our
upcoming CD,” says actor, song writer and vocalist Anthony
Simcoe. “It’s great because it gives the people who like our
music, no matter where they are, a way to directly participate in
the process and we can’t thank them enough. This wouldn’t work
if we had to spend money on printing t-shirts and carrying
Anthony Simcoe, Ka D’Argo on Farscape, and crew member and
guitarist Stephen Edwards began working on Simcoe’s songs while
filming in Sydney, Australia in 2001. Wayne Pygram, who portrayed
Scorpius on Farscape, and bassist Gerry Kortegast soon joined to
complete the line up. In 2002, they played live in LA and sold out
their first EP recorded prior to the trip.
live in Burbank really got the fans’ attention. “The first
time we played LA was at the 2002 Farscape Convention,” says
Anthony Simcoe. “It was sort of off the cuff. We had just
recorded and wanted to test the interest level.” The crowd went
crazy. After recording a new EP produced by Tim Whitten (Hoodoo
Gurus, The Church), the band returned to play LA and then New York
in 2004. Since then, fans have had to be satisfied keeping up with
the band online at their website,
www.signalroom.com, and on
With their presence on Cafepress.com, Signal Room gives their fans
a new way to get involved with the band and show their support.
Signal Room is currently in preproduction on their new CD. They
hope to kick off promotion of that CD at the 2006 Farscape
Convention in November hosted by Creation Entertainment in
Burbank, CA. Fans will be happy to know that the band and Creation
are currently in talks regarding their appearance.
About Signal Room
Signal Room is a rock band with eclectic influences resulting in a
sound ranging from hard edged to pure guitar pop. Formed during
the filming of the cult science fiction television series
Farscape, Signal Room is actor, singer, songwriter Anthony Simcoe,
guitarist Stephen Edwards, actor, drummer Wayne Pygram, and bass
guitarist Gerry Kortegast (Roadside Prophets, Vindaloonies).