Fremantle rock trio Eskimo Joe want fans to pay for their next album before they hear a note.
The multi-platinum selling band, which recently split from label Warner, launched a campaign on "crowd-sourcing" website Pozible yesterday to raise $40,000 by February 9 to make their sixth album.
Eskimo Joe singer Kav Temperley said most of the money would go towards hiring a top producer to help them record in March at their new studio, the Wasteland.
The recording process would be "fan-driven", with the band interacting with supporters via social media and a live camera following their every move in the studio.
Eskimo Joe is offering rewards reflecting the amount pledged towards the album, due in July.
Fans can pay $1 for an MP3 of the first single or $170 to get their name in the vinyl sleeve notes, while $6000 buys a barbecue for 20 people with the band.
Soon after the campaign launched, one supporter pledged $850 to attend an intimate acoustic performance.Eskimo Joe's popularity peaked in 2006 on chart-topping third album Black Fingernails Red Wine, but last year's album Ghosts of the Past sold poorly.