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CUs topic of first thrift rock album
MADISON, Wis. (3/9/11)--Introducing a new genre of music called “thrift rock,” two Madison, Wis.-based musicians, called The Disclosures, have created an album featuring songs and lyrics that deal with credit union history, financial education and cooperative structure.
Click to view larger image Introducing a new genre of music called “thrift rock,” two Madison, Wis.-based musicians, called The Disclosures--Christopher Morris and Chad Helminak, who both work in the credit union movement--have created an album featuring songs and lyrics that deal with credit union history, financial education and cooperative structure. (Submitted photo)
The album, titled “(Hey, We’re) The Disclosures,” was released Tuesday and is the band’s first attempt at combining their musical abilities with their passion for democratically controlled, not-for-profit credit unions. “Credit unions have long been thought of as a best-kept secret in the financial industry,” said Disclosure band member Christopher Morris, director of communications for the National Credit Union Foundation. “We wanted to spread that ‘secret’ in our own unique way and help people gain a better understanding of what credit unions are and how they differ from other institutions.” The all-acoustic album is comprised of seven songs written and recorded by Morris and Chad Helminak, who is the web and member development strategist at the Wisconsin Credit Union league. They completed their songwriting project outside of normal business hours. “We focused on making quality rock songs first and foremost, while still delivering on that message of thrift and cooperativeness,” Helminak said. “We had a blast writing and recording our songs and hope that comes through on our album and live performances.” In addition to the album, The Disclosures have scheduled performances at credit union events, including education break-out sessions on credit union history and philosophy--infused, of course, with their original songs. The album is available for download on major digital music stores such as iTunes, Amazon.com and others. Physical copies of the CD along with speaker and live performance information are available online through the The Disclosures’ website. The concept for the album was borne out of the success of their first credit union-themed song, “Movin’ on with my Money,” recorded for the Young & Free “Looking like a fool with your money in a bank” music video contest. Their music video came in third place in the contest, receiving thousands of views on YouTube and attention from almost every major credit union publication, as well as the Huffington Post’s “Move Your Money” campaign. In October, the band released its first single from the album, “The Ballad of Friedrich Raiffeisen,” for International Credit Union Day. An example of the lyrics to the single include: “Ich heisse Friedrich Raiffeisen, And I stand before you now, Father of a modern movement grown by leaps and bounds, We grew up right and wrote the book, On how to lend and save, While putting people before profit each and every day.”
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