Dubbing a new genre of music called “thrift rock”, two Madison-based musicians called The Disclosures have released "(Hey We're) The Disclosures" featuring songs and lyrics that deal with credit union history, financial education and cooperative structure. It's 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. “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 both work in the credit union movement, but 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,” noted Helminak. “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 a number of upcoming performances at credit union events, including an education break-out sessions on credit union history and philosophy – infused, of course, with their original songs.