Atlanta-based alt rock quartet The Sexual Side Effects released the first single off their upcoming debut EP release, High Maintenance, this past Thursday. The release of the single, “Aurora,” also saw the launch of a month-long Kickstarter fundraising campaign. The fund will finance the production of the video for the new single, which will be produced by the acclaimed Michael Simon (VH-1 Storytellers, America’s Best Dance Crew, The Sing Off).

Of “Aurora,” Simon says, “…its melody is lush, both new and familiar at the same time, and Amber’s [Taylor, vocalist] voice is passionate and restrained, never fighting the words. The band has made “Aurora,” a soft-yet-rockin’ example of The Sexual Side Effects’ sound – driving with smooth guitars and smooth vocal harmonies – available to their fans for free download HERE.

A home based show is in order for the celebration and closing of The Sexual Side Effects’ Kickstarter campaign. This ‘Eve Before The Eve’ show will take place on Friday, December 30 at the Drunken Unicorn. Elizabeth Elkins’ (Granville Automatic) dirty rock outfit, The Swear (Atlanta), and the regionally infamous The Worsties (Nashville) are also on the bill.

Though Simon has agreed to direct the band’s video pro bono, The Sexual Side Effects still need to raise at least $2,000 on Kickstarter to cover equipment rentals and the like.

In exchange for donations, fans will receive autographed records, collector DVDs, t-shirts, SSE-branded condoms, and, for top-dollar pledges, a dinner date with Amber. Fans will have an opportunity to make last minute pledges at the band’s December 30th show. High Maintenance gets released on February 11, 2012, and will be available for download at iTunes and

Tour Dates:

12/30/11 – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
01/25/11 – Deep South the Bar, Raleigh, NC
01/26/12 – Sugarland Nightclub, Brooklyn, NY
01/28/12 – The Bitter End, New York, NY