We’ve got two days left on our PledgeMe campaign to fund the release of Blood/Work on vinyl and we’re just over halfway there! If you’re interested in buying this record, don’t hold off now as it might not happen if we can’t afford to do it on vinyl (I can’t see any other less expensive physical format for releasing a two-song EP that’s still desirable, and digital-only releases seem like something of a non-event to me). If you’d like a copy of the record (or any of the other stuff we’re selling) and don’t have a credit card to use for pledging, just email me at email@example.com and I can take cash by bank deposit to pledge for you.
One important note that people might not be aware of: with PledgeMe campaigns, if the overall funding goal isn’t met by the due date, none of the rewards/pledges made will be charged. In other words, if the project doesn’t meet its funding goal, the project doesn’t go ahead.
A couple of people have asked why we’re using PledgeMe and crowdfunding in general for this release and not just putting it out ourselves and then selling it. I think the crowdfunding model could offer a really interesting alternative to the old model of make the product, market the product, and (hopefully) sell the product. It seems pretty easy to consume rather than listen to the many millions of bands we’re assaulted with online every day, and crowdfunding a release by asking listeners what they want (rather than the band telling them what they want) might reestablish that investment in the work and provide a more intimate connection between bands and listeners. In short, pledging money towards a crowdfunding campaign isn’t equivalent to the act of just buying a product – it’s making the project itself possible.
Anyway, a little more on the stuff available through our PledgeMe campaign:
Blood/Work 7″ + Digital Download: These are two new songs recorded in September 2012. Blood is an instrumental track whose only vocals are provided by the sampled singing of the sex workers on Marion Street late at night. Their voices used to reverberate along the alleyway next to my apartment; shrieking, laughing, singing, even praying. There was no pitching or temporal manipulation involved, I chopped and edited a 40-minute raw track of their voices over a couple of months. Work is a much faster and rawer track that musically reminds me a little of mine and Kalem’s old band, Strangers. Lyrically, it’s an examination of competing Western notions of freedom in the context of consumer capitalism: we live in a social world in which result and outcome are considered infinitely more valuable than method and process. The 7” comes housed in a full-colour single fold sleeve with lyrics/credits in a pressing of 200 copies. The first 50 copies ordered will be numbered and with a special cover insert. The digital download will be provided through Bandcamp, which offers a number of file formats. These songs were again recorded, mixed and mastered by Tim Shann. Click here to listen.
Escape Songs LP / Book+CD: Most of you will be familiar with this drawn-out album, which we intended to release almost two years ago. This album was written and recorded song-by-song for the twelve months of 2010 and then compiled into a full-length album. The LP version comes in a single sleeve with cover artwork, lyrics, credits and a letter from the band, in an edition of 100 copies (10 handmade copies were produced to sell at shows but are all gone). The Book+CD edition comes in a plastic sleeve with 80-odd pages of artwork; each song has its own visual series done by the band and a couple of other artists (Zachary Jordan Penney, Hywel Thomas). This album was again recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tim Shann, and it also features Ana McGowan on vocals/cello/accordion and Tim Shann on bass (who’ve both since left the band). Both editions were released by Auckland-based independent label Mole Music. Click here to listen.
T-shirt: We’re not ready to reveal the design of this just yet, but rest assured that it’ll be minimal and fashionable enough to wear in public without your cool friends telling you to go home and change. Available in black and white, in sizes small, medium, large, XL.
The Vault: Contains all of the aforementioned editions (not the t-shirt though) along with a pile of demos of almost every song we’ve released, live videos and writing videos, and some covers (including our ill-fated attempt at doing Communist Daughter by Neutral Milk Hotel during our early years as a band, as well as Hank Williams, Smog and more). It also comes with some original artworks from the Escape Songs book, setlists, drawings, a letter and anything else we can find. Comes in a box.
Cover a song: We’ll cover and record any song of your choosing – it could be one of your own songs, something you like, something you hate and want butchered, or just a weird curiosity track that you’d like to hear done in our style (think Eiffel 65’s ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee)’ or Will Smith’s ‘Willenium’, for example).
So that’s it: one more day to pledge. If you pledge we will love you forever and use the money to stay active in writing and releasing music. We’d like to be a real band again.
Thanks for reading. x