We are America's first trock band, and we're ready to bring you our first album!
With four types of guitar and a vocalist that can belt, these Trockers should be heard at full volume...Whenever I hear of a fandom-based band, my question is, "Is this sustainable?" I interviewed Time Crash, and the answer is definitely "yes." -- Geek Girl Chicago
It began in June 2011 with a Facebook status on the page of one Ronen Kohn:
One 'Super' Dave Kitsberg leapt at the opportunity. A few short months later we had a bassist, a drummer, a steel guitarist, and a name. A few short months after that, we were playing our first gig at Chicago's Abbey Pub.
The band is formed. The songs are written. The album... that's where you come in.
Our goal has always been to write songs that devotees of the Doctor will enjoy, of course, but to also make those songs interesting and enjoyable to folks who've never seen an episode. Above, you can watch us in the studio recording our very first song, 'Little Amelia'.
The TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), a deceptively-small-on-the-outside time-and-space-machine disguised as a blue police box, is the most iconic image in Doctor Who. We knew right away that we needed a guitar modeled after it, because that would be fantastic! But of course it couldn't simply be a gimmick: the GuiTARDIS needed to sound as good as it looked. For the task of building it, we could trust none other than our own Chris Rice.
We've had loads of people ask about the guitar, and TWO of our Kickstarter supporters now have the chance to own one of these unique instruments! Check the rewards sidebar for more information.
In addition to the GuiTARDIS, we've got plenty of the standard rewards associated with musical Kickstarters, including copies of the album (digital and physical), a set of 1-inch buttons, and a t-shirt that will ONLY be available to Kickstarter backers! We are still finalizing the album cover and t-shirt designs; previews will be posted here and in our project updates as they become available.
[TARDIS-through-the-clock design by Justin Graham.]
The black shirt will feature a negative-image of our logo on the front, and on the back, in small letters close to the top, "Kickstarter Backer." These shirts will NOT be available to anyone other than our backers!
THE ALBUM: [COMING SOON]
OUR STRETCH GOALS
After days of consideration and polling our followers on Facebook and Tumblr, we've decided on our stretch goals!
At $5,500, we will offer our Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirts in Ladies' sizes in addition to 'Unisex.'
At $7,500, we will rent out a Chicago venue for our album release party and offer free admission to all our backers. That's ANY level - even if you pledged one dollar!
(It is highly likely that we'll be having a 'release party' of one sort or another in any case, but our stretch goal would allow us to have total control over the festivities, including offering free admission to backers.)
At $9,000, Chris will build a GuiTARDIS to be raffled off at the release party!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Given that all of us have day jobs and are involved in other creative pursuits outside of Time Crash, our schedules can at times be difficult to sync up. Still, if we can manage to get together for gigs (we can), we can block out time for the recording studio! Also, it's not essential for each of us to be there for every hour of studio time.
None of our reward levels offer both as a default. However, anyone pledging at the TIN DOG, THE RIFT, GALLIFREYAN, COMPANION or higher levels can add a digital download to their reward by adding $10 to their pledge (without changing their reward level choice). This essentially acts as a pre-order for a digital copy.
Limit of one digital download per backer.
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NANOGENE: Like the subatomic robots that can heal the sick and wounded, every little bit helps! Nanogenes will receive exclusive updates from and information about the project, as well as our eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery:
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SATELLITE FIVE: For a snazzy little thank-you, we’ll be sending you a pack of four shiny 1-inch pins through our personal time-space rift (in case of rift failure, the US Postal Service may be used).Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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CYBERMAN: You’re only here for the music, and that’s what you’ll get: a digital download of the album once it’s completed!Estimated delivery:
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AUTON: Can’t decide between the music and the pins? You don’t have to! As an alliterative auton, you’ll get the pin pack plus a digital download.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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TIN DOG: Digital download? Nah, you’re retro: you want a physical copy of the album! And that’s what you’ll have, plus the pins.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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OOD: Show off your Crasher status with more than pins: at this level you’ll also get a t-shirt exclusive to Kickstarter supporters! (This level includes ONLY the t-shirt and pins.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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THE FACE OF BOE: But wait, what happened to the music? Don’t fret: this level will get you the Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirt, the pins, AND a digital download!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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THE RIFT: The ultimate Crasher gift package! At this level you’ll get the pins, the Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirt, and a physical copy of the album.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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GALLIFREYAN: Everything from THE RIFT level plus, for a more personal touch, we’ll sign the album!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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COMPANION: Everything from the GALLIFREYAN level, only when you open up your signed copy of the album, you’ll be able to read your own name in the liner notes!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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COMPANION PLUS CAKE: In addition to the goodies included with the COMPANION level, you'll enjoy some exclusive hang-out time with the members of Time Crash at our favorite post-practice eatery, Portillo's! You'll be responsible for helping us decide on a date and time and getting yourself to the Chicago area. The rest is cake! Which we will purchase for you.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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TRUST ME: You’ll get the pins, t-shirt, a signed physical copy of the album with your name in the liner notes, and at this level only, a very special privilege: propose a song topic! Give us your favorite episode, theme or character from Doctor Who (that we haven’t written about already) and we’ll write a song based on it. The resulting song won’t show up on this album, but you’ll be able to hear it at our shows, and if we should make a second album, it just might materialize on that one!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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TRUST ME MARK 2: If you're a musician yourself, why not play with us? At this level, we will write a part for your unique instrument to be included in one of our recordings. You'll also receive everything from the COMPANION level and have your name in the liner notes TWICE: once as a backer, and once as a performer! (You will be responsible for coordinating schedules with us and getting yourself to the recording studio.)Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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THE MASTER: Make us come to you! This level includes everything from the COMPANION level, but also grants you the hypnotic power to draw us to wherever you are for a private concert... as long as 'wherever you are' is within 300 miles of Chicago (for reference, this includes Milwaukee, WI; Indianapolis, IN; St Louis, MO; Detroit, MI; and Columbus, OH). Final decision on the date will be determined by the band.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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TYPE 40 MARK 3: The reward everyone’s been asking about! There were only so many Type 40 TARDISes grown on Gallifrey and even less GuiTARDISes built by Rice Guitars, but this is your chance to own one!... a GuiTARDIS, not a Type 40. The members of the band will sign your guitar and (at your request) it may even be played onstage! This level is for the guitar only.Estimated delivery:Add $75 USD to ship outside the US
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HEART OF THE TARDIS: Want a GuiTARDIS AND all the other goodies? Then this is the level for you! Your very own bigger-on-inside guitar from Rice Guitars (signed by the band), plus the pins, Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirt, and a signed physical copy of the album with your name in the liner notes.Estimated delivery:Add $75 USD to ship outside the US
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THE ONCOMING STORM: The most fearsome being in all the cosmos! Everything from the COMPANION level, plus a private concert anywhere within the continental US, final decision on the date to be determined by the band. Allons-y!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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