Everyone always comes up to us and says "You know what song you should do?" Now we're going to do a whole album of your picks!
"You know what song you guys should do?"
We get that a lot -- fans suggesting songs for Endless Blue to cover. The suggestions come especially heavy after we play our interpretations of Peggy Lee's Fever or Sade's No Ordinary Love. One day, after hearing the hundredth cover idea from a friend, we started thinking, why not do an entire album of reinterpreted songs? It would be exciting for us and a lot of fun for listeners. And the perfect name for it would be: Undercover.
Unfortunately, Undercover hit a brick wall almost immediately. The licensing costs for doing a full album over covers was, well, a bit out of our league. Although we had offers from patrons to fund some of the covers, we never had enough funding to do an entire album like we dreamed.
But then along came Kickstarter... Through this web site, you can be the key to making Undercover a reality. Sure, it allows you to donate money so we can fund the album. But it's more than that.
You can pick a song for the album.
Yes! Pledge at any level you desire and you'll be able to suggest and vote on the songs we should do. But for those hardcore Endless Blue benefactors out there, if you donate at the $200 level or above you get to bypass democracy (Citizens United style) and actually select songs for Undercover. You pick it, we do it.
Have we lost our minds? Given some of the songs that have been suggested to us, probably! But we don't care. Let's do this thing. Donate now and partner with us in making Undercover not just a reality, but a smashing success.
Endless Blue was formed by Laura and Nick Mitchell in 2003 in Minneapolis, MN. Hanging up the electro-rock sounds of our previous band, we decided to chill out a bit and pursue the grooves of some of our favorite trip-hop bands -- Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, Baxter, Lamb, and Hooverphonic, to name a few. In 2005 we moved our home base to West Bend, WI and have been there ever since. We've had guest musicians come and go in the project since its inception, but it wasn't until late 2011 that we added our first permanent member, the monster of bass known as Scott Feldstein. The three of us are ready to get to work and make Undercover a reality.
We've released three full length CDs, a soundtrack, and an EP since 2003. We've got the self production thing down to a fine art. Releasing the CD by itself wouldn't require us to get outside funding, something to the tune of $350-400. That's pretty doable. What's different about Undercover is the need to secure licensing for all of our cover songs. This gets expensive really quickly on an album of all covers, essentially doubling our cost to release the CD. After running the numbers, we felt that $800 will get us a nice CD package, distribution, and cover all the licensing of up to 12 songs. Any extra will go toward more songs on the CD and maybe some other goodies (t-shirts, posters, maybe a second disc of B-sides). If you fund us to crazy levels, we'll even make it a 2-disc CD!
Now, as much as we want to do every song that our fans ask for, there are a few ground rules when suggesting or picking a song:
- No overly profane songs. We love N.W.A. and Butt Trumpet as much as the next guy. But still, we'd prefer to keep it PG-13 for Undercover.
- No songs overtly schilling for a political figure or product. I heard about a conspiracy at Scott's work that was going to force us to do Stand With Governor Walker... Lemme just put the kibosh on that (and any will.i.am songs while we're at it).
- No instrumentals. This would make Laura cry the tears of a thousand kittens. You don't want to make Laura cry, do you? Okay, even if you do, we have to live with her, so please don't.
Finally, just remember that we're going to trip-hop-ize your song, which will likely take it in a different direction than the original. We reserve the right to take "artistic liberties" with it, sprinkle it with emo fairy dust, and make it generally do naughty things. But trust us -- you'll like the outcome.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Mar 1, 2012 - Apr 1, 2012
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Suggest a tune for us to trip-hop-ize and record. Please see our Song Guidelines before suggesting.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Download an MP3 version of "Undercover" before it goes on sale to the general publicEstimated delivery: Mar 2013
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A copy of "Unfriend" CD shipped anywhere in the USEstimated delivery: Mar 2013
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A copy of "Unfriend" CD shipped anywhere in the worldEstimated delivery: Mar 2013
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A *personalized* copy of "Unfriend" CD shipped anywhere in the world. You also get access to our private "workspace" on SoundCloud to listen as the album comes together. Plus we'll dig around our schwag box for some other TBD goodies.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Your name immortalized in the liner notes as an "Endless Blue Patron"Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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The big one: You pick a song, we'll trip-hop-ize it and record it! Please see our Song Guidelines before picking, though.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Pick a second song for the album (in addition the one you pick for the $200 reward) for a total of TWO trip-hop-ized songs!Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Are you crazy, man? Pick FOUR songs for the album and bask in the glow that you PERSONALLY funded our project. Laura will also give you a shout out in the recording of one of your picked songs.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013