The nine-piece band sets out to capture their vibrant sound in their debut, full-length album.
$5,000! We're making an album!
But don't stop sharing the warm, warm love just yet! $5,000 was just our minimum, tight-budjet estimate for recording, mixing, mastering and printing the album, as well as printing our rewards - posters, stickers, and screenprints - and paying postal to ship those rewards to you. But we also gotta pay Amazon and Kickstarter 8-10% of our funding.
The higher we get over the $5,000 goal, the more money we can put towards the actual album, and not towards all these extraneous costs!
The Swimming Machine runs on combustion. Fill it with fuel – a blend of upright bass, sax, guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, xylophone and plunger-muted trumpet. To ignite, whistle, shout, and sing. Oxygen is required. Stomp if it gives you any trouble. When its belly is hot, shovel the music in.
Hi, I'm Justin Lacy, and this is The Swimming Machine. We're a big band with lots of moving parts, stark dynamics and diverse timbres, and we want to share our original songs with you, in the form of a cohesive, full-legnth album.
Cover of Encore Magazine, Nov. 30, 2011 edition. The full article can be found here: http://www.encorepub.com/welcome/?p=12059
We would love for our recording debut to be a large-scale, singular work of the highest quality possible. We can get help with recording some of the 10 songs we want to include, and 3 of them are already tracked, but mixing, mastering, printing and spending time in the studio are expensive.
We're asking for $5,000 to kickstart our project - just enough money to get our tracks mixed, have our album mastered, and present it to you in a little environmentally friendly 4-panel digipack (hopefully not with a lot of plastic around it!).
We got 40 days and 40 nights to reach our goal and get this machine swimming, or we receive zero funding (and thus, we're sunk). In exchange for your gracious, gracious donations, we'll send you digital downloads, posters by the lovely Brittny Roller, stickers, screenprints by the great Brian Reed, and signed copies of the printed album, before it's released. Anyone who donates $15 or more, at any rewards tier, gets their name on our website and in the liner notes of our CD, declaring that this album would not be possible without your support.
Please help in any way you can, even if it's just Facebook liking this Kickstarter or sharing it with your friends. We thank you so much for your support, and we hope to share our debut album with you in 2012.
Justin Lacy and The Swimming Machine.
P.S. We'd like to give a special thanks to Kate Winchell for giving us access to her splendid "Swamp Dandy" gator drawing and Brittny Roller for her amazing graphic design. Also, to Adam Gilbert and Austin Stinson of Blueberry Fusion, Oliver Mellan of Freaker USA, Rob Leon, and The Soapbox Laundro Lounge for helping us make this Kickstarter video.
Video shot by Blueberry Fusion at the Soapbox Laundro Lounge, 255 N. Front St. Edited by Justin Lacy and Adam Powell, with some help from Rob Leon.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Dec 3, 2011 - Jan 12, 2012 (40 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Gracias! We'll mail you a thank you note with a sticker of The Swimming Machine logo, pictured to your left.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $5 or more
In addition to the sticker/note, we'll send you a code for a digital download of the song "Cellophane," featured in the video above.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $10 or more
You get a sticker, a thank you note, and a code to download our entire album once it's completed, before it's even released.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $15 or more
After our album is printed and released, you, sir or madam, will find your name in the insert of our physical CD, forever declaring that this music would not be possible without your help. You'll also find your name on the website, and you'll get the digital download, the sticker and the note of gratitude.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Heads up! As soon as we get our hands on the physical print of our debut album, we're tossing it your way! You'll also get the digital download, the sticker and the note declaring our thanks!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Gator in a top hat. You get a copy of our 11 x 17 Kickstarter Kickoff Party event poster (featured on the cover of Encore Magazine!), and everything above. Plus, we'll sign the album. All nine of us.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $35 or more
Ever wonder what you would look like as a cartoon? Yeah, me too. You get a copy of Brittny Roller's 16x24" illustrated Swimming Machine poster, featuring me, illustrated (pictured to the left). You also get the signed CD, the digital download, the sticker and the aforementioned note of gratitude.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $45 or more
12 backers Limited (38 of 50 left)
Mermen are people too. Exclusive people. You get your own signed and numbered 18x24" screenprint designed by Brian Reed and individually printed with his own paint-splattered hands. You also get the signed album, the digital download, and the sticker love note. There are only 50 available, because only 50 exist.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $100 or more
8 backers Limited (12 of 20 left)
A one-hour lesson with any member of the band (through skype if you're out of town), a signed album, the digital download, sticker, and the thank you note. And your choice of either Brittny's illustrated poster or our Kickstarter Kickoff Party poster.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $300 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
For 300 bucks, we'll play a house party for anyone in a 50-mile radius of Wilmington, NC. Plus, we'll hand-deliver your signed album, sticker, and either the Kickstarter Kickoff Party poster or Brittny Roller's illustrated poster. And of course we'll send you your download code and thank you note too.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $600 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
Thanks so much! For 600 bucks, Justin Lacy and whoever he can get to come with him will play a house show for anyone in a 210 mile-radius of Wilmington, NC. You'll get everything included in the $300 level too.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012