Preorder Picture Atlantic's new full length album! Join them as they create not only the music, but all the album art as well!
We live in a strange digital age. Protests. Smart phones. Riots. Bad Economy. Loss of focus. Digitized social structure. The Internet. Information overload. Excess. Surplus. Not enough. Generational identity crisis. Social Justice. Boredom. Facebook Blues. Over excitement. This is Digital Tension.
Ladies and Gentleman, we present to you, our second full length album: Digital Tension. Digital Tension is an album influenced by our current times, and will be recorded during the middle of May, 2012, and the first half of June, 2012. It's official release date will be July 6th, 2012. It will feature 12 tracks of brand new original material. Producing and engineering the record will be the amazing Aaron Hellam, who helped us produce and engineer both our albums Kleos and When Everything Is Numbers. One really exciting factor in this album is that we will also be recording the album with some new techniques and studio approaches to give the album a more live and raw feel. Not only in this way will the sound of the band as a whole be brand spanking new, but the sound of the album itself will explore some new soundscapes!
This Kickstarter project will fund the recording process of the album, and will also help us press the record in its Download card format. Already $1,000 of the bands own money has been put forward to get the project rolling, and we need your help to get to the finish line! The money from this project will help us pay the remaining money, and also mastering costs for the album. A big part of this album is the hands on nature of the creation process. Not only will all the album artwork be made by the band, but all goodies involved in the project (besides download cards) will be created by the group as well! This includes Physical CD's and T-Shirts!
If you choose to make a donation, you'll be able to experience the album process through video blogs, acoustic videos of new tracks, sneak peeks, and special band interviews to the Kickstarter project, which will be exclusively for your eyes only as a backer to the project! That means you get the 411 on the album as it is happening!
Music is a complete passion for us, and we are incredibly excited to get this album underway, and more importantly into your hands, and finally your ears! The band has been following this unique path we have chosen for a while now, and all along the way, we have been able to do what we do thanks to the support, love, and help of our fans, family, and friends. All of us would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this, and also say that we're even more excited that this time around we can be involved in a more personal way with everyone!
Buckle up. We promise it will be a wild ride.
-Nik, Ryan, Daniel, & Brian
I’ve actually been asked this question a lot lately. Officially, the band was not unveiled to the Myspace masses until 2006. However, we did need a name before dropping our very first EP (which I assure you is very bad, and has in fact been banned by numerous government powers. The Time Lords have even made it illegal for the album to exist prior to 2006) so we decided to brainstorm. Like all 17-18 year olds, our band name ideas were atrocious. We did however find a great concept which made some sense for the band at the time. Our group of friends, and ourselves of course, were going to the beach a great deal at the time, so the name ‘Atlantic’ was thrown around. Pacific just didn’t sound that great to us (sorry west coast). There was already a band called Atlantic from up North, and since this automatically made them suck to us, we decided to expand on the name. Our then drummer John (who is now a Forensic Scientist. No joke.) suggested ‘Picture Atlantic’. Something about that sort of fit at the time for us. There you have it! The official story! I hope this breaks up any rumors you may have heard about the name being influenced by an Andy Dick stand up routine, because we assure you it CERTAINLY isn’t, and you shouldn’t Google this. Take us at our word.
BONUS FACTS: Our name is the most easily confusable name in existence. First time listeners at shows and lazy promoters have referred to us, listed us on fliers, and called us : The Picture Atlantic, Picture Atlantis, Painting Atlantis, Partly Atlantic, Painting Pacific, Port Atlantic, Picture Pacific, Painting Atlantic, Picture Atlanticon, and Atlantic Light.
This question has actually made me the most intrigued out of all the questions we've been asked about the album. Mostly because it's interesting to see and hear people thinking about the idea and concept behind 'Digital Tension' in general. I will say this though, I think that Digital Tension as a concept has many many facets and there isn't a right or 'wrong' way to describe it. Anything in this day and age that has to do with the flow, mechanics, and meshing of technology and world events with our personal, mental, and emotional lives is a good example of Digital Tension. Breaking up with a girlfriend/boyfriend via text is Digital Tension to me. Complaining that a store isn't within two or three minute drive from your location is digital tension to me. Walking into a restaurant and seeing groups of friends eating together, yet deciding to engage socially in texting other people not present, instead of engaging their friends in front of them is Digital Tension. The options and examples are endless. The real question is "What are yours?"
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This very simple pledge gets you into the project, and allows you to access exclusive content only found here on the Kickstarter album project!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Get your name included in the 'Thank You' section of the album booklet.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Get a digital download of Digital Tension! Try saying that ten times fast! Download cards will be mailed, and will arrive on the album release date. Included will be a thank you note from the band!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Digi-Tension Pre-Order: Get a digital download of Digital Tension one week before the release date + Download card of the album and a handwritten thank you note from the band. Super secret digi-pre-order!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Personal Poem: This pledge gets you a one of a kind unique poem written by Nik on his trusty Picture Atlantic typewriter. Poem will arrive via mail!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Acoustic Video of Your Choice: How would you like to have your very own acoustic, full band video of your favorite Picture Atlantic song? Pick a Picture Atlantic track that you would like to see made into an acoustic vid. Included will be an audio bounce of the song for your listening pleasure.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Hand Made 'Digital Tension' CD Pressing: Much like a snowflake, each pressed CD will be it's own little creation. Get your hands on a Digi-Download of the album + a handmade, one of a kind, purely unique, collage artwork physical CD, with artwork created by the band. Includes thank you note. Limited pressing.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Unique Artwork: Much of the artwork for this album will be made by the band, in a collage artwork style. How would you like your own special art piece made by the band? This package gets you a special art piece from the Digital Tension art sessions.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Handmade T-Shirt: Get a handmade (by the band) Picture Atlantic T-shirt with the Album and band named emblazoned on the front! Limited run of 15.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Mega Pack: Want it all and then some? This package gets you a Digi-Download + Handmade Physical CD + Unique Art Piece + Handmade Shirt + Thank you note from the band!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Private Acoustic Set: Have Picture Atlantic play a full band acoustic show at your home! We will come to your home and play a set of songs (up to 12 tracks) of your choosing. Limited only to shows in the bay area.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Private Full Electric Gig: This pledge of money gets you a private full electric show! Choose all the tracks played that night (up to 12 songs). Limited to the Bay Area only.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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The World on A Platter: Digi-Download + Physical Album + Handmade Limited T-shirt + Unique Art Piece + Whatever your heart desires! If you believe in us this much, then the world is your oyster, and we are at your beck and call. Limited to 2. Requests must be within reason, and cannot involve Goblins of level 13 or higher.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012