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A new studio album from Bay Area Orchestral Indie Rock Band Curious Quail, recorded at Dirt Room Studios.

Hi. I'm Mike from Curious Quail. 

Let's talk. (UPDATED 09.14)

We hit our Music Video stretch goal and we still have about a week left! 

$10,000 - At $10,000 we will record an acoustic album of a selection of tracks from all three records and release it FREE for every Kickstarter backer. It will feature the full band tracked with acoustic guitars, a mini drum kit / percussion, a real piano, violin of course, and some surprises! 

$12,000 - At $12,000 we will set up to record a behind the scenes documentary of our time in the studio and recording this project. See the whole process of dialing in our parts and sounds as well as tracking with Jon and Brad at Dirt Room, see our reaction when we get the artwork back, packaging up your rewards, and we'll be reaching out to backers for interviews / commentary to put into it! 

ALSO - Anyone who backs us at the $50 or above gets a free vinyl cut decal of our 8-bit Quail logo (perfect for your car!) from Radecals

The New Album

AFTER THE LIGHTS FAILED is the next chapter in the story that started our debut, The GLOW EP. It's a collection of songs about survival, human nature and community, and much like our first full-length, .:INSTANT GRATIFICATION:. the story will be told not only through the songs, but through the record's art direction and various other media. 

TRACK LIST:

  • After the Lights Failed
  • Instant Gratification
  • Braid
  • The Villain
  • Moon and Stars
  • Heavy Rain
  • Refugee Camp
  • Apart We Are Together
  • Giraffes
  • Reconstruction

Now we need your help

We've grown up as a band. The ambition we have for this record can't be accomplished by ourselves in a bedroom studio anymore, and as the band's live roster has evolved it's become imperative we get every member of this band in a studio with seasoned engineers to record together as a team and shed the discrepancy between the recorded and live sound. 

What we are asking for in this campaign is significantly lower than what we need to finish; we've been saving our money to make this a reality, but with your help we can push this over the top. 

Cost Breakdown:

Where the money goes
Where the money goes

Total Projected Cost: $8875

I funded the pressing of The GLOW EP by saving money I made slinging coffee at Starbucks. For .:INSTANT GRATIFICATION:. , it was a collection of crumpled dollars and spare change collected in an empty baby wipe container. For this new album we've been saving up as a band to press the album, but recording at an actual studio with real engineers means it is not just my time and effort anymore. 

Without the support of a record label, we have limited resources in terms of a budget, but our passion for what we do is off the charts. Being an independent band provides us the opportunity to bring you in on the ride. Backing us on this Kickstarter gives you ownership of what we are doing and brings you into the Quail family.

We wouldn't be where we are without you, and by investing in this Kickstarter, you're bringing this album to life; you're supporting local music; and you're bringing your passion to ours to make something great. We are making an album that you will be proud of and listen to again and again!

By partnering with us…

We have some great rewards for you when you decide to invest in this album! When we sat down as a band to come up with rewards, we wanted to give you something you would be able to hold onto or value long after this project is funded. You are a part of the next chapter in our story, and we didn't include anything we wouldn't want to receive ourselves. If you have any other ideas, let us know! Thank you for supporting Curious Quail and AFTER THE LIGHTS FAILED.

THE ARMORED QUAIL - Album Art iPhone Case*
THE ARMORED QUAIL - Album Art iPhone Case*
New Shirts!
New Shirts!

and Perks!

We have some exciting perks for you planned when we hit certain markers ($100, $500, $1000, $3000 and the goal) in our funding. One of the most exciting is a series of Chiptune remixes of 'Quail songs by Petriform, a well known music producer in the Bay Area. We will be dropping these tracks at each of said milestones to everyone who has backed us!

Curious Quail Chiptune Remixes by Petriform
Curious Quail Chiptune Remixes by Petriform

It’s been a long and sometimes crazy journey...

Curious Quail began as a solo project, although that may be hard for some people to believe if they joined our journey during the 7-member period! I self-produced and released The GLOW EP in 2009, recording most of it in my kitchen in various stages, unplugging the fridge each time in order to eliminate background noise. Nothing gets a solid vocal take like worrying about food spoiling! 

Back then, the live shows were mostly me looping instruments and playing up to four things at once, so it was a relief when Joey joined on drums. That’s when the band started to grow -- to the point where we got the reputation of “collecting” band members (like Pokemon!)

2009's The GLOW EP and 2012's .:INSTANT GRATIFICATION:.
2009's The GLOW EP and 2012's .:INSTANT GRATIFICATION:.

As the second album neared release, our live band members were brought into various home studios to re-track parts I had either played myself or digitally programmed, but, sadly, there was not enough time to get everyone recorded. While I'm incredibly proud of the album it lacks some of the magic of the live experience -- most notably Joey's drumming.

That 2012 release, .:INSTANT GRATIFICATION:. received numerous accolades; the song The GLOW won ‘Best Song’ at the 2012 Silicon Valley Music Awards,

Survivor’s Guilt landed us a spot at BFD2013 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, after winning Live 105’s (KITS 105.3FM, CBS Radio in San Francisco, CA) Soundcheck contest. 

New York-based lifestyle magazine ‘Death and Taxes Mag’ described the band as “The Bay Area’s Next Great Hope,” and you know what?

We want to live up to that!

Because the first two records were self-produced and recorded in home studios, it's imperative to me that our next release have the entire band in the studio to record the next chapter of this story together. Dirt Room in El Cerrito, California is the studio of Jon Devoto (The Matches, Bird By Bird, Finish Ticket) and Brad Dollar (The National, The Stone Foxes), and it will be where our next chapter is brought to life. Abe, Alan, Erin, Joey and myself will be tracking all our own instruments -- as well as a few surprises for you. Recording with Jon and Brad will allow us to focus on the creative aspects of recording, while they handle the technical side of it.

The Quails

The Quails
The Quails

I have been SO FORTUNATE with this band. After working with a number of talented musicians over the years, I feel like we have finally nailed down a permanent lineup that is large enough to allow us the creativity we need, but small enough to not make every sound engineer cringe when they see CURIOUS QUAIL on a lineup.

JOEY, our drummer, is phenomenal. His orchestral and symphonic background paired with his heavy metal history blend into a style of drumming that is startlingly amazing. Having started his musical journey as a classically trained child pianist, his understanding of tempo, timing, dynamics, and all-around musicality are incredible. We've never had the ability to capture his talent on a release, and our listeners are missing out!

ALAN is a local violin legend, an acclaimed music teacher, and the current concertmaster of the San Jose State Symphony Orchestra. His classical training paired with Joey's background are what allow us to have such an orchestral feel on songs like The Turnaround or Hidden Track.

ERIN is best known for her work in famed Bay Area indie rock band Please Do Not Fight, where she was one of the founding members, vocalist, keyboardist and violinist. We snagged her up for some vocal work on .:INSTANT GRATIFICATION:., and when we had the chance to make her a permanent member of the band, we took it! Like Alan, she is also a successful music teacher in the Bay Area; her methods are so effective that after joining the band as a vocalist, second violinist, and keyboardist, she decided to teach herself the bass in less than a month and has transitioned into part of the band's foundation. 

ABE may be the newest Quail, but his resume is no less impressive. Playing the drums at age 9 and beginning lessons at 12, he gained a solid understanding of tempo and dynamics. At 15 he taught himself how to play the bass, and then by 16 had taught himself guitar, too. Throughout high school he competed in (and won) different rock band competitions, and since moving from Arizona a few years ago has been looking for a project he can be proud to be a part of. We're lucky that he found that in Quail.

I, MIKE, grew up with no musical education. Everything about guitar, piano, audio engineering, orchestral arrangement, and singing I have learned completely on my own. It's been a whirlwind for me to go from playing music I've written in empty coffee shops to performing on stage at one of the largest music festivals in the Bay area in less than four years. This project is my passion and I am so thankful for the amazing people who have come alongside me to pour their time, heart, and love into this band.

We can't wait to share this new album with you!

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Photo Credit:

Anna Larina / Skeleton Key Photography

Video Credits:

Interior Footage - Christopher Sanborn Taylor

Exterior Footage - Heavensent Films by Justin Adkinson

Graphics / Editing - Abe Myers and Mike Shirley-Donnelly

Music - "Disappointed Smiles" by Curious Quail. Chiptune Remix by Petriform

SPECIAL THANKS to Roy's Station Coffee and Teas in San Jose's Japantown and the RAST Family

* - iPhone case design may vary slightly due to image bleed. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There is always the chance once we're fully funded that we might go over budget on our recording costs, but we are so dedicated to delivering this record in a quality manner that we've been creating very elaborate rehearsal schedules that ensure no one ends up in the studio until they are 100% confident in what they are going to be tracking, and allows us a fluidity of what we need to record and when.

FAQ

  • We have a bad track record there, yea.

    Since all of the songs are part of the same overall narrative it worked thematically to push some tracks to later albums if they weren't ready in time for publication deadlines.

    The GLOW Ep was ready to release before the song "The GLOW" was completed, so it got moved to the next record. The song "Instant Gratification" had the same fate with its titled album.

    This new record's title track will be featured on this record.

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    THE VIP QUAIL - You will receive a laminated VIP Pass that will get you access to all non-festival Curious Quail shows for a year. You will be treated as a guest of the band and receive the perks the band gets. Year countdown starts when you first attend a show. Also included with this reward is everything in THE TANGIBLE QUAIL reward. (Must provide own transportation to and from shows!)

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    THE INTERWEBS QUAIL: We stream an acoustic set to you wherever you are at (as long as you have access to internet). You can share the link with your friends, ask us questions, and hang out with us digitally for a little bit. Share the link (and cost?) with your friends or just keep it to yourself. Your call! Included are all the rewards of THE EARLY BIRD package.

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    THE QUESTING QUAIL - Engage in a game of D&D with the band! Alan and Erin will DM a game involving Mike, Joey, Abe, and YOU! Go on a perilous adventure with the Quails that you will never forget! We will provide eats as well as all of the items in THE TANGIBLE QUAIL reward and an exclusive CURIOUS QUAIL D&D SHIRT! (Game will take place in the Bay Area. You must provide your own transportation to the event.)

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    THE ROCK-STAR QUAIL - You will receive a customized Curious Quail guitar. This Telecaster has been used live by the band, will also be used to record on the new album, and will be signed by all five of us. It is loaded with the same Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickups that were used on the first two records. Also included with this reward is everything in THE TANGIBLE QUAIL reward.

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    THE PARTY QUAIL - We come to your home, office, yoga studio, or anywhere you have permission to do such a thing and perform an acoustic or electric (your choice) set of about 10 songs. BAY AREA ONLY - Must be within 50 miles of San Jose, CA.

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