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We're asking for your help to launch a new album  as well as produce our first animated music video by the artists at Belly & Bones.
We're asking for your help to launch a new album as well as produce our first animated music video by the artists at Belly & Bones.
122 backers pledged $5,515 to help bring this project to life.

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We’re raising funds to release Scrimshander’s new album/vinyl debut Scrimshander, and to produce the video for the album’s first single “Forest Fire”.

Who We Are

A scrimshander is a maker of scrimshaw, the archaic marine art of engraving on bones, teeth and tusks that began on whaling ships in the 18th century. Scrimshander is also a Portland, Oregon two-man band that began two years ago in a bedroom. After the dissolution of their folk-rock powerhouse, Bark Hide and Horn, Peter Valois and Andy Furgeson started writing and recording new songs together. Folky song skeletons grew flesh through the recording process, fattened up by drum machines, synths, percussion, strings and vocal layers. Gradually, Scrimshander learned to play their songs live, juggling instruments and triggering electronics.

The Album

Valois and Furgeson have honed their collaboration into a 12-song self-titled album, due out by September 2012. From its haunting opening notes to its noisiest explosions, the record showcases a band as focused on solid folk-pop songwriting as it is on meticulous production. Story songs about animals and criminals give way to moments of confessional vulnerability. As chaos swallows beauty, Scrimshander’s dark impulses devour its gentle, folky roots.

The Single and Video

“Forest Fire” is the first track and lead single off of Scrimshander. Furgeson’s folky guitar and storyteller drawl swell until Valois’ bass and beats kick in. Believing that the only way to move forward is to destroy the past, a guilty narrator confesses to burning his homeland. Director Tony Candelaria has developed an animated narrative for the song, visually expanding on Scrimshander's lyrics. “Forest Fire” introduces Scrimshander as a kind but brooding beast. Belly & Bones, known for their combination of sweet, joyful characters and dark, twisted themes aim to tame this beast, if only for a moment, then set it free on screen for all to enjoy!

Forest Fire The Guilty Narrator
Forest Fire The Guilty Narrator

Belly & Bones

Tony Candelaria and Stef Choi are two artists who run Belly & Bones, a design boutique here in Portland, OR.  Belly & Bones has been a platform to showcase past projects and unveil new collaborations in art. Both have established backgrounds in film and television, such as Stef's character designs in animation (Power Puff Girls, Dexter's Lab, Coraline) to Tony's array of puppets and creatures in movies (David Lynch's Inland Empire, Coraline, Paranorman.) There are no bounds to the type of creations they are capable of. They have found a wonderful balance working together to fuel their inspiration and allow for new creations to unfold!

The Rest of Us

This project is being led by producer Phoebe Owens. And, this Kickstarter project wouldn't exist without the video directing, shooting, and editing of the incredibly talented Montea Robinson.

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    Our sincere thanks and a digital download of the song Forest Fire.

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    Our sincere thanks and an advance digital download of the entire album 'Scrimshander'.

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    Limited edition vinyl version of 'Scrimshander' as well as the digital download of the album and our sincerest thanks. Additional shipping fees outside US.

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    All of the above, plus a CD copy of 'National Road' by Bark, Hide and Horn (the former band of Andy & Peter of Scrimshander.) Additional shipping fees outside US.

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    Limited edition Belly & Bones art print, as well as the digital download of the album and our sincerest thanks. Additional shipping fees outside US.

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    One of a kind puppet handmade by Belly&Bones from the set of the Forest Fire video shoot (as pictured in description of project,) as well as the digital download of the album and our sincerest thanks. Additional shipping fees outside US.

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    Scrimshander will record a custom musical message for your outgoing voice mail, as well as the digital download of the album and our sincerest thanks.

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    A custom lyric book including drawings, early drafts of some of the song lyrics, etc handcrafted by Andy and Peter. Also receive limited edition vinyl version of 'Scrimshander' as well as the digital download of the album, a CD copy of 'National Road' by Bark, Hide and Horn, and our sincerest thanks. Additional shipping fees outside US.

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    Custom gift video! Andy will write, film, and post to YouTube and/or Facebook a folk ditty about the animal/subject of the backer's choice. Also receive the digital download of the album and our sincerest thanks.

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    Hand-made lamp made out of 35mm slides by Phoebe Owens, as well as the digital download of the album and our sincerest thanks. Additional shipping fees outside US.

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    Custom sock puppet made by Red Yarn Productions, Andy’s folk music and puppet company, as well as the vinyl record, a digital download, the CD copy of 'National Road' by Bark, Hide and Horn and our sincerest thanks. Additional shipping fees outside US.

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    A 45 minute musical puppet show by Red Yarn, Andy's folk-singing puppet-wielding alter-ego. Perfect for a kids'/kid-at heart's birthday party. Please limit to the Portland, Ore. area. Also receive the digital download of the album and our sincerest thanks.

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    Scrimshander plays at your house party (as available,) as well as the digital download of the album for you and up to ten guests and our sincerest thanks.

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    One-of-a-kind, handmade Chicken puppet figurine made by Belly & Bones (see updates for pictures) along with a digital download, the CD copy of 'National Road' by Bark, Hide and Horn and our sincerest thanks. Additional shipping fees outside US.

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    One-of-a-kind, handmade Tron Baby puppet figurine made by Belly & Bones (see updates for pictures) along with a digital download, the CD copy of 'National Road' by Bark, Hide and Horn and our sincerest thanks. Additional shipping fees outside US.

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    A special, customized character design by Stef Choi, Art Director at Belly & Bones. You submit your photos and/or likeness and consult with Stef, and she will create a custom character of/for you to use freely and widely! (See updates for examples of her renowned character designs.)

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Funding period

- (30 days)