Shrimps is a failing, local small business. It's true. We usually don't even make enough money playing a show to cover the cost of the babysitter for my kids. So needless to say, we don't have a few grand laying around to front for a pile of records that people may or may not buy. After listening back to a bunch of new song ideas we had been working on, we got excited and thought this new album could be good enough to deserve being pressed to vinyl. Not because we have any delusion that vinyl sounds better or anything like that. Not even going to go there. But there is absolutely something to be said for vinyl as a historical artifact. Joe and I love vinyl mostly for the fact that we're discovering music through archaeology. We've found long out-of-print New Wave albums from the early 80's that are totally rad and almost impossible to find any info about online. The only way we could have found that music was because someone took the time and spent the money to press it to vinyl. We believe in our art and feel that our music is pretty much the best we have to offer to make this shitty world a little less dark. It would be nice if that contribution could live on and reach as many people as possible. In 30 years do you think our grandchildren will be digging through old hard drives for grandpa's mp3's? Are they even going to have the ability to play an mp3 after the nuclear apocalypse happens? And what if a massive EMP wipes out all the hard drives? I think vinyl has a better chance of surviving.
But should this album survive? We think so. It's a pretty cohesive album and features some great guest performances from our friends Pablo Falbru, Jim Schreck and Joe Marone. But we absolutely need financial help to make a physical release happen. People tell us often how much they love Shrimps and how we need more merch and all that. Well, it's time to step it up and put your money where your mouths are, folks.
To really put the pressure on, we're holding this album hostage. If this Kickstarter project reaches its goal, the album gets pressed, the digital version will be available almost immediately (as soon as mastering is completed) and we'll all do a happy little celebration dance. If we don't hit the goal, WE NEVER RELEASE THE ALBUM. Ever. Not digitally, not on CD, just... no. Taking our ball and going home. We're not bluffing. Nor are we BS'ing. This album is already 100% complete and exists in this physical plane. NO FUNNY STUFF.
Furthermore, a nice 12-inch piece of cardstock is a great canvas for great artwork. And let me tell you, this cover art is spectacular. Look at it!
Elva Ye is the bomb. We became friends with her while she was studying at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in our hometown and towards the end of her time here, she began working on these gorgeous mixed media watercolor pieces that, as soon as we saw them, we knew we needed to have as our album art. They were just so shrimpy. I pestered her and she graciously agreed to make something in that style, specifically for this record. And she did. And it's marvelous.
So please, if you believe in Shrimps and you trust our artistic vision, help us out.
B.Leo & Joe Calabrese
Risks and challenges
The album is actually done. Mixed. Done. It still needs to be mastered professionally for both vinyl and digital release, then sent out for manufacturing. Mastering should take a few weeks. Manufacturing should take 2-3 months. Then, as soon as we get the vinyl, we'll send it right out. I don't foresee any risks involved short of the manufacturer (SOLID Mfg, ironically enough) falling off the face of the earth. Digital downloads should be available within 3 weeks of the end of the campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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