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Shriekback are an English band with a long and distinguished career. They have not played live for nearly 25 years. Now they want to..
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Releasing Shriekback as a live animal after a quarter century of strictly studio-based captivity is no small thing. To deliver what we want to give and, more importantly, what you want and deserve to hear and see, no corners can be cut. If we say so ourselves, we have a huge amount of material that means a lot to a lot of people and, on stage, we have a lot of history and expectation to live up to. For years now we’ve fielded requests to play live again, but for various reasons, whether financial or related to the availability of the core members, the ducks haven’t been in a row: now they are. With some help from you, of course.

Since Barry, Martyn and myself have re-established our relationship in the studio – and found it as thrilling as ever – it seems the right time to put that chemistry back on the road. But unlike the world of recording, where technology has made everything cheaper, smaller and faster, the stage lights are as cruel and unblinking as ever and the journey into the glare even longer and more expensive. So, without further shoe-shuffling, this is what we need.

The band will need to deliver all the force and nuance of a very diverse catalogue. We have lined up (ahem) an 8-piece unit that we know can hit every mark. Martyn, Barry and myself will be entwined with Steve Halliwell on guitar and keyboards and Mike Cozzi on guitar, with the Partridge sisters, Wendy and Sarah, on vocals. As Barry explained in the video, we can’t give you Dave Allen, but we're delighted to announce that we'll be joined by Scott Firth on bass - Scott comes to us from P.i.L and has played with Martyn extensively on other projects, so we know we know The Groove will be just fine.

Eight people means a lot of equipment, rehearsal, transportation, accommodation and everything else – but if we’re doing this we’re doing it right and we’re doing it big. Setting this up, getting it rolling from a standing start, is by far the biggest ask of this appeal. Once the machine is built and fired up we can take it anywhere - and you will very much have a say in where that might be. Given the cost and effort of the start-up, we are committed to touring for a year from when we roll; this, we believe, will give us the opportunity to visit you all, wherever you are.

The logistics (and indeed politics) of securing agents and promoters – one of the essential first steps - means that we have so far committed to three shows in the UK in June (plus some more intimate warm-ups, which will form part of a rewards package for early subscribers). After this we are looking at European shows – probably festivals – over the rest of the summer. This is effectively Phase 1 of the campaign.

By this point the band will be running at full speed and have achieved a large degree of self-sufficiency, enough to continue into Phase 2, which targets the US, Canada and beyond. We fully realise that asking our American friends, in particular, to support Phase 1 of this venture without solid dates in your territory set for Phase 2, is testing your faith and loyalty; however – and I cannot stress this enough – we really need everyone’s help in the crucial early stages: Phase 2 is not a stand-alone option, it cannot happen without Phase 1. With that in place, though, we are set to appear somewhere near you before summer 2018.

CARL

Risks and challenges

The riskiest part is the first part: there’s a lot of expensive inertia to overcome. Once we’re up and running, and based on initial projections for the UK and Europe, we should have the momentum to deliver killer shows around the world for a solid year.

The next biggest risk, of course, is that we throw a big party and nobody comes. However, we’re only considering this mission because you’ve been asking us to play, sincerely and consistently, for a long time now. We’re going to have a great band, capable of playing anything we’ve done, anywhere in the world – and you have the opportunity to tell us what and where. Bring all your friends.

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    pre-release copies of 'The Elated World'

    the latest release via Shriekprods will be a collection of commissioned tunes from last year. This won't be coming out for a few months - but - send us a donation (huge is fine) any donation - and one shall be yours in the next coupla weeks. 100 only!

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    'Live' album download

    download of the 2017 Live Shriekback Band in the studio playing songs old and new from the set.

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    'Live' album CD and Download

    CD in digipack of quasi-live album (limited edition) plus download.

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    Commemorative T-shirt, Live CD/download

    Handsome and tasteful garment reflecting the magnitude of this development.

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    Without Real String or Fish VINYL

    heavyweight gatefold version of the last Shriekback studio album

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    The Book

    illustrated and lavishly worded souvenir book celebrating this momentous time. 'Rashomon' diary by Andrews and Marsh, sketches by Barker and rehearsal photos.

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    All Of The Above

    The Book, The T-shirt, The vinyl, the CD, the Download

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    Personalised All Of The Above

    Your name and a message in The Book,
    a credit on the album, a personalised T-shirt - all signed by all the Shrieks '17.

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    Guest List and Merch

    All the merch above - your name in the Book and CD - personalised T- shirt - plus you (and a guest) at a gig of your choice: soundcheck and aftershow.

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    Hanging Out 2

    You and a guest visit rehearsal, recording studio, soundcheck, show and after party plus all the merch - credits in Book and on CD and signed.

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    Hanging Out Platinum Executive Version

    we will fly you and a friend) from anywhere in the world, put you you up in a hotel (2 nights) - you can visit rehearsals and studio recording, go for a drink and come to a gig You and a guest visit rehearsal, recording studio, soundcheck, show and after party - plus all the merch - credits in Book and on CD and all signed by the band.

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