What's this Kickstarter all about?
We are printing our new album, Holy Smokes, on vinyl. We know a lot of bands think Kickstarter is place to look for a handout, often providing lackluster rewards for uncomfortable amounts of money. That's not us. we worked hard to put together a list of rewards that are well priced; many of these items are exclusive, and all of them are handmade (except for the stickers). We see this Kickstarter campaign as an excellent opportunity for our fans to preorder the album and get their hands on exciting, personalized content and merchandise. Everyone who pledges (even if only $1) will get a reward. No $10 pledge for a thank you on our Facebook page here. We think we have put together some pretty attractive rewards with something for everyone, but if you don't see the reward you were looking for, send us a message and we will see what we can do to accommodate you.
Also, stay tuned for more product images and samples of the album. We will add content to this page periodically, so there will be images of the cozies, the finished shirts and more as the project continues.
What does the album look like?
This beautiful artwork was hand drawn and painted by Patrick Broz while binge watching The Great British Bakeoff. Everyone loves Jesus at a party because he's not a mean drunk and you'll never run out of wine or snacks.
Why should you support this project?
Because you love our music, or you think someone you know will love our music.
What does the money go towards?
As you may know, vinyl is not cheap to make. There are a lot of elements that contribute to a high cost of entry for printing vinyl albums; the album has to be mastered for vinyl as well as digitally, then an acetate or lacquer master is cut, which must then be shipped to the record pressing company. These are sensitive so shipping is expensive. Once there, the lacquers are turned into master plates, which are used to press the records. Each step of this process incurs expense and the printing itself is fairly expensive as there are not many pressing plants operating today. We will use whatever is earned to cover the expenses of the rewards and pressing and shipping the records.
Let's see some more of those amazing rewards!
These are the stickers you will receive with your rewards. So charming, so fun, so affordable!
This is the design for our tshirts. Each one is printed on American Apparel shirts, made in USA; hand printed by Ink Knife Press right here in Seattle WA.
What happens if we exceed our goal?
The goal we have set is not sufficient to cover the full cost of producing these records and we are covering much of it ourselves. Up to the point that the cost of the record has been covered, we will use amounts over the goal to cover these expenses, including value adding features to our rewards structure where we can. If we exceed the cost of the album, we will press additional vinyl and make upgrades to the packaging such as gate folds rather than sleeve or custom colored vinyl.
Why should I pledge now?
Every week we will release additional content to our backers as a special thank you for your support. The earlier you become a backer, the more exclusive content you will get.
Part of it is that vinyl records provide the best tactile experience of an album, from the artwork, to the act of physically changing the records, to the way in which people listen to records. The other part is because vinyl is the only music medium that would survive a zombie apocalypse. When all the electronic devices run out of juice and the magnet strips on the cassettes lose hold, there will still be hand cranked record players with which people can listen to our music. Just because there's a zombie apocalypse doesn't mean we can't still dance a little.
Risks and challenges
There are really only two probable risks and challenges. We have already finished mixing the album and it is being mastered now so there is no concern with the album not getting finished. The most likely hiccup would be for the pressing plant to be late getting us the records. The other possibility is that we may receive the records damaged or otherwise unfit and so a new shipment would have to be issued. In either case, it is unlikely the rewards would be delayed by more than a few weeks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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