About this project
We are asking for our friends' and fans' support as we, The Extraordinaires, embark on our next BIG project: recording a new full-length album, releasing that album on vinyl, and continuing our tradition of handcrafting illustrated story books to go along with the music.
OUR NEXT FULL LENGTH ALBUM
If you have heard The Extraordinaires' music, you probably know that we take a pretty unconventional approach to songwriting. Our narrative approach to lyrical storytelling, eclectic array of sounds and harmonies, and eccentric compositions are what define our music. For the past several months, we've been writing songs, learning new instruments, and preparing to record our fourth full-length album at a top-notch studio. As with our other albums, we need a few weeks in the studio to achieve our ideal sound -- when it's all said and done, we'll be ready to give our friends and fans a brand new album full of Extraordinaire-y surprises.
Our crowning achievement thus far has been our ability to create and manufacture handcrafted storybooks to accompany our music. For years we collaborated with our then-record label Punk Rock Payroll on the books' design, each package representing months of teamwork and volunteer support. Now that we are free agents, we are asking for the support of our friends and fans to continue our tradition. Creating a unique piece of artwork for listeners has always been a top priority, and with three books experience ('Ribbons of War' 2006, 'Short Stories' 2006, 'Electric and Benevolent' 2009), we have developed a process that works.
OUR FIRST VINYL RECORD
The Extraordinaires have yet to release an album on vinyl, but we want to change that! It cannot be disputed -- music sounds better on a vinyl record. Gives us yet another opportunity to present unique artwork to our fans, not to mention that the digital download of the album will be included!
GET US BACK ON TOUR
The Extraordinaires have toured throughout the United States and Europe since 2006. Touring as an independent band is only possible when you have a healthy inventory of merchandise, from shirts and buttons to vinyl and [in our case] hardcover storybooks. When our record label Punk Rock Payroll closed its doors in 2011, our ability to consistently produce merchandise became more difficult. Consequently, this prevented us from touring as much as we had in the past. When we reach our Kickstarter goal, we will be back on track to stocking our merch table -- and back on the road touring!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We've put together a long list of rewards and incentives for those that pledge their support to our campaign, including special edition merchandise, limited and rare releases, and custom artwork. If you can't contribute monetarily, there are other BIG ways you can help -- by sharing our Kickstarter page with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, email, postcard, or any other way you can think of, we'll be able to reach more potential supporters. Every penny puts us a step closer to our goal, and every time you share this project our music and mission can be heard by more people!
REWARDS AND INCENTIVES FOR DONATING
$8 - EP MUSIC MADNESS
In 2010 we were asked to write and record an original score for a new independent feature film called 'The Space Jockey Pursuit' [view the TRAILER]. In 2012 we recorded the 'Beware! The All-Seeing EYE!' EP at Fancy Time Studios with engineer Kyle 'SLICK' Johnson [Modest Mouse, the Hives]. In this bundle you can download BOTH EP's for the price of one!
$30 - THE VINYL COUNTDOWN
Help us achieve a band milestone by per-ordering our FIRST VINYL RELEASE! [ARTWORK TBA!]
$40 - THE BOOKWORM
Our personal favorite project is creating illustrated storybooks that supplement the music that we write. By becoming a BOOKWORM, you're getting our printing press rolling again at full steam!
$60 - THE INFORMANT
Become an informant for the All-Seeing Eye and receive your very own 18" foam ALL-SEEING EYE HAND-MONSTER!
$200 - Original Ink/Watercolor Painting
Songwriter/artist Jay Purdy will bring your favorite Extraordinaires song to life in a 15X20" ink and watercolor painting! One of a kind, perfect for framing and hanging on the mantle.
$2500 - THE CATCH OF THE DAY
Catch your very own SWORDFISH GUITAR designed and customized by Jay Purdy! With a detailed paint job, gloss finish and detachable fins for the on-the-go fisherman/musician, you'll be the envy of sea creatures in all the seven seas!
A HUGE thank you goes out to Ant Zagarella for giving his time and expertise to the production of our Kickstarter video!
Risks and challenges
From 2005 until 2011, our record label Punk Rock Payroll played an integral role in The Extraordinaires’ career, particularly in helping the band manufacture and finance our unique merchandise. While the closing of Punk Rock Payroll meant new opportunities for The Extraordinaires, it also required us to quickly adapt to life without a label so we could continue to thrive as a band.
Executing this project involves taking risks and overcoming some new challenges. The long hours and dedication required to record a new album, design artwork, assemble storybooks, release a vinyl record [for the first time], and develop a finished product without the aid of our longtime record label is task we’re SO ready to undertake. With your support, we can truly make this a “Do-It-Together” success story.
At the end of the day, each one of our storybooks is carefully handcrafted with love. There are at least 15 different components that come together at the 'assembly line' for our books – everything from designing the artwork and screen-printing the covers to assembling the pages and inserting ribbon bookmarks. Though it’s a very labor-intensive task, we’re excited to give you a more than just a new album, but a piece of handmade artwork that you will be proud to share with your friends and family.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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