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Joshua GachetteBy Joshua Gachette
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Joshua GachetteBy Joshua Gachette
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$1,508
pledged of $1,000pledged of $1,000 goal
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backers
37hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, August 19 2018 6:19 PM UTC +00:00.

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On Tuesday our campaign succeeded with five days to spare. Yowza!

Pioneers will be available on August 31st. It’ll be streaming for free on Bandcamp, but you’ll be able to buy a physical CD or a lossless digital download too. Come mid-September Pioneers will be available on Spotify, Google Play, iTunes and over 100+ other platforms. Oh, and we’ve got merch too! The Pioneers Scout badge is available in wood and copper, and the t-shirt currently comes exclusively in black. Both of them feature a fantasy skyline insignia which pulls Lower Manhattan and Northern Queens closer together. These badges make a fine addition to any bag, jacket or lapel.

Josh Gachette & His Pioneers will be performing live for the first time at the Footlight, in Ridgewood, NY on August 31, 2018. All of our top contributors will receive one ticket to the show, but everyone else who’d like to come can buy a ticket here. We look forward to celebrating 3 years of studious work with you when we share the stage with the Black Market Merchants, Heavenly Faded, and Son of Dust.

taken by Dmitri Wildfong-Nishman after a day of tracking in Bushwick, in August 2016
taken by Dmitri Wildfong-Nishman after a day of tracking in Bushwick, in August 2016

I wasn’t sure we’d raise enough to meet our goal, and it means the world to me that you’ve made it possible. Thank you. I’m excited to share what we make with what we’ve raised. With additional funding we would like to make color shirts, tote bags, and more. Pioneers will be everywhere...someday. Help us out, if you can!

***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE**UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE***

We are excited to announce that with every pledge of $50 or more, we will include a Pioneers T-shirt of any size. Help us bring Pioneers everywhere with one of your own!  

Pioneers T-Shirt
Pioneers T-Shirt

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I was born and estranged in Queens, N.Y. There was a potato farm nearby once. The farmer sold the land and they built apartments that realtors called "country living in the city." In response, I call Pioneers "a country album for the urban frontier." 

Pioneers combines the sonic palettes of country, bluegrass, R&B, neo-soul, and psychedelic rock into something not unlike Cosmic American Music -- a phase of 60's country whose bassists embraced R&B grooves and pedal steel players experimented with rock guitar effects. Pioneers adds Caribbean diaspora to the cosmic vision.

You can hear an example of that contrast in this cut of 808s, Steel drums and lap-steel guitar off the final track of the record "Hinterlands" below,

and you can hear what that sounds like in context of more traditional country in this snippet from "Treasureme" 

Pioneers: a country album for the urban frontier.
Pioneers: a country album for the urban frontier.
 

After three years in production Pioneers is ready for release. We hope to raise $1000 to cover the remaining costs of mixing, mastering, licensing and publishing the album. Pioneers will be everywhere, with your help. It will be on Bandcamp first, and then after on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube Music, Amazon, Pandora, Tidal, Napster, etc. etc.

Anyone who donates $1 or more will get exclusive pre-release access to the album. Every donation helps, and it's our way of saying "Thanks a Bunch!"

Donors who can give $10 or more will get a digital download of the album upon its release, as well as isolated stem tracks for your own Pioneers remix. You'll also get the "Pioneers' Drum Pack," which comes with 120+ isolated samples, fills and beats that can be easily loaded onto any sampler.

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But wait! There's more!!!

Because all Pioneers love a free upgrade, every donor gets a chance to win the Pioneers Powerball. The winner be announced on a livestreamed raffle and will receive the same thank-you package as those who donate $50+. This includes a limited edition pin-on Scout Badge with a laser-engraved decal, a first edition of Pioneers on Compact-Disc™, and a ticket to our album release show in New York City. Each copy comes in a jewel case with its own footnoted "companion booklet." While the digital album will be available at the end of August for all our donors, you can expect your packages in the mail by mid September. 

wooden Scout badge prototype
wooden Scout badge prototype
copper Scout badge prototype
copper Scout badge prototype

New York is full of frontiers after all, and pioneers are found in every frontier. One World Trade Center in Manhattan and the State Pavilion in Queens sit on different sides of the sky, but the Pioneers Scout Badge puts them in the same skyline. Pioneers make the impossible a reality.

Lee Perry's Upsetters
Lee Perry's Upsetters
Josh Gachette's Pioneers
Josh Gachette's Pioneers

 "The Situationists" confused the public when they twisted iconography in an ironic post-modern way. Guy Debord loved that stuff and so do we. He called it détournement, but we call it PioneersDétournement and pioneers are french words. Pioneers is a country album for the urban frontier. 

Pioneers has been a long time coming, and been a real pleasure all the way. We thank you for your consideration, and as a token of our appreciation please enjoy this exclusive footage of an integral overdub of percussive assemblage to a song with at least a dozen chords. 

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Risks and challenges

We have spent the past 3 years making the Pioneers the best it can be and are so proud to say it's almost ready for the world to hear it. I'm just a few sessions away from finishing recording the vocals for the album, at which point the tracks will be sent off for the final mixing and mastering. The only thing holding us back now is this one financial hurdle, and that's what this Kickstarter is all about.

Pioneers will be everywhere, with your help.

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