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Respected Sheffield underground prog 'n' roll band Firegarden need funding for their next album Voyage to Crab Mountain!
Respected Sheffield underground prog 'n' roll band Firegarden need funding for their next album Voyage to Crab Mountain!
28 backers pledged £568 to help bring this project to life.

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Firegarden are a respected underground prog 'n' roll band from Sheffield, England. Around 2014/2015 we underwent a renaissance and have been kicking ass ever since. Our Choose Your Own Adventure album released in 2015 has sold well and received praise and we think it is very fine indeed. https://firegarden.bandcamp.com/album/choose-your-own-adventure

In 2017 we released the 1649 EP consisting of four songs. https://firegarden.bandcamp.com/album/1649

Since then the floodgates have opened and we've found ourselves drowning in great new material. This stuff is fresh, well-rehearsed and ripe for recording. It's come sooner than we ever expected and we know that it is time to record the next album.

What hasn't come as quickly as the songs is the finance to record. Usually we have a lead-in of a couple of years for our recording projects. Normally we build up a recording fund by playing shows and selling merch. This time we've only had about 9 months to do this and we haven't yet paid off the cost of the 1649 EP. We have no doubt that we will do, we're just moving more quickly than we anticipated.

We're going to fund the recording and publication of the album with personal loans from the members to the band. We're not made of money and the thought of going thousands of pounds in debt is scary.

This is why we want to ask you if you will pledge towards the new album in advance. We have lots of great friends out there who support what we do for which we are very grateful. We know that you will buy the album; would you very kindly consider giving us the money before it is recorded instead of afterwards? Thank you. You're great. Your continued support means so much to us and with your help we will be able to deliver an outstanding album.

Firegarden - Voyage to Crab Mountain
Firegarden - Voyage to Crab Mountain

Stretch Goals

Wow! We're almost at our initial target of £250 and it's only been a few hours since the project went live. We didn't know how successful this was going to be so we aimed low because we didn't want the kickstarter to fail. We always intented to announce some stretch goals but didn't expect them to come out so quickly.

£1000 Goal - 15 Minutes extra music

We said we had tons of great songs, right? We were going to focus on getting about and hour's worth down but if we manage to raise £1000 from the kickstarter we'll be in a position to fill the disc right up to as close to the maximum 74 minutes as we can.

Further Stretch Goals

As the kickstarter campaign progresses we'll add more goals if we manage to beat the £1000 mark. We can't say thank you enough. Thank you!

Risks and challenges

The risks for this project are very low.

The music is already written, rehearsed and gigged. There are some audience-filmed examples of the songs on youtube if you want to go detective and get a sneak peak. We think you will agree that this stuff is awesome.

The album artwork is already complete and paid for and can be seen all over this kickstarter. The artwork is by Jaime Raposo who has also agreed to do the layout work for the CD packaging once we know final details like the track order and list of backers. He is very professional and works well to deadlines.

The recording studio is booked (we are recording at The Old Pig Farm near Sheffield) and we have discussed our recording strategy with the engineer and know who needs to do what when.

Duplication or replication (depending on finance) of the CD, printing of the artwork and assembling into finished packages will be undertaken by a professional company. Our requirements are standard so this should be routine.

Between us we've done this loads of times before and we're not reinventing the wheel. We are highly driven and dedicated to seeing this through. I suppose one of us could break a leg or the studio might burn down but the project specific risks for this undertaking are slim.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.30

    Your Name in the Booklet

    Want your name on the list of coolest cats this side of Crab Mountain? Any contribution helps and we are very grateful for your support. All contribution levels grant you your name on the list of backers.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Voyage to Crab Mountain CD

    All aboard the Ghost Ship to Crab Mountain! Firegarden's latest album is planned to be over an hour in length and features a diverse set of brand new material unified by that classic Firegarden style. Songs include the Black-Sabbath-meets-King-Crimson event horizon of Crabs, the pop funk of Magic, the ecstatic rock of Mountain, and the extended prog collages Pigeons and Incomplete, both of which contain more material than many other albums. Voyage to Crab Mountain is a prog 'n' roll journey underscored by loss but anchored on the energy and enjoyment of the shared experience of Rock and Roll. The Voyage is perilous but good times are guaranteed. Hot damn I am excited.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Voyage to Crab Mountain CD and T-Shirt

    Everyone wants a T-shirt when they've been on a voyage and this voyage is no ordinary voyage; it's The Voyage. Voyage to Crab Mountain! Better than a shirt from Benidorm or Skegness, this T-Shirt features the album artwork comprising a pigeon-headed woman dancing with a giant crab on the beach below Crab Mountain. Put that on your chest with pride, you winner. Comes with a CD copy of the album.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $33

    CD, T-Shirt and 1649 EP

    Don't forget we released our EP 1649 in early 2017. If you haven't got a copy yet, why not add it to your pledge? Get ready to party like it's 1649!

    https://firegarden.bandcamp.com/album/1649

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    plus Choose Your Own Adventure album

    Firegarden's classic album Choose Your Own Adventure was released in 2015. Get yourself a copy along with your Voyage to Crab Mountain set of CD and T-Shirt. We chose our own adventure and set sail for Crab Mountain!

    https://firegarden.bandcamp.com/album/choose-your-own-adventure

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    Pledge £25 or more About $33

    CD, T-Shirt and Endoxa album

    Way back in the mists of time (2003) Firegarden released the album Endoxa. It's a bit primitive but it's got some great songs and performances so we recently reissued it with a bonus disc of extra material. Pledge at this level to get a copy of Endoxa along with the Voyage to Crab Mountain CD and T-Shirt.

    https://firegarden.bandcamp.com/album/endoxa

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    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    Back Catalogue

    You want it big and you want it now. Of course you do. Pledge at this level to get a copy of everything Firegarden that's in print. Of course you get the Voyage to Crab Mountain CD and T-Shirt, but you also get the 1649 EP. Bam! And the Choose Your Own Adventure album. Kapow! And a copy of Endoxa. Shazar! We'll chuck in a few little bits of Choose merch like stickers, wristbands or plectrums too depending on availability. This is the pledge level for hotshots working the big time.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $52

    Back Catalogue plus Circles

    We found three copies of Firegarden's 2008 album Circles down the back of some amps (not true but it sounds good; I don't know where Jake dug them up from). This album features the original versions of The Circle and In This Darkness which were re-recorded on the Choose Your Own Adventure album. The only way to get a copy of this is to pledge at this level and there are only three copies available so if you want it you better be quick. Best of luck goodfriend.

    Of course you get the Voyage to Crab Mountain CD and T-Shirt, the 1649 EP, the Choose Your Own Adventure album and a copy of Endoxa and we'll throw in whatever else we can find too.

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    Pledge £300 or more About $391

    Gig

    You arrange the venue and we'll travel anywhere within about 3 hours drive of Sheffield, England and play you the album directly into your ears. Cut out the middleman! It's what your great-grandparents would have to have done. You'll also receive everything in the Back Catalogue package above and be our new best friend. If there's anything sketchy going on we reserve the right to pull out and refund your pledge. Fulfillment of this reward is subject to our calendar availability. Feel free to contact the band directly with other booking opportunities.

    Well, those are the options. Get ready to pledge and please accept our warmest sincerest thanks for your friendship.

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Funding period

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