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About this project

Kia ora te whanau   

My name is Benjamin, I play in an Auckland band called Mice on Stilts. Last year we released our debut album entitled 'Hope for a Mourning'. I'm real proud of it and think we made something good, fingers crossed. At the time of its release, vinyl was just not feasible. We had invested a lot of time and money into the book which was, in truth, almost as much work as the album itself, but totally worth it! On top of this, we were just keen to get it out. This being said it was worth the energy to see a companion piece to the album. This has been a long time coming but I'm stoked to let you know we're finally going to release our recent Mice On Stilts album Hope For A Mourning on LP.  

But we need your help!  

THE COSTS, In NZD 

  • VINYL - $4231
  • TAX - $630 (that's the estimation)
  • INSERT - $200
  • KICKSTARTER FEES - $424

THE VINYL - $40 -  Originally when I was looking for quotes, the gate-fold, the cherished hallmark of LP packaging, was looking impossible so we were going to have to settle for a single sleeve double LP. But a friend of mine sent me a link to a place in the UK that was reasonable, cheap and is great quality. As part of the vinyl is THE INSERT Our friend and fellow musician Michael Brown (of Outside In) is going to be printing these inserts designed by my longtime friend Ryan Bird. The insert will include lyrics, some information about the recording process and of course the album liner notes.   

THE HOPE FOR A MOURNING BOOK - $25 -  When we released the album last year, we released it alongside a book of the same name. Hope for a Mourning the book is a collaboration between the band and the local (mostly) creative community. We sent them out some of the themes of the album and they ran with it, coming up with their own interpretations of the ideas inside. This book is not something we can call our own, it belongs to those who contributed to it. 

THE TSHIRT -  $25 - We have worked with Ryan again to make two tshirts. Both exclusive to this Kickstarter. Anything extra we'll be able to sell at shows but if you want one, here is the place to get them. Please note, we might make some minor adjustments to these before we print them. Things like the size of the band name. Nothing major.

 

Tshirt One
Tshirt One

 

Tshirt Two
Tshirt Two

 

AN OCEAN HELD ME VINYL - $25 - We still have limited copies of our debut on LP, after these go, that's it, we wont be pressing more, so if you have wanted to get your hands on a copy now is your chance!

COVER VERSION OF ANY SONG OF YOUR CHOICE BY BENJAMIN - $75 - Ill record any song of your choice. It will be delivered via dropbox or google drive in WAV format, or any other of your choosing. 

ALBUM COMMENTARY - $20 - A WAV version of Hope for a Mourning with commentary over the top. The commentary will include what the songs are about, the recording process and some thoughts on the themes of Hope for a Mourning. In WAV format

THE WORKS - $120 - You'll get both vinyls, the book, the album commentary plus both tshirts!

THE CAMPAIGN - We have kept the rewards fairly simple. If there is anything you particularly want to be added send us a message and we'll try our best to accommodate. These things do tend to take a while to finish so I've set the projected release date for November. I doubt it will take that long but I'd like to be on the safe side.    

PS, We are 90% sure we're going to add a house show to this rewards list. More to come.

PPS, If you are local to Auckland central, feel free to exclude shipping costs and I’ll deliver it to you myself.

PPPS: If you have any special request, you want something signed or anything else just send us a message at miceonstilts@gmail.com

As always  

Hope for a Mourning x  

Arohanui

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we have already passed, recording the album itself. My word, i'm glad that's done.

As for this campaign, there's a bit of work to do:
- Managing artwork/T-shirt/insert designs with Ryan.
- Staying in touch with the pressing plant to ensure the records are going to be the best quality possible.
- Packaging and sending the records once they land here.

Ultimately the real hard work has already been done and the people involved in this particular project (namely Ryan, Michael and Aeroplane), I trust, so I know we're going to have something awesome at the end of it.

Ive tried to make some combo options for the page. If there is something more specific you'd like please message us at miceonstilts@gmail.com

The other challenge is promoting this campaign. We absolutely need your help with this. We'll be investing some money into Facebook marketing but word of mouth is far more effective. We would love some help promoting this campaign. If you know anyone who is interested or might be interested in this project, please send it their way!

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    Koha / A PDF copy of the vinyl insert

    If your wanting to make a small donation to our campaign we'd love to send you the PDF of the vinyl as a thank you x

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    Album Commentary

    The Hope for a Morning instrumental version with commentary over the top. The commentary will include what the songs are about, the recording process and some thoughts on the themes of Hope for a Mourning. In WAV format

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    An Ocean Held Me LP

    An Ocean Held Me in 180 gram (I think) vinyl. These are limited and we won't be pressing more so get in quick!

    Shipping cost less to Aus than it does to NZ, i dont understand it either!

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    Mice on Stilts T-shirt (Design #1)

    Designed by one of my long time friends Ryan Bird. It will be a small run, if you have any particular size requirements let us know.

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    Hope for a Mourning Book

    The Hope for a Mourning book is a companion piece to the album. It's brought to you by a humble chunk of the Auckland (mostly!) creative community. It's an expansion of the ideas in the album as well as lyrics.

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    Hope for a Mourning CD

    Our debut album released on the CD format in a cardboard sleeve

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    Hope for a Mourning LP

    The full Hope for a Mourning album in a double LP format with a gate-fold case. This will also include an insert with lyrics, photos and some of the heart behind the album.

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    Both Vinyls

    Both Hope for a Mourning and An Ocean Held Me on vinyl

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    Both Vinyls plus HFAM Book

    Both Hope for a Mourning and An Ocean Held Me on vinyl plus the concept book we released with Hope for a Mourning last year!

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    Acoustic cover by Benjamin

    Ill record a acoustic cover of whatever song you like. It will be sent via dropbox or google drive in WAV format (or anything else you'd prefer).

    Just please dont ask me to do some pro nazi shit, plz no

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    The Works

    This includes:
    Hope for a Mourning Vinyl
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    Tshirt Two
    Album Commentary

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