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If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still get lots of exclusive D97 by joining The Inside The Vault Club! Click the blue button for details.
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UPDATE: To get a LIMITED-EDITION, EXCLUSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND/HI-RES STEREO DISC OF THE NEW ALBUM, pledge at $100 & up, and join the INSIDE THE VAULT CLUB! You'll then receive it with the rest of your rewards. This will not be available after the campaign concludes on 5/31. Scroll down for the complete bonuses you get for joining the IVC as well as backing us on Kickstarter, regardless of pledge level.

"Very good to see the band in rude health, with new music no less." Bill Bruford​

Before we tell you about the new music, we want to make sure you know about....

Stretch Goals:

We are setting our basic funding goal as low as we realistically can in order to make our 4th album, but these stretch goals are what we're really shooting for. We'd like to take this album around the world and allow us to do as much as possible over the next next year-plus. Here's how we can do it, and what you'll get if we hit these goals:

$18,000 on Kickstarter & 15 new Inside The Vault Club members (UNLOCKED!)-In addition to playing Cruise To The Edge, we'll tour the US Midwest/East Coast (and hopefully Ontario/Quebec, too) in 2019.

$22,000 on Kickstarter & 30 (Half Unlocked, still need more IVC Members) new Inside The Vault Club members (locked)- We'll make our first trip to the West Coast since 2010!

$27,000 on Kickstarter & 50 new Inside The Vault Club members (locked)-We'll return to the UK and Europe for the first time since 2016! 

For those who aren't yet familiar with the Inside The Vault Club, this is our monthly subscription series that we started in 2016. For as little as the price of one latte per month, members get:

-Exclusive audio (and often video) downloads on the 15th of every month. These consist of live tracks, unreleased songs, new works in progress (expect to get sneak peeks at the new music before anyone else!), rehearsal recordings, demos, etc.

-An exclusive physical release every year. *The 2018 release will be our Return To RoSfest Concert Film on DVD and HD Download.* There will also be bonus footage from the making of the new album! This will be limited to 300 copies and roughly half are already claimed by current members, so JOIN UP to reserve your copy ASAP.  (IVC Keyholders only)

-15% off anything at our Online Store. (IVC Keyholders only)

The response to the Inside The Vault Club has been phenomenal! If you join (or have already joined) as well as back us on Kickstarter, you'll have a VERY special place in our hearts. So much so, that we're offering the following ON TOP of the Kickstarter rewards and IVC content to those who do both:

-A download of Leslie's 5-song demo for Sony Records, recorded in 2000 when she was just 18 and produced by Jim Peterik (Survivor, Ides of March). *This will not be offered again after the campaign.*  CHECK OUT A (KINDA PROGGY) SAMPLE 

-The Live At De Boerderij HD Download (2016 live show shot in Holland, IVC Keyholders only). *This will not be offered again after the campaign.* WATCH SNOW COUNTRY

-A download of Tim's upcoming EP of solo bass compositions (IVC Keyholders only) 

-Andrew's upcoming acoustic fusion trio CD featuring D97 founding member and former bassist Patrick Mulcahy (for Kickstarter backers at $50+ and IVC Keyholders only). CHECK OUT A (VERY PROGGY) SAMPLE 

-A download of the sheet music to Snow Country from In Vaults as transcribed by the immensely talented Peter Crighton.

Kickstarter is great for funding a big project like a new album, but the IVC can be an absolute gamechanger for us as far as keeping the band afloat on an ongoing basis. We hope you'll help us unlock all of our stretch goals by getting 100 new IVC members during this campaign by signing up HERE!

New Lineup, New Music!

This will be our first album since YOU helped us make 2015's In Vaults, and also our first with keyboardist Andrew Lawrence and bassist Tim Seisser. These two immediately fit the band like a glove, and have simultaneously helped reinforce the best of what D97 has always been, while also pushing us in new directions. We really mean it when we say we think this will be our best album yet, and those who've heard the new material live seem to share our enthusiasm. Assuming this campaign is a success, we can't wait to get into the studio and document what we've been working on. We also especially hope we can hit our stretch goals so we can take this music around (at least) North America and Europe, as well as hear what D97 sounds like in surround sound for the very first time! Check out a live video of Forest Fire, one of our new songs:

The Rewards

It is our hope that every Kickstarter backer feels they got their money's worth and then some, and we've formulated our rewards based on that principle. Of course the new album is the main feature here, but we're also making available a LIMITED-EDITION EXCLUSIVE CD OF THE NEW ALBUM PERFORMED LIVE (along with some other D97 favorites) for the first 300 backers over $100. If you backed our 2016 World Tour Kickstarter and received the exclusive Artifact live album, then you know that we hold ourselves to very high standards with these limited-edition releases. We're also offering one of a kind experiences like Skype chats, visits to the studio, the chance to executive produce the album, and even a duct tape bra and a drumset!

We intend to go all out in ensuring that the rewards (both here on Kickstarter and the exclusives you'll get through the Inside The Vault Club) will be material you can enjoy for many years to come, and reflect the immense gratitude we feel to all of our friends/fans who are the main reason we've been able to do this for 10 years and counting. Thank you, let's make some music!

Risks and challenges

It is our absolute mission and intention to have the new album released in time for Cruise To The Edge 2019 (February 4th-9th). We think this is entirely doable and realistic, but delays are always possible with a project of this magnitude. If the campaign is successfully funded, we will be putting the pedal to the metal right away and continuing to do so until we have a final master!

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    THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN

    Thanks for chipping in! We'll send exclusive updates, for your eyes and ears only, from inside the studio (or wherever else we are) as we work on the new album.

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    FOREST FIRE DOWNLOAD

    You'll receive a lossless download of our brand new song "Forest Fire," recorded live and mixed from the multitracks by Mike Pietrini.

    You'll also get THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN.

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    THE NEW ALBUM

    You'll get the new album on CD when it's released!

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    THE NEW ALBUM SIGNED

    You'll get the new album on CD when it's released, and we'll sign it for you nice and pretty (OK, at least Leslie's signature is pretty)!

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    YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES

    Your name will have a place of honor in the liner notes for all to see, and know this wouldn't have been possible without YOU!

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    EXCLUSIVE CD-THE NEW ALBUM LIVE

    Now we're getting to some really fun stuff...we're going to record and make a LIMITED-EDITION LIVE ALBUM OF US PERFORMING THE NEW ALBUM in its entirety, and we'll also throw some older D97 cuts on there, too. *A maximum of 300 copies will be pressed.* From the sound quality to the packaging, this will be top-shelf. Additionally, you'll receive the album as lossless downloads. This will never be offered again, so jump on it!

    You'll also get THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN, FOREST FIRE DOWNLOAD, THE NEW ALBUM SIGNED, and YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES.

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    Personalized Message

    We'll send you a PERSONALIZED RECORDED MESSAGE thanking you for your contribution, as well as answering the question of your choice. Or, you can have us record a message for someone else!

    You'll also get THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN, FOREST FIRE DOWNLOAD, THE NEW ALBUM SIGNED, YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES, and EXCLUSIVE CD-THE NEW ALBUM LIVE.

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    SKYPE CONVO W/2 MEMBERS OF YOUR CHOICE

    We've offered this on our previous campaigns, and we always have a great time chatting with you guys! Talk to the two members of your choice via Skype for half an hour, We can discuss the the new album, other D97 activities, whatever you want.

    You'll also get THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN, FOREST FIRE DOWNLOAD, THE NEW ALBUM SIGNED, YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES, and EXCLUSIVE CD-THE NEW ALBUM LIVE.

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    THE COMPLETE DISTRICT 97 COLLECTION-

    This reward is a great option for those who don't have our previous work, or would like to give it to someone as a gift. You'll receive our 3 previous studio albums, HYBRID CHILD, TROUBLE WITH MACHINES, and IN VAULTS. You'll also receive our live album with John Wetton of King Crimson classics, ONE MORE RED NIGHT, as well as the following live archive releases on CD-R: LIVE AT CALPROG, LIVE AT RITES OF SPRING, LIVE AT WFPK, in addition to a DVD-R movie of LIVE AT WFPK.

    You'll also get THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN, FOREST FIRE DOWNLOAD, THE NEW ALBUM SIGNED, YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES, and EXCLUSIVE CD-THE NEW ALBUM LIVE.

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    QUALITY TIME

    We're not one of those bands that brushes off its fans after a show. We appreciate everyone coming and like to have a chat with people. BUT, sometimes things get a bit rushed in the chaos of the gig. If you'd like a more personal experience with us, this reward is perfect. We'll set up a time to meet with you before or after a show, and you can pick our brains for a good half hour or so. If you're already planning to be at one of our 10th Anniversary Tour shows, here's a way to make it that much more memorable!

    You'll also get THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN, FOREST FIRE DOWNLOAD, THE NEW ALBUM SIGNED, YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES, and EXCLUSIVE CD-THE NEW ALBUM LIVE.

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    SPOILS FROM THE STUDIO

    You'll get handwritten notes from a recording session, a signed pair of Jonathan's drumsticks, a drumhead signed by the band, guitar/bass strings, and one of Jim's guitar picks; all used during the making of the new album. Something to pass on to the grandkids (and they'll wonder what the hell THIS is)!

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    ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN LYRICS

    From Jonathan's personal collection, you'll get his original handwritten lyrics to "Death By A Thousand Cuts" from In Vaults. There's no more personal a peek into the writing process than this!

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    SIGNED D97 LOGO DRUM HEAD

    You'll receive an absolutely gorgeous bass drumhead featuring the D97 logo, used live and/or in the studio, and signed by the whole band. A fabulous display piece!

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    SIGNED IN VAULTS DRUM HEAD

    You'll receive an absolutely gorgeous bass drumhead featuring artwork from In Vaults, used live and/or in the studio, and signed by the whole band. A fabulous display piece!

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    LESLIE SINGS FOR YOU

    Leslie will do a solo vocal/piano cover of the song of your choice! We'll send you the video, and you can either keep it all to yourself, or we can share it with everyone. The choice is yours!

    Note: the song can't be tooooo difficult or lengthy, so Leslie will have to approve each choice.

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    VISIT THE STUDIO

    Come see how this Prog sausage gets made and check out a D97 recording session in Chicago! Maybe we'll even find a little something for you to do on the album...

    (We can also do this via Skype if you can't make it in person)

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    THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    You will be privy to every step in the process; we'll send you the backing tracks, rough mixes, alternate mixes, artwork proofs, you name it! You will be CREDITED AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for the new album.

    You'll also get THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN, FOREST FIRE DOWNLOAD, THE NEW ALBUM SIGNED, YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES, EXCLUSIVE CD-THE NEW ALBUM LIVE. and A VISIT TO THE STUDIO (in-person or Skype)

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    THE DUCT TAPE BRA

    Yes, in honor of the 10th Anniversary of District 97, Leslie will again wear the duct tape bra at ONE show on the 10th Anniversary Tour (no one knows where, not even us). This hasn't happened since 2011, so this is truly the rarest of the rare of D97/prog rock artifacts. Maybe it's a bit strange, but when else do you get the opportunity to own such a widely-discussed item?? If you want it, go for it!

    You'll also get THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN, FOREST FIRE DOWNLOAD, THE NEW ALBUM SIGNED, YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES, EXCLUSIVE CD-THE NEW ALBUM LIVE. A VISIT TO THE STUDIO (in-person or Skype), and THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.

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    BRING US TO YOUR TOWN

    Are we not coming to your area, but you really want to see us live? Well, now you can make it happen! We know this is a lot of money, so perhaps you could get some friends/family/like-minded music fans in your area to pitch in on this. But, we'll book a show in your area, or if there are no venues, we'll just play at your house (we've done it before and had a great time)!

    Note: Extra travel/lodging expenses may be incurred if location is over an 8-hour drive from Chicago and/or can't be fit in to our existing tour schedule. We will contact you to sort out those details.

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    OWN THE ORIGINAL DISTRICT 97 DRUM SET

    You'll get THE 6-PIECE DW MAPLE CUSTOM DRUMSET USED BY JONATHAN on HYBRID CHILD, TROUBLE WITH MACHINES, ONE MORE RED NIGHT and THE VAST MAJORITY OF DISTRICT 97'S LIVE SHOWS THROUGH 2014!! This is a fantastic kit with a lot of history behind it (it was played behind John Wetton many times, for one), and the bass drum features a D97 logo head which we'll sign for you. We'll also include the original double-kick pedal. What a way to celebrate the 10th Anniversary, huh?

    Note: The shipping charges are an estimate. Additional shipping may apply if amount is greater.

    You'll also get THE BAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN, FOREST FIRE DOWNLOAD, THE NEW ALBUM SIGNED, YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES, EXCLUSIVE CD-THE NEW ALBUM LIVE. A VISIT TO THE STUDIO (in-person or Skype), and THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.

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