Records Shipping Tomorrow! Vidblog! Last few hours to update your address! Loud noises!!!
This is really happening. The vinyl arrived on Wednesday (6 cubic meters of vinyl delivered on 6 giant pallets), and we sped it right over to the mailing house. Due to the holiday weekend, they weren't able to ship them out last week, but they are going out TOMORROW!!!
This means you only have a few hours left if you need to update your address. I know we have been harping on this the past couple of weeks, but we are submitting the mailing info at midnight tonight, November 30th, after that the records will be on their way to whatever address we have on file for you, so this is the last chance to update.
We wanted to get the records mailed out before releasing the digital version, however we are pushing up against our release date and we wanted to still give the Kickstarter backers (especially those at the digital level) early access to the album. Thus, we will be releasing the digital version of The Near Future to all Kickstarter backers on Friday, December 5th.
The official public release date is December 9th. We will be doing a UStream that night to hang out with you guys and answer questions about the whole crazy journey (more info to come on that). We will also release another update that day detailing the final costs of the entire project so that you know exactly where every cent of the money was spent, since I think that transparency is important in any Kickstarter.
Plus, as we mentioned previously, each of you will be receiving a signed Certificate of Authenticity along with your vinyl. We had a bit of a wacky night signing them:
However, I also do have one piece of sad news that I must reluctantly report. In the end, we were not able to fulfill the stretch goal of the fireball picture disc singles. The original manufacturer we had planned on using turned out to be lying to us, causing the price to skyrocket, and with the increased shipping costs and re-recording costs, we simply ran out of money. We decided to put the album first, since it was the core of the project, and you'll be able to see the full picture of how everything shook out in the December 9th update with the budget breakdown.
I want you to know that it breaks my heart that we weren't able to make these picture discs, and I do have a fantasy that one day we'll be able to release them and ship them out to you guys, even if it's years down the line.
That said, as we prepare to cross the finish line with this project and this album, I can honestly say that the past 18 months have been a completely enriching life experience for the entire band, and that we cannot wait to share this album with you. We poured our hearts and souls into it, and I hope that you love it as much as we do.
Guys, this is really happening. It's happening because you made it happen, and there aren't words strong enough to express how thankful we are that you have taken this crazy journey with us.
Your friendly neighborhood Dragon Fighters,
Brian, Hari, Packy, and Chad