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Chicago's premiere Chiptune Rock band embarks on a bold musical quest to take over the world, or at least the tri-county area.
I Fight Dragons funded their first post-major-label album via Kickstarter and proceeded to make a crazy rock opera that hit #5 on the Billboard Vinyl Charts upon its release
I Fight Dragons funded their first post-major-label album via Kickstarter and proceeded to make a crazy rock opera that hit #5 on the Billboard Vinyl Charts upon its release
3,423 backers pledged $115,052 to help bring this project to life.

Shipping Update (w/videos) + Public Release Tonight!

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Greetings all!  

First of all I just want to say a gigantic thank you to everyone who took the time to listen to "The Near Future" this weekend and message us or post about it.  Hearing that you guys are listening and understanding the album makes this whole insane journey 100% worth it, and we are completely over the moon about the entire thing, it's completely nuts to me that the public release is tonight at midnight central time!

That said, I realize that the physical records have not been arriving as quickly as we had hoped, so I wanted to give you the full update on exactly how they were shipped so that you have all the info:

The records heading to US destinations went via Media Mail, which is a great way to send records and books since they qualify for a special flat rate, however the downside is that Media Mail typically takes 2-9 business days to arrive, and doesn't come with tracking.  Plus, since it's December, the postal service basically says that everything will move slower due to the holiday season.

I know that some people have received their records already, and I'm hoping that the majority of the shipments should arrive this week, but I wanted to give you the full story so that you don't think your record was lost in the mail if it hasn't arrived yet.  

Also, as I said before, we sent these out Address Service Requested, so if your record is returned to us we'll contact you for an updated address and get it sent back out to you.

International packages went via First Class Mail International, and delivery time will vary widely depending on the destination country.

The final piece of the puzzle is that the records began shipping last Monday 12/1, however due to the large nature and number of boxes, the shipping actually happened throughout the week in stages, which added a couple of days delay for some of the records.

And believe me, it was an undertaking! Here's a video tour of the process:

1- The records arrived on 6 gigantic pallets from Gotta Groove records where they were pressed, here's the smallest one: (most were twice this size)

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2- The boxes were all opened up, and the records individually packed with a signed Certificate of Authenticity and a sheet of bubble wrap: (the mailing house said we would be OK without the bubble wrap but we didn't want to take any chances with these babies)

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 3- The mailing house ran our data file through the USPS database to update any addresses that were missed, then printed, cut and labeled over 3000 boxes

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 4- Did we mention there were literally thousands of boxes?

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 5- The boxes were then sorted, bagged, and delivered to the Post Office, here's one pallet of them:

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 A huge thank you to Judy's Mailing Service who got these turned around incredibly fast under the circumstances.  We dropped off six giant pallets an hour before they closed, and by the next business day thousands of them were winging their way towards soon-to-be-happy Kickstarter backers.  As you can see, it was no small feat!

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    1. Beth Norton on

      I'm worried that my copy hasn't arrived yet. I'm backer 718 if that helps track it down

    2. Jordan Drazen on

      @Brian no worries, it arrived today! It looks gorgeous!!

    3. David Brunelle on

      So it is perfectly normal that I didn't get my copy since I am in canada I guess. This is reasssuring.

    4. Brian Mazzaferri Creator on

      @Jordan fingers crossed! Just about all of the US copies should arrive by this weekend, although because its December USPS said things are of course moving slower than normal :(

    5. Jordan Drazen on

      Still waiting for my copy.. Really hoping for today. Didn't think it'd take this long to get to Florida D:

    6. William Archambeault on

      My copy arrived yesterday and I finally got around to playing it. Great album and the packaging is beautiful!

      Although I don't particularly care for the Grammys, I seriously hope that this album gets enough traction that the packaging gets a nomination next year because it deserves it.

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      Edward Boudreaux
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      The album arrived today, and it is gorgeous. You captured everything I love about the packaging of vinyl albums. I look forward to dusting off my record player and giving it a listen.

    8. Brian Newhard on

      I'm on my second listening and I love it.

      Thank you for your work. Its very pleasing to me.

      3> 3> 3>

    9. Eric Reitz on

      I just got mine in the mail today, gotta say this is an epic piece of art goodness. This has been well worth the wait. Thanks for the early Christmas present!

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      Hayley Sheehy on

      Happy to wait for this - the album is absolutely fantastic and I know how slow stuff can be getting sent into Australia. Might even get a nice almost-christmas present :D

    11. Sean Harkins on

      < Sad panda. I understand that sometimes initial estimates of costs can get quickly out of hand especially with a project of this magnitude. Still the Album came out Gorgeous and the sleeve is even better looking in person then I imagined. I hope for nothing but continued success! Also if you haven't yet, you should send a single to 96.5 the buzz in Kansas city.They have gained a reputation for breaking bands and I think your sound is right up there alley.

    12. tedder
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      OMG VERTICAL VIDEO. nooooooo

    13. Brian Mazzaferri Creator on

      @Sean Sadly the manufacturer we had quoted fell through, and every other manufacturer was 2-3x the price, in the end weren't able to make them. I still have a dream of being able to make and mail them some day though... also, later this week I'll post our full budget numbers so you can see what I mean and why we weren't able to do certain things that I had initially planned on

    14. Sean Harkins on

      Whatever happened to the 8-bit fireball pressing? "at $40,000 we'll add a 7-inch single pressed on a picture disc shaped like an 8-bit fireball"

    15. Peter Kviz on

      I got mine today, and it better than I could have ever hoped for! Fantastic work guys!

    16. Nick aka Sneakybutcha (don't ask) on

      Epic update fella. Cannae wait to get my mitts on this. It'll be a wee time for it to fly over the pond but it's gonna be a fun wait. My mate at BombedOutRecords will be keen to see the vinyl and artwork :)