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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.

Week #3 - "crazies - Acoustic" a new exclusive mellow version

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Week #2 - I Fight Dragons Live At Metro Chicago 12-14-2012 for your enjoyment in Video/mp3/WAV formats (Plus News and Updates!)

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$50,000 in 36 hours - Your Project Atma Flexi-Record (and beyond!)

This.  is.  insane.

I don't know how else to put it.

I'm going to tell you a secret.  Even in the most basic version, this album was always going to cost us at least $40,000 to make.

I wanted to make it no matter what though, so I set our basic goal at $20,000, knowing that if we could raise that much, I'd have to go into personal debt to fund the rest of the album budget.

If that's what had happened, I would have done it with a smile, knowing that I was making an album I believed in, and that our amazing fans had pitched in just as much as I had personally.

But that was 36 hours ago.  

Now, as we've hit stretch goals and upgraded the album the costs obviously go up as well, everything from increased shipping to specialty vinyl upgrades to picture disc manufacturing to the fact that we're going to have to make MORE of these babies, and ultimately in the current maxed-out configuration our production costs are going to be more like $50,000.

Which you just took us past.

In 36 hours.

Holy. Crap.

This means a couple of things:

First of all, I'm announcing our $50,000 stretch reward:

Everyone the $20 Voltron level and above will receive a special Project Atma flexi-disc in the mail soon after the campaign ends - these are amazingly cool little artifacts and they'll have an audio thank you message from us as well as a secret piece of music.  

Second of all, we've begun some next-level scheming about where we can go from here.  At this point you've made it so that we can do everything we dreamed of doing with this album, and we're going to make sure that every dollar you have donated is spent wisely, effectively, and epically.  More announcements on this front soon.

Third of all, this whole thing just started!  There's still WEEKS of kickstarter exclusives coming your way, and believe you me we've got some awesome stuff planned.

(On that note, if you didn't already download "Burnadette" be sure to get it here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1899688657/project-atma-i-fight-dragons-creates-an-epic-new-a/posts/467600)

GUYS.  This is so fun :)

-Brian

We just hit 2 more stretch goals before noon???

I don't want to spam anyone with these updates, but I felt the need to point out that not only will your Epic Vinyl now come in a triple-gatefold sleeve with a foldout poster, 

THE RECORD ITSELF WILL BE MADE OF 180-GRAM AUDIOPHILE FLOURESCENT BLUE VINYL.

This is seriously crazy - my guy at the record plant says people almost never do audiophile-weight colored vinyl, let alone flourescent blue which is one of the most expensive colors available, but we're going to do it BECAUSE WE CAN thanks to you.

If this keeps up I'm going to have to add more stretch goals - and believe me I've got a few zingers in mind :)

This.  Is.  Bananas.

-Brian

8 hours of glory - thank you.

Guys.  Seriously.  This is nuts.

As of 8AM Central US Time, 8 hours into Project Atma, we have officially hit our funding goal, and we'll be making our album.

Project Atma is a go.

I am completely overwhelmed right now.  Not to get all mushy on you, but this past year has been a trying one for us as a band, artistically and emotionally.

When we asked to be released from our label deal, everyone thought we were crazy.  We were in the middle of the Warped Tour, driving ourselves around in our van because we couldn't afford to rent a bus, sleeping approximately 3-5 hours a night.

They all thought we were giving up, committing career seppuku, throwing in the towel.

They just didn't get it.  

You do.

And that's what matters.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.  I know with every fiber of my being that this album will mean as much to you as it does to me, and believe me, it means everything.

Here goes nothing :)

-Brian