The Coup finally has a new album finished and ready to go. It's called "Sorry To Bother You".
This is the best work we've ever done, songwriting and production-wise. I'm very proud of it excited for all of you to hear it. I talk more about the album down further. Here's the thing: I'm tired of having secret albums that come out that most people don't find out about til years later.
This time, we're going to hit the road hard and bring this music to the world. We also want to use our music, as has always been the goal, to help build this new movement that is taking the world by storm.
We want you to help us buy a tour bus.
At the level that The Coup has been at up til now, we either fly in and do one-off dates (rare) or we tour in a van, driving during the day to get to the gig and sleeping in hotels at night.
Having to get hotels for the band makes the expenses for a Coup show such that we end up having to skip over, or turn down offers in, many places where we haven't had the chance to build up a following yet. We want to end that practice, and get to all these places.
If we have a bus, we'll sleep on the bus and save on hotel rooms- this means will be able to get to many areas we've neglected in the past.
With the bus, we'll travel at night, get to towns in the morning and be able to connect with local organizers and be involved in things throughout the day before soundcheck and the show. In this way, we can participate with local campaigns across the US and Canada. This makes touring all the more worth it for me.
I got into doing music to help build a movement. I love helping with my music via recordings or at the show, but I feel I could do more than that. This bus will free up some time and space for us to combine the touring with organizing in new ways.
We're also working with some great, creative folks on taking our show to new levels with set design and integrating some very cool light, visual, and theatrical elements. If you've seen our show, you know that we give it our all- dancing and playing our asses off while leaving our clothes and our audience drenched in sweat. We plan to make the new show an extension of that ethos.
If we had a bus, there's even more we can bring with us- making the show possibilities even crazier.
We're not hoping to get a brand new bus- we will buy a used one in good condition. I've been pricing them out and checking them out for years now. Money that we get beyond the price of the bus will be used for the crazy show ideas we have.
This album will be coming out on Epitaph Records. They are supplying the new album to me at wholesale price so that I can give the CD and vinyl as rewards on this kickstarter campaign. Many people have had a hard time finding our albums when they are released. Now you can get in early and get the album, while helping us get this bus. The difference between the reward price and the wholesale price will go directly towards buying this bus and taking this show to another level.
About the new album, "Sorry To Bother You":
We put our souls on this album. Every album I make is somewhat different than the last. This album was produced through a collaboration of me and my good friend Damion Gallegos. We had fun making crazy sounds with organic, electric, and electronic toys, culminating in something that sounds like an aggressive, danceable, punk/funk raptacular explosion. It's as if Rick James, The Pixies, Ohio Players, The Clash, Salman Rushdie, Richard Pryor, and me went in the studio drunk off Sailor Jerry Rum (don't do it) and made a baby named "Sorry To Bother You".
We collaborated with Das Racist, Killer Mike, Anti-Flag, Jolie Holland, Japanther, Vernon Reid, Joe Henry, Eric McFadden, Gabby La La, Emily Jane, Bhi Bhiman, Jazz Mafia Horns, and The Classical Revolution.
This album is the soundtrack to a movie I wrote.
The movie is dark comedy with magical realism, inspired by my time as a telemarketer. It's also called "Sorry To Bother You". It is being directed by Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer), and produced by Ted Hope (21 Grams, The Ice Storm, American Splendor). It's gonna be fucking crazy. The movie won't come out until 2013.
The vinyl of the album is double vinyl, playable at 45rpm, and comes with the CD packaged inside.
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