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PDX's favorite nerdy trio aspire to make fifth studio album, go on tour, film at 11.
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UPDATE: RELATABLE CONTENT IS HAPPENING! AND MORE!

 WE ARE MAKING AN ALBUM AND DOING A TOUR!!! Thanks to your help this is a reality, but there are still some cool things we could do if we make these STRETCH GOALS!

PATCHES AND STICKERS!
PATCHES AND STICKERS!

Hello! We're The PDX Broadsides — Hollyanna, Jessica, and Christian — and we're a nerd-pop trio with tight harmonies and clever lyrics about fandom and feelings and things we love. We're from Portland, Oregon (aka PDX to locals) and we have been playing music together since 2011. Formed accidentally (and earning our name) by singing acapella sea shanties in public (oops), we soon branched out into our own original nerdtastic compositions.  Over time our songs have become more vulnerable and we're grateful that our audiences have responded so well to that openness - this is the most vulnerable album yet and we know you'll love this RELATABLE CONTENT.

You may have seen us performing with some other talented folks, like The Doubleclicks (we're signed to Doubleclicks Records), Marian Call, Misbehavin' Maidens, Molly Lewis, and Professor Shyguy, to name a few. Some of those stages include Dragon Con in Atlanta (where we're honored to return for a second year in a row in 2019 as a House Band!), Rose City Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, and comic book shops, science museums, and more across the US and Canada.      

We're also on the internet. We make videos, are enthusiastic Tweeters, and have been featured places like Geek In The City Radio and The Mary Sue.   

"The PDX Broadsides sing what we're all thinking" - The Mary Sue

"...toe-tapping rhythms and charming harmonies..." - GeekDad

"The band has always made music that resonates" - Geek Hard

To date, we've released four studio albums (take a listen for free on Bandcamp!): "Take Everything," "Aim To Misbehave," "Something's Rotten," and "Trust Issues," and we're ready, with your help, to make #5: "RELATABLE CONTENT."

To cut straight to the point: we're making 1) our fifth studio album + 2) our first East Coast tour.  

When we started talking about making a new album, the songs that we chose naturally progressed the same ideas as on our last album: we're still facing the dragons, and sometimes we still don't win, but we're trying to be braver. We see the mistakes we make and we're finding ways to do better, in a world that continually finds ways to challenge us.

Oh, there's also buffalo and books and Steven Universe. We're still nerdy as heck, friends, and there's a lot of fun and upbeat stuff on here, too, we promise!

"Relatable Content" has the songs that have resonated with our audiences and us over the past two years, and we're ready to have them in your ears and on the road.

We've made a lot of friends and fans over the years and we'd like to play with and for them more places. We've been asked repeatedly to come to the East Coast and we think we're ready as a band after our years of experience to finally do that. Did you know touring is expensive? It's hecking expensive, friends. We could use a boost.

We believe in Kickstarting to do something NEW and BIGGER, and with that firmly in our hearts, we’re asking you to help us reach the next stage... figuratively AND literally.

Album!!!

Let's talk album. 13 full-length tracks, each one something we know you're gonna love. Oh, and this album is definitely family-friendly! 

  •  "The Alligators" - the little lies that eat at us and keep us from being our best (featuring cello by Betsy Tinney!)
  •  "Buffalo" - a very silly song about consent and poor decisions
  •  "Heartless" - love will drive you insane, let the Queen of Hearts tell you, buddy (inspired by Marissa Meyer's novel "Heartless")
  •  "Let The Wild Rumpus Start" - let's go have fun and all be monsters together! (inspired by Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are")
  •  "Serotonin Dopamine"- we miss those neurotransmitters when they're gone
  •  "Rewind" - ever wish you could just start a conversation over?
  •  "Orpheus" - when fight or flight fails, sometimes you freeze. #MeToo meets the Greeks. (with bass by Chris Waffle!)
  •  "Lost At Sea" - get ghosted by a friend? need to cut someone from your life? let them go. 
  •  "Together Breakfast" - we really like brunch and friends. (inspired by Steven Universe, includes clarinet by Dr. Mary Crowell!)
  •  "Winter is Coming" - Arya Stark is not having it, y'all (inspired by George RR Martin's "Game of Thrones")

In addition, 3 of the songs from the album were inspired by YOU, the fans! Thanks to custom reward backers, we developed these songs that were so good that the rest of the world really needs to hear them.

  •  "Jerkbrain" - brains are jerks, but good friends are not
  •  "House of the Wind" - how does it feel to step on stage and perform? Equal parts scary and THE ABSOLUTE BEST (inspired by Patrick Rothfuss' "The Kingkiller Chronicles")
  •  "Love Good" - loyalty, honesty, and whimsy make Luna Lovegood a steadfast friend to have (inspired by J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series)

We wrote all of these and every track will have guitar, piano, and our signature harmonies, plus some special add-ins. We're once again working with Kevin Hahn of Opal Studio to record, mix, and master (he also did "Something's Rotten" and "Trust Issues"!) so you know this is going to be magnificent.  

Tour!!!

This is our current path, starting in Raleigh! The sooner we fund, the sooner we can confirm stops!
This is our current path, starting in Raleigh! The sooner we fund, the sooner we can confirm stops!

Our plan would be to tour the East Coast October 4-13 with stops in Raleigh, the Washington D.C. area, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Newark, and Boston. We do have openings for a couple more shows which we could definitely fill in with house concerts (contact us if that's you and you want to back us for the house concert level!!!). The moment we fund, we can confirm our venues and possibly add additional shows.

UPDATE: Current Shows (more info and tix soon!)

  • 10/4: House Concert; Raleigh, NC (with Juliana Finch)
  • 10/6: New Deal Cafe; Greenbelt, MD (with Misbehavin' Maidens!)
  • 10/9: The Way Station; Brooklyn, NY (with guests TBA!)
  • 10/12: The ONCE Lounge; Somerville, MA (with Sarah Donner!)

Part of the joy of touring is getting to play with some of the friends we've made over the last few years. Our live shows are not just musical performances - somehow they turn into comedy routines as well, and even we don't know what's going to happen. That's part of what makes touring so much fun. We even stay friends the whole time!

We've crunched the numbers, and we know how much money it will take to not only record and produce an album, but also travel across the country and tour. It's more than we've got, but we know that there are friends and fans out there who really get what we do. They want to be a part of this crazy music thing that we do, and they want to hear new music. 

That's where Kickstarter comes in. Our previous campaign for the "Trust Issues" album was overwhelmingly successful, and allowed us to bring the CD to life. In return, our backers got to be a part of that process and get their hands on some of our best work so far. They also were able to get new stickers, t-shirts, and even brand new songs just for them. Everyone got what they wanted, and Kickstarter made that process very easy. 

This time around, there's even more on the table - we're taking more time on the recording of "Relatable Content," and mounting our most ambitious tour yet. We know there's no way we're going to be successful unless we have your help to put it together.

We have some really cool rewards available, including a new 4-STICKER PACK, USB DISCOGRAPHY, and our first-ever ENAMEL PINS! 

THE ALBUM:

Digital downloads of the album will delivered to Kickstarter backers a day or more before the rest of the world gets it. Most likely, the album will reach you via a download code for Bandcamp. Physical CDs will come by post!

We're excited to announce that our album art is by Aud Koch! She is an amazing illustrator who's worked on comics for Dark Horse and Marvel. Her work on The Wicked + The Divine: 1923 inspired the direction for "Relatable Content"'s cover! It's got elements of Alice in Wonderland and some familiar beasties. We think you're going to love it AND you can get art prints of it (see below!)

Art Prints:

Brand new for this campaign, we're making beautiful 12" x 12" art prints of two of our album covers: the "Trust Issues" cover done by Benjamin Dewey (The Autumnlands, Beasts of Burden), and our new "Relatable Content" cover by Aud Koch (The Wicked + The Divine: 1923).

[L]: Relatable Content cover by Aud Koch. [R]: Trust Issues cover by Benjamin Dewey. Both available as art prints for this campaign!
[L]: Relatable Content cover by Aud Koch. [R]: Trust Issues cover by Benjamin Dewey. Both available as art prints for this campaign!

Stickers:

Our four-sticker pack will bring you die-cut vinyl stickers for you to place on your car, your travel mug, your little brother... the possibilities are endless! Includes art from our own Hollyanna McCollom, German artist Jela Schmidt, and Portland artist Jesse Miller!

Stickers will be roughly 3" square.


Enamel Pins:

We finally made the leap and designed some enamel pins - they are so cool! Put them on your jacket, bag, lanyard, or decorative frame! Featuring Jela Schmidt's "I Can't Even" octopus and our ever-popular "Smile!" button. Pins will be approximately 1.5" in diameter. Working out the area will be left as an exercise for the reader.

Actual pins may include glitter!
Actual pins may include glitter!

USB Discography:

USB sticks with all of our albums in digital format, plus some rare unreleased tracks! These have been a favorite with new fans who want to binge-listen. Also great for folks who don't want to stack up CDs!

Your USB will arrive signed on the clever tag!
Your USB will arrive signed on the clever tag!

Art Prints:

Brand new for this campaign, we're making beautiful 12" x 12" art prints of two of our album covers: the "Trust Issues" cover done by Benjamin Dewey (The Autumnlands, Beasts of Burden), and our new "Relatable Content" cover by Aud Koch (The Wicked + The Divine: 1923).

What if I want MOAR STUFF?

You want additional pins, previous albums or shirts, more USBs? No problem. After the campaign, we will be using Backerkit in order to let you add as many additional things you need for you and your discerning crew... but we have to reach that base goal first.

Unique Rewards:

In addition to physical rewards, we have some SPECIAL opportunities:

HOT SEAT: We'll reserve excellent seats for you and three of your friends at one of our shows! We'll dedicate a song to you, include you in an audience interaction bit, and more... or just wave hello and respectfully let you enjoy your seats. We get it, introverts, you can enjoy nerd music too. [Venue restrictions may apply. We'll contact you at close of campaign to make arrangements.]

TOGETHER BREAKFAST: We'll take you and a friend out to brunch in Portland, OR where you can ask us all your burning questions and we'll be ridiculous Muppets together. Multiple spots are available, but we won't take more than 3 pairs out with us at a time for maximum Broadsides exposure. Multiple brunches for us! [Does not include transport or lodging, just brunch and hangout. We will arrange dates with backers at the close of campaign.]

CUSTOM JINGLE/SONG: Ever want your own theme song? Writing a novel or need an intro song for a podcast? Really think we should write [SONG] about [THING]? Here's your shot. We send a survey at conclusion of campaign and work with you to write that song. Bonus: you might hear that song at our next show or on our next album!  [We retain all rights to the songs, song to be used for personal or Broadsides-approved non-personal uses.]

HOUSE CONCERT: Let us play for you! We'll do an hourish of music for you and your pals. You provide the house and a space big enough for the three of us with piano and guitar, and we'll fill it with the nerdy songs you love. [Please contact us before choosing this option for arrangements! For locations more than 100 miles from Portland, there is an additional charge for travel and lodging which we'll work out with you!]

Here's where your backer money will be used! You can see that TOURING is EXPENSIVE, and we appreciate every dollar that gets us closer to fulfilling these goals.

There's nothing quite like being a part of a community. We all share so much - we have bad days, we have good days, we're scared, we're happy... These experiences are what connect us, and with "Relatable Content" we are putting down in song some of the things we can all relate to. Your support means the world to us, and inspires us to create more for you. 

Special thanks to Laser Malena-Webber of Laser Campaigns for their help in wrangling this all together, to Benja Barker, Ryan Scott, Godiva Lee, and Nate Ayling for making our Kickstarter video, to Kevin Hahn of Opal Studio for recording us, and to Kara Helgren for taking wonderful pictures of us at The Nerd Out.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

-- Christian, Hollyanna, and Dr. Jessica

Risks and challenges

This is our second Kickstarter. Our previous one, for the album "Trust Issues," produced a great CD on time. This time we are dedicating twice as much time to the studio so that we can really stretch out and create without as much pressure.

The big difference this time is that there is a tour attached, and tours come with their own unique challenges. What if things cost more than we expect? We've worked out a detailed budget that builds in a reasonable buffer for financial variance. The tour is not scheduled until late in the year and we're already in contact with several venues. We have been on tours before and we feel confident that we are well-prepared to fulfill all aims.

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    No Rewinding Necessary!

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    Wind Beneath Our (Buffalo) Wings

    Do you have an optical drive? Do you like cover art? This one is for fans of music on actual physical media, or for people who like shiny things! Oooooh, shiny....plus STICKERS!

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    Up To My Ankles in Alligators

    A choice of one of our new enamel pins, plus CD and stickers! Something uplifting for when the alligators get to you.

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    Love Good

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    FOUND at Sea

    You'll have A PDX BROADSIDES USB, which has all our digital albums, some NEVER RELEASED tracks, and a clever tag on it for our signatures! PLUS pins, CD + Stickers! No way to feel lost with this level.

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    SIGN ALL THE THINGS! Includes a SIGNED 12x12" ART PRINT of either the RELATABLE CONTENT or TRUST ISSUES album cover, plus a SIGNED USB, a SIGNED CD, both pins, a patch, and stickers! So luxe.

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    House of the Wind

    It's like a front row seat at The Eolian: HOT SEAT premium concert seating and attention for you and three friends! We'll dedicate a song to you and use you in a special guest spot...or just get great seating and no unwanted attention - we know how it can be, introverts. PLUS so many goodies: the new album, pins, the art print, and much more!

    (Level comes with reserved seats for 4 at one of our shows. Venue restrictions may apply. We will contact you at close of Kickstarter to make arrangements.)

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    Orpheus

    Get A CUSTOM JINGLE (approx. 30 seconds) about whatever you choose! Make it your theme song!

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    Anyway, Here's Wonderwall

    We get asked all the time to cover songs...here's your shot to have us make the cover of your dreams. Buffy theme? Nickelback? We'll take the challenge.

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    Together Breakfast!

    Have breakfast with us! You and a friend can join us for food and fun in Portland. It's what Steven Universe would do! We'll find available dates with backers at the close of campaign.

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    Serotonin Dopamine

    We will write and record a CUSTOM FULL-LENGTH SONG about the topic of your choice! We are serious as heck about this - three of the custom songs from our last Kickstarter are on this album!

    (We'll send out a survey at conclusion of the Kickstarter about song topics to build something together for your personal (non-commercial) use! The PDX Broadsides retain rights to the song. Physical rewards will still ship by July 2019.)

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    (Not So) Heartless

    Let us relate our content directly to you, with your very own PDX Broadsides HOUSE CONCERT, **IN PERSON OR ONLINE**! We always have fun at our house concerts, because we get to spend extra time with the hosts and guests! We can do physically OR live via internet!

    (For in person shows, travel & lodging costs will be additional if the event is more than 100 miles outside of Portland. Please contact us via Kickstarter message before pledging to work out the details! Physical rewards will still ship by July 2019.)

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    Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

    This one is for all the marbles - can you relate? House Concert! Brunch! Custom Song! Pins! And More!

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