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Portland's nerdy song-slingers sing all about the things that scare them—plus geekery, social justice, feminism, and self-esteem!
Portland's nerdy song-slingers sing all about the things that scare them—plus geekery, social justice, feminism, and self-esteem!
Portland's nerdy song-slingers sing all about the things that scare them—plus geekery, social justice, feminism, and self-esteem!
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Welcome to the PDX Broadsides' first Kickstarter, for our fourth album, TRUST ISSUES! We want to level-up our music and our band, and with your help and the support of this Kickstarter, we can make that happen! Read on to hear about the band, the album, the rewards — and please spread the word to your friends (#TrustPDXBs)!

UPDATE: We've hit our initial goal and with your help we are MAKING AN ALBUM! Now we're hoping to make lots more, so we have some STRETCH GOALS!

THAT'S IT! NO MORE!
THAT'S IT! NO MORE!

  Read on for details! 

WHO WE ARE

The PDX Broadsides — Hollyanna, Jessica, and Christian — have been playing music together since 2011. Accidentally formed as an a capella pirate shanty group, we soon branched out into our own original compositions. The Broadsides love things, and as a result, many of our songs are about the things we love. Turns out those things are basically nerdy. We have been fortunate enough to be able to operate on only the money we make as a band, thanks to our avid supporters, which is a pretty amazing concept!

The PDX Broadsides
The PDX Broadsides

The PDX Broadsides have played all around the West Coast at venues large and small. We’ve done conventions including OryCon (as musical guest of honor), GeekGirlCon, Rose City Comic Con, and GameStorm, or you may have seen us play in shows with The Doubleclicks, Marian Call, or Chamber Band. 

According to Pandora, if you like the PDX Broadsides because of our “comedic sensibility, folk roots, acoustic sonority, and paired vocal harmony”, you probably also like Jonathan Coulton, Ingrid Michaelson, Magnetic Zeroes, Karen Kilgariff, The Finches, Paul and Storm, and Barenaked Ladies. Who’s going to argue with that?

WHAT WE ARE MAKING

THE ALBUM: On our fourth album, the aptly titled TRUST ISSUES, we write about the things that scare us and make us worry, and how we face them with bravery and knowledge... and how sometimes we don’t. 

We’re using this album to challenge ourselves musically, layering our tight trio harmonies in new and unique ways, as well as adding piano and other new exciting instrumentation. 

Professional recording artists the PDX Broadsides
Professional recording artists the PDX Broadsides

Our songwriting continues to improve as we explore and expand our range of styles, adventuring into new territories: sweet Beatles-esque rock, eerily haunting ballads, and defiant nerd anthems. We are dealing more directly with the themes of self-confidence, social justice, and feminism, expressing these messages through the lens of our nerdy interests.

We plan for "Trust Issues" to have 13 all-ages songs: 

There's happy stuff, sad stuff, funny stuff, and angry stuff. So much stuff! 

This album will be recorded by Kevin Hahn at Opal Studio, same as our last album, Something Rotten! We are so excited to work with this talented local producer once again!

STRETCH GOALS! 

$5,000 - Commentary Track! - UNLOCKED! The PDX Broadsides record a digital "commentary track" for the album, which will be a free download for backers! Listen to us tell stories about the writing and recording of the tracks on “Trust Issues”!  

$6,000: THE BOOK - UNLOCKED! : We will create and print a BOOK based on our song "The Ultimate Riot!" The book will be illustrated by our very own Hollyanna, and we'll add a copy to all backer rewards at level $75 and over!


$7000 - Pizza Party! - UNLOCKED! We will play a concert in Portland at one of our favorite spots, and Christian finally gets to make his Ultimate Pizza (and the whole band has to eat it)!  This concert and party will be open to the public!

$7500 - Missed Connections! - UNLOCKED! - We'll perform dramatic readings of Missed Connections from Portland's Craigslist! Strange and weird fun!

$8000 - Upgrade CD to HAVE A SPINE! - UNLOCKED! - At this level, we get to put the CD in a full-on Digipak instead of a sleeve! It will have a spine and look much more fancy. We've wanted to do this for a while and would love the chance to make a "super professional"-looking package! All physical CD backers will get this LEVELED-UP CD!

$9000 - 4-track DIRTY EP - UNLOCKED! - "Trust Issues" is kid-friendly... but there are more songs we want to share. At this level, we'll be able to record the "Dirty EP!" This EP will have three new original songs we kept off of "Trust Issues," plus an alternate version of our song "Rocket Science!" 

$10,000 - "HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO" COVER SONG VIDEO! - UNLOCKED! We'll learn this Footloose soundtrack song and do a video for it, with much frivolity, probably!

$11,000 - NEW KEYBOARD! - UNLOCKED! You'll hear Jessica play keyboard on TRUST ISSUES, and understand why she deserves a quality instrument. We've got our eye on the right one, and you'll be able to hear it on the road if we get to this goal!

$12,000 - FIRST PDX BROADSIDES TOUR! - UNLOCKED!! You can help us do our very first tour, up and down the West Coast - Canada! California! Points on the map!

WHY WE NEED YOU

This is our fourth album! We’ve proven that we can do the job now, and want to better communicate to fans and to a wider audience with the help of Kickstarter! Your pledges will help us hire studio time, enlist the help of visual artists for the CD and merch, and have the time to make this album exactly what we want it to be! 

By pledging to this Kickstarter, you are supporting independent art and helping fulfill our dream of releasing our nerdy, personal music. Thank you!

REWARDS

We love hiring local artists from our talent-filled city of Portland, Oregon, and the rewards for this album reflect that! Check out our top-notch artists: 

The album art & shirt design is by Benjamin Dewey, creator of the incredible Tragedy Series:

Shirt & album cover by Ben Dewey!
Shirt & album cover by Ben Dewey!

The stickers based on our songs are designed by Dane Ault from Monkey Minion PressCelina Hernandez, and our very own Hollyanna!

Shirts will be printed on soft & sturdy "Next Level" tees in sizes Ladies Small-2XL (size chart) and Unisex Small-3XL (size chart). The design will be revealed soon!

THANKS

Thank you so much for reading this page, for backing if you can and for spreading the word! We're excited to level-up our production, album, and release with the help of supporters old and new! We can't do it without you!

Specific thanks to Quixotic Images for our new promo shots!

Thank you for your support & for sharing! You make us dance with joy!
Thank you for your support & for sharing! You make us dance with joy!

 

Risks and challenges

This is our fourth album, and we will be using the same printers and producers who have worked with us in the past. The songs are written and the studio time is scheduled—we just need to make it happen!
This is our first Kickstarter, but we are working with Doubleclicks Records (who have produced 4 and consulted on more!) to assure a smooth fulfillment timeline! Health and personal emergencies are always a possibility, but we have planned in a lot of safety time and enlisted many smart, helpful friends, so we feel good about our ability to produce this album and fulfill rewards on time!

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    That's No Moon

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    That’s No Chocolate Chip

    We have trust issues and so can you! You'll get a download of the new album!

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    Pluto’s Not A Planet Anymore

    Bring "Trust Issues" into your life with a physical CD and THREE amazing PDX Broadsides-themed stickers!

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    Sudden But Inevitable Betrayals

    Don't just get trust issues, get "Something Rotten," too! And while you're at it, why don't you "Aim To Misbehave?" Just "Take Everything." At this level, you'll catch up on the PDX Broadsides past albums with a download of our complete discography!

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    Watch your back!

    Trust issues spread from your mind to your torso at this level. Get a PDX Broadsides T-Shirt, and all previous rewards!

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    Waiting for Galavant’s Third Season

    We're starting to trust you now... so why don't you bring us all home? At this level, you'll get physical copies of our two previously released CDs!

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    You Think This Song Is About You

    For the true PDX Broadsides enthusiasts—a song just for you! We'll write you a short (15 second) jingle. It can be your ringtone, your alarm, or just a friendly pick-me-up!

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    • A custom (15 second) jingle written just for you!
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    All Your Friends Got This Without You

    Now that we all trust each other, let's make you a song! We will work with you to agree on a topic, based on your suggestions, and we will write a full-length PDX Broadsides song, for you!

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    Pistanthrophobic

    Let's bring all of our trust issues right into your house, with your very own PDX Broadsides house concert! NOTE: Travel & lodging costs will be additional if the event is more than 60 miles outside of Portland. Please contact us via Kickstarter message before pledging to work out the details!

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    The Star Chamber

    Trust issues rule everything around us. You get everything from the previous levels: a house concert! A custom song! A jingle! T-shirt! Stickers! Previous albums! And of course, you get our "Trust Issues" and our endless gratitude. NOTE: Travel & lodging costs will be additional if the event is more than 60 miles outside of Portland. Please contact us via Kickstarter message before pledging to work out the details!

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    • 2 previous PDX Broadsides CDs, shipped to you!
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