We hope our video brought you great cheer, a little confusion, and a closer look into the mind of Corsair as it embraces misinformation in the name of good fun and a having a (serious) laugh.
Now for the actual meat and potatoes, as they say. Feel free to scroll down for the historical contexts chapters and most importantly, the rewards offered.
The Tour breakdown...
Seek Harbor Booking has put together an extensive tour for us, February 20th through March 16th 2014, covering central Europe with a major focus on Germany, as that is where our fan base is the strongest. The tour covers the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia to name a few, a show every night, workin' it to the max.
To begin with the most crucial detail, we have bought the cheapest, crappiest seats (hopefully right by the toilets) on a return flight to Prague, wherein we will meet up with Jakub and get settled in to our gear and the van. We opted to rent two guitar amps (combo's), a bass rig, a drum kit and a van. We decided to forgo hiring a driver mainly to cut overhead costs so we will drive ourselves across the wintry landscapes (bravery at it's finest) and navigate via GPS.
Seek Harbor has given us a breakdown on their fees and we have an estimate of total minimum costs, listed below, no frills here. A bare bones breakdown so you see what we need to fork out for.
Every penny counts and we want you to know where every penny goes.
Airfare ($960) x 4 + extra baggage ($200) x 4 (+ taxes) - $4640
Van rental ($88.50 per day) - $2300
Music Gear rental ($61.00 per day) - $1586
We've estimated Gas costs (~ $900) and Tolls (~ $400, they're quite abundant in Europe).
That's a starting minimum of $9826.
KickStarter and Amazon (payment host) both take a percentage from the total raised (for the above total, ~ $500).
We very much hope to go above the set minimum of our goal and raise enough to break over even; cover our KS and Amazon fees and some of the rewards, as the rewards is on us, it is not included our project breakdown.
Bottom line, we're looking at a minimum of $10326. That said, read on and get in the story...
The Historical Contexts...
After five years together, two EP's (Alpha Centauri 2010, Ghosts of Proxima Centauri 2011) and a full length (S/T 2012) Corsair was picked up by Shadow Kingdom Records (Pittsburgh P.A.) in September 2012. By mid 2013 SKR had re-released all of our material and the Berlin based label High Roller Records were slated to press our entire catalogue on vinyl. This garnered much attention from reviewers and magazines all over the world, bringing high praise and features in publications such as Decibel Magazine (U.S), Rock Hard Magazine (Germany) and Terrorizer Magazine (U.K.). Corsair's music had traveled around the world and fans reached out. Mid 2013 sales stemmed primarily from Europe with highest numbers from Germany.
A European tour is born...
Our wild idea to travel a great distance for the music we love began this past spring 2013 with an email inviting Corsair to play Hell Over Hammaburg, a metal music festival in Hamburg, Germany. There was little debate about whether or not we should accept the invitation (doesn't every band wish europeans would like 'em?), the question was could we organize a tour to go along with the festival date, as it was no sense in legging it over to Europe for just one gig. There was also the issue of how we were going to pull a tour off, could we do that? What gear were we going to use? WHERE would we play? Who had their passports in order? Are pedals allowed on planes? Who would put us up? Would Paul pass the European Union security test? The barrage of questions and concerns were put in an email once we had word of a contact in the Czech Republic who would undoubtedly point us in the right direction. Thanks to Matt Clark (Ostinato, Residual Echoes), we found our guy Jakub at Seek Harbor Booking, based in Prague, who gave us the low down and cost estimates for a European gigging adventure. Then once we had garnered those numbers and facts, we went about booking a mountain of gigs over the next 6 months and printing a truckload of tee's towards the effort of building out our kitty.
A very Spinal Tap 6 months...
The beginning of summer 2012 brought the departure of our drummer of three years, Aaron Lipscombe. This ushered in the temporary replacement of Scotty Derrico as a fill in drummer for our live shows. As we stressed out the remainder of the Summer and Fall about who on earth would join Corsair to make us whole again, be our battle axe in the winter and follow us blindly to Europe, we sent out feelers for a new drummer seeking out every avenue we could think of even reaching as far as Philadelphia to Peter Hurd (The Company Corvette). Around Thanksgiving, we ventured out on a limb and asked an old friend of Paul's, Wade W. Warfield. This young ambitious drummer (Eli Cook, Carl Anderson & Body for Karate) was game for learning our older catalogue for gigging (2 weeks notice) and our new catalogue (three weeks notice) and was more than willing to throw his chops down for a studio session at the end of December 2013. We unintentionally worked WWW to the bone, perhaps pushed him a bit hard and a bit too far too fast, but damn if he didn't persevere with more strength and vitality then we could ever have imagined.
Corsair Mark IV...
Corsair is now complete again, with new blood, passion and energy. Despite balancing highly loaded schedules and sky high ambitions, despite being chest deep in recording a new album at White Star Sound (with the help of Adam Smith and Andy Gems, completion date set for before we head out to Europe) and thoroughly swamped with solo tracking and vocal tracking, we are adamant in reaching our funding goal for the European tour. With the amount of love and support we have been given in the last few years we appreciate and value our luck in this seemingly impersonal world and are so grateful and humbled by the support we've been given. We have scrimped and saved these past 9 months and now ask for your help to push us across the Atlantic into the heart of Europe for a month long tour, February 20th through March 16th 2014.
We've come up with a multitude of creative rewards options for pledging donations, spanning all price categories in hopes that there will be something of interest to everyone.
Koozie - the old faithful can cooler, glow in the dark ink, so when you're in the dark, you can find your beer.
Patch - Corsair stitched in thread, worn with pride.
EP's or LP digital download - All those hits, packed in a eco-friendly digital download. You choose one album.
Tour postcard - While on tour in Europe, we send you a personalized postcard from a city of interest. Message us your address!
Tour polaroid - While on tour in Europe, we'll take a polaroid of us doing something remarkable or being somewhere of interest and send it to you. Make sure to message us your address.
"Golden Hood" tshirt - (limited to current stock), varying screen printed colours, men's (Anvil) and women's (Bella) available.
"Chaemera" tshirt - (limited to current stock), varying screen printed colours, men's (Anvil) and women's (Bella) available.
Tour doodle - Corsair doodles while driving, eating, drinking coffee or waiting for show time. We'll have it drawn up on some fine artist paper with fine artist ink.
Tour poster - screen printed tour poster on smart high quality paper.
Tour t-shirt - uniquely made for the tour, screen printed locally with love.
CD's - All three Corsair albums, screen printed arigato packs, all the jams in one package.
"Chaemera" hoodie - just like the shirt but printed on the back of a hoodie.
Tour book - photo's of tour, random short stories, tales of adventure, haiku's, all together in one collection, soft cover. Great bathroom read!
Vinyl - All three Corsair albums on vinyl, German imports, limited pressing and limited quantity remaining. Coloured vinyl may or may not be in stock, luck of the draw. Or if it's a bigger need for you, let us know and we will make every effort to get you a coloured set (or all black for that matter).
Corsair music lesson - One hour with one or several members of Corsair, pick and choose your poison.
Potential lesson aura... here.
Corsair hang sesh - we take you out for dinner or cook you dinner, crush some cold ones, maybe a "Who Shreds Most Guitar" debate and some real talk about whatever subjects most interest you. Must come to Charlottesville and be friendly. In addition, Corsair t-shirt of you choice.
Corsair private rock show - we will drive up to 200 miles or stop on our tour route (schedule in advance) to your house or garage or pub and play a "Corsair Shreds it's Hardest" set. A private rock show in your living room or basement that feels like front row stadium seating 'cos, well, you are in the front row. In addition, the full Corsair catalogue; cd's and vinyl, t-shirt of your choice, patch, koozie, tour poster and doodle.
After we get back from the European tour, which you will have helped fund, we will be hitting the road for a U.S. tour of sorts to promote our new album. The release date for the album should be right about in the Spring. We are all super stoked on this release (hope you will be too) and can't wait to play you the new material. Shadow Kingdom Records will be putting this one out on cd and vinyl and we'll have a bunch of new shirt designs to go with. Keep you eyes on our Facebook page and website for upcoming dates and more info on the album release.
Here's to an incredible 2014.
As Ozzy would say, "We love you all!". Thanks for supporting us these past 5 years, at shows, online and via the post, without YOU we wouldn't be here.
With our sincerest thanks,
~ C O R S A I R
Marie, Paul, Jordan and Wade
P.S. If you need to get in touch with us with questions or comments hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
Receiving your spoils...
Spoils shall receive the utmost attention when we return from Europe. Marie will be screen-printing the shirts, hoodies and posters independently so your patience will be most appreciated. Thank you for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (26 days)