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What if Steve Taylor, the Perfect Foil, and Danielson holed up in a studio with Steve Albini and two reels of analog tape?
What if Steve Taylor, the Perfect Foil, and Danielson holed up in a studio with Steve Albini and two reels of analog tape?
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We're counting down the hours! With an important clarification! In adding some extra reward levels over the weekend, I may have added some potential confusion due to the use of "All of the above" in our original reward tiers:

- If you're a WOW PARTY backer, you get everything listed in that tier, but you won't get the Giclée print (those are crazy expensive to make) or the Video Fireside Chat (there will be plenty of time to chat with all of us at the party). That makes sense, right?

- And if you want the Wow Suit, we're adding to that tier either the Giclée print or a 15 Minute Fireside Chat as a bonus for your fashion sense.

Okay, I feel better. Back to recording your Steve-a-grams... 

Has it only been a year since the release of Goliath, an album two decades in the making? What if, instead of waiting another two decades,  the follow-up was something more spontaneous and... punk rockeous?

We all know what it's like to go on tour, make new friends, discover a shared musical sensibility, write a bunch of songs together, call Steve Albini to record it, hole up in his studio with strictly analog gear to make a six song EP masterpiece and call it Wow to the Deadness, right? 

And we all agree that a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between the genre-defying Daniel Smith of Danielson Famile fame, the peerless Perfect Foil, and me (Steve Taylor) would be nothing short of historic, the likes of which haven't been witnessed since the glory days of Jobs & Woz or Siegfried & Roy, right? 

And we all know things can get a bit more pricey when leaving the womblike confines of our home studio for Chicago to work with the incomparable Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, Low, Foo Fighters) at his world-class Electrical Audio, especially when adding in extras like analog tape, music videos with dogs and explosions, a take-no-prisoners publicist and scores of miniature coffins.

A mockup of the compleat package (includes autographed photos of all five band members)
A mockup of the compleat package (includes autographed photos of all five band members)

So you can appreciate a situation where the zeal to create quality music for one's beloved fans overwhelms all sense of fiscal prudence, forcing an awkward tap-dance around the delicate topic of, "Yes, I've done this twice before, but would a third dive into the Kickstarter pool be perceived as a welcome invitation to restart the party? Or might some previously generous backers think me a nuisance?"

If you are in with the pool partying crowd, have we got a deal for you: A BRAND NEW EP THAT YOU GET A FULL MONTH BEFORE ITS INTERNATIONAL RELEASE! And the Deluxe Edition arrives at your doorstep in an oh-so-original keepsake that you'll want to pass with pride on to future generations and/or use to store baby teeth.

Best of all, it's already finished! We've just approved the vinyl test pressing, the brilliant cover art by Daniel has been lovingly rendered, and our tiny coffin painter (my wife) is ready to hand paint yours. All that's needed is your patronage. 

Thanks for once again making our dreams come true.

Your friend,

Steve

P.S. Since nothing says Christmas like a silver mini-casket filled with songs of raucous joy, we are including this oh-so-special offer for each  backer at the level of $35 or more: I WILL RECORD A BRIEF, PERSONALIZED MESSAGE FOR THE RECIPIENT OF YOUR CHOICE TELLING THEM THEIR GIFT IS ON ITS WAY AND EMAIL IT TO THE INBOX OF YOUR CHOICE IN TIME FOR PLAYBACK ON CHRISTMAS DAY. (As soon as our campaign ends, we'll provide a space in the survey for you to give me the recipient's name and any brief personal info to further delight and amaze.)

Risks and challenges

We don't anticipate any delays on deliveries, but our Australian drummer has reminded us that if a certain Mr. Trump wins a certain election, he may be deported.

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    Pledge $12 or more About $12

    WOW-DOWN
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Live-ness" Live Album Digital Download to be delivered March 2016!

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    WOW CD
    Because you still love your music on shiny little discs, we are here to accommodate your nostalgia.
    INCLUDES:
    • "Wow to the Deadness" on CD to be delivered mid-January in its very own mailing package!
    • "Wow to the Deadness"—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Live-ness" Live Album Digital Download to be delivered March 2016!

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    WOW-IN-A-BOX
    "Wow to the Deadness" EP — Deluxe Coffin Box Set (ships in early January to arrive the month before its international release). Inside the hand-painted decorative casket is a custom flash drive (with the compleat EP, two music videos and liner notes), autographed photo portraits of each band member lying in wide-eyed repose, and a multi-colored surprise sure to make you exclaim, "Wow!" You'll also get an exclusive digital download of the "Wow to the Live-ness" live album to be recorded on 2/13/16 in Philadelphia, PA.
    INCLUDES:
    • Brief personalized recorded greeting from Steve Taylor—digitally delivered on The Night Before Christmas!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" Deluxe Coffin Box Set (includes hand-painted decorative casket; custom flash drive—designed by Daniel Smith— with EP, two music videos & liner notes; autographed band member portraits; and Wow non-edible mini neon bouncing balls) to be delivered in mid-January 2016!
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    WOW VINYL
    All the above PLUS "Wow to the Deadness" on VINYL. And since it was all recorded and mastered in analog, this is the only version that lets you hear it the way God intended.
    INCLUDES:
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP — Vinyl Release to be delivered February 2016!
    • Brief personalized recorded greeting from Steve Taylor—digitally delivered on The Night Before Christmas!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" Deluxe Coffin Box Set (includes hand-painted decorative casket; custom flash drive—designed by Daniel Smith— with EP, two music videos & liner notes; autographed band member portraits; and Wow non-edible mini neon bouncing balls) to be delivered in mid-January 2016!
    • "Wow to the Live-ness" Live Album Digital Download to be delivered March 2016!

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    WOW-IN-A-BOX-WITH-A-CD
    By Popular Demand, you get all the above (except the vinyl) PLUS a CD to accompany your Wow-In-A-Box Deluxe Coffin edition. (CD shipped separately since it won't fit in the coffin without being folded.)
    INCLUDES:
    • Brief personalized recorded greeting from Steve Taylor—digitally delivered on The Night Before Christmas!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" on CD to be delivered mid-January in its very own mailing package!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" Deluxe Coffin Box Set (includes hand-painted decorative casket; custom flash drive—designed by Daniel Smith— with EP, two music videos & liner notes; autographed band member portraits; and Wow non-edible mini neon bouncing balls) to be delivered in mid-January 2016!
    • "Wow to the Live-ness" Live Album Digital Download to be delivered March 2016!

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    WOW ARTWORK
    One of Steve's happiest days was when Daniel Smith presented him with the original painting of the "Wow to the Deadness" album cover, which now hangs proudly in his home. If you've ever wanted to own an original Daniel Smith piece of art, Daniel's generously agreed to let us offer a very limited edition of signed and numbered “Wow to the Deadness” Giclée prints, sized 24"X24" (like the original). Only 50 of these will be made.

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    Pledge $195 or more About $195

    MAKE-ME-WOW-WITH-EVERYTHING
    If you have a hard time deciding, we'll do all the thinking for you. This includes all the above PLUS a personal, 10 minute fireside video chat with Steve. We can talk sports, trade recipes, reveal secret messages embedded in lyrics, and if you ask nicely he might even show you his ankle scar from the infamous Cornerstone Jump of '84.
    INCLUDES:
    • Ten minute Fireside Video Chat with Steve!
    • Signed and numbered “Wow to the Deadness” Giclée print, sized 24"X24"!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP — Vinyl Release to be delivered February 2016!
    • Brief personalized recorded greeting from Steve Taylor—digitally delivered on The Night Before Christmas!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" on CD (because you can't have it on too many formats)!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" Deluxe Coffin Box Set (includes hand-painted decorative casket; custom flash drive—designed by Daniel Smith— with EP, two music videos & liner notes; autographed band member portraits; and Wow non-edible mini neon bouncing balls) to be delivered in mid-January 2016!
    • "Wow to the Live-ness" Live Album Digital Download to be delivered March 2016!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    WOW PARTY
    All the above PLUS two tickets to a one-of-a-kind recording session and album release party where you'll serve as both audience and backing vocals for the "Wow to the Live-ness" live album, to be recorded on 2/13/16 at a studio in the Greater Philadelphia area. (If you have a large family, add $50 for each additional ticket.)
    • Admission for two to the "Wow to the Live-ness" live recording session and album release party on 2/13/16 in Philadelphia, PA! (Travel expenses to Greater Philly not included.)
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP — Vinyl Release to be delivered February 2016!
    • Brief personalized recorded greeting from Steve Taylor—digitally delivered on The Night Before Christmas!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" Deluxe Coffin Box Set (includes hand-painted decorative casket; custom flash drive—designed by Daniel Smith— with EP, two music videos & liner notes; autographed band member portraits; and Wow non-edible mini neon bouncing balls) to be delivered in mid-January 2016!
    • "Wow to the Live-ness" Live Album Digital Download to be delivered March 2016!

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    WOW PARTY THAT NEVER ENDS
    If you're planning on attending our recording session and album release party on 2/13/16 in Greater Philadelphia AND you want some additional souvenirs, this package includes all the above PLUS a 15 minute Fireside Video Chat with Steve where we can reminisce about the good times we shared in Philly and you can ask all those questions you were too nervous to ask in person.
    INCLUDES:
    • Fifteen minute Fireside Video Chat with Steve!
    • Admission for two to the "Wow to the Live-ness" live recording session and album release party on 2/13/16 in Philadelphia, PA! (Travel expenses to Greater Philly not included.)
    • Signed and numbered “Wow to the Deadness” Giclée print, sized 24"X24"!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP — Vinyl Release to be delivered February 2016!
    • Brief personalized recorded greeting from Steve Taylor—digitally delivered on The Night Before Christmas!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" on CD (because you can't have it on too many formats)!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" Deluxe Coffin Box Set (includes hand-painted decorative casket; custom flash drive—designed by Daniel Smith— with EP, two music videos & liner notes; autographed band member portraits; and Wow non-edible mini neon bouncing balls) to be delivered in mid-January 2016!
    • "Wow to the Live-ness" Live Album Digital Download to be delivered March 2016!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    WOW SUIT
    All the above PLUS one of the ten colorful Wow Suits (five in Skittle colors & five in silver with skulls) lovingly hand-painted by Daniel Smith and signed by the band member who wore it. These are not replicas — these are the actual "United Colors of Guantanamo" suits we wore during our photo and video shoots. Each suit comes in the approximate size of the band member, although they tend to be roomy enough to include a twin inside. (You will select your preferred suit based on the order of sign-up.)
    INCLUDES:
    • Colorful One-Of-A-Kind Wow Suit that's a guaranteed conversation starter! (Unless you wear it to Mardi Gras.)
    • Admission for two to the "Wow to the Live-ness" live recording session and album release party on 2/13/16 in Philadelphia, PA! (Travel expenses to Greater Philly not included.)
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP — Vinyl Release to be delivered February 2016!
    • Brief personalized recorded greeting from Steve Taylor—digitally delivered on The Night Before Christmas!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" Deluxe Coffin Box Set (includes hand-painted decorative casket; custom flash drive—designed by Daniel Smith— with EP, two music videos & liner notes; autographed band member portraits; and Wow non-edible mini neon bouncing balls) to be delivered in mid-January 2016!
    • "Wow to the Live-ness" Live Album Digital Download to be delivered March 2016!

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    CHAIRMAN WOW
    Have you been wondering what to do with that $7K tax refund? If you provide the venue and sound system (within the continental U.S., although I'm sure we could work something out for those living further afield), we'll provide the evening's entertainment: a two hour set of virtually everything we know, including the new EP, our last album "Goliath," and select songs from our illustrious past. We'll find a mutually agreeable date and cover our own travel. You invite all your friends. And together we'll make it a party to remember.
    INCLUDES:
    • LIVE Steve Taylor & the Danielson Foil performance at the venue of your choice!
    • Admission for two to the "Wow to the Live-ness" live recording session and album release party on 2/13/16 in Philadelphia, PA! (Travel expenses to Greater Philly not included.)
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP — Vinyl Release to be delivered February 2016!
    • Brief personalized recorded greeting from Steve Taylor—digitally delivered on The Night Before Christmas!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" EP—Advance Digital Download delivered on New Year's Day 2016!
    • "Wow to the Deadness" Deluxe Coffin Box Set (includes hand-painted decorative casket; custom flash drive—designed by Daniel Smith— with EP, two music videos & liner notes; autographed band member portraits; and Wow non-edible mini neon bouncing balls) to be delivered in mid-January 2016!
    • "Wow to the Live-ness" Live Album Digital Download to be delivered March 2016!

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