Twenty years after Steve Taylor's last studio album, he's taking a sabbatical from filmmaking to record all new music with a new band. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 24, 2013.
About this project
IF YOU WANT TO SEE US ON TOUR, here’s how to pre-buy a concert ticket/backstage pass for $25 and FUND OUR FIRST TOUR EVER!
1) Pledge $25 per ticket and we'll send you a laminated backstage pass autographed by the band with custom lanyard for each ticket you purchase. Simply add the price of your tickets onto whatever reward you choose.
2) If we don't come to your city, you can return your beloved laminate for a full $25 refund.
3) If you've still got questions, send us a message at Kickstarter and we'll either reply to you or post a response for all to see.
4) Remember — you've already filled us with so much gratitude that our tour could arguably be fueled by love-gas.
Stretch Goal #1 ($130K) = Domestic Bliss. If we can reach $130,000 total on Kickstarter, the plan is to kick off the tour with our special event Nashville concert and party on April 25th (see reward #10), then cover the USA in 30 days. Unless your home is in certain sections of Montana or the Dakotas, we hope to play a show within at least a 400 mile radius of wherever you live within the Continental U.S. And for those of you living in a major metropolis, we should be a whole lot closer — maybe even within walking distance.
We did a quick budget for a 20 city tour, and it breaks down like this: Transportation and fuel: $20,000 / Lodging and meals: $20,000 / Crew and equipment rentals: $20,000 / Keeping the home fires lit: $25,000 (Because some of us have kids. Who love to play with matches.) / Cheeto & Trail Mix allowance: $800 / Nightly cucumber mask (to keep our youthful glow): $1,200 / Insurance: $3,000 (Peter’s amazing sense of groove is insured by Lloyd’s of London.) / TOTAL COST: $90,000
Stretch Goal #2 ($150K) = Break Out The Suit. If we hit $150,000... I will wear the On The Fritz suit live onstage each night during the encore. Although the reflective glare from this suit can cause temporary blindness, know this is going to hurt me a lot more than it hurts you.
Stretch Goal #3 ($170K) = Break Out The Dress. If we hit $170,000... I BREAK OUT THE DRESS for a second encore that includes “Lifeboat.” Those of you who have seen the “Lifeboat” video from 1985 know that this is a very bad idea, so please save my last shred of dignity and stop giving before we reach this particular goal.
Stretch Goal #5 ($200K) = International Showtime. And what about those of you living abroad in places like Australia or New Zealand or the U.K. or the wilds of Europe? (Is Canada a foreign country?)This goal will allow us to fly economy class to your fair shores and play select international dates.
Stretch Goal #6 ($250K) = We Want To Play Latin America. Because we want to play Latin America. And even if Our Friends To The South don’t want to hear us, this would allow us the abilityto rent our own venues. So there.
Why should I tempt fate and do another Kickstarter project when the last one ("Save Blue Like Jazz") was so wildly successful it can never be repeated?
Because before I became your 11th favorite filmmaker I was your 8th favorite recording artist, and I know you've missed me making music because you wrote and told me on Facebook and why would you lie?
And while it's true most recording artists get worse as they get older —usually much worse — isn't it at least statistically possible I may have gotten better?
Yes. And here's how:
1. Form a band with Jimmy Abegg, John Mark Painter and another longtime collaborator who was supposed to remain secret due to contractual restrictions but he/she enjoys drumming, surfing and running through photos cloaked in camo-net. Commence recording album's worth of suitable material.
2. Write lyrics culled from two decades of Life's Rich Pageant. Judge each line harshly. Refine until satisfied.
3. Discover to your surprise that your singing voice may have improved with age. Make note to record vocals asap before the onset of any potential throat-debilitating illness.
4. Return to Kickstarter community with outstretched palm. Include money back guarantee. Try not to reek of desperation.
And in anticipation of your frequently asked questions...
What will the music sound like?
Your favorite color + your favorite candy + rock = the sound of STATPF
Is there a deeper meaning behind the band moniker?
"Steve Taylor" sings lead vocals and writes the lyrics / "And The Perfect Foil" write and record the music. And yes, those four words just happen to comprise an acronym of the band members' surnames. Coincidence? Yes, actually.
We've been hearing about a new Steve Taylor album since the Clinton Administration. How do we know this is real?
I've played the demos for the neighbor kids. They will confirm that 1) It's real; and 2) It's weird when a grown man asks you to listen to his demos.
Will there be a tour?
It depends. Will you bring your friends?
Aren't you rich, Steve Taylor? Why don't you fund it yourself?
I was, in fact, reasonably well off at one time from a thriving music career that included writing songs you love, singing some of them, and producing a world-wide hit that rhymes with "Kiss Me." But five years into the New Millennium I developed a filmmaking habit that has required constant infusions of personal cash to the point where I can no longer fund anything beyond the occasional date night.
But don't you have a bank and/or rich friends who would loan you the money?
Yes, I do. And yes, they probably would. But thanks to certain principles laid out in a certain book given to me last year (authored by a certain Mr. Ramsey), I'd rather pre-sell the new album to all of you than borrow money to make it. And an even bigger reason is this: I have no idea how many people even care. Are there 100 of you? 1,000 of you? More? I can't think of a better platform than Kickstarter for finding out how many fans are interested in a new album, then expanding those plans accordingly, including whether or not it makes sense to go on tour.
How will the money be spent?
Recording=$12,000 / Mixed and mastered by professionals=$10,000 / Artwork=$3,000 / Music Videos & P.R. to feed the promotional juggernaut=$7,000 / Estimated cost of backer incentives & Kickstarter fees=$8,000 / Grooming for the band photo=$1.50 / Grand Total = $40,001.50
Will you go back to making movies after this?
That's the plan, God-willing. I've even got the screenplay I'm working on open in a separate window on my laptop. But making movies is hard—much harder than making music—and it takes me ten times as long (3-6 years) to make a movie as it takes me to record an album (3-6 months). Is my math accurate? Plus it's almost fifty times more expensive: $1-2mil for me to make a movie vs. $30-40K for me to record an album. And yes, I just did the mental math on that last statistic, which is why you can trust me with your money.
P.S. Some of you will want to know that the long-in-gestation Chagall Guevara live album is at the ready. My Guevarian bandmates felt it would be better to keep its release separate, so we hope to further press our luck by launching that campaign in January...
Risks and challenges
Barring any unforeseen hubris (I just re-read Luke 12:16-21), we hope to pull this off with minimal delays or mishaps.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes. And if you can't make the Nashville show, you can have two tickets to the show of your choice.
To keep within fire code regulations, we recommend up to 25 guests or 4,000 pounds of guests.
Pledge $1 or more
The first single! You will be the first to hear it (via digital download) and judge it. And if you're not completely satisfied, I will send a refund of $1 to your home address. As a bonus, I will send you a link to download the "Squint" album, which is my personal favorite and should be yours as well, and which is unavailable on iTunes, even though Lord knows I've tried to get the record label to re-release it, so what are they gonna do, sue me? Because a cease and desist order will only make me stronger, and I'll let you download it as well.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $8 or more
The entire album! Imagine an entire album (via digital download) of brand new tracks from Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil for a mere $8. How do we do it? Volume. And yes, it comes with the same money back guarantee. Because writing checks is easier than making "Blue Like Jazz" thank you calls.Estimated delivery:
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The album on CD, enveloped in a lush and artful package! (Includes all the above plus our now-famous money back guarantee.)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A quality t-shirt emblazoned with the band's moniker! (Does not include our money back guarantee. What are we, Nordstrom?) Includes album download.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The same t-shirt with a CD! Because you like to kick it old skool. (Includes album download.)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A limited edition poster, signed and numbered by the band! Album download included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
The album on red-transparent vinyl! This hyper-limited edition will be hand-silkscreened by Jimmy Abegg and signed, numbered and kissed by the band using their actual lip prints. (Don't ask.) These red vinyl albums will be exclusive to our beloved backers and will not be available anywhere else. Album download included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $125 or more
The works! The signed poster! The t-shirt! The download! The CD! And the hyper-limited edition red vinyl LP! It's like the best gift bag you never got from that party you should have been invited to. (And since the vinyl may take an extra few weeks, we'll send it under separate cover if necessary.)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $200 or more
11 backers Limited (39 left of 50)
A 4" x 6" illustration of your face by Jimmy Abegg on archival water color paper, suitable for framing! You email us your photo, and Jimmy will transform your visage into something whimsically iconic. Includes poster, t-shirt, download, CD and red vinyl LP.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
79 backers Limited (21 left of 100)
Two tickets to an exclusive Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil live concert and VIP party in Nashville! The show is scheduled for Friday night, April 25th at a venue so fabulous and secretive that we may have to bribe the cops! Special guests will join us on stage to further blow your mind! I'm getting a lump in my throat just thinking about you missing out! Includes poster, t-shirt, download, CD and red vinyl LP.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $300 or more
The Steve Taylor lyric of your choice, lovingly and painstakingly handwritten and framed by me! If you'd prefer one of the many songs I wrote with other bands, that can be arranged. And yes, I'll gladly personalize it. Includes poster, t-shirt, download, CD and red vinyl LP.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $400 or more
7 backers Limited (8 left of 15)
Jimmy Abegg will paint your face on an 18" x 20" canvas suitable for framing! And the entire band will sign it, as if we actually helped. Includes poster, t-shirt, download, CD and red vinyl LP.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
7 backers All gone!
You will be listed in the CD album credits under "Additional Musicians" as having played one of these instruments: vibes, jenga, breathalyzer, zeitgeist, turbinado, vodaphone and condoleeza. You will select your preferred instrument based on order of sign-up, and your name will appear in the same size type as the other musicians. And yes, this offer is transferrable to any friend or family member who "never got the credit." Includes poster, t-shirt, download, CD and red vinyl LP.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)
A Jimmy Abegg custom painted guitar! Jimmy has painted guitars for bonafide celebrities. Like you. You can either send us your guitar or we'll purchase a quality instrument for you at no additional charge. Includes poster, t-shirt, download, CD and red vinyl LP, plus two tickets to either the Nashville Secret Show on April 25th or the show of your choice. (Does not include a money back guarantee, but a guitar gilded with Jimmy's loving brushstrokes should improve your playing.)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,500 or more
4 backers All gone!
Your name will appear as an Executive Producer on the back cover of the CD and LP immediately after the "Produced By" credit (and in the same type size)! With a maximum of four Exec Producers, you'll be listed in order of sign-up, which will look way more legit than an alphabetical list. Best of all, when your friends marvel at your industry connections, you can feign indifference as you pass their demo to your intern. I will also do a personal 30 minute Skype session with each of you prior to the album's release, wherein I'll preview some tracks, show you some artwork and do a cartwheel. Because that's how I treat my Executive Producers. Includes poster, t-shirt, download, CD and red vinyl LP.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $3,000 or more
Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil will record an acoustic version of the song of your choice from Steve's extensive song catalogue! We will make a single pressing of the track on clear 12" vinyl, and you will own the only copy. Then we'll release the track as a free download with your name on it—i.e. "The Finish Line" (Jane Doe's Acoustic Version)—so that the wider public can benefit from your largesse. Includes poster, t-shirt, download, CD and red vinyl LP, the Jimmy Abegg Portrait Of Your Face, plus four tickets to either the Nashville Secret Show on April 25th or the show of your choice.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or more
You and the guests of your choice are invited to an elegant dinner at my house to celebrate your birthday. The band will attend, and we'll do a thirty minute acoustic set in your honor, including our version of "Happy Birthday To You" customized to include your actual name. My house is in Nashville, Tennessee. I will provide directions. And fire code regulations allow you to invite up to 25 guests or 4,000 pounds of guests. (Scale not included.) Includes poster, t-shirt, download, CD and red vinyl LP, the Jimmy Abegg Portrait Of Your Face, plus four tickets to either the Nashville Secret Show on April 25th or the show of your choice.Estimated delivery:
And if, perchance, you've got $10K burning a hole in your mattress (and you live within the continental U.S.)... You provide the sound system and we will bring the rock — a full set from Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil on a date to be mutually determined. We'll cover our own travel, we'll include every other reward from #1-16, and we'll help put the furniture back.Estimated delivery:
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