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New album from Trails and Ways -- 11 songs of lush anticapitalist dreampop
New album from Trails and Ways -- 11 songs of lush anticapitalist dreampop
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We are cooking up a new album: Own It. We need you to help bring it out to the world!

STORY OF THE NEW ALBUM

The sound of this album crosses from dreamy bossanova up to the most upbeat rocknroll we've ever made. There are hooky guitar leads, and back & forth vocals between me (Keith), Madeline, Rebecca and Kendra. 

We started tracking right when we got home from our Brazil tour in December. Now we've built up every song with layered harmonies, melodic basslines and driving live drums.

After a lot of upheaval in the last year--the departure of two dear band members foremost--for us, this music reaches a new level of intimacy and courage. The album has aspiring ecosocialist anthems, sinewy love songs, a club jam for dancing in your bedroom, and a groovy party song about getting social anxiety at parties. I think we've made a set of songs far more personal, powerful and honest than we ever have.

Own It will have eleven tracks, all new originals. It's the first album I've ever made that I like to listen to on repeat. Finally, I have become a true rock n' roll narcissist.

Face up to your true self and find catharsis! Own It! Put a nail in capitalism's coffin! Own It! Destroy neoliberal malaise, inside and out! Own It!

HOW WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Your support will help us:

  • press the album to vinyl and CDs
  • promote the album with a fabulous publicity campaign
  • make 2 new music videos (inc. one planned for filming in Brazil!)
  • hit the road on a two-month tour this Oct.-Dec., across the US and Canada (and hopefully beyond ;), 23 cities and counting...
(bassist Kendra & me loosening up at a rest stop on tour)
(bassist Kendra & me loosening up at a rest stop on tour)

We want to do this album as a self-release in large part because we feel we can count on you, dear community of T&W listeners, to help us own this album ourselves. Releasing with a label usually means you don't earn a cent on selling/streaming your album until you've paid back the label's expenses, usually at least a year after the release. 

If we own this album ourselves, we'll get sustained by it right away, meaning we can focus on live shows and making new songs. Even better, owning this album ourselves means we get to release it on the timeline we want--which means new music sooner for you.

Thank you for anything you can offer to support, and thank you for being a part of making this music come to life.  Let's own it together.

Risks and challenges

We plan to officially release the album on October 7. A week before that, we plan to send it digitally and ship it physically to all our Kickstarter supporters.

Crazy things can happen to timelines in the music biz, but everything is lined up solid for that right now.

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    Album Download

    An audiophile-quality download of the new album, one week before the wide release.

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    Tote Bag + download

    A brand new T&W item for Kickstarter: a sweet canvas tote bag, based on the new album cover by Melbourne's Jack Fowler. Made in the USA, white on red cotton canvas. The ultimate ecosocialist shopping bag, guaranteed to get you approving looks from the cute punks at the vegan deli

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    Signed CD + download

    We will sign & send you a CD of the new album. With our actual names, in Sharpie; fake names & dedications by request

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    Signed Vinyl + download

    Vinyl LP, signed, with lyrics sheet and poly bag. Opens to the left, as political systems should. Plus you get a download code + we'll send you downloads for singles already out right away when the kickstarter finishes

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    Tote! + Signed Album

    The brand new tote bag, white ink on red canvas, plus the new album on your choice of vinyl or CD, signed, with download.

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    Ultimate T&W SuperFan Collection

    All of the music we've ever released! In a tote! And we'll sign it all too.

    Trilingual CD + Pathology CD/vinyl + Own It CD/vinyl + downloads for those + downloads for our cover songs + TOTE!

    Please tell us if you want CD or vinyl, and where on the albums you want us to write an inspiring thank you note

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    Custom Mixtape/CD + signed album + tote

    Tell us five of your favorite bands. Keith will dig in his vibiest DJ crates to make you a mix CD or cassette tape (tell us which). Then he will write a three word poem and draw custom ink art on the disc. Plus you get a signed copy of the new album on CD or vinyl, download and the tote.

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    Hand-drawn Lyrics/Art + album + tote

    Pick your favorite T&W song and favorite shape: Keith will hand draw you a one-of-a-kind poster with the lyrics and "bauhaus-y" art, in archival ink on 96g paper. For whatever room you keep it in, will confer good luck and aesthetic harmony for 1 year minimum. By request, will include tabs/chords to play the song. Also includes signed album (vinyl or CD), download code and tote.

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    Dinner Date with Trails and Ways

    The band will take you plus one out for dinner before our show, in any of our tour cities for our Oct-Dec tour. We will share the deep secrets of our songs, as we twirl spaghetti in the candlelight. And you get a signed album, vinyl or CD, download, and tote

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    Private House Show

    We will rock out for you and friends at your house. We tour all around the US/Canada in Oct-Dec, and we can do this as long as you're within an hour or so off our tour route. May need to be semi-acoustic, depending on the situation. Write us to figure it out; we promise a good time. And you get the album/download/tote combo too.

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    Custom Cover Song

    You pick a song, we'll record it in full band T&W style. You can pick anything, though discretion is advised, results may vary if you send us a Tool song. Mozart and Coltrane: also hard. We'll also send you a signed CD/vinyl and tote bag.

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