After 14 years as a band, our new album "THE LIFE AND DEATH TRAGIC COMEDY OF THE STUFFED ANIMAL BAND" is a dark and sometimes hilarious, love letter from us to all of YOU. An experience, beginning to end, this album recreates the stuffed-animal-filled frenzy of a live show, with the production of a high quality studio. And it is about... being in a band, for better or worse.
A few years ago, we began writing these songs as a result of the typical "tragedies" (heartache, sex, regret) but things took a serious turn for the worse when one of own, a band-member... a friend... committed suicide.
This album is dedicated to Her.
...and it begins from a very dark place, with anger, jealousy and rage ..then turns a corner and decides that it wants to be kinder and more gentle, because of the simple fact that Life is precious. Listen as songs concerning the basic animal instincts of selfishness and fear... give way to songs about somebody new... and of course... stuffed animals!!! This album has such a strong live "feel", that you will hear the stuffed animals flying past your face during the louder moments, and you'll be smart to keep your head down during the more passionate sections. However, to lighten the mood and laugh in the face of death.... we've included your favorite jokes, stuffed-animal-themed games, and other "banter" between songs - giving you that authentic Shoulder Voices "had to be there at the bar" quality.
With beautiful album photography/artwork by world renowned photographer Wes Naman and fantastic studio production by the one and only Carlos Jose Raphael Garcia, this is an album to be owned and listened to "old school" ...it even comes with all of the lyrics printed inside... because it means that much to us!
And now, thanks to YOU, by backing this Kickstarter project, YOU can help us finish this record and release it! The songs are recorded, the mixing complete, onto mastering and pressing. As a backer, because you are helping us finish this record... you will get it before it is officially released! You will also be helping us out by contributing to our summer tour. In addition to making this record, these funds will be used to put gas in our van, make videos (one is on the way!) and make newly designed T-shirts, buttons and stickers to sell... that we might put more gas into our van for a tour later this summer. But wait... there's a lot more!
REWARDS!!! Not only do we have newly designed, stuffed-animal-themed-T-shirts!!! ...you can also get your own, authentic Shoulder Voices stuffed animal!!! Some of these stuffed animals have been with us for hundreds of live performances.
In addition to a box-set of our entire back catalog (5 albums) there is a very limited edition 5-CD "Unreleased Collector's Edition Box-Set" with 2 full-length unreleased albums, 2 EPs, cover songs, and other unreleased material spanning our 14 years as a band. There are only 10 of these collector's sets waiting for super STUFFED-ANIMAL-HEAD FANS!!
Or how about a glitter tutorial with Little Bobby, or a glittery rollerskating party with the band!?! You know you wanna learn Little Bobby's glam-rock secrets!
And if YOU are really feeling generous, we will list you as a Producer on this one-of-a-kind album!!!
Our hope is to possibly double or TRIPLE our goal... any and ALL MONEY RAISED THROUGH THIS CAMPAIGN WILL BE DIRECTLY USED FOR THIS BAND, OUR RECORDS AND OUR TOURS. Please consider being a part of this project, which is not just a record, it is THE experience of a band doing something very different when it comes to "albums". Whatever you are able to give, you will have our eternal thanks and sincere appreciation. -Shoulder Voices
Risks and challenges
"We are fully committed to finishing this album, despite the challenges we have already faced. The money raised from this campaign will be used to pay the professionals involved in the engineering, production and finalizing of the album. Once those goals are met, we will invest this money DIRECTLY into our summer tour and we will begin working on an album to hopefully eclipse this one artistically. Thank YOU very much. We Love each and every one of You."
-Little Bobby Tucker, April 17th 2016... Rock N Roll Will Never Die!
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