UPDATE #3—October 13, 2016
We’re very encouraged with the way you all have responded to this Kickstarter with pledges and promotion. But we’re not quite finished. We have only a couple days left, and we need one more good surge to reach our goal.
In the meantime, here’s another fully-mastered track from I Have Seen the End—“Regal Knight.” A collage of word pictures, this fun-loving song explores all the feelings of vacancy and inadequacy a happily married man feels when his wife isn’t around. It’s certainly true: “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Gen. 2:18).
Fun facts about “Regal Knight”:
1. Justus wrote “Regal Knight” before he even began dating his wife. It’s actually one of the older songs on the album. It’s strange sometimes how you can formulate the truth in words, and not even realize how true those words are until later experience confirms them and fleshes them out.
2. The final recording of “Regal Knight” had a funny part at the beginning of the track that we decided not to include in the album (in order to maintain the flow). Jesse had begun playing the song on his acoustic guitar when Justus had to shut it down because something was making noise. It turned out our drummer, Demetris (AKA “D”), who doesn’t come in until later in the song, was taking the opportunity to eat from a bag of Cheetos, the metallic crinkling of which was clearly audible through his microphones. While the tape was still rolling, a somewhat lengthy exchange ensued, which had us all laughing. That mood, perfect for “Regal Knight,” carried us through that take, which was a keeper.
3. Jesse was supposed to sing harmony with Justus on the part that begins, “And so this is the point of my tune …” He forgot to sing during the keeper take, and we also forgot to overdub his part later. We’re thankful for God’s providence in that, since it makes a lot of sense that Justus should be singing alone in a song about the pain of being alone.
There have been numerous providences dotting the path we’ve taken to make I Have Seen the End. And there are just a few more providences left before this record is fully funded and available to everyone. Thank you for being a part of that!
UPDATE #2—October 10, 2016
We are very, very excited to be working with Soniphone Records in Everett, WA to give I Have Seen the End a super-limited edition double-LP vinyl release. Each record will be hand-cut on 180-gram audiophile vinyl and manufactured using historic equipment similar to that used by artists such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Roy Orbison. The album will be a double LP to accommodate the natural constraints of the vinyl medium, putting audio distortion and degradation at the absolute minimum.
If you’ve already pledged to the Kickstarter and would like to upgrade to receive the vinyl record, you can do so right from the main page of this Kickstarter campaign. Underneath the funding goal and remaining time in the campaign should be a window which displays your current pledge amount. Click the “Manage” icon in that window, and Kickstarter will guide you through the rest.
There will be only fifteen copies available, so act quickly if you would like one of these beauties. The vinyl records are not set to arrive until late January/early February, but we will send the rest of your incentives immediately upon the successful funding of the campaign. We will be sure to inform all vinyl recipients of the progress on their incentives.
Soniphone Records is a boutique record label and one of only six small-batch vinyl manufacturers internationally, offering consumer grade vinyl production to musicians at an affordable price and supporting a diverse roster of artists. For more information, visit www.soniphonerecords.com.
UPDATE #1—October 4, 2016
Brock’s Folly fans really stepped up on the first day: pledging nearly $1,000! In response to your enthusiastic support, we decided to share one of the tracks from the new album: “The Hardest Lesson.” It’s been tracked, mixed, and fully mastered. We hope you enjoy it!
Fun facts about “The Hardest Lesson”:
1. We recorded the foundation for this track live (i.e., all five band members recorded individual parts at the same time) then over-dubbed two additional parts to our original recording: the distorted, strummed guitar part (since Phil can’t play two guitar parts at one time) and Justus’ accordion part (he can’t play the accordion easily while standing because of a broken accordion strap, and we didn’t want to lose any of that stomping energy from his vocal).
2. Justus sings his “hardest lesson” first. Then Phil sings his. Then Jesse sings his. Then all three of them sing a round. Then all three sing simultaneously. Headphones or a good set of stereo speakers will help you to distinguish the voices.
3. “The Hardest Lesson” fits very well into the title theme of the album (I Have Seen the End), which touches on the idea from Ecclesiastes 7:8 that “the end is better than the beginning.” Oftentimes, in the beginning, youthful zeal and naiveté propel us forward in our ambitions. We think those ambitions are enough. We foolishly think that our dreams are as big as they need to be. How do we distinguish, though, between our own ambitions and the calling of the Lord? What if God calls us to something harder, something greater: to service, to submission, or to suffering? Are we willing in the midst of that call to let our young dreams burn in order to reach out with tempered zeal to the hope set before us in the end?
Thank you all for your support and encouragement. Please remember to share this Kickstarter around with friends and family. We’ll be posting updates and a few new songs along the way. Until next time...
We pulled up around 7 pm on Wednesday, August 17 to begin what would be a four-night recording adventure. For two years, we had been practicing nearly every Wednesday night until the wee hours of Thursday morning, so it was beautifully appropriate that our first night of recording would fall on a Wednesday. Patrick’s home was ours until Saturday.
Some eight years earlier, what would become Brock’s Folly began with a freshman talent show and a handful of boys who were awkwardly working through the process of becoming men. Year after year, the lineup would change and the music would follow. Little by little is how life plays out more times than not.
A lot of life has happened since the beginning, and now in the late summer of 2016, there are only two original members of the band left— Justus and Jesse. The gaps have been filled in by Michael, a rock/blues bassist; Phil, a classically trained guitarist; and Demetris, an R&B/funk drummer. We are a folk band gone terribly astray. It’s not typical, but it’s fun. And it feels right.
That combination of oddness and rightness surfaced while we recorded at Patrick’s house. Wednesday night we struggled through several of our live tracks, and by the end of the night, we were in the front yard with furrowed brows and squinting eyes wondering if this was going to work out as well as we had planned. By Thursday night we had found a little bit of a groove, and muscle memory began to carry us. Friday and Saturday came and went, and on Saturday night we finished tracking at right about the time we had planned. It was a blast and a half. Our third record was recorded. There were yellow beads here and there, but it was good. The album that we had been looking for found us in Decatur.
This may not be our last album, but it’s the last for a good while at any rate. We worked hard on this one, and we think you’ll enjoy it. We need your help to finish the project though. We’re not making any money off of it, but there are fees for mixing, replication, mastering, and bumper stickers.
This is where you come in. If you want to be a part of making this third Brock’s Folly album a reality, please support us by giving to our Kickstarter. There are different packages at different prices, but all of them go to helping us get this off the ground. We love you guys. We look forward to giving you this last album. It’s been a pleasure playing for you.
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