OUR BEST ALBUM EVER...
YEAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOO. We've done it! We've made another Young Knives record... We've been toiling away in our little practice space which you can see in the super moody video we shot up at the top.⇑
We've made it past our target!
Thanks to everyone involved. To celebrate we are going to have a party! This will also be the launch party for the release of the 'Oh Happiness' EP.
Where: Buffallo Bar, Highbury, London
When: 26th June
There are only 150 tickets available so get involved and it is only available until Wed 22nd on Kickstarter. After that if there are any spaces left they will go on general release at £12 plus booking fee.
I know you don't all live in London but we will of course be adding more dates to the diary dead soon.
We have added a new tier but as existing backers you can just up your pledge by £10 and send us an email: email@example.com with your name. If you want more than 1 ticket up your pledge by the correct amount and email us your list of names. There will be no physical ticket sent to you but your names will be on the door.
Cheers Henry x
In fact we are pretty pleased to be announcing the release of two new records in 2013. An EP in June called 'OH HAPPINESS' and a full album 'SICK OCTAVE' in September.
NEW!!!!! FREE DOWNLOAD.
Free download of gnarly new song Reproduction. This is the first track from our 'Oh Happiness' EP released in June:
We are working with some righteous chicks and dudes at Kickstarter to bring these records out because, well, its much more fun to do it yourself. We also wanted to be free of record labels and producers making decisions about our music. For some reason when you are working with record labels it’s an assumption that you book into a £500 per day studio and a producer tells you what is wrong with your music and makes it better for you. I know it’s a cliché but after these sessions we have always felt there was no good reason why we couldn’t have done it ourselves like we always used to do. Expensive microphones do sound nice but they don’t make music more exciting, that’s all down to the people making it so we bought an old desk off ebay and a few mics and started recording. Its so much more fun and you can hear it in the tracks.
This is a completely undiluted Young Knives record.
If your reading this it is probably because you care about music too so think of the Kickstarter like caring about the provenance of your food except without all the banging on and hiked up prices. And of course this isn't swanky food, this is more like Skips and cheap Cider. So it's a bit like getting really good Skips from the Skips farmer. I don't know what Skips are made of but this guy grows them really well. The analogy doesn't really work but it just means you won't be buying this record in whatever the equivalent of Tesco's is for music (it's Tesco's isn't it), you'll be getting it straight from the backwater slaughterhouse, freshly murdered in unsanitary conditions.
Jamie Fullerton, features editor at the NME said that our record is brilliant and he only heard the demos, cheers Jamie:
"Some of it sounds like Kraftwerk. Some of it sounds like a late 1990s computer games console being forced into a food processor. Some of sounds like experimental Blur. Some of it sounds like The Fall. Some of those riffs do sound a bit like Gang Of Four still, actually. It’s the most intriguing, dark, out there yet still instantly lapel-gripping music the band has ever created. Young Knives under the bed sheets."
The great thing for us is being able to make whatever record we want and we know you want us to be artistically free. We are pretty suggestible people so being involved with the shiny grime of the music industry has sometimes pushed us in completely the wrong direction. Doing our record through Kickstarter means that we can afford to hire in a wicked mixer (David Wrench, who did that Caribou record and Is Tropical and a whole host of cool records) but also get as crazy as we want on the record. Lots of the record is now finished in terms of the actual recording but we have to now mix, master and package the record in the bestest possible way. This is where you come in and we give you super rewards for your efforts.
We want you to be involved in our evolution. We've put together a nice scale of rewards from £1 to £5,000. If anyone goes for the £5,000 I'll do a rudie. We want you to pre order our records in whatever format you feel like with what ever sexy extras you want and we promise we will deliver an exciting, no holes barred Young Knives record that is not crap.
We are also going to be adding videos and updates as we continue the recording process. Also watch out for free downloads...
Obviously the main reason for all of this is the music and we are offering everything you can think of. The EP "OH HAPPINESS" will be coming out in June and the Album "SICK OCTAVE" will be in September on the format of your choice. If you order the Vinyl Album you can get a Kickstarter only limited edition picture disk. Watch this space for the artwork to be revealed. We are also slipping a digital copy of our first self released record in 'NOLENS VOLENS' which has early versions of tracks from 'VOICES OF ANIMALS AND MEN' like Weekends and Bleakdays, The Decision and In the Pink.
A kick starter only t-shirt designed by me (Henry) that is RAD.
We are particularly proud of our Sick Octave Synth. This is a dirty little sound maker that no-one will be able to keep their hands off. It's designed and made by us, it's hand painted, it's all over the new record and there are only 200 available, thats it, when they are gone they are gone.
Check out this video of the house of Lords laying down a blistering synth solo with sick octave no.1 of 200. How does he do it?
THE FAMILY SILVER
We are selling off some excellent YK one-off Memorabilia. drum skins, stage backdrops etc... Perhaps some of this would look nice on your wall. Check them out:
YOUR FACE IN THE ALBUM.
by chosing THE BOOK OF THE SICK option your becoming a exective producer on the album. Your face appears in the middle of the gatefold vinyl and in the CD booklet.
BIG MONEY PRIZE
These are really only for the seriously rich and obsessive super fans. We decided against the YOUNG KNIVES FANTASY VIDEO TAPE which really meant compromising our integrity a little too much but why not INVEST in the YOUNG KNIVES WEDDING BAND or STAR IN A VIDEO...
Keep in touch with us on facebook or twitter if you have questions or ideas for other things we can offer. We will consider any cool ideas. We are booking shows for the end of the summer so the album tour will be on so keep your eyes peeled for dates. And most of all thank you!
Risks and challenges
Things never go completely smoothly and we want to make sure that we don't mess any of our bestest fans about so we will always offer money back in the very unlikely event that we cannot fulfil your order. There are some rewards that may require specific dates being arranged with you and we know that things like that can be hard to coordinate. Always email us before at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about what you are buying.
Also if the bundle you want isn't there just email us and if we can do it we will give you a special price.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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