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Weird, fun, infectious, hand-crafted PowerGum music (power-pop-bubblegum)...from outer space!
Weird, fun, infectious, hand-crafted PowerGum music (power-pop-bubblegum)...from outer space!
456 backers pledged $28,203 to help bring this project to life.

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THE SHORT VERSION: I'm Storm DiCostanzo of "Paul and Storm", and this campaign funded a PowerGum album (power-pop-bubblegum), fronted by a comic-character band in the tradition of The Archies and Gorillaz.

From my work with Paul and Storm (and previously with a cappella band Da Vinci's Notebook), you may know that I love doing comedy music. I've also written/co-written music and comedy for other incredible projects, including MST3K on Netflix.

But I also craft music-music—not necessarily comedy—for kicks. I never thought of it as something to produce “for real” until around November 2016, when I started assembling it into this PowerGum music project to distract myself from the news, and experience some joy for a change!

The music is fun, hopeful and energetic, with catchy melodies and harmonies, and plenty of clever wordplay. Audio bacon for your ears and soul. 

As my brain dictated the project, it told me that the voice of the music it's feeding me is from, you know, outer space. That's not my usual. And that it's a cartoon band, somewhere between the Archies and Gorillaz.

They're five seemingly ordinary people who've been transported by a mysterious force to a future dimension and become the SIDECAR ASTRONAUTS. They survive by traveling the galaxy and playing for anyone that will listen, and they have to learn to get along and make that happen. Adam Levermore is bringing them to visual life—this is his first concept image:

They're part of a much larger universe that spans the galaxy and across hundreds of thousands of years, and I'm going to tell as much of their story as i can. 

Band At-a-Glance

 ERNEST DAZZLES (Ernie Roper)

 GABBY Q (Gabby McKeon)

 

 SELPHIE VAYPES (Vince Delarosa)

 

SNOPES (Mortimer Snopes)

 

 SLIDERS (Emily M-L Snowden)

Emily's business plan for expanding her operations (no takers yet, but she's only pitched it to 53 people so far):

 

 

                          

I MUST DO THE THING, and NOW CAN because of BACKERS' HELP!

I'm working with Christian Cassan (multi-instrumentalist producer of Jonathan Coulton's album Solid State, among many other things)—he's AMAZING—to help make the recordings world-class. I also have the help of musical pals, most especially Paul and Jonathan.

"Magic" Christian Cassan
"Magic" Christian Cassan

In addition to Christian's time and considerable talents, Backers funded involving other world-class musicians (including a real horn section), plus many hours of engineering, mixing, mastering, graphic design and layout, administrative help, and so many more whatnots. (Ohhhh those whatnots!)

Postcards from Secret Garden Studios
Postcards from Secret Garden Studios

Some of the funding is also earmarked to bringing the band and their story to life. In addition to album art and illustrated bits for fun and general promo, the project may expand to comic treatments, an episodic "radio play" chronicling the band's adventures to go along with the album, and/or animated music videos.

I've enlisted Ken Plume and Dan Edwards to explore making the videos happen, and have a team of professional writerfolk pals to advise on the characters and stories. This title card sequence animated by Dan will give you a small taste of how the characters look in motion:

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Sidecar Astronauts is about pushing back against hopelessness, especially when things seem bleak. Thank you, Backers!

Character designs by Adam Levermore
Character designs by Adam Levermore

 

 

Risks and challenges

I've been writing, producing and recording albums for nearly three decades, but a top-quality PowerGum music album is new territory for me. Fortunately I have many friends who've done this sort of thing before who can help me keep it on track.

While I have experience producing projects involving artwork, and have managed extraordinarily complicated projects generally (including some animation), I have never produced a comic book or cartoons of the sort I have in mind. But if funding brings those things into play, I have pals with more extensive experience, and will consult with them to make The Most Awesome Things Possible.

It's also not my only project! Paul and Storm always has something cooking (including completing the cover song collaborations for the Ball Pit campaign); I'm one of the principal organizers of the JoCo Cruise; and will hopefully once again be writing for Mystery Science Theater 3000. But it's a normal part of my life to have a half dozen or more major projects going at once, and I factored them all in before committing to make Sidecar Astronauts happen.

There's also always a chance that The Most Amazing But Time-Consuming Opportunity in the World will come along, requiring me to clear my calendar (e.g. being cast as the new James Bond, or being asked to go on tour with Paul McCartney to play shaker-egg). I don't foresee this sort of thing happening, but in showbiz there are always possibilities! In that sort of scenario, I'd be able to hire someone awesome to manage the most time-intensive parts of this project.

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    Digital Download, but at a way-more-fun price! If luck is a real thing, purchasing the download for this price probably confers a lot of it.

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    This SIDECAR ASTRONAUTS pin will ONLY be made available through this launch campaign! There may be other pins in the future, but this one will forever be THE MOTHER OF ALL SIDECAR ASTRONAUTS PINS.

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    Storm Art

    I will produce a Sidecar Astronauts-themed piece of art for you on a postcard, and sign it! Note: I am NOT a visual artist, and will not spend more than 10 minutes on any one art piece.

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    GUACAMOLE!

    I'll send you a 4-avocado batch of my Famous Guacamole. Will be shipped overnight and packaged appropriately for maximum freshness. Do not select if you do not love garlic or onion. Yes...this is an awful lot to pay for guacamole.

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    I'll write and record a short jingle, for non-commercial use, in consultation with you over Skype, in my home studio.

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    A sketch of YOU (or the individual of your choice, with their consent) will be made in the Sidecar Astronauts style, and sent to you as a high-res image file. Character will be included in at least one visual element of the project.

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    Similar to Drawn In, but your fictional proxy will be Sidecar Astronauts canon, with direct ties to the band! Examples: childhood friend, roadie, sidekick, alien friend, rival band member, etc. Basically, the type of character that might be a recurring role on a sitcom. Will appear in at least one visual element of the project.

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