We are a band called Down I Go, who live in different countries
We were happily separated with no thoughts of reformation, until, earlier this year, from out of the blue, we received a facebook message from a then unknown to us Icelandic fellow who asked if we would like to go and write a record at his artist residency in the beautiful setting of Fljótstunga Travel Farm, Iceland. We, of course, could not refuse.
In September this year, we'll fly to Iceland from our respective homes of Chicago, London and Toronto, and spend 10 days writing an album that we promise will be our very best yet. We'll then fly home, and set about recording everything to our usual high standard in Chicago and London, taking the time to craft perfect performances, great interpretations of the music we've written, and hopefully (depending how much money we raise) accompanying orchestrations on a scale we've previously only dreamed of.
We need to make this a kickstarter project for a few reasons. Firstly, some of us have foolishly accumulated wives, children and pets who would be none too pleased with us throwing our dog/baby food money away on such folly. Secondly, we'll be unable to tour or play any shows to promote this record, so this is our best chance of raising enough to see us through.
We've set the goal at the minimum we need for flights to make this work, but don't be shy in buying, the more we make, the more we can spend on the actual recording process, album artwork etc. Nothing will be left of whatever we raise once we are finished, not even for baby food...
If you want to donate for more than one item on the list in a combination we haven't provided for, please just send us a message and we will work out a donation amount for the combination you would like.
We aim to have this whole project complete and released by June 2015 at the very, very latest. Rewards that can be delivered along the way such as cover songs and how to play videos will be sent as soon as they're complete and arrive as a delightful surprise.
Your help will be genuinely and massively appreciated because of course, without it, we could never consider such an ambitious project.
Thank you, goodnight, we love you all.
Limited Edition T Shirt Designed by Paul Jackson
It's a Panther saying 'Down I Go'. What more could you want? Black print on white T Shirt of any size.
'Poseidon' Video Props
The Cyclops Head (2:30) and Odysseus Costume (2:40) from our acclaimed video for 'Poseidon' (dir Adam Powell). These are one-off, hand made props.
Tyrant 'Grinder' Back Cover - Collage Canvas by Stuart Lee
A load of maps and gas masks going into the meat grinder., coming to a wall near you soon.
Tyrant 'Coin-Eye' Painting - Oil on Canvas by Stuart Lee
A mixed media oil and collage work of Alan's face with a coin for an eye.
Tyrant 'Pigman' Cover Art - Oil on Canvas by Stuart Lee
The painting that constituted the iconic cover art of our critically acclaimed 2008 album 'Tyrant'. We'll be very sorry to see this one go. Your one chance to snap it up.
The Pearl 12x7 Maple snare drum used on Tyrant
Risks and challenges
Down I Go have traditionally written their albums over the course of several weeks, with no deadlines, at the leisurely pace of grandpa doing the crossword in the back of the Sunday paper. Being forced to write ten songs in one week may seem like a tall order, especially when a man as stubbornly lazy and uncooperative as Alan is in your band, but bear in mind that we'll be on a mountain in Iceland, where alcohol is prohibitively expensive. We will have no distractions. It'll be a toss up between noisecore and chasing sheep.
The other challenge will be recording the album internationally (see above comments about Alan). But two things will help as accomplish our goal. The internet, and Alan's love for Chicago style barbecue meats.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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