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A truly international effort: Writing an album in Iceland, then recording it in Chicago and London.
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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.

REWARD DETAILS

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.

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    THE NEW ALBUM -

    A pre-release digital download of the new album. You'll be the first to hear it!

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    EXCLUSIVE GODS OUTTAKE EP FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS -

    A very exclusive EP of unreleased music featuring vocals from Jamie Lenman (Reuben), Adam Powell (Holy Show) and Rupert Morris (BATS). These are some awesome sounds with some of our favourite musicians. Includes a pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    BACK CATALOGUE -

    CD copies of our previous albums 'This Is Disastercore' and 'Tyrant' as well as a Blue 10" Vinyl Copy of the 'Gods' EP. This represents AWESOME value. Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    NEW ALBUM VINYL -

    A copy of the limited edition 12" vinyl of the album. The record will be limited to a run of 250 and never repressed

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    The pre-release digital download of the new album

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    LIMITED EDITION T SHIRT -

    An amazingly cool limited edition t shirt designed by the almighty Paul Jackson. State your size in a message to us and we'll get it made up for you. Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    HAND WRITTEN LYRICS - Personalised Handwritten lyrics for the Down I Go song of your choice. I'll by a special fountain pen for it and everything. Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    HOW TO PLAY LIKE DOWN I GO -

    A 'How To Play' video of the Down I Go song of your choice on the instrument of your choice. Think about it; £25 to force us how to remember to play our own music. That's a bargain. Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    VINYL AND T SHIRT - The Vinyl as described above as well as a limited edition T Shirt designed by Paul Jackson in the size of your choice AND the pre-release digital download of the album.

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    A2 ARTWORK SCREENPRINT -
    A huge, amazing A2 screen print of the artwork from the new album for your wall at home. Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

    (Design TBC, but it'll be someone really good)

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    EXCLUSIVE DEMOS, VINYL & T SHIRT -

    New Album Vinyl, Download and T Shirt as described above as well as an exclusive CD-R of the demos we produce during our writing session in Iceland. Demos will likely be more ragged and boisterous than the finished product and certainly book-ended with background conversation about song structure/how fat Alan is.

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    A COVER -

    Down I Go will cover the song of your choice and send you the recording to do with as you wish. Please be kind with your choice! Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    DATE WITH ALAN - Available only in the Greater Toronto Area, spend an evening with Alan at a restaurant of his choice and experience his unique form of mental abuse. Alan promises to bestow upon you an optimal amount of romantic attention* regardless of your gender, age, or physical appearance.

    *i.e. none.

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    STUDIO DIARY -

    A handwritten diary (in a fancy bound folio) of our time writing in Iceland with entries from Ben, Alan, Pete and anyone else who might be knocking about, limited to an edition of ONE! Expect musings, tech talk and drawings. Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    'POSEIDON' VIDEO PROPS -

    The Cyclops head mask and Odysseus costume from the critically acclaimed viral smash that is the Poseidon video. These are unique, handmade props unlike anything else in the world. Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

    London Pickup/Hand Delivery Only!!!

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    TYRANT 'GRINDER' BACK COVER COLLAGE CANVAS -
    Oil/mixed media (i.e. bits of maps) original artwork from Tyrant (CD jewel case tray insert). Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    TYRANT 'COIN EYE' PAINTING -

    Oil on canvas original artwork from Tyrant (CD insert back print). Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    THE SNARE DRUM ON TYRANT - Want to know the secret to Down I Go's snare sound? Simple: a tiny, deep snare tuned really low. Own the Pearl 12x7 Maple snare used on Tyrant.

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    TYRANT 'PIGMAN' COVER ART - Oil/mixed media (i.e. a map) on canvas, original cover artwork from Tyrant. Includes the pre-release digital download of the new album.

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    BEN WILL RECORD YOUR BAND -

    DiG drummer and recording engineer, responsible for the 'unique' sound of Down I Go records, has been recording other bands this whole time, and can come to you with his mobile rig, record your band for two days and provide you with a mixed and mastered EP. Check out http://gotmics.com to hear more examples of his work. How many songs you get down in those two days depends how good your band is, but a four song EP is a good bench mark to aim for. If you're in the UK, plan on recording September 15-18 (before we potentially go to Iceland) or October 1st-7th (when we'd get back), or any other time if you're in the American Mid-West (Ben lives in Chicago). Or if time is not an issue, Ben is likely to be back in the UK sometime in Spring 2015. All other parts of the world considered, provided you can get him there. Message him at ben@gotmics.com with any logistical questions you may have.

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    YOUR FACE AS THE COVER OF THE RECORD SLEEVE - Yup, simple as that. Your own lovely countenance will adorn the cover of the new record (possibly in a pertinent costume) if you're crazy enough to stump up £2500. I should imagine you can have a T Shirt, Vinyl, Back Catalogue and pretty much whatever else you want too.

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