The Dangling Participles are thrilled about the opportunity to put together a full-length album of original tunes! We've been gigging together for a few years now—in various configurations—and while we love our live performances (and our faithful fans), we've also been eager to lay down some tracks in the studio.
We could have probably thrown together a decent-sounding demo in our collective basements, but we really wanted to do it right, so we've turned the audio engineering over to Ryan Wert (of Elm Street Recording), who has worked on more than a hundred albums, including the Devotion EP that the original Dang P's trio released in 2015.
Some tracks on our (yet untitled) new album will be time-weathered tunes that we've played for years and that our fans have grown to love, including "For a Lifetime," "Matisse," and "Quarter Till June," the video of which we just recently released, so have a look:
Other tracks on the album will be newer tunes, or songs that we've recently re-imagined. While many songs capture a lot of the fun and energy of our live shows, we're also excited to provide some intimacy, arrangements, and instrumentation on a few tracks that are unique to the studio experience.
The Dangling Participles are a Lansing-based band with a diverse song set ranging from rootsy folk and Americana to Latin jazz and blues. The band’s strong and soulful vocals—shared by Tamiko Rothhorn and Austin Kaufmann—give the group its signature sound, rich in harmonies. Austin anchors the group on guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, with Tamiko adding cornet and ukulele. Tim Patterson fills out the low end on double bass, and percussionist Dan Moreno rounds out the rhythm section.
For those of you curious about our band name—"The Dangling Participles"—it's an English grammar term, as the three original band members (Austin Kaufmann, Larry Zwier, and Maggie Vosters) were all English teachers. If your first thought is "Knowing nothing about grammar, dangling participles always confused me!" then talk with Austin! By the way, you'll notice that in the rewards section, we have affectionately given each reward category an English grammar name.
Confident that our fans, friends, and family would step up to help us with the fundraising, we began recording at the end of December, 2017. And this is where we are now—in the studio—and we're having a blast!
We'll continue working in the studio through February. In March, after getting everything mixed, we'll have the album mastered, pressed, and printed. We plan to have the discs in your hands before our Album Release Concert, Thursday, April 19th, at The Robin Theatre in REO Town of Lansing, MI. (Click here for tickets.)
Minimum Budget: We've put together a detailed budget of exactly what we think we'll need to cover our minimum costs: $7,500. Thankfully, we've already received around $2,000 in pledges toward raising the funds we need, which brings down our Kickstarter minimum target to $5,500.
Stretch Goals: To fully realize our vision for this album, we would ideally like to raise about $2,000 more so that we can add a few more songs, and add some additional instrumentation. Thus, we've created a few "Stretch Goals" to identify exactly how additional donations would be spent.
Credits and Thanks
First of all, we need to thank all of you who have donated or are about to donate! We couldn't do this without you! And we would be remiss if we did not thank a few of our private, anonymous donors who have already given generously outside of Kickstarter.
A huge thank you to Steven Glynn (Steven Glynn Photography) and Jake Seibert (Jake Seibert Photography) for the phenomenal work you did producing our music video of "Quarter Till June" as well as the Kickstarter video. Many thanks once again to Ryan Wert at Elm Street Recording, and to Dylan Andrew MacNaughton Rogers at The Robin Theatre. Thanks to Luca Giupponi for photography, and also to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, Larry Zwier and MSU's English Language Center, and to the Genesee Gardens Cohousing group for support over the years.
Last, but not least, thank you to our incredible spouses and families for allowing us the time and space to put this album together.
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Risks and challenges
While this is the first full studio album recorded by this particular ensemble, it’s not our first time in the studio. We've got several albums with several bands under our collective belt. In any event, it’s not just the music side of things that contributes to the success or failure of most bands’ Kickstarter projects; it's the other aspects of project management. Fortunately, between the four of us, we have ample experience managing money, planning events, working collaboratively, and doing project development. We got this!
Thankfully, we also have the support of amazing spouses, families, and friends, and a community of fans who are all rooting for us. We're confident that we can deliver and that you'll have your Dangling Participles album in your hands by the end of April, 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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