Update: Donations $25 and up will receive exclusive Dead Birds Adore Us Kickstarter T-shirt!!!
Thank you so much to all our supporters who helped fund this project! We kept the minimum goal modest for necessary manufacturing expenses. But we reeeeeallllyyyyy want to produce Vinyl albums! We need to reach our flex goal for that!
Why Vinyl? Vinyl is a more accurate, rich representation of how the music sounds. It also encourages a more active listening experience, and that is what our music is all about. Everyone who donates $50 and up will receive a vinyl copy if we meet our flex goal.
Dead Birds Adore Us is a Psychedelic Progressive Rock band from Indianapolis. We just finished recording our first full length album, and we are raising funds to professionally manufacture the album and distribute it online.
Just in case you're wondering, the band name started as an inside joke. Noah (Bassist) and Dan (Drummer) were playing basketball one afternoon when suddenly a dead bird appeared on the court. Since then, we seem to notice dead birds more and more in our daily lives. Fun fact: when we had our first official show on 01/01/2011 at the Vollrath Tavern in Indianapolis, thousands of red wing blackbirds died and fell from the sky like rain in Arkansas. We actually like birds, and no animals were harmed in the creation of this band or this recording, but clearly the universe has a sense of humor.
We started in late 2010 as a 3-piece instrumental group with live interactive visuals. We used all of our energy and all of the technology at our disposal to produce the best live performances we possibly could. Using unsettling projected video clips and textures, obscure audio samples, and even incense, we intentionally create an atmosphere to draw the audience in, to share a sacred moment with us.
In 2013, we officially added longtime friend Wes Sims to the band, contributing lead vocals and guitar. Wes played music with Dan and Noah in the past, and he was certainly the missing piece to the puzzle.
In January 2014, we recorded this full length album with Ryan Koch at Arkbarn Studios. These songs are over three years in the making, undergoing an extensive process of combined experimentation and intuitively piecing parts together.
We are excited to finally share this music in professional quality. Once we have the album manufactured, we will be able to distribute the music to people all over the world using services like Amazon, Spotify, Itunes, and Pandora.
$1200 - CD Manufacturing
+ $300 - Backer Rewards/Kickstarter Fees
This is the bare essentials of what we need. If we meet this primary goal, we will be able to distribute our music with people all over the world.
We want to make it very much worth your while for donating to this project. Please check out the backer rewards and what you can get by donating to Dead Birds Adore Us!
Digital Pre Release: Every Donation $2 and up will receive a digital pre-release download up to a month before the album is released.
CDs: 6 Panel Eco-Friendly Packaging
Stickers: Exclusive Kickstarter stickers
Personalized Postcards: From us to you, featuring some of the DBAU video projection artwork.
Autographed Posters (Samples of Live Projected visuals from our shows, constructed by Jerin Kelly): You choose the design! 17"x11"
T-Shirts: Exclusive Limited Edition Kickstarter T-Shirt design, by Mallory Hodgkin
Additional Autographed Framed CD: This is a special-thanks copy of the album for your wall. In case of emergency, break glass.
Original Drawings (Artist: Noah Miles): (Select backer reward on the right corresponding to the drawing # you want)
Original Paintings (Artists: Noah Miles and Ryan Sellick): (Select backer reward on the right corresponding to the painting # you want)
Art Mini-Guitar: One of a kind, wood burned by Noah Miles.
Private Performance: Just for you and your friends. We will play the entire album and music no one else has heard.
Vinyl?: See below. :)
$4,500 - VINYL
That's right. If we raise $4,500, we will manufacture the album in vinyl. Everyone who donates $50 and up will receive a vinyl copy of the album in addition to their backer rewards.
$10,000 - Live DVD
Rallying together some of the best videographers and sound engineers in town, we will produce a DVD of a Dead Birds Adore Us live set, including interviews and behind-the-music footage. Backers who donated $100 and up will receive a DVD in addition to their backer rewards.
We are just a group of artists that love to play music. We want to share it with as many people as possible. We are infinitely grateful for all the support we have received over the years, and we will continue to grow as artists, raise our own bar, and give back in any way we can.
Thank you so much! We love you all.
Risks and challenges
One of the struggles we foresee is the cost of shipping for the backer rewards, due to fragility of original art work and varying sizes. We are trying to make our backer rewards valuable to our contributors, and we are okay with the idea of paying a bit out of pocket to help give back if need be.
The sizes of the original drawings and paintings may vary slightly, and some of the artwork that we are including may be subject to changes before shipping.
The album will be shipped one week before the release date (not yet established). With this in mind, we want to ship everything as quickly as possible, and we will remain connected to our contributors to keep everyone up to speed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter