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Futuristic Big Band Zubatto Syndicate returns to the studio to record its second album, fusing together jazz, rock, hip-hop and more.
Futuristic Big Band Zubatto Syndicate returns to the studio to record its second album, fusing together jazz, rock, hip-hop and more.
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We’re Zubatto Syndicate, a 12-piece band from Seattle, WA, and we’re heading back into the studio in March to record the follow-up to our self-titled debut record released in 2011. We have a bunch of new original songs to record, as well as our cover of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and a suite of songs by a popular singer that is so new, it's still top secret. We'll be revealing the details of this mystery suite and offering a preview to backers in the coming days, and we promise it will be fantastic. 

Once again, we’ll be recording at Avast! here in Seattle, beginning with 2 days in March, with another 2-3 days to follow in April. The goal is to finish and release the record in Summer of 2014. We’re looking to raise at least $8500 through Kickstarter towards the recording of the new album. We will use the funds raised through this project to finance the initial recording sessions and as much of the post-production that we can cover. 

A group like Zubatto truly depends on the active support of fans, friends and family to survive. But we believe very strongly in this music and think it deserves to be performed and heard all over the world. Making a kickass, high quality recording with the best production values we can afford is the best way to get our music to listeners all over the world. 

Since its release, our first record has been downloaded or purchased the old fashioned way in 27 countries, been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and streamed by thousands of listeners. Short of some day taking the band on tour, making records is the best way to get our music heard outside the Seattle metropolitan area. We want this new record to reach even more far flung listeners everywhere.

Here are some things that critics had to say about Zubatto Syndicate's debut recording:

"It’s the music that’s truly futuristic. The album’s carefully crafted compositions lead the listener on a sort of “fourth-stream” faster-than-light jump through Jazz, Ska, Funk, and more…" —Matt Fleeger, KMHD's Top 10 New Releases of 2011 

 "Zubatto Syndicate is an utterly contemporary jazz big band – which is happily not as much a contradiction in terms as it might first appear. In fact, they’re so modern - they might as well be from the future." — Andrew Dubber, Bandcamp Album of the Week 

 "Big-band music hasn’t sounded this hip or vital in decades." — Keith Goetzman, Utne Reader Music Sampler

25% Reward Update (3/12)

Hey, we hit 25%, so by popular request, I am adding the Dream Book Cover T-shirt reward. I had an elaborate dream last week about a book called "Frodo Says HTML Break ALL." It was clearly from the early Internet days, but looked like a 70s paperback with a painting of a huge forest on the cover. It detailed the use of three different spells in a D&D-style role-playing game (set in Middle Earth) that, if invoked, would actually alter the markup of a website's pages, presumably in some form of cooperative online play. Despite the syntactical problems of the title, it was very thorough, but also very dry.

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Dream Book T-Shirt

Risks and challenges

Making a record is a long, expensive and complicated process. The biggest risk is that we won't have enough money to finish production. We are working actively to secure funding from multiple resources, including our own savings, to make sure we have enough to finish the record, as well as release and promote it. We estimate that the final budget for the record and its release will be between 10 and 12 thousand dollars.

It is always hard to project a release date - delays happen, production takes longer than anticipated - but we are aiming to release the record this Summer. We will do our best to keep you updated as a final schedule develops.

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    Your name in the liner notes and a digital download of the record! That's right: If you give anything at all, we'll list you in the liner notes of the finished LP and send you a download code. Every little bit helps.

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    Album artwork print by Franco Brambilla. Aproximately 24" X 12" print of the final artwork from artist Franco Brambilla. The next best thing to having the vinyl. Your name in the liner notes and a digital download of the record!

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    Get Zubatto 2 on Vinyl! High quality Digital Download plus a copy of the finished album on limited edition vinyl. Your name in the liner notes!

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    The Dream Book T-shirt - I had an elaborate dream last week (after reorganizing the books in our apartment) about a book called "Frodo Says HTML Break ALL." It was clearly from the early Internet days, but looked like a 70s paperback with a painting of a huge forest on the cover. It detailed the use of three different spells in a D&D-style role-playing game (set in Middle Earth) that, if invoked, would actually alter the markup of a website's pages, presumably in some form of cooperative online play. Despite the syntactical problems of the title, it was very thorough, but also very dry.

    I recreated the cover for the book and now you can have it as a t-shirt. Probably as an iron-on? We'll see. Very Limited.

    Plus a High quality Digital Download of the album

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    T-shirt and Vinyl! High quality Digital Download plus a copy of the finished album on limited edition Vinyl and a Zubatto Syndicate t-shirt. Your name in the liner notes!

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    2battos! You get the new record on vinyl, a copy of our first record on vinyl, plus a High quality Digital Download. Your name in the liner notes!

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    Complete Zubatto: You get the new record on vinyl, a copy of our first record on vinyl, album artwork print by Franco Brambilla, a High quality Digital Download and a Zubatto Syndicate t-shirt. Your name in the liner notes!

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    Your Very Own Zubatto Cover Song: We will arrange and perform any song of your choice (subject to musical director approval, but he's pretty much up for anything, within reason). In addition to music written specifically for the band, we've played Metallica, The Beatles, Beyoncé and more. We'll perform our version of your song at the release party for the new album and provide you with a video and audio recording of the performance. Want us to play your wedding song? "Wrecking Ball?" Some Beethoven? Slayer?! You name it! Combine with the private release party below for extra fun. Comes with Executive Producer Credit on the album plus High quality Digital Download of the album.

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    Receive a special Executive Producer Credit on the album, along with High quality Digital Download of the album, a copy of the finished album on Vinyl, and a Zubatto t-shirt!

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    Producer for a day! Come visit the studio for one day during recording! Comes with a commemorative studio photo, special Executive Producer Credit on the album, plus High quality Digital Download of the album, a copy of the finished album on Vinyl, and a Zubatto t-shirt!

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    Private Release Party: Zubatto Syndicate plays at your home or location of choice for a private record release Party on a mutually agreed upon date. Comes with a commemorative photo with the band, special Executive Producer Credit on the album, plus High quality Digital Download of the album, a copy of the finished album on limited edition vinyl and a Zubatto t-shirt! (Seattle Area Only or by special arrangement or Skype)

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