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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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