Since January 2016, A New International have been working with Vanishing Point Theatre Company, creating the music for a new theatre production, The Dark Carnival. A tragi-comic pop opera, the show is set in a graveyard, both above and below ground, and up to the clouds where drunken angels peer down below at a cast of singing corpses, whistling gravediggers, lovelorn mourners and ghastly ghosts. The show and its accompanying album features A New International as house band of the underworld singing songs for the dead, songs for the living and songs for those who haven't quite decided yet. These songs have been recorded and with your help they will reach the land of the living to be released as our second album and accompanying soundtrack to the show itself.
If you're reading this, then you may already know about the album we're making, but we need your help to reach other people who are so far unaware of our music. We'll aim to reach them with really good press and radio promotion, and a belter of a cd. So far, the funds used to make this album have come from the band pot - no outside funding.
The Dark Carnival has been recorded at Yellow Arch studios in Sheffield with our producer Colin Elliot - the same as our debut Come to the Fabulon. We had such a great experience making Fabulon, and we didn't want to change any of that formula. As we write, there is a bit of recording left to do - in Glasgow this time at La Chunky in the Hidden Lane, and then we'll be ready to mix - a few steps closer to letting you hear it. Until then, here's us preparing to record the percussion track for Until the Earth Runs Dry.
We have used the resources we have to ensure the quality of the new recordings are of the same standard as our debut. We have received no external funding towards our recording, pressing or promotional costs. We are now seeking to raise funds to press a run of CDs and to work with PR consultants to help bring these songs back from the dead and on to the radio, into the newspapers, into your laptop and, finally, into the theatre. We are aiming for the full length album to be released for sale on the opening night of the show on February 21st, 2019 at The Citizens Theatre at Tramway, Glasgow - you can help us achieve that.
Some of the rewards we're offering are more like pre-sales - advance copies of the album - each advance album sale will help our cash flow and make the project run more smoothly.
Maybe you never knew us back in our Starlets days - one of the rewards offers you a chance to find out what came before ANI by giving you all three Starlets albums.
One of our favourite rewards are the house gigs - have a night in, invite your pals, and we'll bring the entertainment. We've played a couple of house shows in Scotland, where they're becoming more popular. But they're all the rage in The Netherlands - we've not had many a better night that the night we played in Deventer.
The main picture of Biff and his accordion was taken by Mihaela Bodlovic.
Risks and challenges
We don't feel that there are risks involved in this project for our kickstarter funders - the songs are almost finished, the theatre show is definitely going ahead. This means there shouldn't be any delays to when we can deliver the rewards to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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