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A New InternationalBy A New International
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A New InternationalBy A New International
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£3,919
pledged of £3,000pledged of £3,000 goal
102
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, August 28 2018 7:41 PM UTC +00:00.

About

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.

A Night at the Theatre - an early peek at the new show in March 2018 - image by Martin Gray
A Night at the Theatre - an early peek at the new show in March 2018 - image by Martin Gray

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.

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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.  

The Starlets - on tour in Japan
The Starlets - on tour in Japan

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. 

Making ourselves quite at home in Deventer - picture by Stefan Ruiter
Making ourselves quite at home in Deventer - picture by Stefan Ruiter

 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.

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    A donation to the album fund

    A straight up donation - no reward except a warm feeling of having helped something happen. If that's enough for you, then please - step aboard.

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    A copy of 'The Dark Carnival'

    This is an advance order of your copy of the new album. You will receive your album in the post a few days ahead of the official launch.

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    'Tales from the Fabulon' with album

    Did you ever wonder what we got up to before we recorded 'Come to the Fabulon'? Biff has written some of these tales for you to enjoy. With this reward you will receive:
    - 'Tales from the Fabulon' storybook, which also includes 'Come to the Fabulon' liner notes and lyrics
    - a digital 'Come to the Fabulon' album
    - the digital audio book (read by Biff) of the stories. This includes a couple of bonus tracks recorded live along the way.

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    Pre-revolutionary sounds

    Before we were ANI, we were The Starlets. Maybe you never knew us then. This reward gets you -
    'Surely Tomorrow You'll Feel Blue' - digital download
    'Further Into Night Forever' - digital download
    'Out into the days from here' - digital download

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    'Come to the Fabulon' bundle

    For this, you'll get our ANI back catalogue -
    'Come to the Fabulon' - cd and digital download
    'Tales from the Fabulon' - a story book
    'Tales from the Fabulon' - digital download of the audio book - all stories written and read aloud by Biff Smith with a couple of live bonus tracks.
    An ANI canvas bag
    First 20 orders will also get a pack of postcards

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    Individual personalised video clip

    You choose your favourite A New International song, and we will record a video of us playing it just for you, or for a friend. Delivered to your inbox in time for Christmas.

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    House concert (small)

    We played our first house concert many years ago (when we were The Starlets) in an apartment in Rotterdam. It was one of our favourite shows to date. Since then, we've played a few more - mostly in The Netherlands. Well, now we're offering this in Scotland too. Invite your friends round, and 2 or 3 of us will come and play a wee show for you.
    You'll also get a thank you in 'The Dark Carnival' album liner notes.
    We'll need to add on a cost for our travel expenses if you're outside of Glasgow/Edinburgh/Central Belt.

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    House concert (full band)

    Same as the house concert above, but you get all of us. We can make this acoustic or a little louder, depending on what you prefer.
    You'll also get a thank you in 'The Dark Carnival' album liner notes.
    Travel costs included for Glasgow/Edinburgh/Central Belt, but we'll need to add on a cost for outside this area.

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    The Dark Carnival SHOWTIME reward

    Join us for OPENING NIGHT of 'The Dark Carnival' - on 21st February 2019 at The Citizens Theatre at Tramway, Glasgow. You will receive:
    A pair of tickets - the best seats in the house
    A signed copy of the new album
    A programme for the show including a thank you to you for your support
    A thank you in 'The Dark Carnival' album liner notes
    After-show drinks - meet the band and performers

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