About this project
It's been two and half years since Adam Weiss, Jason Desiderio and Matt Schaefer gathered near the frozen winter shores of Lake Erie to record the first antics album, Everything. It was a school project that turned into something much bigger, but it was recorded, mixed and mastered on a school project budget, $0. It's available to stream and download (for free) at www.everythingantics.com.
Flash forward to summer 2012. antics, now including Ian Carroll and David Saracino, live in the heart of Brooklyn, where they've been working on new material for over two years. With hundreds of hours spent writing, practicing, playing shows, recording demos and re-writing new songs, they're ripe to record their second LP.
Fortunately, antics have graduated beyond a school project. To realize the potential of their new material, they'll need a budget to work with talented engineers and use professional equipment, which is the purpose of this Kickstarter. A little support from people like you will make all the difference. And in return, you'll get sweet rewards and the chance to say you supported antics from the beginning.
For those of you who don't know what's ahead for antics, here's a rundown of their game plan:
Step 1: Tracking the Album - During the tracking process, band members record their parts to each song in a recording studio. First, all the drum tracks are recorded. Then, while listening to the drums, the next instrument is recorded. This process continues until all the layers of instruments fit nicely together. antics will be tracking in a full scale recording studio and will bring in expert recording engineers. It'll likely take two months or more to record all the tracks.
Step 2: Mixing the Album - Once an album is tracked, the sounds are good individually, but they need help blending together within each song. antics will take their tracks to a professional studio in Brooklyn where an engineer will work with a beautiful mixing board (and magic) to perfect each song. This will likely take another month.
Step 3: Mastering the Album - At this point, the songs sound good individually, but they don't quite feel like a complete collection, and they might sound better on a home speaker system as opposed to a pair of headphones. antics will send the mixed songs to a mastering studio, where a mastering fairy will use the secrets of his/her trade (seriously, nobody knows how it's done) to make the album sound great as a complete collection, no matter where it's played. Who knows how long this will take?
Once the album is mastered, antics will send the final versions to be copied to CD and pressed to vinyl. A single or two will be chosen to turn into music videos (as you can see, they know talented cameramen and video editors). They'll also make stickers and t-shirts, which, contrary to popular belief, you can wear to the show they play at a venue near you. That's right, wear the stickers too.
It's going to be an exciting six months in Brooklyn. antics would love to have you along for the ride.
Video filmed by Andrew Williams and Keith Barker, edited by Keith Barker
Song in video: Cities by antics
Yes, and no (in that order). We've actually estimated this entire project will cost close to $15,000, but we'd rather ask for less and hope for more. We're planning on 20 days of tracking, which will cost $3000. Mixing will cost $5000 and mastering another $1500. After pressing vinyl ($1750), ordering CDs ($350), printing T-shirts and stickers, making videos, not to mention the rest of the promo leading up to a tour...well, you can see the numbers add up very quickly.
Besides, if we spent it on beer, we wouldn't look good in our new spandex show outfits.
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