Thanks for taking the time to read about our project!
Max and I (Mirza) have been writing and performing music as Arms and Sleepers for over 3 years now. We've been working hard to keep our ideas alive and try to spread the word about our music through numerous releases and constant touring. We feel extremely lucky to have been able to visit so many places throughout North America and Europe & meet so many wonderful people and supporters of independent culture. Though the road hasn't always been easy, it's always been well worth it. Having the continued support and enthusiasm from strangers that have either randomly heard about our little band or discovered us through a friend/blog/magazine is a feeling that can't be matched---we are indebted to you for helping us move forward and keep going no matter what the obstacle.
We do have some exciting things coming up in the world of Arms and Sleepers. November marks the release of our 2nd full-length album, "Matador," and in December we'll be putting out 2 other releases: a split with New York's "The American Dollar" titled "From The Inland Sea" and an EP of "Matador" alternate versions and b-sides. We are heading to Europe and the UK for a 3-week tour to support these releases in January, a 5-week tour of North America with Caspian in March and April, another European tour in May, and a Japanese tour tentatively scheduled for June. We will also be releasing "Instrumentals I" in March, a collection of ambient and instrumental trip-hop songs, and a "Matador" remix album with remixes by some good friends and artists that we love. All this in the next 8 months!
Ambitious, right? We think so.
We are always excited to work as hard as we can to produce more music and play more shows. This does, however, tend to drain us financially, and though we could certainly be much worse off, we do need your help to sustain all our planned projects and trips. Being a small artist that tends to do most things on our own, including funding releases, travel expenses, etc., means that there is always a risk of getting in debt or coming short of accomplishing what we set out to do. Sometimes, unfortunately, it's simply the lack of money that gets in the way, which is too bad since motivation, time, and hard work are things that are not a problem for us. SO, we are asking you---our friends, family, fans, and supporters of independent musicians---to help us continue growing and keep Arms and Sleepers on the road and in the studio---and hopefully out of debt.
We are trying to raise $2,500 by Feb. 15, 2010, which will help us pay back for plane tickets to Europe, recording costs incurred for the production of "Matador," and costs associated with pressing "Matador" vinyl + "From The Inland Sea" CDs. Yes, we will be making money off of merch sales in the coming months and yes, we do have guarantees for our shows in Europe. However, the cost of everything keeps rising, and it is really difficult to keep up. Plane tickets are more expensive, gas is getting more expensive, and the dollar not doing well these days certainly doesn't help the cause. It's increasingly difficult for small artists to stay financially alive, and we are most definitely not an exception to this.
In return for your contribution, we'll include various signed merchandise, new music, and old/rare releases. For any amount that you decide to pledge to Arms and Sleepers, you will get something exciting in return. So, check out the options to the right and help us stay alive---anything you can donate will go a long way toward keeping Arms and Sleepers on track!
As always, thank you thank you thank you!
EUROPEAN TOUR, WINTER 2009-10:
Dec. 28 - Luxembourg City, LU @ Exit07 (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Dec. 29 - Gent, BE @ Video (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Dec. 30 - Hull, UK @ Delphi Club (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 1 - Bristol, UK @ Start The Bus (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 2 - Brighton, UK @ Freebutt
Jan. 3 - London, UK @ George Tavern (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 4 - Lille, FR @ La Malterie (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 5 - Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez (w/ Saxon Shore)
Jan. 6 - Frankfurt, DE @ Ponyhof (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 7 - Dornbirn, AT @ Schlachthaus (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 8 - Luzern, CH @ Treibhaus (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 9 - Lausanne, CH @ Bleu Lezard (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 10 - Bamberg, DE @ Morph Club (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 11 - Oberhausen, DE @ Drucklufthaus (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 12 - Kiel, DE @ Prinz Willy (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 13 - Hamburg, DE @ Haus 73 (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 14 - Hannover, DE @ Feinkost Lampe (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 15 - Leipzig, DE @ Paris Syndrom (w/ Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari)
Jan. 16 - Magdeburg, DE @ Projekt 7
Jan. 17 - Berlin, DE @ NBI
Jan. 18 - Poznan, PL @ Pod Minoga
Jan. 19 - Prague, CZ @ Modra Vopice
Jan. 20 - Nurnberg, DE @ Muz
Jan. 21 - Dresden, DE @ Scheune
Jan. 22 - Heilbronn, DE @ Club Mobilat
Jan. 23 - Stuttgart, DE @ Cafe Galao
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR W/ CASPIAN, MARCH/APRIL 2010
- MATADOR (CD/vinyl/digital) --- Nov. 2009
- FROM THE INLAND SEA (CD/vinyl/digital) --- Dec. 2009
- MATADOR ALTERNATE VERSIONS/B-SIDES (CD/digital) - Dec. 2009
- INSTRUMENTALS I (CD/digital) - March, 2010
- MATADOR REMIXES (Vinyl/digital) - April, 2010
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