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New album from Chris Broach (of Braid, The Firebird Band, and more) and Steve Znavor (of The Firebird Band and more) - Electronic Post-Rock
New album from Chris Broach (of Braid, The Firebird Band, and more) and Steve Znavor (of The Firebird Band and more) - Electronic Post-Rock
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We're working on a brand new album for The Firebird Band (www.firebirdband.com).  We have some great people ready to work on it - a great producer in Will Yip (willyip.com), a great artist in Sean Hannaway (www.seanhannaway.com), and we're already to diving in this summer to get this thing done.  Most of the songs are written and ready to be completed in the studio, though there are a few more to write (as there's always something magical about getting into the studio which leads to creating some great on-the-spot music).  Not to mention, we're asking some of you for a song title and themes, if you should accept the challenge.

What do we need the money for?  We're pressing it ourselves, paying for recording ourselves, paying for travel and studio time needed to record / mix / produce / master the record, and paying for anyone who might be working this thing (PR/Radio, if we meet some of our stretch goals) ourselves.

The money goes to the following:

  • Roughly $6,000-$6,500 for record pressing from United Record Pressing (1000 quantity) with 300 clear coke bottle 180 gram audiophile vinyl and 700 black 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
  • Roughly $9 per tshirt (or about $1,200 for 144 shirts from jakprints - though the price drops as we get to higher order amounts)
  • Recording/mixing/production costs are negotiable (but we need at least $5k) - Chris Broach is recording most of this in his own studio which he's spent the last 2 years (and lots of time and money) building out in his home outside of Chicago, so we've drastically reduced the cost of the record... but we're hoping to be able to pay our producer/mixer a good and fair price for the work he'll be doing with us.  He's stoked on working with us, and we're more than excited to be working with him.
  • Travel for recording, mixing, and production and to the studio to do so is going to cost some money (plane tickets, cheap hotel, and food) budgeting somewhere around $4,000 for this. (Steve has to fly in from L.A. to lay down drum parts, we have to fly to Philly for the mix).
  • Mastering is somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000 - but maybe a little more or less.
  • Artwork costs are negotiable, but we're hoping to be able to pay our art guy a good and fair price for the work he'll be doing with us. Just because he's an old friend, doesn't mean he can work for free. He's an excellent artist.
  • Stickers cost roughly 20 - 50 cents a-piece depending on colors and sizes we pick.  (For 1000 stickers from jakprints, we're looking at around 200 with our current design, though the price drops as we get to higher order amounts). 
  • Buttons cost about the same as the stickers and we're looking to do somewhere in the range of 500 of them.
  • Hand printed ltd. edition posters are going to be expensive (depending on the size and the amount we do, they can be anywhere from $8 to $15 dollars a-piece).
  • PR/radio can be anywhere from $2500 - $5000 (and that's cheap - and going to be part of our stretch goal).

Background: The Firebird Band has been the Chris Broach's (chrisbroachmusic.com) project since 1997 - and solidifying as Broach's main gig when Braid (braidcentral.com) originally broke up in 1999. 1999 saw the release of "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" on a small label called The Mintaka Conspiracy out of Montreal... Cargo/Headhunter purchased it and re-released it in 2000 to critical acclaim (a Low Profile in Alternative Press, April 2001 said, "...the dominant use of electronics gives Firebird a far more experimental sound. Broach started experimenting with these ideas way before Radiohead's "Kid A" hit the top of the charts...")

A smattering of EPs was finally followed by 2004's "The City at Night" on his own label and BiFocal Media which received similar critical acclaim (you can read Pitchfork's review here: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/3064-city-at-night/ and see a video for one of the album's singles here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doqDivtmG3g)

Though the band toured after that release extensively throughout the US and into Canada, plans for a follow-up full album release were scratched around 2007/2008 due to band member changes & life events - even though recording had begun. The entire album was scrapped and the band went into a hiatus.

While on hiatus, Broach has released a few solo works and released a few more EPs & singles from The Firebird Band. These releases saw The Firebird Band continuing to hone their electro-rock hybrid sound... 

While The Firebird Band has been on hiatus, Broach and the rest of Braid got back together in 2010 and have been working hard since. A new EP in 2011, a split EP in 2013, a new album in 2014 (No Coast, Topshelf Records) - which charted on Billboard's top 200 at 119 - and tour dates in the US, Japan, & UK continuing through the present. Broach had a strong presence on "No Coast" - and the current break in touring with Braid and supporting "No Coast" has brought The Firebird Band's slow roll on the back-burner to a full boil.

Today, The Firebird Band is poised to bring together what its been working on in the background since 2011.  The result will be very exciting.  Plans to tour remain up in the air, until the touring line-up can be solidified, but that won't hold the band back from finishing the record.  The bulk of the remaining work on the record will be happening throughout July and August, with a planned release date in November 2015.

Risks and challenges

Risks:
We have to coordinate with our producer/mixer in Philly. If the time we're looking for is booked before we get funded, it could push back the expected release date (into early 2016, but we don't anticipate many issues) - we can work around a lot of things, so this is not a huge worry.

Depending on when the album is completed (recording) - there is still time needed to mix and master the record, as well as complete artwork.

Manufacturing turn around time could be another factor, but we're always planning ahead. It just depends on time of year we get the order into our pressing plant.

If any of these setbacks occur, we will make you aware, but it won't deter us from completing the record and getting it out to you and delivering what we're promising! :)

Thanks,
Chris and The Firebird Band

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    You'll also receive a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band

    You will also receive a copy of The Firebird Band "Archives" CD - which includes 18 songs which were recorded prior to 1999 - when the band went through name changes - The Firebird Suite (1996-1997) and The Firebird Project (1998)... also includes one unreleased song from the original recording of The Firebird Band's "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" LP.

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    You'll receive the 180 gram audiophile black vinyl full artwork copy of the album.

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    You'll get a TFB sticker in the mail using design elements from the record.

    You'll also receive a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band

    You'll receive the 180 gram audiophile black vinyl full artwork copy of the album.

    You'll get a digital download of the record (3 days before the official release date).

    You'll get a TFB sticker in the mail using design elements from the record.

    You'll also receive a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band

    You will also receive a copy of L'Spaerow's self-titled debut release on CD - one of Broach's favorite projects to date.

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    You'll get a TFB sticker in the mail using design elements from the record.

    You'll get a digital download of the record (3 days before the official release date).

    You'll also receive a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band (unless you want to remain anonymous)

    You will also receive a copy of L'Spaerow's self-titled debut release on CD - one of Broach's favorite projects to date.

    You will also receive a copy of The Firebird Band "Archives" CD - which includes 18 songs which were recorded prior to 1999 - when the band went through name changes - The Firebird Suite (1996-1997) and The Firebird Project (1998)... also includes one unreleased song from the original recording of The Firebird Band's "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" LP.

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    You'll get a ltd edition TFB one-time print only tshirt & using elements from the artwork design (tell us your size!!!)

    You'll get a TFB sticker in the mail using design elements from the record.

    You'll get a button pack of ltd. edition hand done buttons that say "The Firebird Band" and some lyrical quotes / design elements from the album.

    You'll get a digital download of the record (3 days before the official release date).

    You'll also receive a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band (unless you want to remain anonymous)

    You will also receive a copy of L'Spaerow's self-titled debut release on CD - one of Broach's favorite projects to date.

    You will also receive a copy of The Firebird Band "Archives" CD - which includes 18 songs which were recorded prior to 1999 - when the band went through name changes - The Firebird Suite (1996-1997) and The Firebird Project (1998)... also includes one unreleased song from the original recording of The Firebird Band's "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" LP.

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    You'll get a signed copy of 1 of only 300 of the 180 gram audiophile "coke bottle clear" vinyl full artwork copy of the album (hand numbered).

    You'll get a ltd edition TFB one-time print only tshirt (tell us your size!!!)

    You'll get a TFB sticker in the mail using design elements from the record.

    You'll get a button pack of ltd. edition hand done buttons that say "The Firebird Band" and some lyrical quotes / design elements from the album.

    You'll get a shout out in the "thank you" section of the liner notes of the album.

    We'll send you a limited edition poster using design elements from the record.

    You'll get a digital download of the record (3 days before the official release date).

    You'll also receive a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band (unless you want to remain anonymous)

    You will also receive a copy of L'Spaerow's self-titled debut release on CD - one of Broach's favorite projects to date.

    You will also receive a copy of The Firebird Band "Archives" CD - which includes 18 songs which were recorded prior to 1999 - when the band went through name changes - The Firebird Suite (1996-1997) and The Firebird Project (1998)... also includes one unreleased song from the original recording of The Firebird Band's "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" LP.

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    You'll get a signed copy of 1 of only 300 of the 180 gram audiophile "coke bottle clear" vinyl full artwork copy of the album (hand numbered).

    You'll get a ltd edition TFB one-time print only tshirt (tell us your size!!!).

    You'll get a TFB sticker in the mail.

    You'll get a button pack of ltd. edition hand done buttons that say "The Firebird Band" and some lyrical quotes / design elements from the album.

    You'll get a shout out in the "thank you" section of the liner notes of the album

    We'll send you a ltd. edition poster using design elements from the record

    You'll get a half hour Skype chat with either Chris Broach or Chris Broach and some of the band at a mutually agreed upon time. We can chat about music, influences, whatever!

    You'll get a digital download of the record (3 days before the official release date).

    You'll also receive a thank you on the website and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band

    You will also receive a copy of L'Spaerow's self-titled debut release on CD - one of Broach's favorite projects to date.

    You will also receive a copy of The Firebird Band "Archives" CD - which includes 18 songs which were recorded prior to 1999 - when the band went through name changes - The Firebird Suite (1996-1997) and The Firebird Project (1998)... also includes one unreleased song from the original recording of The Firebird Band's "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" LP.

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    You'll get a signed copy of 1 of only 300 of the 180 gram audiophile "coke bottle clear" vinyl full artwork copy of the album (hand numbered).

    You'll get a ltd edition TFB one-time print only tshirt (tell us your size!!!)

    You'll get a sticker that says "The Firebird Band"

    You'll get a button pack of ltd. edition hand done buttons that say "The Firebird Band" and some lyrical quotes from the album.

    You'll get a shout out in the "thank you" section of the liner notes of the album.

    We'll send you a ltd. edition poster using design elements from the record

    You'll get a half hour Skype chat with either Chris Broach or Chris Broach and some of the band at a mutually agreed upon time. We can chat about music, influences, whatever!

    You get to name a song on the record. Give us a name for a song, and we'll write a song to fit the name. The song will be dedicated to you in the liner notes, as well. (we have to agree that the name is usable and not ridiculous or profane or offensive). ;)

    You'll get a digital download of the record (3 days before the official release date).

    You'll also receive a thank you on the website and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band

    You will also receive a copy of L'Spaerow's self-titled debut release on CD - one of Broach's favorite projects to date.

    You will also receive a copy of The Firebird Band "Archives" CD - which includes 18 songs which were recorded prior to 1999 - when the band went through name changes - The Firebird Suite (1996-1997) and The Firebird Project (1998)... also includes one unreleased song from the original recording of The Firebird Band's "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" LP.

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    You'll get a signed copy of 1 of only 300 of the 180 gram audiophile "coke bottle clear" vinyl full artwork copy of the album (hand numbered).

    You'll get a ltd edition TFB one-time print only tshirt (tell us your size!!!)

    You'll get a sticker that says "The Firebird Band"

    You'll get a button pack of ltd. edition hand done buttons that say "The Firebird Band" and some lyrical quotes from the album.

    You'll get a shout out in the "thank you" section of the liner notes of the album.

    We'll send you a ltd. edition poster using design elements from the record

    You'll get a shout out in the "thank you" section of the liner notes on the album.

    You'll get a half hour Skype chat with either Chris Broach or Chris Broach and some of the band at a mutually agreed upon time. We can chat about music, influences, whatever!

    Meet the band dudes - You and a friend can come have dinner and margaritas with Chris Broach and some friends from The Firebird Band at a Mexican restaurant in Chicago. (Dinner & margaritas will be on us)

    You'll get a digital download of the record (3 days before the official release date).

    You'll also receive a thank you on the website and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band

    You will also receive a copy of L'Spaerow's self-titled debut release on CD - one of Broach's favorite projects to date.

    You will also receive a copy of The Firebird Band "Archives" CD - which includes 18 songs which were recorded prior to 1999 - when the band went through name changes - The Firebird Suite (1996-1997) and The Firebird Project (1998)... also includes one unreleased song from the original recording of The Firebird Band's "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" LP.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    You'll get a signed copy of 1 of only 300 of the 180 gram audiophile "coke bottle clear" vinyl full artwork copy of the album (hand numbered).

    You'll get a ltd edition TFB one-time print only tshirt (tell us your size!!!)

    You'll get a sticker that says "The Firebird Band"

    You'll get a button pack of ltd. edition hand done buttons that say "The Firebird Band" and some lyrical quotes from the album.

    You'll get a shout out in the "thank you" section of the liner notes of the album.

    We'll send you a ltd. edition poster using design elements from the record

    You'll get a shout out in the "thank you" section of the liner notes on the album.

    You'll get a half hour Skype chat with either Chris Broach or Chris Broach and some of the band at a mutually agreed upon time. We can chat about music, influences, whatever!

    Meet the band dudes - You and a friend can come have dinner and margaritas with Chris Broach and friends from The Firebird Band at a Mexican restaurant in Chicago. (Dinner & margaritas will be on us)

    You tell us what you want a song to be about and we'll write it and dedicate it to you on the record in the liner notes of the album.

    You'll get a digital download of the record (3 days before the official release date).

    You'll also receive a thank you on the website and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band

    You will also receive a copy of L'Spaerow's self-titled debut release on CD - one of Broach's favorite projects to date.

    You will also receive a copy of The Firebird Band "Archives" CD - which includes 18 songs which were recorded prior to 1999 - when the band went through name changes - The Firebird Suite (1996-1997) and The Firebird Project (1998)... also includes one unreleased song from the original recording of The Firebird Band's "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" LP.

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    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    You'll get a signed copy of 1 of only 300 of the 180 gram audiophile "coke bottle clear" vinyl full artwork copy of the album (hand numbered).

    You'll get a ltd edition TFB one-time print only tshirt (tell us your size!!!)

    You'll get a sticker that says "The Firebird Band"

    You'll get a button pack of ltd. edition hand done buttons that say "The Firebird Band" and some lyrical quotes from the album.

    You'll get a shout out in the "thank you" section of the liner notes of the album.

    We'll send you a ltd. edition poster using design elements from the record

    You'll get a shout out in the "thank you" section of the liner notes on the album.

    You'll get a half hour Skype chat with either Chris Broach or Chris Broach and some of the band at a mutually agreed upon time. We can chat about music, influences, whatever!

    You tell us what you want a song to be about and we'll write it and dedicate it to you on the record in the liner notes of the album.

    Within 3 hour driving distance of Chicago - we'll play a private show for you and your friends (after the record is released) - at any place that you want us to play for you and up to 50 of your friends. We ask that you supply the place and you supply proper sound equipment for us to be able to perform, but we'll supply our own instruments and gear. We're down to play at your house, as long as you're down to have us!

    We'll play selected songs from the new album, as well as hits from previous albums. You can pick any 5 songs from our back catalogue, and we'll make sure to play those, as well.

    You'll get a digital download of the record (3 days before the official release date).

    You'll also receive a thank you on the website and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter from the band

    note: Estimated delivery on this is later than the album and product delivery (which is November 2015 - so you will still receive everything except the show by November 2015), this is to allow for time to set up the show and the details re: the show.

    You will also receive a copy of L'Spaerow's self-titled debut release on CD - one of Broach's favorite projects to date.

    You will also receive a copy of The Firebird Band "Archives" CD - which includes 18 songs which were recorded prior to 1999 - when the band went through name changes - The Firebird Suite (1996-1997) and The Firebird Project (1998)... also includes one unreleased song from the original recording of The Firebird Band's "The Setting Sun & Its Satellites" LP.

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