About this project
We are CIVILIAN. Many of you know us from our former musical project, Alexander. We started Alexander 6 years ago as best friends and had a really great run. After dozens of tours playing hundreds of shows in venues and in your living rooms, after many flat trailer tires and a blown transmission, and after eating enough pizza slices to wrap the earth twice, we've come to a new project that will mark the start of a new chapter for us. This new project is CIVILIAN.
It's going to cost us $8,000 to record this album and we are going into the studio completely independent without the support of a record label. We are going to put in 110% effort to make this record the best record yet for our fans. We're implementing new instruments, new ways to mic amps, new effects pedals, and two main vocals now as Alex and Ryan collaboratively sing. Our ideals and lyrics still sing loud about what we believe and we take pride in telling stories that make you think instead of just writing radio lyrics that will simply sell records.
We've recorded just under 20 song demos for the new album and we're very proud of each and every one of them. To make this album the best album we've ever released we're going to choose our top 10 or so songs from our pool of 20 demos and re-record each and every one of them with our friend Dan Hannon at Eldest Only Productions. Dan's studio is out of Atlanta GA and he has produced some of the top albums that we look up to including Manchester Orchestra's last two records. Dan has heard our new demos and we are very excited to have him on-board and willing to speak his talent, ideas, and know-how into our musical vision.
We spent 6 years of our lives and incomes furthering our band under the name Alexander and then we woke up one morning to learn that a large label-backed band released a side project essentially over night under the same name as us thus conflicting with all of our social media presence, iTunes sales, trademarking, merch sales, etc... Due to this reason amongst others, we decided to start a new project under a new name. CIVILIAN. This change represents our new band member lineup, new material, new visions, and ultimately progression which has always been our number one objective as a band. We are currently working with a top notch trademark attorney to tie down the CIVILIAN name so this doesn't happen again.
We're very excited to record and hit the road shortly after with our new guitarist Alex Bennett as part of the new band. We're super stoked to have Alex for his song writing capabilities as well as his unique vocals that mesh very well with our lead singer Ryan's voice. The progression of our musical style from Alexander into CIVILIAN is a great step for us and all of our fans have remarked nothing but positivity in regards to the new material thus far.
KickStarter is a great way to bring our new album into reality as it allows us to pour out and give back to our fans and supporters just as they have given to us. We've thrown so many free house shows over the years in cites all over the country because we've always enjoyed being able to spend time with our friends and fans. What we do and sing about means nothing without input, ideas, love, and most importantly- support from our fans.
We are very proud to offer each and every one of you, regardless of how much you pledge, rewards that we feel you will enjoy and appreciate. Take a minute and read through our different levels of pledge rewards, we think you'll like them very much! We are truly grateful for each and every dollar you give as we all work blue collar jobs ourselves any time we're not working on the band. We understand what money is worth when it's worked hard for. For that reason we've spent loads of time thinking up rewards we can give to our pledgers that allow us to give back our time and resources in unique and art-filled ways that we feel are a worthy and antiquate trade for your generosity and support.
We're giving totally free MP3 downloads off the new album to anyone and everyone who supports us and to our higher level pledgers we're offering awesome rewards in the way of Everglades Airboat Tours, CIVILIAN House Shows at YOUR home, and even a 100% hand built Battlefield Drums snare drum custom designed and built just for our KickStarter project.
So to those of you who have listened to our music and supported us over the years, THANK YOU. To those of you who stumbled upon us or who's friend told you about us, please listen to some of our music, learn what we are about and know that your support means the world to us. Even if you decide to not pledge to this project, please come out to a show next time we're in your town, we still value your listening ears and your friendship.
You can listen to and find our CIVILIAN project here...
You can also find information on Alexander here...
Thank you so much KickStarter! You offer motivation to the idealists, excitement to the creators, and hope to the discouraged inventor in all of us. We are very grateful for your vision and your website.
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