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Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys are putting out an album. Pre-order it & get more info on the MUSIC, Videos & other goodies!

JUST A FEW HOURS LEFT TO BRING US TO THE West Coast!

FINAL GOAL 20K!!!!

Yesterday the feat seemed IMPOSSIBLE - but upon waking - we were FLOODED with emails of support from those who could offer us West Coast Food and Sleeping arrangements AND with some INCREDIBLE pledges yesterday, we are SO CLOSE to being able to go to the West Coast we can ALMOST SMELL that wonderful West Coast air!

I think if we hit 20K we will be able to DO THIS (with a little more bartering and some luck! See the VERY real $expenses$ below) 

As of this writing we have 14 hours and $2,263 left to raise to make the DREAM of OUR FIRST FULL BAND TOUR a reality!

EVERY SINGLE PENNY COUNTS!!!

GO GO GADGET BRoken TOy ARmy - Share this! Tell your Friends! Bring us to your town!!!!

We can't tell you how much we appreciate what you have done so far and for your continued support! We made this little video of appreciation to try and give you an idea of how gosh darn excited we are! 

Love & Tentacles

Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys

(no, this song isn't on the album - but we'll be posting a brand new track in just a few minutes in the Updates...!)

******** Below is the Tour Post from 12/19/12 - it explains how much $ we'd need to tour*****************

HELP US TOUR!!!

I know it seems daunting to finance a tour for a full band - but CRAZIER things have happened

For a couple of years the TOys have been talking about going on a real tour - but touring with 7 people takes alot of $ and scheduling around work, and family and school!

As an entity with ZERO corporate backing - it's very hard to save up enough capital to be able to even go short distances. And the kinds of shows we would get to play for the amount of $ offered would not garner enough cash for us to even come close to breaking even.

BUT with KICKSTARTER there is HOPE

IF YOU FINE FOLKS dig into the piggy bank of your hearts and share even a few $ - because there are MANY of you - it adds up and makes it possible for us to squeeze in a TOUR!

WEST COAST HERE WE COME!

Our goal is to tour the West Coast in April - the following is a breakdown of dates and $ needed to be able to do it. It'll give you insight into just how $$$$ tour can be, BUT it can also be SUPER AWESOME!

BRoken TOys TOur 2012

April 12th - fly from Boston to Seattle
April 13th - PLAY SEATTLE
April 14th - PLAY PORTLAND
April 15th - PLAY SAN FRANCISCO
April 16th - PLAY LA

April 17th PLAY PHOENIX

April 18th DRIVE TO TX 

April 19th PLAY an event in TX we've been invited to perform @ and HOPE we can do!
April 20th PLAY Austin
April 21 - FLY HOME

  • 7 people X $300 a ticket to Seattle = $2100 
  • 7 people x $300 a ticket to Boston = $2100 
  • HOPEFULLY we can stay with an awesome friend or two along the way ... if not... 2 Hotel rooms a night @ around $150 a night for 9 consecutive nights = $2700 
  • Food for the band of 7 x $20 a person X 10 days = $1400 
  • VAN RENTAL for 10 days (15 person van, unlimited miles) x $450 a day = $4500 
  • GAS - prices vary widely - as does the gas mileage on vans but for around 2,600 miles @ an average of $3.85 a gallon (current West Coast average for gas $) for a van that does 14mpg = $715 
THE TOTAL = $13,515 

YES that would mean making DOUBLE the amount we've already made on KICKSTARTER to fund a tour and I'm SURE my math needs work (I was an English major - give me a break ;-) AND that there are things I'm not thinking about that will cost us $$$ ... 

 And we only have HOURS to do it 

 BUT there will be ways we can barter, trade, use our own cash, make a little bit of $ at shows and with merch sales... 

AND I TRUST in the system of community we have all built. ART is important and you're getting SUPER AWESOME rewards for your pledges - not to mention how good it feels to be a PRODUCER of ART! 

 sooooooo 

 SEND US TO THE WEST COAST! 

 Please and Thank You! 

 Love & Tentacles 

Edrie 

 (one of the BRoken TOys)

Photo by Caleb Cole
Photo by Caleb Cole

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- original post with cool new art and photos - 

Hello Toy Chest Lovelies!

Welcome to the Soft Time Traveler (#SoftTime) Kickstarter for your dear ARmy of BRoken TOys!

We are ever so glad you stopped by! Grab a cuppa, put your feet up for a spell, and get yourself comfortable while we regale you with the reasons why we need your help getting our wonderful new multimedia album the Soft Time Traveler into your hot little hands and tender ear-holes!

I promise, it won’t hurt a bit.

For the last two years, our diverse band family has been using music, visual art, dance and performance to fight for love, tentacles and the SteamCRUNK way. We've formed an eccentric and inclusive community of misfits who have been working hard putting on EPIC SHOWS of which all of you have been an integral part! We don’t just perform for you, we perform on you, in you, with you! It’s you that makes all of this possible!

We have saved up money and were able to fund lots of lovely art projects like MORE MUSIC THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT, nearly UNENDING AMOUNTS OF ART and an AWESOME interactive-multimedia-play (which many of you helped produce!!!) 

Soft Time Traveler Concept art by Walter Sickert
Soft Time Traveler Concept art by Walter Sickert

But now it's time to turn our attention to beautiful NEW songs that we can make widely available to EVERYONE EVERYWHERE!

LET’S MAKE A STUDIO ALBUM!

Though we are doing a modest Kickstarter to help defray some of the production costs, all of the money thus far has come from our own shows and music sales over the last two years!

But that money only got us through the studio recording phase – now we need to mix, master and manufacture this wonderful music! The REAL goal of the album is lofty! We’d like to release not only the gorgeous music (in a beautiful one-of-a-kind package), but also to accompany each and every track with unique art conceived of and executed by Walter. If we BEAT our modest Kickstarter GOAL, we will also press the album in vinyl (for extra-warm analog goodness) AND make a video for every song on the album!

Soft Time Traveler Concept Art by Walter Sickert
Soft Time Traveler Concept Art by Walter Sickert

Everything we’re raising goes directly to the album and fulfilling the rewards (and Kickstarter/Credit Card fees)! We keep our costs as low as possible, after all - we are backed ONLY BY YOU and our own hard work and savings! Our Kickstarter minimum goal was to raise $6,600, but the cost of doing the album is actually closer to $20,000 *gulp*

SO we'd LOVE to make EXTRA!

Here's the breakdown:

  • ACHIEVED!!!! 6,600 BASE GOAL (Reward fulfillment, Mixing, Mastering, paying our incredible Producer Joel Simches, Manufacturing CDs, a TINY amount of promo, pay for NEW band photos by the AHHHhhhhmazing Caleb Cole)
  • ACHIEVED!!!!! 9k AWESOME VINYL (all of the above plus a DOUBLE VINYL album with REALLY awesome ART!) [As soon as we hit 9k, we'll add vinyl as one of the rewards so that you all can Manage your Reward to grab it.] 
  • ACHIEVED!!!!!  12k HECK YES (all of the above PLUS an AHHHHHHMAZING VIDEO!!! The FIRST OFFICIAL FULL BAND VIDEO!!!! Plus we can give you backers some awesome freebies - stickers, buttons, postcards etc.) 
  • 20k HOLY SHIT WE FUNDED EVERYTHING (all of the above plus TOUR funding, videos for ALL SONGS not just by us but by awesome people like Jasmine Inglesmith, Mike Pecci, BriAnna Olson, & Michael Pope)
  • ONE MILLION DOLLARS (all of the above PLUS we'll press the album on Wax Cylinder!!!) 
 As you can see – we’d put EVERYTHING back into the ART and the people that make it! So please PLEDGE and pledge GENEROUSLY! 

Soft Time Traveler Concept Art by Walter Sickert
Soft Time Traveler Concept Art by Walter Sickert

~~PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST BY BEING OUR HUMAN MICROPHONE ~~

As soon as you support this Kickstarter, PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU'VE DONE IT, AND SPREAD THE LINK FAR AND WIDE!

This effort is all about COMMUNITY and will only succeed with YOUR HELP!

Our hashtag is #SoftTime

& we're @armyoftoys on Twitter 

@WalterSickert or @armyoftoys on Instagram

And don't forget FaceBook!

and thank you, thank you, thank you!

Love & Tentacles

Walter Sickert

& the ARmy of BRoken TOys

Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys - Photo by Hans Wendland
Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys - Photo by Hans Wendland

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are challenges and risks to any project, but I gotta tell ya - WE ARE READY FOR THIS!

It's been two years since our last studio album, and everything is ALREADY recorded! We are simply challenged by the amount of $$$$ it will take to get it mixed, mastered and manufactured.

We've planned our rewards carefully so as not to stretch the tight budget we have with fulfillment.

AND we already have a date for release of this thing (March 19th, 2013!!!)

Now all we need is YOU!

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    ETHER {Title Track - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD} digital download of the title track Soft Time Traveler...with bonus art & kickstarter-exclusive content

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    ETHER ART {Title Track - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ETHER ART CARD} digital download of the title track...with bonus art & kickstarter-exclusive content and a DIGITAL ART CARD

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    CAPTAIN TIME {Album - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ETHER ART CARD} digital download of the entire album...with bonus art, kickstarter-exclusive content and a DIGITAL ART CARD

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    TJ – the VOICE-OVER {TJ’s voice on your home answering machine, Album - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ETHER ART CARD} When you're not there to answer your phone, treat your friends, bill collectors and telemarketers to the dulcet tones of scientist and the BRoken TOys Drummer, TJ Horn! There's only one way, aside from being related to TJ, to have his voice on your answering machine & that’s to PLEDGE! Plus digital download of the entire album...with bonus art, kickstarter-exclusive content and a DIGITAL ART CARD

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    ADMIRAL TIME {DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD} you get the ALBUM + extra music downloads (covers! demos!) PLUS a giant custom-sewn digital PDF of all the lyrics, band photos, handwritten stuff, extra artwork & naked pictures!

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    TIME LORD {LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD} beautifully packaged Soft Time Traveler CD. PLUS DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & one-of-a-kind thank you ART card singed by the band

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    VINYL TIME [SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE VINYL + DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD} -- a stunning VINYL ONLY version of the album on TWO 180 gram colored records in a gatefold package. . . . . Includes TOTALLY DIFFERENT ART than what is on the CD!!!. Yes, the new DOUBLE album comes with the DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package! . . . . . ADD $45 to ANY PACKAGE and get the DOUBLE VINYL as a special add on!!!!

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    TIME REEL {2 TIME REELS + LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD} Get taken BACK IN TIME with a vintage View-Master Time Travel Reel as well as a CUSTOM reel made exclusively for the SOFT TIME TRAVELER - filled with hand-picked, 3D, Walter Sickert ART and photos! (If you don't already own a stereoscope Time Machine - see the $300 TIME SLIDER reward)

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    Meff - the MUSTACHE [one of the mustaches ACTUALLY worn by Meff at a show + LIMITED EDITION CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package} Now you too will be able to ROCK out with your Mustache out! This is a unique opportunity to own a piece of rock history. Your mustache will come with a Certificate of Mustacheticity signed by Meff, as well as a slip for ONE FREE MUSTACHE RIDE. This package also includes the LIMITED EDITION CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package

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    TIMEROTICA {50 Shades of Time Travel & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package} YOU PICK the book and the BRoken TOy and we’ll read a selection from your favorite novel. Imagine TJ’s sultry voice sliding over the syllables of the Story of O or Edrie reciting passages from Of Mice and Men (or any combination of any one of us reading any book!) This will be delivered right to your (in)BOX! Add $50 to this package for each additional BRoken TOy you wish to add to the fun! Add travel expenses and we'll come to you and read it to you IN PERSON! Add $25 and get the LIMITED EDITION beautifully packaged Soft Time Traveler PHYSICAL CD (shipping included)

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    TIME COVER {COVER SONG + DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package} The band will cover ANY SONG that pushes your fancy button; from Amy Winehouse to Zappa and anything in-between. We'll record it LIVE in the WIREFOREST studio and send it to you in the ETHER along with the DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package. Add $25 and get the LIMITED EDITION beautifully packaged Soft Time Traveler PHYSICAL CD (shipping included)

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    TEA with EDRIE {Drink tea with Edrie and pick her brain + DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package} Edrie has a wealth of info stored in the craggy folds of her mind-grapes & she'll give it all to you in this one hour session that will cover everything from managing a band of misfits to how to plan for a tour to how to actually survive the apocalypse by growing/canning your own food, carding your own wool and making weaponry (and anything in between)! LOCAL to Boston this will be in person - other areas will be Skyped. The DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package is also included. Add $25 and get the LIMITED EDITION beautifully packaged Soft Time Traveler PHYSICAL CD (shipping included)

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    HitchCRUNK {Mystery SteamCRUNK Theatre 1889 & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD} Digital audio commentary featuring the ARmy of BRoken TOys riffing on your favorite (or least favorite) movie. Torture us or make our day – either way, we have to WATCH and COMMENT on ANY MOVIE you tell us to! This package will be delivered digitally along with the DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package Add $50 and come hang with us at the WIREFOREST while we do it! Add $25 and get the LIMITED EDITION beautifully packaged Soft Time Traveler PHYSICAL CD (shipping included)

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    TIME DRIP {YOU illustrated by Walter Sickert} Become your own piece of art - Walter Sickert will illustrate a portrait of YOU (or anyone of your choosing) in all of your glory. The archival, matted, signed ONE-OF-A-KIND art print will be mailed to you and comes with the LIMITED EDITION CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package (and of course I'll stuff your box full of other goodies - I'm good like that) Add $25 and get the LIMITED EDITION beautifully packaged Soft Time Traveler PHYSICAL CD (shipping included)

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    SOFT TIME DRIP {YOU illustrated by Walter Sickert} Become your own piece of art - Walter Sickert will illustrate a portrait of YOU (or anyone of your choosing) in all of your glory. The archival, matted, signed ONE-OF-A-KIND art print will be mailed to you and comes with the LIMITED EDITION CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package (and of course I'll stuff your box full of other goodies - I'm good like that)

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    SOFT TIME DRIP II {YOU illustrated by Walter Sickert} Become your own piece of art - Walter Sickert will illustrate a portrait of YOU (or anyone of your choosing) in all of your glory. The archival, matted, signed ONE-OF-A-KIND art print will be mailed to you and comes with the LIMITED EDITION CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package (and of course I'll stuff your box full of other goodies - I'm good like that) NOTE that this second round of InkDrips will be delivered after the first set is done (After all Walter can only draw so fast!)

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    TIME SLIDER {Your very own TIME MACHINE + PHYSICAL CD and DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD} you read correctly! We have procured TEN stereoscope time machines that will take you back to many time-periods throughout history all without your corporal body leaving your den. Have you ever wanted to visit Niagara Falls - what about Niagara Falls in 1954? OR see the Seven Wonders of the World when they were actually WONDERFUL? We can SEND you there through our exclusive visual-stereoscope! Each package comes not only with the Time Machine, but also with TEN TIME REELS of various locations and time-periods throughout the world as well as an exclusive Soft Time Traveler Reel FILLED with Walter Sickert art and photos! You will also receive the PHYSICAL CD and the DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package

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    Rachel - STYLE MAVEN - {YOU STYLED and ACCESSORIZED by Rachel Jayson} Haven't you always wanted the one beautiful accessory that makes a statement about who you are and what your style is? Project your confidence and attitude through a unique hand-made item that will be a conversation piece and can be used in many ways for many occasions! Rachel will MAKE you that a one-of-a-kind accessory and will help you in achieving your ultimate look by consulting with you on how to wear it and with what! You will also receive the PHYSICAL CD and the DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package.

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    DAYS FUTURE PAST(IES) {YOU as a COMIC STRIP + the Kitchen Sink} Includes EVERYTHING from every package above (physical CD, art card, time machine, time reels etc. etc.) as well as one of the few remaining a 28 Seeds Comic Books and YOU and YOUR AMAZING LIFE (Or the life you always wanted) made into a 3-page COMIC STRIP, archivally printed, matted, framed and sent directly to YOU to hang in your den! Impress all of your friends with your masked capers! BE the HERO that saves the puppy and gets the boy or girl (or both – we don’t judge). Fight off that Super Villain attack and be home in time to have tea with Professor X and Swamp Thing! There are no bounds to what YOU could do in your very own comic strip!

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    TIME PIMP {ART POSTER + the Kitchen Sink} Includes EVERYTHING from EVERY package above (except special band member items) AND a 24x36 Soft Time Traveler ART POSTER designed by Walter Sickert and printed on acid-free, photo-gloss, heavy weight, Glassine Interleaving Paper

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    SUPER-AWESOME MEGA TIME SQUID FROM OUTER SPACE {EVERYTHING + the Kitchen Sink} Includes EVERYTHING from EVERY package (except special band member items) above AND every physical reward from the 28 Seeds Kickstarter (We have one of everything left and YOU would get it! - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/557544956/28-seeds) PLUS the band will throw an IN PERSON (or streaming, depending on your location) concert FOR YOU and whomever you want to invite! We will even throw in high-fives, hugs and libations as well as an exclusive EP written and recorded JUST FOR YOU with songs on topics of your choosing. Come on - you have always wanted a song-cycle about Space Monster Unicorns that come to earth to proclaim that YOU ARE THE CHOSEN ONE! AND you will receive EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the album!

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