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On 03/30/2013 ETH will release a new album written around the stories in the 03/30/2012 issue of a Toronto paper, The Globe And Mail.

CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER T-SHIRT!

Our friends over at Cricket Press have really outdone themselves - check out our exclusive Kickstarter T-Shirt!

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We're going to stick something on the back, too (like a track list) and it'll be available in whatever size you need, either in a Unisex cut or a fitted women's cut.

It'll only be available through the Kickstarter campaign, so if you'd like one (or more) you can either grab the $60 package (with a signed cd, advance digital download and newspaper) or you can toss an extra $20 on your existing pledge and send us a message letting us know you've done so. (No need to adjust your reward selection - that'll just confuse us.)

Hope you like it!

FREE SONG AND LIMITED-EDITION POSTER

Well, we're creeping up on $50,000 and the summer's just getting started. We've been busy - let me fill you in.

We've had Sara at www.cricket-press.com working day and night on some designs for us, and we're delighted to launch an EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED-EDITION 16x20" POSTER right here on Kickstarter. It looks amazing! 

Each poster is hand-printed on 100lb paper from custom screens, numbered and signed by the artist - they really are works of art, and there are only 100 of them available! You can get them in a package with the download, signed CD and newspaper ($80), or you can add one (or more) to the rewards you're already getting for $40 a pop - just adjust your pledge accordingly and send us a message on Kickstarter. Since we'll be shipping these in poster tubes, we'll try to get them out to you in time for Christmas, too! 

Finally - our producer Zach McNees has mixed and mastered our unreleased track "Sycamore" which we're sending out to all of our backers for free. If you don't get the email update in the next hour, just click over to "PROJECT UPDATES" up above and check out the "backers-only" post for the link.

Thanks everyone!

UNBELIEVABLE

Well, it's hard to even comprehend - but we just passed $40,000 with no signs of slowing. We've now doubled our goal in just 9 days.

Of course, this means more free stuff for YOU! As promised, now that we've hit this benchmark we'll be pressing hard copies of our "Live At Saint Claire" album and shipping them to everyone who purchased a hard copy of "The Modest Revolution" (so, everyone who pledged $20 or more).

Incidentally - these bonuses will be added on for everyone who pledges from here on out, so tell your friends: if they pledge at least $20, they'll get album demos, a download AND a hard copy of the live album for free, a free song (Sycamore) plus whatever else they get with their reward package!

500 BACKERS!

Wow. Our unofficial goal for the fundraiser was to try and get 500 backers. You guys came through big time, and we hit that number in 8 days!

As a warm-and-fuzzy thank-you bonus, we're going to have our producer Zach McNees mix an unreleased song, "Sycamore" (recorded for Whitelake but never mixed or released) and we're going to send it to all of our backers for free. Look for a download link in your email in the next few days!

GUITAR PICKS, NECKLACES AND EARRINGS!!

You asked for them, and we're happy to oblige! We've just added two new awesome rewards at the $45 and $55 levels - you can choose either five custom ETH guitar picks or a pair of guitar pick earrings and a necklace! Best yet, we'll be shipping them out separately in November, so you can get them in time for CHRISTMAS!! Check 'em out (yours might not look EXACTLY like this, since we're making them all by hand):

Get 'em while they're hot!

NOTE: If you've already made your pledge, but you'd like to add something to your package, we have a few add-on options. Just increase your pledge by the appropriate amount and send us a message here on Kickstarter detailing what you'd like added to your package! (If you're already a backer adding an item or an additional package, please don't select a different reward level.  Simply adjust your pledge amount and send us a message with what you'd like us to add to your order)

ADD A LIMITED EDITION POSTER: $40

ADD AN EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT: $20

ADD 5 GUITAR PICKS: $5

ADD A HANDMADE PAIR OF EARRINGS AND A NECKLACE: $15

UPDATE:

Well, it's been a heck of a launch. We NEVER expected the kind of response we've gotten! We hit our original goal of $20,000 in 11 hours.

It's humbling and gratifying to see this kind of support, and you can bet we'll be working ourselves to the bone to make sure the project is every bit as awesome as we know it can be!

SO WHAT NOW?

A lot of people have been asking what we've got planned now that we've reached our $20,000 goal. Well - the short answer is that $20k, although it seems like a lot, is actually only about half the amount we need.

Any money we raise that doesn't go directly towards recording costs will go towards hiring a kick-ass publicist, making a pro video and doing all those things bands do when they have a little financial flexibility. Who needs a label, right? :)

To keep it exciting along the way, we've added a couple of plateaus:

We'll also be adding new reward packages along the way - posters, guitar picks, etc. Stay tuned!


Enter the Haggis is nothing without all of you. We're so lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate group of followers and supporters! Throughout the years as the band has evolved, our fans have always been there to support us and help keep our special brand of music alive, and there aren't words to express our gratitude. You've given us the freedom to grow and evolve, and we're about ready to take the next step along that road!

Starting in October of this year, we will be back in the studio to record our 7th full length album. We've decided to use Kickstarter to help us reach the goals that we’ve set to make this album possible. We’ve put together an amazing collection of pledge rewards that we think every Haggis Head will want to be a part of, no matter what your budget! This is not a collection jar. This is a bake sale! Join us and you'll be rewarded handsomely for your generosity.

Many of you may not know that we recently parted ways with the record label we'd been with ever since Casualties of Retail. It was a little scary taking our destiny into our own hands, but we could see the music industry evolving in front of us and we knew it was time to take a chance. Our last studio album Whitelake was an incredible success and our first foray into the world of fan-funding. Because of your support we were able to create, promote and distribute our music directly to you without the help of a traditional record label. Here's one of the songs from Whitelake for you to listen to. It's called "Devil's Son". If you want to hear the rest, you can listen for free on our website - www.enterthehaggis.com

DEVIL'S SON

We've visited quite a number of amazing places in the last decade on the road - and if there's one thing we've learned in our travels, it's that every city and town is made up of unique people, and all of those people have stories to tell. 

Leafing through a local paper in a small town this past winter, we were struck by the sheer number of interesting story-lines we found. After some discussion, we hit on an unusual idea: why not capture a snapshot of a single day musically? We bounced the idea around and eventually decided we were going to pick a day at random, buy a newspaper and write an entire album inspired by the stories and headlines we found within. We'd then pick up a couple thousand copies of that issue which could be sent to fans along with the new album upon its release - sort of like extra liner notes.

The next step was settling on a paper, and deciding on a date.

We knew we needed a newspaper from a major city to ensure that we'd have a wide variety of stories and topics to choose from. No problem there: ETH is from Toronto, which is the biggest and most culturally diverse city in Canada. Crazy stuff happens here every day! We bit the bullet and chose March 30th, 2012 as our "snapshot day" - and we ordered a WHOLE lot of copies of The Globe And Mail. This is what 1500 newspapers looks like:

We've since been scouring the paper, solving crosswords, reading obituaries and pulling together ideas which are evolving into songs. Only here, by choosing to support our Kickstarter, will you have the opportunity to get your very own copy of the paper to read and dissect. And trust us, there are very good reasons for you to want your own personal copy (but we can't get into those just yet). {O.W.}

The album will be recorded at Saint Claire Recording Company in Lexington KY. Saint Claire was our home for the mixing of Soapbox Heroes and the Northampton live album. It's an unbelievable place, and we're beyond excited that we finally have the chance to record an album there. Check out their website - if you'd like to come see the studio in person while we're there, we're offering a couple of different ways you can do it.

The album will be produced, engineered and mixed by Zach McNees who has had a hand in a number of ETH projects over the years including the final mix of Whitelake.

Here's the twist: our new album will be released ONE YEAR TO THE DAY after the newspaper hit the streets: March 30th, 2013. We can't wait.

One city. One day. One brand new album. And we need your help to make it happen!

Every dollar earned from your generous contribution will go directly into the production and promotion of this album (minus a small administration fee). Studio time, producers and engineers, artwork, mastering, distribution and manufacturing are just some of the costs associated with making an album independently - and we've got some really fun ideas for the packaging. The total cost of producing this album and getting it into your hands is approximately double what our initial kickstarter goal is set at. We will be updating this page and our backers with additional bonus rewards if we are able to exceed our initial goal. And remember: we'll be posting tons of updates from the studio as we go along, so everyone who decides to take the plunge and pledge will be able to follow along with us as we go!

We can’t thank you all enough for your generosity. We look forward to sharing our new music with you and seeing you all on the road this summer! And please, share this page with your friends and family and help spread the word about the new album!

(If you have any questions that aren't answered in our FAQs at the bottom of this page or the Kickstarter FAQ page, please just send us a message here on Kickstarter and we'll get you sorted out).

FAQ

  • If you would like to add an individual item, you can adjust your pledge at any level (don't worry about changing the reward level itself). Simply click the "manage my pledge" blue button and add the following to your total pledge: $40 for a Poster, $20 for a T-Shirt, $5 for 5 ETH guitar picks, $15 for a pair of guitar pick earrings and one guitar pick necklace (with two picks).

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  • We love your optimism! As we mentioned, this album will likely cost close to double what our goal is. Having said that, additional money that doesn’t go directly into the production of the album will allow us to do things like make a music video or hire an expensive publicist to help us promote the album to a wider audience! We will also giving back to you guys with some bonus items to be determined! Rest assured that there will be no lavish vacations, new cars or fancy new mansions being purchased. Our fans will always be the primary beneficiaries of money donated through Kickstarter.

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  • Kickstarter allows us to send a form at the end to ask whatever we need to know for your specific category. So for the T-Shirt people, we’ll send a form that asks for a shirt size, and address to send it all to. Please Please Please remember to fill out your survey when it’s emailed to you at the end of the project! We will not be able to keep track of your information if it is sent to us via email or kickstarter message.

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  • Yes! Just add $20 to the cost of your level and send us a message letting you know you've done so and want a T-Shirt included.

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  • Actually, no. No one’s card will be charged unless the campaign reaches its goal. Up until that point you’re simply making a commitment to pay the amount you’ve pledged. You may want to consider writing down a reminder on your calendar so you’ll remember when your card is going to be charged. Kickstarter will also email you at the end to let you know.

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  • Yes! To increase your pledge or change your reward package, simply sign in on Kickstarter as usual and navigate to our campaign page. Then, click the blue button that reads "Manage Your Donation." Here, you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive!

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  • Sure! We can’t guarantee we’ll be able to add it but feel free to ask. If we can fulfill it and it’s within Kickstarters rules then we will create a reward level with the appropriate number available and you can buy it then.

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  • No problem! If you’ve generously pledged enough money to cover two different categories, we’ll send you the items from both levels. Just send us a message about what two categories you’d like to combine and we’ll make a note for shipping! And yes, if both levels come with CDs you will get more than one CD!

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  • Yes, at some point before the campaign is over we will get the T-Shirt designed and post an image here on kickstarter for everyone to feast their eyes on.

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  • No, you don't have to but we would be eternally grateful if you added a few extra dollars to your total pledge to help us out. We will be doing all our own fulfilment and paying for the shipping costs.

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  • We will use your Kickstarter username so please make sure it’s spelled correctly! If your kickstarter name is something like haggislover984, then that is what will show up in our album liner notes!

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  • No problem! We will assign you an instrumental duty of some sort. Percussion, hand claps or some other type of musical noise that doesn’t require your vocal stylings.

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    ETH GUITAR PICKS! Five custom ETH guitar picks! They're .71 picks (for the guitar players) and they'll literally make you play better! Check out the picture in the body text to the left. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download)

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Receive a phone call from a member of ETH (maybe more than one member if we're on tour!) to the person of your choice on their birthday, anniversary or bat-mitzvah. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download)

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    LISTENING PARTY #2 (UTICA): Be our guest at an EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE ALBUM LISTENING PARTY at The FX Matt Brewery in Utica, NY (www.saranac.com). Food included! We'll listen through the album, talk about the inspiration and recording process, and show some pics from the studio. Must pay for own travel and lodging expenses. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download).

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    HAGGIS AT THE BEEP - Choose a member of ETH to record a personalized outgoing voicemail message that you can use on your phone! We will deliver an MP3 so be sure that you are able to upload or use an MP3 somehow as your outgoing message. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download)

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    ETH GUITAR PICKS - EARRING and NECKLACE SET! You will look stylish with one pair of ETH guitar pick earrings and one necklace (with two picks). See picture of the picks and earring mock up in the body text to the left. Actual earring design will be slightly different. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download)

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    FASHION FORWARD: You get a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT! Look awesome while listening to your shiny new album. We will post a design of the shirt soon! (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download).

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    SIGNED DRUM HEAD (standard size 10"-16"). We'll draw a Haggis Head on a drum head and the whole band will sign it for you. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download).

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    EXCLUSIVE HAND-MADE POSTER! Only 100 available! We’ve teamed up with our friends at Cricket-Press to offer you a beautiful 16x20” poster designed exclusively for our kickstarter! (Picture to the left) Each poster is printed by hand on 100lb paper from four inks and custom made screens. They will be individually numbered and signed by the artist. If you’re already a backer, feel free to adjust your current pledge (don’t change your reward level!) and add $40 for the poster by itself. **Note** We will accommodate poster add-ons on a first come first serve basis via kickstarter messages. We will do our best to adjust the amount of available posters left through the poster reward level. (+ signed CD + newspaper and pre release download)

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    SIGNED DRUM HEAD (large size 20"). We'll draw a Haggis Head on a drum head and the whole band will sign it for you. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download).

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    LIVE FROM SAINT CLAIRE (Two Tickets). ONLY 20 PAIRS OF TICKETS AVAILABLE! Come to an exclusive LIVE ALBUM RECORDING at the studio! We haven't recorded a live album since 2007's Northampton and will soon have three more studio albums to draw material from. We thought to ourselves: "What better time to record a new live album than in the comfort of a recording studio?" The only problem was that we needed an audience. That's where YOU come in! 40 of you will join us at Saint Claire in Lexington KY for a day. We'll play through (and record) a dozen or so songs including unreleased songs from the new album. Afterwards, we'll have a BBQ and hang out! Finally, you'll get a digital download of the new live recording once it's mixed! Travel/lodging not included. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download).

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    LIVE FROM SAINT CLAIRE (Two Tickets) - Night #2! See night #1 for main description. We were so blown away by the response to this reward that we decided to extend the live recording at Saint Claire to a 2nd night! Live music and a BBQ with us! You'll get a digital download of the new live recording once it's mixed! Travel/lodging not included. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download) **Please Note** Night #1 will be Saturday October 27th. Night #2 will be Sunday October 28th.

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    HAND WRITTEN LYRICS to the song of your choice and a one of a kind SIGNED POLAROID taken during the making of the album! Also: As a special thank-you for your incredible support, we'll credit you as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the liner notes of the album! (+ exclusive t-shirt + the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download).

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    SIGNED DRUM HEAD (jumbo size 28"). These things are HUGE - 28" across. We'll decorate it (medium: Sharpie on Plastic) and the whole band will sign it for you. (+ the newspaper + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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    BINARY LOVERS REJOICE: ETH BRANDED USB DRIVE! Pre-loaded with every album we've released since 2000 (7 albums!) as well as some behind-the-scenes photos from the studio and lyrics to all the albums. You'll also get a one-of-a-kind signed polaroid taken in the studio just for you. (+ the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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    BIG SHINY ALBUM CHART signed by the band! Used to organize the tracks during the recording of the album. Details everything that went into making the album. Only two in existence! (+ the USB drive + the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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    FAMILY PORTRAIT! You know that spot above your fireplace (or the empty pizza boxes in your dormroom) that you've been meaning to fill with an Escher print or your paint-by-numbers Dali reproduction? Well, we've got a better option. We'll set up a time that works for you, grab our ugliest sweaters and widest smiles and head down to the mall for a professional (read: tacky) family portrait. Bring the kids, the dog - and walk away with a keepsake that will put your sister-in-law's Velvet Matador to shame. ONLY 10 AVAILABLE! (+ the USB drive + the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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    TREVOR'S NIGHT OUT: For your support and generosity, we will send you the USB drive + the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + credit you as an executive producer. Sounds great, right? Oh yeah.. and Trevor will perform a show in a beautiful full-length gown (or equivalent) and makeup. And a wig. And we'll let you and a friend attend the show as our guests. (Note: we'll make sure it's a show you can attend.)

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    You choose the setlist!! The next show you attend we will provide a guest list spot for you and a guest. We will provide a list of available songs (and covers) that we can play and you work with the band to choose the order of the set for the night! (+ the USB drive + the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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    MOTEL JAM! Gather your friends around your computer or iPad and allow ETH to entertain you for 60 mins in their jammies from their luxurious motel room. Make requests, sing along. Must be scheduled on a night-off while the band is on tour, and is subject to our hectic schedule. (+ the USB drive + the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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    GET A MATCHING TATTOO WITH TREVOR! That's right - you and Trevor will figure out a tattoo design you both like, travel to a (clean) tattoo parlour together and get some ink done! ( (+ the USB drive + the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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    PLAY OR SING ON OUR ALBUM!! We will put you up at Saint Claire while we’re making the album for two nights and one day of fun in the studio where you will sing or play on the making of our new album! Did we mention we’ll take you out to dinner AND you’re coming here: www.saint-claire.com Airfare/travel not included. (+ the USB drive + the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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    WEEKEND WARRIOR: WHOA!! Work with Brian and producer Zach McNees at Saint Claire to produce a FULL STUDIO PRODUCTION of YOUR song! This is a Kickstarter special rate! Includes the full cost of the studio rental & engineer. Accommodations included! Airfare/travel not included. Please allow 3-4 months advance notice for scheduling. Each song takes approx 2 days in the studio. Only 4 songs available! (+ the USB drive + the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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    WEEKEND WARLORD: LET'S MAKE A RECORD! Brian and producer Zach McNees will work with you or your band for a whole week (seven consecutive days) at Saint Claire Recording Company in Lexington KY. The studio will provide accommodations for a maximum of 5 people, and they've got a full kitchen and a hot-tub. WE WILL PRODUCE, RECORD AND MIX A PROFESSIONAL EP (max 6 songs). Brian will also sing or play whatever you like - the studio has great gear and a full-sized grand piano! Your travel costs aren't included, and we'll need at least 3-4 months advance notice for scheduling. This is a great deal and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you'll walk away with a professional recording of your very own. (+ the USB drive + the newspaper + exclusive t-shirt + signed CD and pre-release download + executive producer credit).

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