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Essential Consultants is a new band of old friends. Our debut album-in-progress, Good You Say, Good Will Come is the culmination of our shared musical successes and defeats stretching back over the last twenty years. Our album is fully recorded and mixed, now we need your help to have it mastered and pressed to vinyl.  

Here's a quick preview of what we've been working on.....

The Band 

Clockwise from top left: Joachim Kearns, Ben Cecil, Jason Frederick, Mitchell King / Photos: Ebru Yildiz
Clockwise from top left: Joachim Kearns, Ben Cecil, Jason Frederick, Mitchell King / Photos: Ebru Yildiz

When It Began....

 Hi, I'm Joachim. In the Spring of 2017, after a long run of playing in other peoples projects and immersing myself in my own homespun recordings, I began Essential Consultants. The group was born out of a desire to return to playing in a band with a truly collaborative vision that could harness a big sound, play shows, make records, and most importantly, see what our collective years of creating music together, and apart, had made us capable of.  

Ben, Mitchell and Joachim working it out / Photo: Ebru Yildiz
Ben, Mitchell and Joachim working it out / Photo: Ebru Yildiz

Nine of the ten songs on the resulting album-in-progress, Good You Say, Good Will Come were written by Ben, Mitchell and myself. Half way through this process, it became clear to us that while we were happy with the songs, we were significantly less enthused about the prospect of singing them.  The voice we wanted to hear belonged to our favorite Cleveland transplant, Jason Frederick, so we called him and forced him to join us.  

Jason calling the shots /photo: Ebru Yildiz
Jason calling the shots /photo: Ebru Yildiz

Armed with 2" tape and homemade Indian food (thank you, Liesl), we hit Brooklyn's South Slope's Seaside Lounge on June 2nd, 2018, our 10 songs in tow. Three days later the record was fully tracked. We were extremely lucky to be guided by recording master, Kris Poulin, who took time from his busy touring schedule and flew in from San Diego to get us in line. In addition to being an old friend and vet of many bands, Kris has worked on records for folks like Smog, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Royal Trux, among many others. We could not be happier with the sounds he delivered. Along this multi-track journey, Ebru Yildiz was also kind enough to stop by and snap many of the awesome pics adorning this page 

Kris at the helm/Photos: Ebru Yildiz
Kris at the helm/Photos: Ebru Yildiz

 Artwork 

Good You Say, Good Will Come will feature new artwork by visual artist extraordinaire, Sam Martineau. Sam has lent his signature blend of angular lines and explosive colors to previous music projects including the creation of hundreds of unique handmade one-of-a-kind mixed media 7" covers for records by Jason Frederick, Harbor Lights, Ribs, and Radical Dads.  

For this go round, rather than creating individualized covers for each copy of Good You Say, Good Will Come, we've selected Sam's Reverse Demos 1 (pictured below) for the LP cover.  The original painting will be included as a premium reward, as well as five other limited edition one-of-a-kind posters Sam created to celebrate Essential Consultants' debut release.    

Reverse Demo 1, by Sam Martineau, 2018, 12"x11", mixed media on paper, this will be the LP cover for Good You Say, Good Will Come
Reverse Demo 1, by Sam Martineau, 2018, 12"x11", mixed media on paper, this will be the LP cover for Good You Say, Good Will Come

Rewards

In addition to vinyl and download offerings of Good You Say, Good Will Come, we're super excited to offer bundles of previous releases featuring members of Essential Consultants. These bundles feature some of the very last copies available for many of these titles. 

Joachim Bundle 

Along with a vinyl copy + download of the new album, Good You Say, Good Will Come, this bundle includes: Joachim Kearns solo LP, Poor Relations and Ribs/Harbor Lights Price is Right/A Red One split 7" featuring handmade custom artwork by Sam Martineau.

L: Joachim Kearns, Poor Relations LP, R: Ribs/Harbor Lights split 7".
L: Joachim Kearns, Poor Relations LP, R: Ribs/Harbor Lights split 7".

Jason Bundle 

Along with a vinyl copy + download of the new album, Good You Say, Good Will Come, this bundle includes: Jason Wyatt Frederick solo LP, As Is (featuring art by Michael Hambouz) and Jason's Ohio/Build You Up 7" featuring handmade custom artwork by Sam Martineau.

L: JasonFrederick, As Is LP, R: Jason Frederick, Ohio/Build You Up 7".
L: JasonFrederick, As Is LP, R: Jason Frederick, Ohio/Build You Up 7".

Jason Deluxe Bundle

This bundle includes everything in the Jason bundle, but as an added bonus includes a CD copy of the Jason Frederick fronted, Love Story in Blood Red's seminal second album. 

L: JasonFrederick, As Is LP, Top R: Love Story in Blood Red 2 CD, Bot R: Jason Frederick, Ohio/Build You Up 7"
L: JasonFrederick, As Is LP, Top R: Love Story in Blood Red 2 CD, Bot R: Jason Frederick, Ohio/Build You Up 7"

We're also very very psyched that Sam Martineau has created 5 limited edition handmade posters to commemorate Essential Consultants' debut release.  See below for pics of individual posters, numbered 1-5. 

Poster 1

Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".
Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".

Poster 2 

Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".
Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".

Poster 3

Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".
Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".

Poster 4

Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".
Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".

Poster 5 

Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".
Limited edition handmade poster by Sam Martineau to celebrate the release of Good You Say, Good Wiil Come. Approximate dimensions 10" x 17".

We hope that you'll join us to help finish the record, but more than anything, we're just psyched to share the music with you. Thanks!  

Risks and challenges

Due to a resurgence of interest in vinyl records, turnaround at most vinyl pressing plants we've contacted can vary from 1-4 months. If fully funded, we project being able to fulfill those rewards which include a vinyl copy of Good You Say, Good Will Come by February, 2019, however, timelines provided by pressing plants are be subject to change. We will do all we can to see that delivery of vinyl rewards is met by February, 2019, but we request your patience should there be any delays beyond our control.

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    Good You Say..... Digital Download

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    Good You Say.... Vinyl LP + Download

    A vinyl copy of Essential Consultants' debut LP, Good You Say, Good Will Come. Ten tracks of homegrown heat seekers recorded by the one and only Kris Poulin, and featuring artwork by the indefatigable Sam Martineau. Download card included.

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    Joachim Bundle + Good You... Vinyl LP

    Includes previous releases featuring Essential Consultants guitarist, Joachim Kearns, packed together in one tidy record bundle, along with a vinyl copy + download of the new album, Good You Say, Good Will Come. Bundle includes: Joachim Kearns solo LP, Poor Relations and Ribs/Harbor Lights split 7", featuring handmade custom artwork by Sam Martineau. By all accounts this is the last 10 copies of the Ribs/Harbor Lights split 7" available anywhere!

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    Guitar Lesson In the Park

    Meet up with Essential Consultants guitarist, Joachim Kearns for a 90 minute guitar lesson in Brooklyn's beautiful prospect park! Learn a song from Essential Consultants catalog, or Crazy Train, or anything else Joachim knows how to play. Your call! Travel to prospect park not included. Availability limited to weekends between 10 am and 5pm.

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    Reverse Demo 1 - Original Artwork

    As part of his ongoing collaborations with some of his favorite bands, visual artist, Sam Martineau created a series of 11" x 12" mixed media works on paper inspired by rough mixes of Good You Say, Good Will Come. From this series, Reverse Demos 1 (pictured in project outline) has been chosen for the LP cover. Sam has graciously agreed to part ways with the original piece in support of our efforts and it's here that we offer it with pride to one lucky backer.

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