About this project
As many of you may know, we at Murder By Death put out all of our own vinyl records. And you have always supported us with this endeavor. Thank you! Now, some people might think vinyl records are an outdated technology but we feel very strongly, and we think you do too that vinyl not only delivers the highest quality sound experience, but can also be a thing of beauty. Presenting the art in glorious large format makes each record a keepsake and a treasure. OK, I'll get to the point. We want to continue to manufacture the best and most beautiful vinyl records out there and that ain't cheap. We have... a few years under our belts, so we have a lot of releases to keep in production. $$$$! We are particularly proud of our latest recorded album "Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon" (Produced by John "Fabergé Eggs" Congleton) and we are teaming up with the fine folks at Bloodshot Records to release the CD and Digital THIS SEPTEMBER 25th... but we are still putting out the vinyl ourselves. And this time, we want to do it BIG!!! We really can't wait for you to hear it, and we really want you to check out the vinyl. Lets not forget the art. The art is freaking great. You're going to want this beauty in your hands.
We understand that music itself is becoming less of a commodity. We don't feel like getting upset about this, we feel like making music that we think is missing from the world and we want to share it with people who give a care. We still need to make enough money to support 5 musicians ("We've got five mouths to feed!"-Total Recall) so we decided to get creative. What is and will always be a commodity is EXPERIENCES. Real, live memories. A show. A trip. An adventure. We are often asked to play weddings, parties, funerals. We would love to - really. Let's try to make it work. Often we are asked "why don't you cover this or that song?" OK, dare us. Want to head out with us on an adventure? Yep. So this is it! We found (we think) the perfect outlet to address this need we all have to EXPERIENCE each other and MUSIC, right here. LET'S DO THIS!!!!
WHAT DO YOU GET FROM SUPPORTING THIS KICKSTARTER?
In addition to our intense gratitude and your new-found superior feeling of godliness ANY contributions will receive a DL SENT TO YOU IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS FROM THE NEW ALBUM. You will get an email with a link to download. You'll also get free downloads of any of the "MBD WILL COVER ANY SONG YOU WANT" covers assuming people buy those. Every physical order will come with a knick-knack from the band: a poster, a thank you letter, a comic book, stickers, whatever. Lastly, you will also have the knowledge that you are a superior person who supports the arts and saved the world. Oh, and if you donate over $100 you get this bitchin' patch!
Patch image coming soon!
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHO WE ARE?
Known for their uniquely brooding sound that frequently conjures desolate imagery, on Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon Murder By Death capture a familiar tone but also explore new territory, adding a further refined sophistication and even richer, full-bodied sound. The varied album ranges musically from the spooky and spare opener “My Hill”, to the rough, rousing sing-along “Hard World”, to the booming, aching waltz of “Ghost Fields.” Songs like the cinematic “Lost River” start hushed before rising to a lush crescendo, while “No Oath, No Spell” maintains a dramatic, bluesy swing, and first single “I Came Around” rumbles and rollicks with a hard-charging, barroom flair. Singer Adam Turla’s cavernous baritone tells shadowy small-town stories throughout, the songs’ oftentimes-upbeat veneer belying a sordid undercurrent. Across Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon Sarah Balliet’s sonorous cello and Scott Brackett’s multiple instruments (backing vocals, piano, trumpet, and accordion, to name a few) weave irreplaceable accents, and Dagan Thogerson’s robust drums and Matt Armstrong’s inventive bass lines create a resounding low end.
Murder By Death wrote Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon – their first album featuring contributions from Brackett (formerly of Okkervil River and Shearwater)– throughout most of 2011, testing and reworking the songs in Turla’s basement-turned-practice-space. In January, they traveled to Dallas, TX to record with producer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, St. Vincent, Black Mountain) over three weeks.
DAYTROTTER puts it "The stories that Turla writes and that the group brings to life - with a ruckus and the sound of a rambling train - are loaded with times and people that are the makings for the things that you get tattooed on your arms and shoulders, knowing that they're going to be the ones that stick with you until they are pale green and barely legible, as old age creeps onto the weathered skin. They are the fights that you lost that still taste salty at the corners of your mouth. They are the divorces and the foreclosures. They are the times when you feel like the only thing that's going to make anything feel better is to finish off that 12-pack yourself. They are the times that are your dark meanings, your true meanings."
WHAT COMES WITH THE NEW SPECIAL EDITION OF THE VINYL?
DIE-CUT COVER, SO YOU CAN SEE THROUGH TO THE TRANSLUCENT VELLUM INTERIOR SLEEVE. THE RECORD ITSELF IS 180 GRAM AND COLORED TO LOOK LIKE A MOON. INSIDE YOU GET A CRAZY ZOETROPE (SEE DESCRIPTION BELOW IN THE FAQS) AND A GLOBE LANTERN PICTURED BELOW.
UPDATE: WE GOT PICS OF THE VINYL!
WOAH! COOL. ITS A JAPANESE GLOBE LANTERN WITH OUR RECORD COVER ON IT. AMAZING
WHEN DO I GET MY VINYL/CD/DIGITAL DL OF "BITTER DRINK, BITTER MOON"? It will ship to arrive by the release date of September 25th. You will get it a few days before it comes out in the store. You'll get the download of any covers people choose for us to do in January.
OK WHAT ABOUT MY FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE SINGLE FROM THE NEW ALBUM? OR WHAT ABOUT MY DOWNLOAD OF "LIKE THE EXORCIST..."?
That will show up a few days after you pledge. Its a lot of emails to send, but we will get to it, just give us a sec!
This is your only chance to join the MBD Whiskey Crew and patch up. Your only chance to get these rad posters, the golden ticket, the Forever Club, The MBD Book Club, The MBD covers, Buy Dagan a Tattoo, the full version of the special edition vinyl of Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon with all the trimmings, and of course these ridiculous trips with the band.
DOES THE NEW RECORD COME WITH DOWNLOAD CODES?
WTF IS A TEST PRESSING?
A test pressing is a sample vinyl record the band listens to and approves so that the records that you lovely folks buy can go into production. We usually get 2-3 copies of these. We are offering you the only copy of each of our test pressings we will ever offer anyone. This is the limited of the limited.
WHAT THE HECK IS A ZOETROPE? Here it is! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD11qsSezgQ&feature=youtu.be
It's basically an old school GIF. This one will sit and play on your record player. So sit and drink a whiskey and curl your mustache while you amuse yourself with this fun little knick-knack.Oh, and ours is reversible for twice the fun! Its like a starter jacket, but for music nerds!
WHAT DOES THE POSTER LOOK LIKE?
WHAT COMES IN THE BOXED SET OF ALBUMS?
- Like The Exorcist, But More Breakdancing 200 gram colored vinyl w/ color insert
- Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them? 200 gram colored vinyl w/ gatefold jacket w/ copper foil name
- In Bocca Al Lupo 200 gram colored vinyl w/ color insert
- Red Of Tooth and Claw 200 gram colored vinyl w/ gatefold jacket
- Good Morning, Magpie 200 gram colored vinyl w/ embossed gatefold jacket & 12 page booklet
- Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon 200 gram colored vinyl w/ zoetrope and globe lantern + cord kit
- All in a copper foil covered box
BOOK CLUB? TELL ME MORE..
Pretty simple. We send you a book (that we love) once a month for a year. We inscribe it to you and tell you why we love it. We don't really make money on this one, but we think it's fun and getting stuff in the mail rules.
IS SHIPPING INCLUDED?
YES. For everything.
MORE ON THE GOLDEN TICKET?
You email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (hopefully with a few days notice) before one of our events you want to attend and we buy you tickets...however many times you wanna go! If we are opening a show we will do our damndest to make sure we still get you in. We can't guarantee festival entrance though. But any club dates and you're in! Plus you get a cool golden ticket.
WHAT IS GONNA BE ON THE FREE COVERS EP AND WHEN WILL I GET IT AND HOW?
You're gonna get any recordings of the covers people pay for us to do. We will record it at our local studio Farm Fresh Studios. Its free to all youse. It will come out in January and you will get an email with a link to download.
WILL DAGAN REALLY GET A TATTOO OF ANYTHING I WANT?
Yes. Just don't be a jerk. Be funny, be thoughtful, be crazy. Whatever.
REMIND ME WHAT COMES WITH THE FOREVER CLUB?
It starts with a boxed set. Then, any time we put something out (vinyl, cds, tour posters, pint glasses, belt buckles, etc etc etc) we send you one. No fuss. We would send shirts but we make so many your closets would overflow. Plus you get a cool patch.
WILL YOU REALLY RECORD A COVER OF ANY SONG I WANT? EVEN STUFF YOU HATE?
Yes. And we hate a lot of stuff. But that could be interesting and cool. Sometimes the songs you don't expect to work turn out even better. OK ONE ADDENDUM- IT SHOULD BE A SONG THAT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY RELEASED, PLEASE DON"T ASK US TO RECORD YOUR SONG, AS THAT KIND OF GOES AGAINST THE IDEA WE ARE TRYING TO GET ACROSS HERE.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THESE HOUSE SHOWS YOU WILL PLAY...
Ok. We think this one is gonna rule. Some basic answers.
- WHAT AM I BUYING WITH ALL THIS BIG MONIES? Well, you kinda choose. Adam and Sarah can come and do a show just the two of them. Or maybe you want all 5 band members. We play for an hour or so, a set list you choose in advance (you pick 12 songs, and we will pick the rest). It will most likely be an acoustic show to avoid police/ noise complaints. But if you have a spot that we aren't concerned about that, maybe it's a full electric rock show. We will hang out and party, but obviously, depending on the day, we eventually gotta take off at some point to get to the next show etc etc etc. It's probably regular show length. Like 3-4 hours.
- YES YOU CAN POOL YOUR MONEY TOGETHER WITH A BUNCH OF FRIENDS/ FAMILY. But please don't charge for the show. Ok, maybe you can pass around the hat or take donations or whatever. Maybe this is a gift for a couple. Or maybe the timing works out that we could play your wedding. Worth a shot.
- WHY SO EXPENSIVE? First of all, lets not forget kickstarter fees, transportation, accommodations, travel costs, crew, etc etc etc. We know a lot of you have asked us to play your events, and ask how much. We also know this is a lot of money, but this is what it will take to make a general price that includes anywhere in North America. If you are from somewhere other than North America, feel free to contact us, as we are totally open to playing your fine city in a far off land. YOU DON'T AUTOMATICALLY HAVE TO PAY MORE IF YOU ARE FROM FAR AWAY. IN FACT, WE LOVE TRAVELLING TO DISTANT LANDS. It just might take a moment to get us all there. Maybe you wanna do a destination show. That could be awesome. Email us at email@example.com to discuss any serious inquiries.
I WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THE CEDAR POINT TRIP...
We will arrange a time that works for both you and us. It will happen either this fall or next spring depending on what we can work out together. We book you and a friend flights/transportation to arrive in Cleveland/Sandusky, Ohio. The band picks you up in our tour van "The Pork Chop Express 5". We check you into your hotel in Cleveland. Then we sally forth to Cedar Point. Don't bother bringing cash- that's what your donation covers. We take you around the best roller coaster park in the world http://www.cedarpoint.com/ like kids in a candy shop. Play your heart out at silly games, ski ball, ring toss, video games, whatever! We dish out the cash and tokens. Ride 20 roller coasters. Eat junk food 'till you get sick, then ride 20 more roller coasters and get sick again. Gonna rule. A photographer will come along and document the whole day and will print up a hardcover book for you. 1 of a kind (OK, maybe we will get one too). Grab some dinner at a nice joint, and then we drop you off at your hotel, all tuckered out from your big day. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns/serious inquiries.
HEAR OUR PLEA! WE MUST RIDE ROLLER-COASTERS WITH YOU!
I WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THE KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL BLOWOUT TRIP...
First of all, you and your companion need to be 21+. We fly/ arrange transport for you and a friend to Louisville, KY. You'll be picked up in a limo with MBD inside and will do a tour of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail http://kybourbontrail.com/index.php . Basically you visit distilleries with us all day and get wasted and hang. We check you into your fancy-ass hotel at http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/louisville/ and then eat at their amazing restaurant. We'll try not to stink up the joint, but hey, I said we'll TRY. Let's see where the night takes us. Like the Cedar Point trip, we arrange the date of this trip with you and your companion- something that works for all of us. But we feel sooner is better than later, as you might die of anticipation, and we don't want that. This would be a rad gift for a wedding couple or something. Email email@example.com with any serious inquiries/concerns.
LASTLY, WE PICKED SOME ODD ADVENTURES THAT SOUNDED FUN TO US. IF YOU HAVE SOME OTHER CRAZY ADVENTURE IN MIND THAT'S MORE YOUR SPEED, AND WANT TO DROP THE DOUGH, FEEL FREE TO RUN IT BY US. EMAIL US AT firstname.lastname@example.org . WE WILL CONSIDER IT. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT WE HAVE HAD OVER THE YEARS. YOU GUYS ARE SO RAD. WE LOVE YOU.
CREDITS: Kickstarter video by Mark Pallman of Fruitbonus Films
Idea by Adam & Sarah (w/ help from Nick Cross) and Mark Pallman
OH YEAH... If you don't fancy any of this stuff... just come see us live!
Jul 12 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA Tickets
Jul 13 Black Cat Washington, DC Tickets
Jul 14 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA Tickets
Jul 15 Cafe 9 New Haven, CT Tickets
Jul 17 Webster Hall New York, NY Tickets
Jul 18 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA Tickets
Jul 20 The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Canada Tickets
Jul 21 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH Tickets
Jul 22 Cosmic Charlie's Lexington, KY Tickets
Jul 24 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN Tickets
Jul 25 Newby's Memphis, TN Tickets
Jul 26 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA Tickets
Jul 27 Fitzgerald's Houston, TX Tickets
Jul 28 Mohawk Austin, TX Tickets
Jul 31 Sol Santa Fe Santa Fe, NM Tickets
Aug 01 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ Tickets
Aug 02 The Casbah San Diego, CA Tickets
Aug 03 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA Tickets
Aug 04 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA Tickets
Aug 05 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA Tickets
Aug 08 The Shakedown Bellingham, WA Tickets
Aug 09 The Media Club Vancouver, Canada Tickets
Aug 10 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA Tickets
Aug 11 Dante's Portland, OR Tickets
Aug 14 Neurolux Boise, ID Tickets
Aug 15 Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, UT Tickets
Aug 16 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO Tickets
Aug 17 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO Tickets
Aug 18 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE Tickets
Aug 20 Plush St Louis, MO Tickets
Aug 22 Gabe's Oasis Iowa City, IA Tickets
Aug 23 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN Tickets
Aug 24 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI Tickets
Aug 25 Metro Chicago, IL Tickets
Sep 27 Bluebird Bloomington, IN CD Release show
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