About this project
PLEASE NOTE: IF THE GOAL ISN'T MET, NO MONEY/REWARDS ARE EXCHANGED. ONLY IF THE GOAL IS MET WILL ITEMS BE DELIVERED.
OK so BOOM. We did it! We reached our goal! The album can be made and WILL be made in the coming months.
HOWEVER WE ARE NOT DONE HERE QUITE YET.
If we get to $4000 in the next few days, all backers will receive a copy of the album that is similar to the live show, just piano and vocals, in JULY. We're planning on releasing the full album to the public in October so you'll get to hear all the songs from it months earlier.
If we get to $5000, the album comes out on vinyl! Yay!
Here's something I do for money:
Good news, everyone! So we've decided that every backer on every level is going to also be receiving an EXTRA DIGITAL EP of 5 more songs! These songs will be just piano and vocals, but they're all extra songs not appearing on "Death Anxiety".
Some have asked if this is a "religious" album. I want to give a fairly firm "No". At least, in the traditional sense. I am far more concerned with questioning ideas about God and death than I am about giving answers, which I feel most other "religious" material is about. I simply find the two topics endless interesting in how they pertain to life and want to talk about it with the listeners.
Pocket Vinyl's 3rd album
We're going to be recording and coming out with a new album called "Death Anxiety". It will be our third record. I always put a lot of importance on 3rd albums growing up. "OK Computer" by Radiohead, "Mutations" by Beck, "One Plus One Is One" by Badly Drawn Boy, "Unofficial Biography of Reinhold Messner" by Ben Folds Five, "The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire.....the list goes on. Somewhere in my youth, I was convinced that the 3rd album a band puts out is one of the most important in that band's career. Regardless of if this is true or not, it's ingrained in my head. So to me (Eric), this album has a lot of weight on it in terms of my own songwriting.
The album will be called "Death Anxiety". I spoke with a songwriter friend a year ago about what subjects she couldn't write about. She answered "death". I took this as a challenge. Plus, in the last few years, I realized that I've been thinking about death quite a bit. Not in a depressing way, but more in an analytical, curious way. I often wondered what it would be like, what happens afterwards, how it feels, what I'll leave behind, how the idea of God works in, and anything else connected to it. I had many conversations to others about death and how it's affected them in their lives. It often led to conversations about God, religion, spirituality, feelings, faith, and all that good stuff (the fact that many folks aren't too comfortable freely talking about death and God made me gravitate towards the topics more). Then, one friend of mine told me that he thinks all religion and faith is simply people dealing with "death anxiety". I found this phrase compelling, and almost instantly I knew I wanted to use it as an album title.
Regardless of where you come from in relating to these topics, whether you're a Christian, Atheist, Muslim, Agnostic, Scientologist, or whatever, I hope you'll converse with me about these things.
After I started writing about my relationships with death and God (whatever it is), more and more came. I wrote about the death of my grandmother, the death of kids at school shootings, the death of our pets, the stories of death from others, and how God/Love/Light/faith fits into it. I started to get scared about what I was writing about, since it was mining parts of myself I wasn't sure I was comfortable sharing in song. But I learned from my musical heroes growing up that those feelings usually mean you're heading in the right direction creatively.
So now we have the songs. I believe they're the best we've ever written (but of course, every band says that when releasing a new album). But honestly, I really do. They're the most honest lyrics I've come to write, and from feedback we're heard from fans at live shows, they seem to connect with people. Death seems to be an issue everyone is interested in, and I think we all need to speak about it a little more. I'd encourage you to go out right now and talk about death, God, faith, and all that with someone. It will most certainly be a memorable, enriching, and valuable conversation (assuming both parties aren't jerks).
Backer T-shirt Info
The shirt will feature a woman who's head is an octopus. YES, AN OCTOPUS. Not an octopus face like that guy in those pirate/Johnny Depp movies, but this woman's head will be an actual octopus. Here's a picture of a painting Elizabeth did on stage recently. It won't look exactly like this, but will feature this character in some way:
As you can see to your right, we have many, many potential rewards for you donating to the album's budget. Things include a backer only t-shirt, the new album on CD, homemade socks, paintings, homemade cookies, hair color demands, children's books....a whole lot.
Above and Beyond the Goal
If, for some insane reason, we reach the goal and people are still donating, here are some bonus goals we're made:
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Risks and challenges
Here are some risks that we may encounter in delivering what you order:
-Depending on how many things Elizabeth needs to create (paintings, socks, etc.), the delivery time will be subject to change. We're hoping to get everything delivered by December 2013, but it may be a few months later than that.
-The album "Death Anxiety" is being aimed to be fully released in October 2012, but it may be later than that depending on how the recording process goes. We'll be recording in May/June 2013. Additional recording may be required, thus pushing back the release date of the album.
-If that absolutely insane goal of $10,000 is hit, we cannot give a concrete date as of right now as to when the bonus album would be released.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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