WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL!
Cuatro Hombres will be available June 24th, 2014 and for anyone who's missed out on the pre-orders from this Kickstarter project, vinyl (w/ download card) will be available late June here:
In the meantime, as an added "thank you" to everyone who's contributed and/or paid attention in any way, here is a second (unmastered) track from the album. We present, "Touchdowns":
THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!!_________________________________
TILTS and Robotic Empire are combining forces once again, two years after the successful Kickstarter campaign for TILTS debut album.
The St. Louis quartet returns with 10 brand new tracks of killer rock and roll on Cuatro Hombres, with just enough spice to keep things nice! You can preview a(rough mix & unmastered)version of "Tiltanium Falcon" now:
We are psyched at the prospect of working with these talented dudes once again, but need to muster up a bit of buckage to get the mix finished on this this beast, then properly mastered and into production!
Like last time, the plan is to press a run of vinyl LPs with a digital download included, plus make some rad extras for the folks helping out by essentially pre-ordering via this Kickstarter campaign.
There's a bunch of exclusive stuff involved in this Kickstarter via various rewards, including merch only available here, a special limited test press edition with a custom drawing of whatever you want on it (a hit last time), an exclusive portrait/collage poster of the band, and the ability to have TILTS come rock your face personally (within a reasonable distance of St. Louis, Missouri).
All in all, we're trying to keep this bish interesting - and make a totally rippin, catchy rock record in the process. TILTS know what they're doing, these ten new songs seriously rule, and we're mega pumped at the potential of working together again.
That being said, with the hyper-speed that things move these days it can be tricky to make sure the right folks are aware of this. Please consider spreading the word about this too if you're able (we will do our best to hook ya up if so)!
Its amazing how much a post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, message boards and/or whatever else can really attract attention to our jibba jabb... and this Kickstarter will definitely be no exception! If you share this via whatever social media blahblah and/or forums you may be involved in, please let us know at the end of the campaign when we do the "kickstarter rewards survey" thing and we'll be sure to include some bonus schwag for yas!
LETS DO THIS.
We're aiming to reach 3k to cover a portion of the album's mixing, mastering and production. Like the debut album, TILTS drummer Ken McCray entirely self-recorded this beast in their own "Marmadook Studio".
It's sounding flash, and audio engineer Ian Whalen is once again mixing Ken's recordings in his bangin RVA studio, which has also yielded killer jams from RAH BRAHS, TOMBS, LAMB OF GOD, etc.
Once the goal is reached, we will have this beast pro-mastered by James Plotkin ASAP, both for vinyl and digital download formats.
If we manage to reach and surpass our goal, heading towards the 4k mark: we hope to re-press TILTS killer first album as well and include the ability to add that bad mamma jamma to pledges for another $10 (exclusive Kickstarter rate).
So there's some lofty goals here but we're pumped to get this Kickstarter launched and hopefully some RIPPIN tunes into the hands and ears of those who will appreciate em!
There's lots of cool things in the various Pledge Tiers, so here's a bit more info on the main stuff involved:
Advance Digital Download - this is the full album, once the mix and master is wrapped up, done and dusted 100% - because of Kickstarter's delivery methods, we won't be able to get this to you until the campaign ends - but the idea is to get this into everyone's hands late-May, about a month prior to the general public having access to the album - so you'd be the sneaky first to hear it!
Stickers - some nice Tilts & Robotic Empire weatherproof vinyl stickers for your car, your guitar case, your desk or wherever the heck ya want!
Vinyl LP - high quality manufacturing of the 12" record, most likely on some kinda color vinyl (TBC). Just like the debut LP, cover artwork is on deck from renown artist Tom Huck.
Exclusive T-shirt - we aim to run the album cover on a t-shirt in a color only available to this Kickstarter campaign, and may do a poll to have pledgers vote and help choose the color combo!
Exclusive Hoodie - same story as above, but a lot more cozy for the ever-eventual cold months.
Custom Test Press - This was a big hit last time, we ran off a special limited run of test presses and you requested what you wanted us to draw on it. Our mailorder madman Chris turns your dreams into reality... so this is a great opportunity to get weird with it!
TILTS - DILTS demo(s) CD-R - DILTS is a handmade collection of personally recorded demos, weird bits, unreleased tracks, old versions of tunes and scratch pad wackyness spanning 2009 through 2013. There are 4 track recordings, studio masters that didn't get used, impromptu iPhone tracks, and boom-box-in-a-corner "we've gotta get that down" jams. Some of it is crummy and some of it will make you wonder "why wasn't this finished and used?". A secret peek at TILTS private vault and a must for the super fan or aspiring musician. A treasure chest from the inner workings of TILTS: all unreleased and unavailable to the public until now, made available ONLY in this campaign. Limited to 50: handmade and numbered by the band, mixed down in our home base of Marmadook Studios.
Poster - 11" x 17" photo collage of Mark Dethrow's 2013 piece, "TILTS'. Shot by Bryan Sutter and committed to high gloss, this is an absolute must for your bed room ceiling.
Band performing in your town - Pretty self-explanatory but essentially, if you pony up for the big one here TILTS will come rock your face in the flesh - this pledge amount covers transport, gas and accommodation for the band within roughly 600miles or so of St. Louis, Missouri - so it's a pretty decent setup in itself - but you'll also get to see the boys rippin' it live! To sweeten the deal, TILTS will cook you a phatty meal and treat ya right with lots of corny jokes. (keeping in mind of course that this will need to be sorted and scheduled a bit in advance, with Andrew in TORCHE too who are fixin to be busy this year - it'll need to occur during tour downtime.)
That covers the bulk of it - please spread the word & Big ups!
Risks and challenges
After pressing over 100 different releases - Robotic Empire should hopefully have a reasonably accurate gauge on turnaround times and manufacturing requirements. That being said, vinyl production can be a finicky thing and something could always throw a wrench in the works.
The main challenge we have here is getting everything wrapped up well in time for TILTS' summer tour at the end of June.
To combat that, our plan is to get the final master sorted as soon as our funding goal is reached. The production would begin shortly after, and we should have enough time to buffer for any unforeseen mishaps.
The other main challenge we face here is getting the word out there so folks know about this campaign/pre-order, as without the awesome general public involved on a real basis on this - it won't work out as we hope.
To attempt to make this an exciting thing for people to pre-order somewhat far in advance, we've done our best to pack the value in with each reward tier - making people's hard-earned money yield quality products in return, and often with exclusive stuff involved.
We're take this quite seriously, and want to ensure that the fans, the band and the label, are all totally happy with how this all rolls out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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