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The Gods are Made of Mud will be our second full length album. With your help we can make it a reality, even on a musician's salary!
The Gods are Made of Mud will be our second full length album. With your help we can make it a reality, even on a musician's salary!
121 backers pledged $10,227 to help bring this project to life.

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'The Gods Are Made of Mud' will be Hot Damn Scandal's second full length studio album. The result will be 13 songs ranging from sentimental blues to carnal tangos to heretical jazz operas.

Many of the songs on this album will be recognizable to those who have seen our live show, and many of them have been written for years but have never been fully realized outside of the imagination of lead singer/composer Pete Irving. While Hot Damn Scandal is most definitely a performing band there are some things that the stage does not allow (without a 60s stadium rock budget) that the studio does.

In addition to being a musical venture 'The Gods are Made of Mud' will be a visually artistic one as well. Our previous album - 'Strange Tongues' - contained a lyric insert with unique, individually designed pages for each song, and featured an amazing oil painting created by our very own Harper Stone (percussion) for the cover. It is our intention to outdo ourselves.

We will be collaborating with a glorious multitude of Bellingham artists to create an installation. In this installation there will be paint on the walls and paint on our faces; stone tablets and forgotten deities will litter the room amongst the broken cities of our future residence; the skies will shine with dawn and drip with fire. My God! I can see it now!

Once we have successfully created this beautiful monstrosity of primordial spirit we will stage a photo shoot for the album cover. After that if we have the time and available funding we will use this art piece as the setting for our first official music video. Once we've exhausted our own intentions for the installation we will share it with you! Each backer of this project who donates over $100 will be invited to our album release party/show to be held amongst the melting gods. The final days of this work of art will be as a publicly accessible gallery for all to enjoy.

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I hope you enjoyed that glass of wine in the lobby - and weren't those crackers marvellously overpriced? Well now... on to the second half of our show:

 

You may be wondering where the 10,000 dollar figure comes from. Let us break it down for you (these are rough estimates):

Studio time: $5000

Paying session musicians: $1000 (or more if we can)

Mixing and mastering: $2000

Renting space for cover artwork: $500

Materials for cover artwork: $500

Paying our artist collaborators: $1000 (or more if we can)

Printing and packaging the album: $2000

You may notice that the estimated cost of this project is actually more than 10,000 dollars, but we're resourceful. I'm sure we can sell a few kidneys to cover the difference.

If by some divine or demonic grace we reach beyond our funding goal not only will we get our keep our kidneys happily paired, but we have a whole slew of supplemental projects we'd be excited to get to work on. We'll let you know of more details when we get closer to the initial goal, but if you absolutely need to daydream about something right now here are some scandalplum faeries to dance in your heads:

$12,500: A music video

$15,000: The album on vinyl

$20,000: Custom performance outfits? A live album? A national tour? A festival in a ghost town? I guess we'll just have to see...

Risks and challenges

Like everyone who attempts create art and have it sustain them the risks and challenges are great, though probably no greater than the challenge of trying to deny that part of themselves. That being said, this specific project has a bit more risk involved than usual. Making a living as a performing musician generally involves planning 3 to 4 months ahead of time. To adequately (and hopefully better than adequately) record this we will have to book as few shows as possible during the recording time. If this project doesn't bear fruit we will be stuck last minute trying to throw together enough shows to pay the bills, and that could lead to instant universal heat death. Actually, no... that's a bit of an overstatement. It would still be a royal bummer though.

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    If you donate $3,000 or more we will compose & record a song built around poem or idea of your choice. You will also get an invitation to our album release party, a poster of the new artwork, a Hot Damn Scandal T-shirt, digital copies of all of our previous recordings, a physical and a digital copy of the new album, a special acknowledgement in the liner notes, and a thank you postcard

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