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Solo Instrumental CD by Punk Guitarist Scott Helland Combining his love of Punk Rock, movie soundtracks, Celtic & Spanish guitar styles
Solo Instrumental CD by Punk Guitarist Scott Helland Combining his love of Punk Rock, movie soundtracks, Celtic & Spanish guitar styles
Solo Instrumental CD by Punk Guitarist Scott Helland Combining his love of Punk Rock, movie soundtracks, Celtic & Spanish guitar styles
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Scott Helland (Frenchy & the Punk) New Solo Instrumental CD!

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Musician, artist, punk rocker and... acoustic instrumental songwriter? ...yep! - Welcome to the 'Never End the Rocket Century' Kickstarter!

Scott Helland's new CD project is underway. YOU can help get his music out into the world. 'Never End the Rocket Century', is an amalgamation of his eclectic musical influences and personal creative expression. Armed with his trademark Godin Multiac guitar, Helland has created a musical world of his own influenced by punk rock, spanish and celtic guitar styles. 

At the age of 12, after being exposed to the punk scene, Scott knew he would be a musician and has since devoted his whole life to music and art. He has released or been a part of over two dozen recordings over the years. He started as a bass player in the punk scene and switched to acoustic guitar in 1995.

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The new songs for this project are driven by infectious melodies that weave around his looped rhythms and straight forward dance-style beats. “I envisioned this album to be like a Ramones record, but with a completely different sound. The songs are short, fun, and to the point with acoustic guitar melodies as the sonic focus. For live performances I loop guitar rhythms and a pounding kick drum with scratch guitar sounds. For the album I wanted to have that similar feel so I programmed beats and played acoustic percussion to complement the melodies and recreate that live energy."

This crowd funding platform will fund the new songs into existence. You can pre-order the CD and combine it with other cool rewards (some of which are exclusive to this Kickstarter!) and be the first to get it. The euphoric instrumentals you’ve been hearing over the past year at shows around the US and in Europe will be on this CD! 

'Guitarmy of One' pen and ink drawing.....studio pix!
'Guitarmy of One' pen and ink drawing.....studio pix!

 

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Discography Video! - Check out Scott's 3 decades of music! 

BACKGROUND: In the eighties and nineties, Helland was a bass playing punk and founding member of the bombastic Western MA hardcore bands Deep Wound, (which included Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis and Lou Barlow,) and Outpatients (with his brother Vis Helland). Both bands released critically acclaimed underground recordings that still sell today to punk record collectors and aficionados of the hardcore music scene here in the U.S, Asia and Europe. Both bands were chronicled in the books 'American Hardcore; A Tribal History', 'Choosing Death; The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grind Core' and 'F***ed Up and Photocopied; Art of the Punk Movement.' Deep Wound is also listed in the 'Encyclopedia of Punk' and their music is in the Drew Stone film, 'All Ages' about the Boston hardcore punk scene. 

Throughout his career Helland has recorded and released over 25 records with various bands and projects including the aforementioned Deep Wound and Outpatients, School of Violence, Darkside NYC, Mark Mulcahy, Stephen Rand and Ware River Club. He released 7 solo CDs from 1996 to 2005 and 7 CDs with his current duo project, Frenchy and the Punk. To date Frenchy and the Punk has performed nearly 1000 shows in the U.S. and Europe. He also put out a solo 'best' compilation in 2016 and published, 'Feast', a book of his artwork in 2015.

 My off the cuff video for NPR's 2017 Tiny Desk Contest!

'Guitarmy of One' Tote Bag - Add to any reward for $20!
'Guitarmy of One' Tote Bag - Add to any reward for $20!

PROJECT EXPENSES: The $6000 goal will help pay for the majority of the recording, mixing and mastering of the record and production of the CDs, plus the cost of the rewards that go with the campaign, i.e: printing of the shirts, flash drives, art prints, tea towel printing etc, plus all the packing and mailing expenses (postage, envelopes, bubble wrap, tape, it all adds up) so you can get your goodies safe and sound!  Also a portion of the kickstarter pledge goes to Kickstarter processing fees. Any overages will help in making a video and promotional costs. Vinyl? That would be great, but that's super expensive so we'll talk about that later!

Here is an approximate cost of this project:

  • Recording, Mixing, Mastering - $3900 
  • CD Production, Digital Distribution - $1400 
  • Production of Rewards - $500 
  • Mailing - $400 
  • Kickstarter Fees - $600 
  • Promotion - $1000 
  • Total - $7800

RISK AND CHALLENGES: The record is nearing being finished (and sounding beautiful) so there aren't any challenges in that department. The only problem is if the project doesn't meet the goal, it will never happen and I will be infinitely sad and so will the people who want this music.

Sample of a sold commissioned 10"x13" piece - Feast Art Book Cover - Flash Drive with 5 CD releases - Earthbound CD - Compilation CD!
Sample of a sold commissioned 10"x13" piece - Feast Art Book Cover - Flash Drive with 5 CD releases - Earthbound CD - Compilation CD!

 

'Guitarmy of One' T Shirt
'Guitarmy of One' T Shirt

***All the Art and Sewing for the rewards is done at the Batfrog Factory Warehome of Scott Helland and Samantha Stephenson!***

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'Beach on Mars' at Split Rock Studios with engineer Jason Sarubbi, New York 2016 

After you get the new CD, go out and see Scott live in 2017! (Photography by Shane Odom)
After you get the new CD, go out and see Scott live in 2017! (Photography by Shane Odom)

 

40"x23" 'Tree of Life' Fabric Banner
40"x23" 'Tree of Life' Fabric Banner

 

30"x19" 'Red Guitar' Fabric Banner
30"x19" 'Red Guitar' Fabric Banner

 

23"x24" 'Heart Key' Fabric Banner
23"x24" 'Heart Key' Fabric Banner

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS KICKSTARTER! I can't do this without You!

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All the thanks, all the love!

Nama-stay-with-me

Yours, Scott Helland

 

Never End the Rocket Century! Photography by Stephanie Ross
Never End the Rocket Century! Photography by Stephanie Ross

 

'Never End the Rocket Century' Cover Art Finished! 1-27-17!
'Never End the Rocket Century' Cover Art Finished! 1-27-17!

 

Risks and challenges

The record is nearing being finished (and sounding beautiful) so there aren't any challenges in that department. The only problem is if the project doesn't meet the goal, it will never happen and I will be infinitely sad and so will the people who want this music.

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    My utmost gratitude!

    An MP3 of the title track 'Never End the Rocket Century'. My utmost gratitude for helping with this project!

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    MP3's of the New Album!

    MP3's of the new album emailed to you and my utmost gratitude for helping me with this project!

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    The New CD!

    The new Scott Helland 'Never End the Rocket Century' 10 song CD signed and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    Flash Drive of the new album!

    The new Scott Helland 10 song album on Flash Drive (pictured on left) and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    New CD plus 'Earthbound' CD!

    The New 2017 CD, plus my 2002 CD release 'Earthbound'! Both signed and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    New CD plus 'Compilation' CD!

    The New 2017 CD, plus my 2016 CD release 'Compilation' (pictured on left) both signed, and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    New CD and 'Guitar Leaf' Wall Hanging

    Fabric Art 'Guitar Leaf' wall-hanging 8.75"x13.75" (pictured on left)

    The New CD signed and my utmost gratitude for helping me with this project!

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    New CD & Art Tote Bag!

    One signed copy of the New CD

    One Canvas Tote Bag with my 'Guitarmy of One' drawing (pictured on left) and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project!

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    T-shirt and Flash Drive of New album!

    A T-shirt with my 'Guitarrmy of One' art (pictured on left) in your size (s,m,l,xl, 2xl, 3xl) Black shirt w/white ink! (exclusive to this Kickstarter)

    Plus one copy of the new album on flash drive and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    T-shirt and New CD!

    A T-shirt with my 'Guitarrmy of One' art (pictured on left) in your size (s,m,l,xl, 2xl, 3xl) Black shirt w/white ink! (exclusive to this Kickstarter)

    Plus a copy of the NEW CD signed and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    Ladies Tank Top shirt and New CD!

    Ladies Tank Top T-shirt with my 'Guitarrmy of One' art (pictured on left) in your size (s,m,l,xl, 2xl) Black shirt w/white ink! (exclusive to this Kickstarter)

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    'Feast' Art Book & MP3's of New Album!

    One signed copy of the book ‘Feast - Pen and Ink Drawings’ (pictured on left), MP3's sent by email and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    'Feast' Art Book! and New CD!

    One signed copy of the book ‘Feast - Pen and Ink Drawings’

    One signed 'Never End the Rocket Century' CD and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    6 for 60 Flash Drive!

    A flash drive containing, the NEW album, plus the 'Earthbound', 'Space Age Tranceology', 'Brocade' 'Catapult' and 'Compilation' albums and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    'Heart Key' Fabric Banner and New CD!

    One of a kind ORIGINAL hand drawn fabric 'Heart Key' Banner w/ wood dowel approx 23"x24"(pictured on left).

    A signed copy of the new CD, a signed hand drawn thank you card and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    'Guitarmy of One' Bundle!

    One custom limited addition Tea Towel with my 'Guitarmy of One' drawing (pictured on left). Exclusive to this Kickstarter!

    One copy of the new CD or flash drive.

    A Scott Helland patch (exclusive to this Kickstarter) and pin.

    Plus a signed, sealed (and yes, delivered) 'Dancers' (pictured on left) 8.75"x13.75 fabric banner and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    'Red Guitar' Fabric Banner and New CD!

    One of a kind ORIGINAL hand drawn fabric Guitar Banner w/ wood dowel approx 30"x19"(pictured on left).

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    'Tree of Life' Fabric Banner and New CD!

    One of a kind ORIGINAL hand drawn fabric 'Tree of Life' banner w/wood dowel approx 40"x23"(pictured on left).

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    The Punk Bundle

    One custom black and white 'Siouxsie Sioux' finger puppet Bat 13" x 7" wing span (pictured on left) handmade by Samantha 'Frenchy' Stephenson.

    The New 'Never End the Rocket Century' CD signed.

    One Flash drive of the Outpatients' 4 albums, (Test of Time, Free Association, Hardcore Outcast's and Outcasts ll) and my utmost gratitude for helping me with this project!

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    Original Art - Pen and Ink Drawing!

    One of my ORIGINAL pen and ink drawings from the Art book Feast. (approx 10" x 13" drawing on 11"x14" paper) *Depending on availability, first come first serve.

    Plus one signed copy of the new CD and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

    *(you probably have to own the book already to know which original you want)

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    Commissioned Art! I'll draw for you!

    I’ll draw you an ORIGINAL 10" x 13" drawing on 11"x14" paper in my style with some elements suggested by you.

    The New CD signed and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.

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    Concert at your Event, Cafe or Club!

    I'll play a one hour concert at your event, festival, cafe or club. (Transportation and lodging NOT included).

    Plus a copy of the new CD and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.
    (All depending yours and my schedules that we can work out and it will happen in 2017!)

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    The Whole Enchilada!

    I’ll draw you an ORIGINAL 10’ x 13’ drawing on 11"x14" paper in my style with some elements suggested by you.

    PLUS, you get one of my ORIGINAL pen and ink drawings from my art book 'Feast' *(first come first serve, your choice, while they last).

    One limited addition Tea Towel with my 'Guitarmy of One' drawing (pictured on left) (exclusive to this Kickstarter)

    One signed copy of the New CD, a flash drive containing the 'Earthbound', 'Space Age Tranceology', 'Brocade', 'Catapult' and 'Compilation' albums.

    A T-shirt with the 'Guiatrmy of One' art (pictured on left) in your size (s,m,l,xl, 2xl, 3xl). (exclusive to this Kickstarter)

    A thank you in the liner notes and my utmost gratitude for helping with this project.
    *(you probably have to own the book already to know which original you want)

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    Your own theme song and video!

    I'll write you your very own instrumental theme song (in my style of writing of course), then you send me 50 or 60 photos of your choice and Samantha Stephenson and I will put the photos to the song in the form of a video! The video will be sent to you either by email or on flash drive!

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