Meursault (Soundcloud - Twitter - Facebook) have wanted to play in the United States for ages, but we've always been cautious about the 'right time' - do we have a release approaching, do we have the contacts in the US to make it worth our investment, can we make this something more useful to us and our fans than just an expensive jolly?
Three albums and five years down the line, we think this is the time to go for it. If we go out to SXSW 2014 we will then book an East Coast tour, and try and get to as many of our US fans as we possibly can. We now have pals in the States who can help us book, and enough interest from US-based music folk that we reckon we can really make this worth our while doing, and hopefully worth your while helping us out.
If we're asking our fans to help fund this, we wanted to give more back than just rattling out some tunes, so we thought we could actually let the fans who support us choose the songs on a new album called:
Meursault - The Organ Grinder's Monkey
Everyone who chips in will vote for up to five songs, and the winners will be on the record, along with one Meursault song and one cover chosen by special contributors who make an extra donation.
We'll record the songs as part of an extended Toad Session in February, with everything recorded live with the four-piece band we intend to travel with, and videos made of the tunes themselves.
The launch nights will be a week or so later, with the setlist chosen from the songs you vote for, at assorted small and unusual venues throughout the city - it's first come, first served, so just let us know which one you want to come to.
Booked so far are:
Friday 21st Feb. - The Haven Café, Newhaven
Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th Feb. - Secret venue, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Saturday 1st March - Big shiny gig, somewhere TBC
Many thanks for your help. We promise to make a tour diary while we're out there, and will be thanking those especially generous contributors personally in the video.
Matthew (Song, by Toad Records)
Risks and challenges
The only real challenges to this are basic logistics. We know we can get the album recorded and mixed in time, but sorting out the house gigs and things like that might take a little negotiation, depending on whether it's a flat in a residential neighbourhood and what people think will be acceptable for their neighbours.
Whilst we will endeavour to make sure the album tracklisting is chosen democratically, there will also be the challenge of assembling a decent record from everyone's suggestions, so there may also be some extra work required to make sure all the music chosen actually fits together properly into a decent album.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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