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Meursault are releasing a crowd-funded, crowd-picked mini-album to fund their trip to play SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas.
Meursault are releasing a crowd-funded, crowd-picked mini-album to fund their trip to play SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas.
322 backers pledged £5,184 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Cheers,
  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.

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    Attendance at one of the Edinburgh launch nights, all in small venues around the city. Once you pledge you will be invited to vote on what songs you would like the band to play on the night. Covers, Meursault songs, anything you please - but we retain the final right of veto!

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    Digital album, emailed to you in zip format once the album is recorded.

    Once you pledge, you will be invited to vote on what songs the band record at their Toad Session for release on the album. Covers, Meursault songs, anything you please - but we retain the final right of veto!

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    Signed, hand-printed poster of the album artwork on really nice paper.

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    CD album in a hand-printed sleeve.

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    Gig ticket and CD album. Obviously if you're outside the UK you'll have to make sure you can make it to the gig, but we'll leave that up to you.

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    Gig ticket, CD album and a poster of the artwork bumper package.

    Obviously if you're outside the UK you'll have to make sure you can make it to the gig, but we'll leave that up to you.

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    Artwork, CD album, and a guestie into the Scottish Showcase at SXSW for a few beers with the band, plus of course the chance to vote on which songs go on the album.

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    Your choice of cover song definitely on the album, and a live video made of the recording process.

    Sadly, to avoid pranks, this will be finalised on the basis of dialogue - you don't get to just demand a performance of something by Newton fucking Faulkner - but we will do our very best to accommodate you, and sometimes the silliest ideas are the best, so go for it.

    You will also be thanked in the band's tour diary, recorded while we're over in the States.

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    Your choice of Meursault song definitely on the album, and a live video made of the recording process.

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    Private gig for you and your pals, be it in your house or your favourite pub.

    There may be some negotiating needed here, in terms of what various places will let us get away with, but we can definitely figure something out.

    Only available within a hundred miles or so of Edinburgh, for practical purposes.

    You will also be thanked in the band's tour diary, recorded while we're over in the States.

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    I am so awesome I will get all the stuff, plus the eternal love of everyone involved.

    Also, everyone in the band will make you a compilation CD and design and make their own cover.

    You will also be thanked in the band's tour diary, recorded while we're over in the States.

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