About this project
Swearing At Motorists' 1st new album since 2006, "While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth" to be self-released in March 2014, with your support.
WE DID IT!
I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH!
BUT WE HAVE 26 HOURS LEFT! SO I HAVE AN IDEA!
If we reach $17,000, i'll write and record a song for download
EXCLUSIVELY FOR ALL BACKERS!
If we reach $18,000 i'll press it on 7" vinyl and give it away
EXCLUSIVELY TO ALL BACKERS!
Yes, we have reached our goal! But keep in mind, this is a Pre-Order for the record and many of these items will sell out. Let's run these numbers up!
we still have some pretty special rewards available:
HANDWRITTEN LYRIC SHEET i will hand write the lyrics and autograph any Swearing At Motorists song you choose. Plus your choice of WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL or CD 3 of 10 left
LIMITED EDITION COLORED 180 GRAM VINYL with HAND-SCREENED COVER ART NUMBERED & SIGNED BY WILLIAM SCHAFF 41 of 50 left
3 SONG VIDEO CONCERT i'll record 3 songs of your choosing, with personal greetings and post them to YouTube and Vimeo. includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE 2/4 left
FLYING PIZZA PARTY i'll take you and 4 friends out to Flying Pizza for lunch, give you each WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL and then will play a solo set for you in their parking garage. 1 of 2 left
Original Cover Artwork by WILLIAM SCHAFF that's right, you can own William's original drawing of the album cover! Plus WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL or CD 1 of 1 leftTHANKS AGAIN FOR GETTING INVOLVED!
you can watch the 2nd video from the new album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth here:
you can watch the 1st video from the new album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth here:
you can stream Groundhog Day (Damn The Piper), the 1st single from the new album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth, here:
you can listen the 2nd single from the new album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth, here:
I Don't Need Anyone 00:34
Groundhog Day (Damn The Piper) 03:32
Academy Award For Best Actor In A Supporting Role 01:12
Friend Of Mine 02:47
Famous Orange Sweatshirt 02:11
Time And Distance 02:39
17th Last Cigarette (thinkin' bout drinkin') 02:16
Wrote You A Letter 02:02
The Darkest September 02:46
Great Actress 02:50
I Love You (liar) 01:49
Don't Want To Dream (About You) 01:50
I Likes Your Style 02:30
Wasting Your Time 02:13
It's Love That Chooses You 02:07
I've been trying to make this record for years, I really have. I got sidetracked, for reasons good and bad, but now here it is, recorded, mixed, mastered and ready to be manufactured. All it needs now is your involvement.
One of the good distractions was the birth of my son. When he came along in 2007, I decided that in order to be a good father, I needed to make some major adjustments to my life. Chose to take a break from focusing on my music full time, and devote my time and energy to raising this cool little person.
I wanted to spend as much time as possible with him, so that when the time was right to resume working as a touring musician, he would know how much I loved him, and hopefully understand why I had to go on the road for a few weeks at a time.
Now the time is right to finally resume my music career, but I can't use the same model as before. Times have changed, and the old cycle of record, release, and tour when the label was able to promote us, just won't work for my personal situation. Since my 1st priority is now my son, I need to be able to work around our schedule, not that of a record label. I must be able to release albums and go on tour when it's right for my family. And to do that, I need your help.
I'm extremely proud of this album. It was the hardest and most honest one I have ever made. For a few years, I was using my son as an excuse not to write and record. Was extremely depressed and unhappy unless we were together, because when we were apart I was afraid to make music. Subconsciously, I knew that starting an album was the first step to leaving home, which I was terrified of doing. While my relationship with my son grew strong, slowly I lost an important part of myself. It took a long time to realize that I couldn't be what I wanted to be for my son, if I ignored who I was to my self. So I started writing again.
7 years, 3 studios, and 2 engineers later, the album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth, is finished. It was produced by myself & the amazing Rick McPhail (Tocotronic/Glacier of Maine) at the Upper Room in Hamburg in 4 weeks of afternoons, with additional recording at my home studio Cardboard Skyline (1st in Berlin then in Hamburg)
The cover art was designed by William Schaff
The album is mixed and mastered, and only needs to be manufactured. Before, these costs would have been covered by the record label, but this time I am footing the bill. Only with your support via Pre-Orders will I be able to release this album.
I believe I've come up with some cool rewards packages, but feel free to make suggestions. I want to get the album to you and into record stores in March 2014. I'm ready to start playing shows to support the album. But I need your help!
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Risks and challenges
I guess the biggest risk is that my feelings will be hurt and my ego severely bruised if this campaign is not successful.
But seriously folks, the album has already been recorded, mixed and mastered and only needs to be manufactured.
Therefore, there is no risk, as Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture.
If your Pre-Orders make this a successfully funded project, the album will immediately go into production, which usually takes 4-6 weeks.
The Digital Download Reward links will be emailed immediately, and as soon as the vinyl, cds and tshirts are manufactured, they will be bundled and shipped.
Of course the phone calls will commence the day the campaign ends.
The challenge of course will be making all those phone calls,
but I really hope i get to call a few thousand of you.
If you have questions, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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