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10 years after "A Brick Over Troubled Mortar", it's finally time for a follow-up album. That album is "Never Mind The Ologs".
10 years after "A Brick Over Troubled Mortar", it's finally time for a follow-up album. That album is "Never Mind The Ologs".
10 years after "A Brick Over Troubled Mortar", it's finally time for a follow-up album. That album is "Never Mind The Ologs".
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This is a project to enable Erdreja's premier satirical viking folk band The Bricks to finally get back into the recording studio, more than 10 years after their debut A Brick Over Troubled Mortar, to record their long-anticipated follow-up, Never Mind The Ologs. The album will feature the full current Bricks line-up of Lester Starcraft (aka Stephen McGreal), Thorkal Gudbardsson (aka Neil Albrechtsen), and Cassius (aka Sammo Pinney). 

We'll be working with Brendan McGreal, the same engineer who recorded A Brick Over Troubled Mortar. He specialises in folk music, and although we're the only Satirical Viking Folk band he works with, he's familiar with our approach and sound, so should get us sounding all good. We'll be working with much better studio equipment than last time, so the end result should sound even better than before.

The CD will feature original cover art by Ian Bowden, which will be awesome. Bricks fans will know Ian's work from the cover of the Lester - Unplugged & Unhinged EP, although his work has been seen widely in a variety of best-selling videogames, exhibitions, and on TV.

LOKI'S BACKER BONUS BARGAIN BONANZA

Thanks, Loki. We know we can count on you.
Thanks, Loki. We know we can count on you.

That's right - as well as the backer rewards you see on the right, there's some EXTRA STUFF you can get if you want it. Simply choose the backer tier you want, and then add the extra price onto your pledge (or, if you've already backed, click Manage Pledge and increase the amount accordingly). We'll contact you if funding is successful to make sure you get the bonus rewards you wanted.

A BRICK OVER TROUBLED MORTAR / LESTER UNPLUGGED & UNHINGED DOUBLE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - £12 - It seems that some people were unaware that we'd done a first album, or a Lester "solo" EP. They're available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify already, and although this backer bonus will cost you about the same as buying it from one of those places, if you get it direct from us as a backer bonus then we get (nearly) 100% of the money when we need it most - whilst crowdfunding for the next album!

TICKET TO AN EXCLUSIVE GIG BY THE BRICKS, AT THE GATHERING 2015 - £10 - The Bricks have not played live together since before the Cataclysm, but they'll be playing a one-night-only gig, exclusively for the Kickstarter backers who select this option. Exact time and location TBC, but probably Saturday evening of the Gathering, and almost certainly in a comfortable and well-lit tent, with hired door staff, drinks and nibbles, and at least a couple of hours of entertainment.

Want more than one ticket? Just increase your bid accordingly to get more!

Backed at the £100 level or above? We'll throw a pair of tickets into your backer reward for free!

OTHER AWESOME THINGS - TBA

I DON'T UNDERSTAND. WHAT'S ERDREJA? AREN'T ALL THE VIKINGS EXTINCT? WHAT'S WITH THE SILLY HAT?

Oh, you mean you're not already aware of our work? Okay, this is going to take some explaining... There's this hobby called Live Action Roleplaying, often abbreviated to LARP, and often described as "cross country pantomime". It exists in the eerie nomansland between tabletop roleplaying, battle re-enactment and cosplay. The Bricks are an in-character (IC) band in the Lorien Trust game universe, set in a world called Erdreja. The band members (or rather, the characters they play) are all Norscan - that is, from a culture based loosely on the Vikings. Imagine something like a fantasy/viking version of Tenacious D, or Flight of the Conchords, but with three members and not quite as good.

Never Mind The Ologs will feature songs with themes such as: viking gods and warriors, drinking, smut, drow, werewolves, vampires, demons, warlocks, goblins, censorship, and other people and places to visit in Erdreja. Whilst some of our songs are about specific elements of the game world, others are a bit broader in appeal, and there's something for anyone with an interest in fantasy or musical comedy. We like to do songs with jokes that work for a family audience - whilst some of the references can be risque or laden with double-entendres, we don't actually do The Swears.

NEVER MIND THE OLOGS - TRACK LISTING

Here's what we want to include on the album (note: running order might change, and we might not get all of these done, but this is what we're aiming for)

Satirical Viking Folk Song
Underdark Blues
Just Like You
A Wolf Prince Should Never Have Fleas
Everything Good Is Norscan
Holidays In Graecia
All The Boys
Proper Drinking Song
The Evil Curse of the Knob Gag
Subsection 14B
Wereavampalockadin
Goblin Sexy Dance
Norks (Bricks redux)
The Official Line (Bricks redux)
The Carpentry Song (Brick redux)

STRETCH GOAL - DIFFICULT SECOND ALBUM

We've got other stretch goals planned if the Kickstarter looks like it's going well, but let's start with the big one: As well as recording Never Mind The Ologs, we also really want to record Difficult Second Album, our album of "serious" songs. If we reach the stretch goal, we'll record the album and send it out FOR FREE alongside any digital or physical copies of Never Mind The Ologs. Here's the proposed tracklisting (again, subject to change)

Heroes of Vanaheim
Song For Tieraneth
Fields of Vanaheim
Sail Home
Winter Has Fallen
Valhalla
Tamsin's Poem
Behind The Mask
Dominion of the Sword
Little Snake

OTHER STRETCH GOALS

More money = More awesome. Some of the other awesome things we can do with more money include:

  • An extra day in the studio, to record more tracks or improve ones we've already recorded.
  • Hiring musicians to help "fill out" the sound of our tracks. We're not planning on going crazy and over-producing things, but some bass and percussion and the occasional solo on an interesting instrument would be wonderful.
  • Better packaging for the CDs. The budget allows for very simple packaging, but more money here could let us do something much more lavish.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that we are fundamentally not very competent. This is our second album, but our first Kickstarter. On the Kickstarter side of things we've mitigated that risk by seeking advice from people who have already run and delivered on successful campaigns, so we have access to good advice if we find ourselves stuck.

On the musical side of things, we're confident that between us and the studio magic of our engineer we can do the songs justice. We wrote them in the first place, after all. This project does revolve around us being able to do a solid 7 days of recording and mixing, so there's some risk there: Schedules will be tight, and if illness or other "real life" stuff impinges on that, we could have some troubles. However, if that turns out to be the case, there's some scope for rescheduling the studio time, and/or doing additional recording work at alternative studios. Hopefully it shouldn't come to that, though.

On delivery, we've got experience from the last album of designing CD packaging, dealing with duplication, etc. We've dealt with T-Shirt printing companies before (although not for The Bricks). Some things are new to us, though: For instance digital distribution of music (we're used to dealing with "paid" digital distribution - iTunes, Amazon, etc. - but not free hosting). But we know tech-savvy people, we can figure it out.

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    A WARM FUZZY FEELING INSIDE: You can feel feel happy that you helped the album be born, and we'll include your name in a list of credits that will appear on our Facebook page.

    ALSO: Cassius will grant you one free "Get Away With It" ticket, for insulting a faction or guild leader of your choice (getting away with it not guaranteed)

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    AESTHETE: A credit on our Facebook page, plus a set of signed photos of members of the band.

    ALSO: The Bricks will think nice thoughts about you, for at least the amount of time it takes them to sign the photos.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: A DRM-free digital pre-release download of the album, and a credit on our Facebook page.

    ALSO: Lester will think about you when he touches a lady.

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    SHINY DISC OF MAGIC: A physical CD copy of the album, with original cover art by Ian Bowden, as well as a bonus digital pre-release download and a credit on our Facebook page.

    ALSO: One time, around a campfire, you will be passed a bottle of mead which Thorkal has actually drunk from, or at least looked at. Imagine that!

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    ART & MUSIC: Everything you see above - a physical CD, a digital download, a set of signed photos and a credit on our Facebook page.

    ALSO: The ghost of Tunar Bluefinsson will turn up for an exclusive haunting (evidence of haunting TBC)

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    FASHIONISTA: Everything in the "ART & MUSIC" reward, plus an exclusive Bricks T-Shirt (design to be confirmed, but it'll make you look attractive and sexy, GUARANTEED)

    ALSO: The T-Shirt will offer protection from hauntings by Tunar Bluefinnson.

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    PATRON: Everything in the "FASHIONISTA" reward, plus The Bricks will write and record a commissioned song on the subject of your choice. The song will be recorded to "demo" quality (i.e. a no-frills voice & guitar version) and will be sent to you on both a CD and as a digital download. We'll also send you a copy of the chords and lyrics, so you can play it yourself or get your favourite pet bard to learn it.

    ALSO: Lester and/or Thorkal will actually have a conversation with you. To ask what you want the song to be about.

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    SPONSOR (for companies): Everything in the "FASHIONISTA" reward, plus an "in association with" credit on the CD album sleeve, plus we will distribute a flyer for your IC or OOC company alongside every CD copy of our album (flyers maximum A5 size, must be supplied by you)

    ALSO: The Bricks will think about purchasing your products and/or services (depending on whether it's something they want/need, and if they can afford it)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Everything in the "FASHIONISTA" reward, plus an "Executive Producer" credit on the CD album sleeve. Plus, if you want to, you can come and sing/play/do hand-claps on the album (you'll need to supply your own transport down to Redruth, Cornwall, for one day in the week beginning 2nd February 2015. We can supply accommodation for one night). PLUS, Lester will come and play an IC gig at an event of your choice (subject to the phys. rep's availability, and any IC laws which might get in the way)

    ALSO: A band-member of your choice will compliment you on your musical ability/lovely hair/dress sense/wealth (delete as applicable)

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    SCARY SUPER-FAN: Everything in the "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER" reward, plus Lester will sign his famous and iconic hat and give it to you.

    ALSO: You get the hat. C'mon. Lester doesn't want to be without it. The tailors that made the original hat are dead, or in prison, or something, and he'll have a heck of a time finding a milliner who will make him a replacement, and he'll get mocked for looking like a shoddy Lester tribute act whilst you swan around looking like the real deal. But everyone has their price...

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