Welcome to phase 2 of the Kickstarter campaign, folks! AKA: What To Do If Your Kickass Family And Friends And Fans Make Your Fundraising Goal With 17 Days To Go In Your Fundraising Campaign.
We are going for $50,000.
Yes, this is double our initial request. We have a new update post all about it, and you can see the bullet points in the graphic above as to how that money would be put to good, twangy, album-y use. Suffice it to say: releasing an album on our own new label is going to be more expensive than anything we've done before... by a lot.
Our graphic above will be adjusted daily to reflect the awesome generosity of you noble folk.
We really want to make this supporting and donating and gifting worth your while so we're offering two big rewards if we can hit our new Donation Levels:
Reward for making Donation Level: Ultra: A new 4 song EP of covers exclusive to you Kickstarter backers!
Reward for making Donation Level UltraMegaSuperstar: A private show - free to all Kickstarter backers!!
And we have added new reward packages:
$5 "Thank You" postcards
$50 Bro Co Box Set
$80 Metal Brothers Comatose
$200 Music Lesson with a Brother + Bro Co Bundle
We have the time, we have the banjoes, we have the facial hair! Now all we need is your continued and expanded support! We know it's a lot - so help us spread it around. Post up those neighborhood fliers. Make your donations competitive with co-workers. Give your friends the Brothers Comatose Donation Friendship Test!
Thank you all.
We spent the better part of last winter recording, re-recording, re-re-recording, overdubbing, mixing, re-mixing, mastering, and doing everything a band can do to ensure that this new record is a sonic cornucopia of plunky, harmonized, romper-stomper delights. We've done our damnedest to make a great album, and we're excited to release it.
If you already made the album... then what am I funding?
Another custom hat for Ben? A South America surf trip for Phil? Ryan's new designer pants fashion label? Alex's trip to Alaska for the Mustache and Beard competition? Gio's Heavy Metal side project?
We saved up everything we could before we went in to the studio. Then we went into the studio. We invested everything into the recording process: hearts, souls, bodies, love... money...
Now that the recording is done, we need your help with the costs of making it into a real record and getting it (and us) out to the world. Manufacturing and promotion ain’t cheap! We’re making nice, fancy LP’s and CD’s and bringing on the best people we can find to help promote the album to radio stations, magazines, web sites, newspapers and influential power brokers of the musical variety across the world. Then, once our beautifully manufactured albums have been promoted into a world-wide media frenzy, and the hungry masses are - in international unison - chanting for The Brothers Comatose to tour in their country/city/town/village... We'll need money for travel: plane tickets, luggage fees (that damn upright bass!), diesel fuel, and everything else that goes along with moving a band and their gear around the world.
The album will be released in March under our own brand new record label, Swamp Jam Records. All of the expensive, costly things detailed above are going to happen no matter what. Full steam ahead! We'll do whatever it takes - breaking the old piggy banks, lots of busking, signing up for all those new credit cards that showed up in the mail... But we'd much rather do it with your support. We're really hoping you are excited for this record, and are chomping at the bit to find ways to help and support it.
Should we be lucky enough to receive more than our Kickstarter goal, the extra money will be going towards making new music videos to promote the new record, travel to places we wouldn't be able to tour otherwise, and starting work on album #4.
The Holiday Gift Certificate option:
Do you know someone who would love, more than anything, one of our Reward packages for Christmas? Well, you are in luck! If you donate for one of the rewards contact us with the "CONTACT ME" button to your right (we'll need mailing addresses and names and such) and we'll make sure that you get a personalized Gift Certificate for your special BroCo fan in time for the Holidays.
** ALL GIFT CERTIFICATE REQUESTS MUST BE EMAILED BY DEC. 11.
*** WE NEED TO MEET OUR GOAL FOR GIFT CERTIFICATES TO BE REAL!
How did you guys make such an awesome video?
Well, we didn't make it - Dan Foldes at Pint of Soul video production did... but we'll give you a quick run down of the process:
Step 1: Spend so much time in a van, that we can come up with ridiculous ideas together, and think that they're great.
Step 2: Put Gio in a room with some recording software and get him to make different ridiculous versions of "Brothers" (a lovely new tune of Ben's that will be featured on the new album).
Step 3: Call up our good friend Dan at Pint of Soul to actually make our ridiculous ideas into a real, quality video. Dan and his team were badasses, and you should call them for your next video project. Look them up right here: www.pintofsoul.com or here: www.facebook.com/pintofsoul
Step 4: Somehow convince Joe Pacini (friend, lyricist & tour manager), to be our narrator / Angelic Godfather. No lines were written down, folks. He is just that good.
Dan and Pint of Soul were good enough to make 4 other videos for us - one for each of the other musical versions of "Brothers" that you see for a few seconds in the Kickstarter video. We know you want to see the full length versions of these. We will release them to our Kickstarter friends as the campaign goes along. If this incentive does not motivate you, we do not know what will.
Questions & details about our rewards:
We'll be fulfilling all of these rewards packages ourselves, so feel free to send in those questions if you have them. We'll try and anticipate some of your questions here. Should you need help or guidance in what reward might be the right reward for you, continue below to the "Reward Details / Color Commentary" portion of the program.
Rewards will be fulfilled in March, 2016, and will be timed with the official release of City Painted Gold. Look for your rewards bundles in the 2nd and 3rd weeks of March. We will, of course, keep everyone updated on order status and our reward fulfillment timetable here on the Kickstarter page.
Domestic shipping for all rewards has been figured into the cost of the reward, unless the reward specifically says otherwise.
Any international orders will need to pay additional shipping. We'll take care of that on a case by case basis. Be prepared!
If you're wondering what the new Sticker, T-shirt and Hoodie will look like... so are we. Luckily for all of us, Brothers Comatose Merchandise Creating Legend, Alex Morrison, is on the case. He has made all the merch and album art for the band thus far, and he is worthy of your full faith and confidence. We'll post the new merch images as soon as we have them.
All rewards over $1.00 will get you backer access (even if it doesn't say it on the reward explicitly)
All rewards over $10.00 will get you a digital download in addition to the backer access and everything else it says on the reward description.
All rewards over $100.00 will get you a hoodie, a signed CD, a digital download, backer access, and your name in the "Thanks" portion of our CD liner notes in addition to whatever else it says for that reward package.
Need help choosing the right reward? We're here to help.
$1.00: Butt Slaps & High Fives
We appreciate every single dollar that you good people trust us with. We promise to take good care of it, and we hope you enjoy our special Kickstarter supporter content. Just wait for those 4 music videos. Absolutely worth $1.00.
$5.00: "Sticky Fingers"
Do you have one of those cars that gets people like us in accidents as we try and read all of the stickers on your back window? Do you have a traveling guitar case that you are trying to wallpaper with groovy stickers to enhance - via sticker-osmosis - its groovy vibes? Then rest well, weary sticker-lover. You are home.
We don't know what the sticker is yet - but when we do, we'll post it up right here, and let you know it's up with our Kickstarter updates.
$10.00: "Down Loader"
If you write it like that (Down Loader!), it could be a sweet action hero name. Imagine yourself as Down Loader, interstellar super hero/heroine - swarthily wielding your flash drive - daringly entering your download code! With a Kung-Fu chop, clicking "IMPORT TO iTUNES"! You're a badass.
Download codes will be accessible on our website, www.thebrotherscomatose.com at the time of the album's release. We'll be sure to update everyone when the codes are ready to go here on the Kickstarter updates.
$20.00: "I Still Listen to CDs"
As well you should! We do too. Enjoy the physical beauty of the cover art, the liner notes, and all those other fading glories of a nostalgia-worthy bygone day. We'll sign your CD jacket too so you can study our signatures and determine who has the largest ego, who is emotionally unstable, and who exhibits worrysome aggressive tendencies.
$30.00 option 1: "That Vinyl is SO HOT Right Now"
When someone says "180 gram vinyl with a fold-out sleeve," do you find your pulse racing? Sweating? Do you get sexually excited? We understand. We tour with Ryan. Enjoy all the randy, naughty pleasures of our heavy weight vinyl album.
$30.00 option 2: "Laundry Day"
This new shirt are sure to become your new 'marathon shirt.' You know - the shirt that in 5 years has holes in the seams of the shoulders, and that when you wear it, you feel like yourself, and people start to recognize you by that one shirt? That's the shirt this will be. Embrace your shirty destiny.
This shirt will be lovely, but we don't know what it will look like, specifically, yet. As soon as we have an image we'll post it for you all right here and send out a Kickstarter update to let you know.
$50.00: "Shirts & CDs"
You have entered the level of the Combo-Reward. You're a person that likes to add things to their restaurant order. You like to get avocado on your BLTs, don't you? When you go through the line at Chipotle, you get all 4 salsas. You're a mixer. A modern day, Kickstarting alchemist.
$60.00: "A Shirt & A Record"
It's a combo package, but of the retro, vintage variety. You like your combos from the 50's diner on the corner where you can get the muddy coffee with some crispy hash browns and read the paper. You also like to hold T-shirt-only record listening parties. Kinda weird and kinky... but also kinda cool...
$60.00: "So You Want to be a Hoodlum"
Wintertime is upon us! If you're one of us West Coasters, all you'll ever need is our plush and warm Hoodie! If you're living somewhere with "weather" (we've heard about it... things fall? From the sky??) this would be an ideal layer 2 or 3.
Images of the new Hoodie are not available at this time, as the Hoodie design is not yet finished. The moment it is finished, we'll post images right here, and let you know via our Kickstarter updating technology.
$100: "Your Name in Print or The Special BroCo Bundle!"
You are as generous as your are grandiose! With this purchase you have won your place in the history books: Your name in our CD "Thanks" liner notes (as well as the hoodie, and the signed CD)! Bring it up, subtly, at dinner parties:
Distinguished Guest: Please pass the salad.
You: But of course. (pass the salad)
Distinguished Guest: (receives salad) Thanks.
You: Speaking of Thanks...
$200 option 1: "Beer & BroCo Level 1: Brewery Party" Limit: 50 21+ only
Possibly the most valuable Reward ever rewarded! We're throwing a party at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. We'll listen to the record (while we sip some beers), tour the brewery (while we sip some beers) and then, if there's time, sip some beers. Block out the entire day, and clear the next morning's calendar.
$200 option 2: "What's a Test Pressing?"
When you make a record, they print a few - a rare, coveted, collectable few - test records to make sure that everything is as it should be before they make the rest of the batch. If 'rare,' 'coveted', 'collectable,' 'few' and 'record' are all words that make you quiver with joy and excitement, this will be the reward for you.
$250: "Let's Make a Movie"
Since we'll have a brand spankin' new album, rife with sonic gems and sure-to-be-hit-singles, we'll be needing to make a bunch of new music videos in the coming months. We'll need you. You and your closeted, unrecognized-but-eternally-burning desire to be an actor! Bring your twinkling eyes, charming smile, and natural ability to our new (sure to be fairly ridiculous) music video!
$400 option 1: "...With Paintbrushes of Pure Mustache Hair"
Do you oft wonder about where the artwork for The Brothers Comatose merchandise and album artwork comes from? What force that through the green fuse drives this flower? Look no further than resident banjo player, Alex Morrison.
You and Alex will be in communication for how and when this artsy gem of a reward package gets put together. Alex makes beautiful art, but no one has ever accused him of working too fast. Note the delivery time on this, and remember to stay flexible with the schedule of a traveling, banjo-slinging artist!
$400 option 2: "The Human Jukebox"
Did you ever wonder what Ben would sound like singing some Queen? When you hear your favorite tune by Pantera, do you imagine Alex crooning it to you over his banjo? Well, it is time to make some of your bizarre musical dreams a reality.
Some songs are near impossible to cover. Some songs are possible to cover, but the results are so heinous and unsatisfying, that 'would be better had it ne'er been done. When submitting your cover ideas, please send 3-5 songs ranked in your order of preference, and please allow for a bit of back-and-forth as we try things out and figure out what we can do.
$500: "The Sixth Brother"
When you're home practicing trombone, do you sometimes take a solo over "Blackbirds?" When you're working on your accordion chops, do you sometimes jam along to "Pie For Breakfast?" When Ben and Nicki sing "Morning Time" do you find yourself reaching for your alto recorder? Or do you just want to get up and dance and holler with us on stage? Please do. Let's get weird together.
For this reward, we'll be in touch to find a show and a venue that will work for everyone's schedule. Not every show will be available with this reward. We hope you understand.
$3,000: "The Van's Swan Song"
What more can be said about our 1988 Chevy G20 Conversion Van (red with grey and black racing stripes and thick red carpeting) that wasn't already covered in that emotional testament to its glory, The Van Song? Feel what it feels like to sleep in the captain chairs. Hear the Turkeys singin' in the door. Experience the blown out speakers! Own the magic, the myth and the legend!
We'll be in touch to work out when to meet up for the ceremony of the Passing of The Keys. (It shall be solemn and most official, guaranteed.) Then we'll move on to the ceremony of "Van Christening" which, we're pretty sure, involves lots of Lagunitas, hanging out, music and van-related story telling.
The van currently runs great, looks damn classy, and is full of good vibes, memories, and juju. It has transmission issues that will need to be addressed if you plan any long-range travels, so keep that in mind going in to this.
We can field any and all other van questions at the "Contact Me" link above the rewards section.
Photos will be posted soon so that you can more clearly see and experience what we mean by 'vibes,' and 'juju,' and 'damn classy.'
$3,500: "Beer and BroCo Level 2: BroCo at Your House" Limit: 3
We love playing house parties. If you love throwing house parties and have enough room for we 5 dudes, plus some of your friends, let's do this. The scheduling for this will be the tricky part - out of town folks be warned! We'll hammer out the details, and make it one for the record books. Specifically, the record for most 90s singalong covers ever played by a string band in your living room.
Like it says in the rewards details, no weddings or private/corporate events. We'll work out the scheduling and tour logistics together. Expect good times. Expect: great music; a great party; good times; Phil to try and borrow some of your specialized sports equipment; Ben and Alex to try and get a bonfire going somewhere; Ryan to inspect your record collection; Gio to inspect your book collection, and talk about parenting.
If this album was a stadium, we'd have to name it after you for a period of 2-5 years. If this album was a University building, it would be called Your Name's "City Painted Gold." If this album was a politician, we'd have to deny any partiality to you or your interests, and then re-write the lyrics to include: your favorite dog, Posi; that one time you swung on the Klamath River rope swing; a song devoted entirely to your pre-civil-war coin collection; a slow ballad you'd dedicated to the man of your dreams where you use the extended metaphor of soup making to (awkwardly) explain the depth and flavor of your feelings.
Risks and challenges
These should be addressed up yonder in the "Funding" or "Rewards" sections of the program.
If we missed anything here, feel free to check out the FAQ (that we can't post until *after* this goes live), or send us an email at the "Contact Me" button up at the top on the right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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