About this project
We are raising funds to finish recording our début album in order to self-release it online by April 2018.
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Who are Language of Prairie Dogs?
Dean Anthony Sobers (singer, guitarist) and Matthew Alexander Kaufman (bass player) have been making music together since the late 1990s.
We never really got anywhere as a band as we could never find anyone else who particularly understood what we were trying to achieve sonically. We went through a number of drummers and guitarists and nobody ever really stuck around. It used to feel like we had our own language which was incomprehensible to anyone else.
So, in 2005, we started calling ourselves Language of Prairie Dogs. We recorded some music with a man named James who had produced records for Mogwai, Spiritualized and These New Puritans, among others. We never really progressed much beyond crappy open mic slots in dingy pubs. To this day we've only ever played two actual gigs, to general indifference.
After 10 years of failing to accomplish musical greatness, in 2008 we decided to release our first single and then call it a day. At Christmas we put out Lone Giant, which one review correctly referred to as "The greatest Christmas single of all time". (We have subsequently re-released Lone Giant every Xmas in the vain hope that one day it will become the de facto Xmas song.)
In 2011 we got bored of not being in a band anymore and decided to Put The Band Back Together and make an album. It was supposed to be a fun project we could complete in a few months, and yet here we are six years later.
We've got no fans, have garnered no support over the years, have made no real triumphs. While we can live with that, there's one thing we *need* to do - and that's to complete this utterly incredible album. We need £1,800 to do that.
What is The Water Boatman?
It's a concept album - a collection of 12 songs inspired by the myth of the Tower of Babel.
We conceived of the idea for the album in 2011. Dean wrote of the majority of the lyrics and the recording of early demos occurred later in that year.
Lyrically, the album explores themes of intergenerational conflict and miscommunication. Sonically, we set out with a purpose to make the album have a brash, accessible, no filler, eighties pop sound - inspired in particular by Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac, Terence Trent D'Arby, The Waterboys… the list goes on.
Why we need financial help to finish recording this album
We are not signed to a record label, this is entirely a passion project. We've been paying for everything ourselves so far, which has been fine, but slow.
What we really want to do is to block-book our producer (Chris Killen from the band Hot Shorts) and our drummer-for-hire friend Buzz Allan for two week-long recording sessions, followed up by another two weeks for mixing and mastering. All in this will cost us £1,800. We don't have that kind of money, which is why we're turning to crowd funding.
If by some miracle we exceed our target of £1,800 then we can start to think about fun things like getting the album mastered professionally, or getting actual physical CDs and records pressed. We'll add more information if it looks like things are going really well!
Thank you for your contribution. We need this.
Risks and challenges
If you can help us reach our modest funding target we can deliver a shiny digital album next Spring, sounding as great as we know it can and pretty much like nothing else around. We'll have you to thank for it. We'll likely retire from music shortly afterwards.
After six brisk years we're in comparatively good shape musically - insofar as our conception for The Water Boatman is finally solid, we've learned how to actually record an album and who we need to work with to make it happen economically (but also to a good standard). We have a plan, in other words - with just £1,800 needed to get us over the last hurdle. That £1,800 is our biggest challenge.
If we fail to raise it we'll no doubt still be 'working on the album' (it's something of a compulsive habit with us) in the same way that most people are 'working on their novel' - i.e. it'll probably never really be truly finished.
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