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Language of Prairie Dogs are recording a 1980s pop rock concept album about the Tower of Babel.
Language of Prairie Dogs are recording a 1980s pop rock concept album about the Tower of Babel.
Language of Prairie Dogs are recording a 1980s pop rock concept album about the Tower of Babel.
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We are raising funds to finish recording our début album in order to self-release it online by April 2018.

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NEW SINGLE - DOWNSTREAM TO THE POROROCA - OUT NOW

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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.

What's the Point?
What's the Point?

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.)

#1 Xmas Record - split double B-side 7" record with The Loves (see £45+ reward tiers)
#1 Xmas Record - split double B-side 7" record with The Loves (see £45+ reward tiers)

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.

Stretch Goals

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!

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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.

Making great music is intrinsically collaborative. Be part of our quest to make The Water Boatman a reality.

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    Quid Pro Quo

    Thank you for supporting Language of Prairie Dogs - by selecting this tier you will be helping us to get a quid closer to our primary goal of being able to finish recording and mixing our début (and final) album.

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    For a Few Dollars More

    In return for seven quids you'll get a high-quality digital download of the album when it's finally complete, which we hope will be by April 2018 at the very latest. No frills - just the album!

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    Top 10

    Honestly, thank you so much.

    In exchange for a tenner you'll get the high-quality digital download of the album (when it's finished) PLUS 'deluxe' digital downloads of three singles (Lone Giant, Downstream To The Pororoca and Shelter In The Dark) as either high-quality MP3s or WAV files.

    The 'deluxe' element refers to the fact that we shall bundle with the music files our PDF press releases and also HD music videos for all three singles.

    You'll get the singles bundle when the Kickstarter ends and the album will follow once we've completed it!

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    Don't Wanna Stay Alive

    Now we're talking.

    A pony gets you NOT ONLY the digital download of the album plus the three 'deluxe' singles BUT ALSO your name (or a name of your choosing) in the digital booklet by way of thanks ('Without whom, etc.')

    We will include *at least* a digital booklet of lyrics / extended artwork PDF with the album and we will also send you our autographs on a nice postcard, and a special limited-edition badge as well.

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    Pledge £45 or more About $58

    Revolutions Per Minute

    Forty-five quid is really too much, you are too kind, thank you thank you thank you.

    Here's what you get:
    Album download + art PDF + lyrics booklet
    3 deluxe singles + music videos + PDF press releases
    Your name in 'thanks' section
    Signed postcard
    Limited-edition badge

    - that's everything from the lower tiers. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE:

    Super limited edition vinyl 7" single "#1 Xmas Record" - in 2010 we put out a double-'B'-side split single with our very good friends, Cardiff's The Loves, who then promptly disbanded. I have 40 of these records left, so this tier and above are very limited. If you wish for us to deface this record with our scrawls then we can sign it for you too, if you like.

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    A t-shirt. It might say something like 'Gone Dogging' on it, or it might be more tasteful than that.

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    Special-super-secret compilation package of early LOPD material, including old demos and abandoned songs and special covers and so on and so forth. Lots of goodies in here for you to rummage around in.

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    100%

    You are quite mad. THANK YOU.

    In return for one ton WE WILL IMMORTALISE YOUR NAME IN SONG. If we get multiple backers at this reward tier and higher we will incorporate all of your names into an experimental a capella sonic nightmare.

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    Album download + art PDF + lyrics booklet
    3 deluxe singles + music videos + PDF press releases
    Your name in 'thanks' section
    Signed postcard
    Limited-edition badge
    #1 Xmas Record split double-'B'-side 7" vinyl single
    T-shirt
    Special-super-secret compilation package of early LOPD material

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    Pledge £500 or more About $649

    Shock The Monkey

    Album download + art PDF + lyrics booklet
    3 deluxe singles + music videos + PDF press releases
    Your name in 'thanks' section
    Signed postcard
    Limited-edition badge
    #1 Xmas Record split double-'B'-side 7" vinyl single
    T-shirt
    Special-super-secret compilation package of early LOPD material
    Your name worked into a specially-recorded song

    -AND-

    We will play a gig in your house. We don't know the details of how this will work yet. UK-based backers only please! Our budget probably won't extend to flying outside of the Island…

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    Be In My Video

    £1,000 is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a band you've never heard of. If anyone is bonkers enough to go for this extremely limited reward tier (only 2 slots available!) then we shall organise with you to be in our music video for the future single release of a song called All My Glass, hopefully around September time.

    UK-based backers only please! Our budget won't extend to flying anyone in from outside of the Island…

    And not forgetting of course these goodies included as well:
    Album download + art PDF + lyrics booklet
    3 deluxe singles + music videos + PDF press releases
    Your name in 'thanks' section
    Signed postcard
    Limited-edition badge
    #1 Xmas Record split double-'B'-side 7" vinyl single
    T-shirt
    Special-super-secret compilation package of early LOPD material
    Your name worked into a specially-recorded song

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