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ATTENTION NEW BACKERS: Don't forget to visit the BACKERS ONLY UPDATES section for instructions on how to get your digital download!
UPDATE FOR THE $250 LOS ANGELES ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY!
ALL $250 packages include TWO tickets! Bring a friend to the launch party/show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on August 23rd - 2013
Project update 10.0
Less than a week to go for our Kickstarter campaign.
So far we've raised over $200k from a little less than 5000 supporters. That's enough to manufacture and fulfill the orders, pay our wonderful team, cover recording costs, and we have a little left over for promotion and marketing. A few years ago it would have been so much more difficult to get a project like this off the ground, and there would have been a mountain of debt, but here we are - it's amazing to be able to start the release process free and clear. Thank you all so much.
We are nearly done with the package design and will send out manufacturing orders as soon as the campaign closes. Vinyl will likely take a bit longer than CDs and posters, but we'll keep updating you with the progress until we can get your orders into your hands.
We're so happy we were able to get the music out to you early. Kickstarter isn't actually built for early rewards, but they were generous in allowing us to go ahead and find a workaround to provide you with downloads before the campaign was over. Once we've finished the campaign, artwork will be reworked and we will provide updated download links for you.
Perhaps we'll reach the stretch goal of $250k, perhaps we won't. It's been exciting to see the campaign become so active again in the last week (We're back on the front page of Kickstarter!). However it goes, it's been a great ride. It took a while for us to get this record made, and just seeing the early reaction to the music has already made it worth the time and effort.
Once again - word of mouth is just about our only way of spreading the news. Thanks for all you've done, and we'd still appreciate it if you shouted out once more through Twitter or Facebook, or if you happen to run a giant media conglomerate and want to stick it on the evening news or a stadium jumbotron that's ok too.
Thank you all.
P.S. We thought you might want a sneak peak of the New Constellation Album cover. We hope you like it!
P.S.S. Annnnnd an acoustic version of "California Wasted"
Project update 9.0
This has been an exciting and busy couple of months. We’ve been out on the road across the States, overjoyed to play the new material and see the Kickstarter supporters singing along from the audience. Thank you all!
So...we are in the final days of the campaign. Artwork has had a few unavoidable scheduling setbacks but is now racing full-steam ahead. My good friend Ben Ciccati has been drawing up a storm - all the images you’ve been seeing on the site are his. For graphic design we’ve brought in Kii Arens, who will put together the LP and CD Kickstarter packages, as well as poster and shirt design. I love seeing what the two of them are coming up with, and we’ll share it with you soon.
A few days ago I bought a tin space man and shot a lyric video for New Constellation. It’s fairly silly, but if anyone needs motion-tracked rockets added to their home videos I now know how. We might sign the spaceman and have him as a Kickstarter item if people are interested. Let us know.
Anyway: Thank you again, and please keep spreading the word. If your friends (or Twitter followers, or Friends) like Toad let them know about the campaign, and if you like the record (and the extra tracks) tell them about that, too. Please. With sugar on top.
Many more shows to come, an acoustic EP to record, people to see and places to go...Say hello if you’re nearby.
Project update 8.0
Thank you so much for your continued support, we're deeply grateful. We'd like to remind you that if we reach our new stretch goal of $250K before the end of the campaign on August 4th, all backers will get a LIVE EP from the August tour. With that end date on the horizon, we have reached the point where we would like to ask all of you - our core supporters - to help spread the word and enlist support from your extended networks on social media and beyond. Together, we have managed to achieve three times our initial goal with less than five thousand backers and word of mouth alone.
With just a little more awareness we should be able to take this all the way to the finish line, so if you know a Toad fan, let them know there's only a couple more weeks to get the album now instead of waiting till September for the general release.
From the bottom of our hearts thank you in advance, and hope to see you all on the road!
- Glen, Todd, Randy & Dean
Project update 7.0
A huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to our Kickstarter campaign thus far. We are still completely overwhelmed by the response. We have a lot of updates this week! New backer rewards (based on your feedback) a special note from Todd and a new stretch goal!
Since we have reached our first stretch goal of $150K - all backers will be receiving a new, in-studio acoustic recording - distributed as a digital download - and recorded at Revolver studios. For stretch goal #2 - if we reach $250K before the end of the campaign - all backers will get a Live EP from an upcoming tour date. More music!
Thank you everyone for your continued support! See you on the road!
Check out this personal note from Todd
Project Update 6.0
Happy Independence Day, Everybody!
Thanks to all of you who have already joined the Kickstarter campaign for our new Toad the Wet Sprocket album New Constellation. We are stunned and humbled by the outpouring of support and the encouraging first reactions to this--our first, new record in 16 years.
Due to the overwhelming demand for more Kickstarter packages, we’re giving you the chance to create your own custom package! We’re calling it Kickstart Your Independence!
Please give us your suggested packages below in the comments section of this post. We will pick two new packages to add to our campaign and announce them next week!
And remember - In order to get your Kickstarter Early-Rewards Version of the full tracks from New Constellation - you must be a Project Backer. Read this backers only post for instructions on how to get your download!
Thanks for hanging with us - and happy 4th of July!
Project Update 5.0
Thanks so much for hanging in there with us while we have been trying to figure out how to distribute the Kickstarter Early-Rewards Bonus Version of the full tracks from New Constellation. If you are a project backer - you can check out the Backers Only Updates section for instructions on how to get your download.
And check out this personal note from Dean!
Thank you again for your support and happy listening!
- Glen, Randy, Todd and Dean
Project Update 4.0
We're in the home-stretch! Right now the new record is being mastered (a much more gentle process than the name suggests), whereby the final eq and volume tweaks are made. We're actually on the 2nd round of mastering--it's being "re-mastered", which, frankly, makes no sense. There really should be a different name to the whole process. In any event, that's what's happening. We're also having the final touches done on the artwork. We don't know what that process is called, but it must be a bit less diabolical sounding. What this all means is that you'll be able to download the whole album very soon, and as soon as the artwork is finished we'll get to work on printing up the CD, creating the actual physical evidence that we're a band! We're genuinely excited about this album, but more than anything we're sincerely grateful and humbled by the support you've given us-- now and for so many years. From the bottom of our very full hearts, Thank You!
Oh, and one more thing - the single "New Constellation" is available for download right now if you have backed the project. Hope you like it.
Again, a thousand thanks.
Toad (Glen, Randy, Todd and Dean)
Project Update 3.0
We made it home from this leg of the tour and are grateful for all of your support - it's really quite overwhelming. Now our goal is to make sure to keep up our end of the bargain to you, so we're hard at work (ok scrambling really) to figure out a way to honor the Kickstarter Early-Rewards Bonus Version of the full tracks from New Constellation. We've been collaborating with the kind folks at Kickstarter to figure out a way to make it work, and ask for a little more time to sort this out. We definitely want to prevent any further SNAFUs with this part of the program.
All Kickstarter backers will receive the single "New Constellation" this week in a "backer update". (Going forward new backers will be able to get the single in the same update).
Thank you again for your incredible support (and patience)!
- Glen, Randy, Todd & Dean
Hello again! This has been a humbling, wonderful few days. In addition to the Kickstarter launch, we are out in New York this week, playing a handful of shows as well as having the honor of playing at 80th birthday celebration for Willie Nelson. Our bucket lists are getting lots of checkmarks.
We have set a new stretch goal of $150K for the Kickstarter campaign. Our initial goal was set around the minimum amount we needed to begin promoting the record, but going further will enable us to do so much more. Publicity, radio and retail promotion, music videos, online promotion and on and on...we're just getting started.
Once we reach our stretch goal, we will add a new, in-studio acoustic recording to all contributors of the campaign, to be distributed as a digital download. The concert will be recorded at Revolver studios, where we recorded the New Constellation album. Sound like fun? We think so.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. This is such an exciting start to a new chapter. Please keep spreading the word, and we'll keep chugging ahead on our side.
- Glen, Randy, Todd & Dean
Toad started when Glen was a freshman in high school and met seniors Todd, Randy and Dean through choir and theater. We practiced in our parents' garages, played at dive bars, and recorded two indie records which were inexplicably picked up by the Columbia label. We put out three more records, had some hit singles, toured our asses off and broke up for all the usual reasons in 1998.
We've all been making music on our own for a while now, and from time to time would get together for short tours, after which we would quickly scatter again. A couple years ago, something changed. Instead of remembering why we'd broken up, we started remembering why we got together in the first place. We started having fun and feeling like a band again, and that energy on the road led us to want to record a new record. So...we did.
We're very proud of what we've created. New Constellation was produced, engineered and mixed by our friend Mikal Blue, and we are releasing it independently. That means no label, so it's our job (and yours as well, if you're willing) to get the word out. We've already invested in the recording and mixing, but this campaign will enable us to finish the art, take a single to radio, shoot videos, manufacture and distribute the album, and hire a team to promote and market the record. It will also allow us to deliver the album early and directly to those who care the most, and provide them with extra songs, cooler artwork, and undying eternal gratitude.
We're fortunate to be able to come together and feel like a band again, and we think we've created something worthy of our listeners' expectations. We're also deeply grateful to the people who've stuck with us through the years, letting us know that our music matters to them. So here we are. For those of you who asked for a new record, we've done it. Now we need your involvement. You can use this opportunity just get the record early, or you can go into full Patron Of The Arts mode. Either is a big help.
Thanks again, and be well,
- Glen, Randy, Todd & Dean
Risks and challenges
We've had a few friends use crowdsourcing for musical projects, and we hope we have learned something from them about potential pitfalls in launching a record this way. This campaign places us in charge of direct manufacture and distribution for our patrons, and means we need to set up a one-time system to make that happen smoothly and efficiently. Things can go wrong, though. We've seen storms delay shipping, posters where shipping ended up costing more than the cost of the item, lost packages, and a vinyl pressing pushed back 2 months because The Beatles were reissuing on 12" and the pressing plants couldn't keep up with demand.
We have a small team helping us put together our plans, and our intent is to make the Kickstarter versions of the physical record something worth holding in your hands. It won't be the same package everyone else can get on the road or at the store. How different...we don't know yet. The art process is just starting. But we know we don't want to disappoint anyone.
We've tried to create items and offers we know we can provide, but there's no telling what the schedule will be yet, aside from that we want to get stuff out as quickly as we can and at the highest possible quality. We will keep you informed about which offers will be ready when, and let you know the process and the reasons why.
As for the in-person items, we will fit these in with our tour schedule and do our best to give you an experience worthy of your generosity. We've never done this before, but we'll be creative in working with you to make sure you're satisfied.
Maybe we won't bump into any SNAFU situations, but if we do, we're on your side.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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