It is hard to believe it, but the day is finally here. Today, August 15 brings the release of our fourth studio album, Trust Issues and we are so excited to share it with you. Through the help of Kickstarter and 318 amazing backers, we were able to raise $12,538. That is 278% of our original $4,500 goal! On behalf of all of us, THANK YOU for your support, your willingness to share, retweet and talk about us. Thank you for giving us your trust, enthusiasm and encouragement. We could not have done it without all of you. We would also like to extend a very special thank you to Angela Webber for being our “Kickstarter Sherpa”. Thank you, Angela, for telling us exactly what to do and for weeding out our truly terrible ideas. Without you, we would surely have broken up, burned something down, torn our hair out, or—at the very least—failed to fund. This is the first album we have produced under a label and we’d like to thank The Doubleclicks (thedoubleclicks.com) for signing us on. We are so excited to collaborate with them and to be included in a family of musicians that also includes the amazing Lucia Fasano (luciafasano.bandcamp.com).
This is our most complex and ambitious album to date and we have had an amazing time working on it. We are so lucky to be surrounded by a community of geeks and musicians who continue to inspire and encourage us. We were fortunate enough to collaborate with some of those fantastic people on Trust Issues and we would also like to thank the various artists who lent their talents to the album, Benjamin Dewey (benjamindewey.tumblr.com), for his amazing work on our cover art, Betsy Tinney (betsytinney.com) for her incredible cello playing, Sunnie Larsen (sunnie.org) for her lovely violin, Fletcher Lanning for his great bass accompaniment on “Acoustic Kitty”, and Aubrey Webber for lending her amazing cello work to “Delta You Delta Me”. Thanks also to Kevin Hahn at Opal Studios for being the best sound engineer we have worked with to date. Kevin kept us on track, under budget and sounding pretty good.
If you backed us on this project, first of all THANK YOU. You, little octopuses, are the reason why we do this. Second, keep your eyes out for your backer rewards. If you haven’t received them already, they should arrive very, very soon. Packages with t-shirts, CDs, books and stickers have been mailed out and custom songs and jingles are in the works. We are already getting some great feedback from our friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please continue to send us your photos, comments and reviews. We love to see your smiling faces!
We have just returned from the first leg of our 2017 tour and, let me tell you, we had a spectacular time. First stop was in Seattle at the awesome gamer Ray Gun Lounge (gammaraygamestore.com) where we debuted the new album (and the new piano, Rosalind!) to a crowd of happy faces.
After Seattle, we crossed the border into Canada (they let us in!) and headed to Tsawwassen, BC where we had the chance to perform our first ever house concert, thanks to backer Sharon Sutherland and her incredible family. We played barefoot, laughed and sang our little hearts out in the Sutherland’s beautiful living room and the experience was unlike anything we have had before. It was such a tremendous joy to share our music with such a warm and receptive crowd. Thank you to all of you that we met in Tsawwassen. Performing for you was easily one of the highlights of our trip and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
The next stop was in Vancouver, BC where we got the chance to perform at the ridiculously cool Stormcrow Ale House (stormcrowalehouse.com). Every nook and cranny of this place was tricked out with geek memorabilia, art, quirky signage and fun trinkets from the life-size TARDIS to the all-gender bathroom sign. We snacked on Timbits and sang most of our newest songs to a crowd of brand-new listeners. The people of Stormcrow were fantastic and we are all looking forward to returning for another show or even just a pint of the Moon Under Water Creepy Uncle Dunkel.
You can find us this week at our very own album release pizza party at Mississippi Pizza with special guest Leslie Hudson. If you haven’t already gotten your album through the Kickstarter campaign, you can pick one up at the show. Thank you for all your love, support, tweets, and comments. We have had so much fun making this album and we are looking forward to sharing it with all of you!