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Friends and Neighbors around the world,
Hi, we’re The Architects – a punk rock and roll band from Kansas City, Missouri with a long and storied history of albums and tours ranging from Do-It-Yourself house shows to the Hollywood Palladium.
A while back we set out to realize a vision by which we would bring our fans, friends and contemporaries a concept album and comic book in five episodes called Border Wars. The point of creating Border Wars instead of simply making a regular album is that we don’t feel like all the cool, conceptual stuff should be the exclusive province of huge artists like Muse, Green Day or the Foo Fighters. Nothing against any of those artists but we have cool ideas too. Why then, would we not make every effort to bring those ideas to life and treat our fans and friends every bit as royally as the Foo Fighters are able to treat their die hard fans?
Chances are good that many of you reading this were contributors to the fundraising campaign for Border Wars Episode I. If so, THANK YOU AGAIN! You brought to life a half-dozen characters that I spent months writing and Mallory Dorn spent more months illustrating. You gave the songs that we’ve been slaving over for more than 2 years the voice that they were missing – yours. Every person who had never heard of us until they saw us open for so-and-so last summer at the Whatchmacaller owes y’all a debt because the Border Wars Episode I comic and CD that they took home from that show exists because of you. You may as well have personally handed it to them.
In a perfect world, we would not have to ask you all a second time to help us fund this project but, the “Big Deal Record Distro” that we signed up with and was supposed to help us produce and manufacture Episode II has dithered and frittered away a year of our time and while Episode II can be bought digitally on iTunes and Amazon, the physical hard copies that we crave are still nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, both band and illustrator have been hustling ass to get Episode III ready to deliver early in 2015. Can we really just hand over Episode III to “Big Deal Distro” after they’ve so thoroughly screwed the pooch and kept everyone waiting on Episode II? Fuck no, we can’t.
Not only are we proud and delighted to offer a range of highly desirable stuff including signed copies of Border Wars, exclusive apparel, VIP packages and one-of-a-kind keepsakes, we are also tittering with anticipation to commemorate fundraising milestones along the course of this campaign with videos, acoustic performances, exclusive remixes and whatever else we can think up. ☺
Now that we are seasoned veterans of the comic book concept album, we really cannot possibly overstate the huge difference that your pledge will make. I thought I knew what boundless gratitude felt like until the epiphany of the Border Wars Episode I campaign hit me like the Holy Ghost in brass knuckles. Speaking from personal experience, it is all too easy to grouse around feeling bitter about what has become of the music and entertainment business. It is all too easy for the thrill of a big idea to metastasize into hurt and self-doubt when the president of the “Big Deal Distro” blows you off. The Architects would prefer to let the people make their own decisions instead of leaving it up to one executive’s idea of what would or would not be cool or viable or fun or revolutionary.
We don’t care about scratching the surface. We want to bring our people an experience that is deeper and cooler and more fun than just a plain plastic disc or an MP3. We want to go where The Who went with Quadraphenia, where Prince went with Purple Rain and where Green Day went with American Idiot. We’ve proven that we have the sand for it with the first Border Wars episode and now we are asking you for a hand up to let us keep going.
RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
Border Wars Episode I was a great teacher for us. In the first place, it proved that people are not as stupid as television would have you believe. (Yay!!!) It also illuminated the eleventy-billion things that can go totally sideways when we make the leap from a bunch of audio files and illustrations to an actual seventy-some page book with a CD in the back. It is a very exacting process and having done it once already, we have improved our production and workflow as well as our partnerships with reliable, trustworthy manufacturers by leaps and bounds.
But let’s be frank, the biggest challenge for us is to overcome the list of “what if’s” that spring up on the financial side of this project. If for example, North Korean hackers destroy the American financial system from within and the value of the Dollar plummets, WE DO NOT HAVE A PLAN FOR THAT. But, if we are simply talking about raising less money than we have projected to meet the financial requirements of the project, then no big deal. Our financial priorities are ordered very simply:
1. Make sure all backers get what they paid for – We don’t screw around with you. This includes anyone who pre-ordered a hard copy of Ep II through our merch store.
2. Take care of our partners – Our illustrator, mixer and mastering guy should not have to work for a penny less than their usual rate simply because The Architects decided to make a really ambitious concept album. The risk is on us, not them.
3. Compromise quantity/profit margin but never quality – The quality of the comic and music are simply off the table. We’re not going to try and slip some cut-rate bullshit past you. We will however, manufacture fewer copies at a higher cost per copy and take the hit to our own profit margin in the event that we are unable to raise funds sufficient to cover our current manufacturing plans.
4. Fold any excess funds back into the Border Wars series – If by some delightful twist of fate, we wind up with more funding than our current goal, we’ll simply earmark those excess funds for Border Wars Ep. IV.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Share this with your friends, family and whomever! Helping us make noise about this campaign is HUGE!
The music and comic book in handy-dandy digital format for your phone, tablet, laptop or Hadron Collider! You’ll get the download before it is available anywhere else plus access to our behind-the-scenes videos, photos and more!
Signed and numbered by all the band members and illustrator supreme, Mallory Dorn. The Border Wars Episode II CD comes packaged inside the full size, full color comic book.
Signed and numbered by all the band members and illustrator supreme, Mallory Dorn. The Border Wars Episode III CD comes packaged inside the full size, full color comic book.
Designed by Morgan Freeman in the Applied Sciences lab, this shirt is bulletproof, fireproof, radiation proof and will add 60 inches to your vertical jump.
Long ago, in a place called Denton, Texas…an angel of theatrical, high-concept rock and roll came to earth and said unto mankind, “Don’t dream it, be it.”
See the lyrics to all the Episode II songs the way we see them; black gel ink on yellow legal paper. Not fancy but beautiful nonetheless.
See the lyrics to all the Episode III songs as we see them; black gel ink on yellow legal paper. Not fancy but beautiful nonetheless.
You and a friend can come to sound check, the show and hang backstage. PLUS receive some signed merch. There will be pizza, there will be soda, there will be sweet hangs and lots of party pics.
For anyone who wants the goods but can’t travel all the way to KCMO. You and a friend can come to sound check, the show and hang backstage. PLUS receive some signed merch. Anywhere we play in North America, you’ll be having pizza with us.
Adam is not only a heavy-handed destroyer of cymbals but also, a keen-eyed craftsman when it comes to repurposing his shattered brass for this beautiful timepiece. Signed by Adam and potentially drawn on by the rest of us. :) International pledgers will be contacted regarding shipping costs after pledging on this item.