Chicago chiptune rock band I Fight Dragons have successfully funded their upcoming second album through their unique re-investing Kickstarter. The band raised $115,052 with their original goal at $20,000.
Their new album, to be entitled The Near Future, will be released in 2014. The band will be working with producer Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo).
The band released a new statement to backers:
I am so thrilled, humbled, and excited to announce that Project Atma is officially a go on every level! You came through in such a huge way, and now we are going to get to make a piece of art that I know you will love.
Speaking of which, that part (the REALLY fun part) begins right now! Here’s a rough timeline of how things will go, and we’ll keep you posted as we have progress updates and new fun stuff to share.
First of all, for those who may have missed the deadline, we’re going to keep our PayPal links open for another week to make sure everyone who wants to join gets to: http://www.ifightdragons.com/paypal
And now, here’s our rough outline how we see 2013 playing out:
This week: Kickstarter Surveys go out, where we get your shipping info and name / pseudonym for the album / documentary credits. Be sure to answer these as soon as you get them since we’ll be shipping out Flexi-Discs in not too long! Payments are also finalized, so if you had a problem with Amazon Payments when the campaign ended last night, be sure to get it sorted out, and if you missed the deadline use the PayPal links!
June: Filming will begin right away on the documentary, we’ll get the Flexi-Discs to the presses, and we’ll continue writing songs for the album. Payments will be finalized as well. Artwork for the graphic novel will also commence in earnest.
July: Flexi-Discs and Unique Rewards (IFD gear, etc.) signed and mailed out to you, more writing for the album, and our new t-shirt will go live on the web store.
August – September: Recording sessions will be happening for the album – lots of documentary shooting obviously, and lots of artistic funtimes. We’re also hoping to have KABOOM! and the EPs released on Vinyl in this time frame, but that’s still a rough estimate.
October: The music and the art all head to their respective presses (vinyl and printing), theme songs and custom chiptones will begin this month as well.
November: Prepping for album release and tour, theme song and chiptone writing continues.
December: “The Near Future” is released, signed, and mailed to all backers! Likely also a small tour to promote the album release, although we’ll have more details as we get closer.
2014: The documentary is finished and released. It’s hard to know a specific timeline, since we’ll want the story to include the release and any aftermath, but our goal is for a 2014 release.
Of course, we’ll keep you updated along the way when we get fun things to share, but I wanted you to have an idea of how the rest of this year is looking and when you can expect your rewards!
So now I guess it’s time for us to get back to work, but let me just say one more time, from the bottom of our hearts:
It is a huge honor that you’re joining us on this adventure, which begins in earnest today.
Here goes everything
Your friendly neighborhood Dragon Fighters,
Brian, Bill, Hari, Chad, and Packy