In a rollercoaster year where we went from deciding we were more or less going to knock the band on the head, due to a feeling of general apathy and disinterest… to launching a campaign for YOU to fund our album directly which went, as you know, rather well.
We started the recording process for this back in September or October or whenever it was, and it’s been a long hard slog. Our stuff is a lot more complex than it appears, and we’ve worked very hard on making it as great as we possibly can, with the added pressure to repay your faith, and added freedom to do what we want to do with the extra money you afforded us. We are so immensely grateful for your help, and we can only hope we have paid you back with the entertainment you have received through our Pledge campaign – ultimately culminating in the eleven tracks we’ll be sending you very soon.
The artwork is also done. Again, this whole thing means we could put a little more into this than we have in the past, and we feel very confident you’re going to love it.
Remain In Hope album cover
You (and we) have Andy Hawkins (mixing), Tom Woodhead (mastering), Tony Wilkinson (cover art) and Rich Jones (general artwork) to thank for this. Cheers guys for your hard work and patience.
The physical CDs will be with us, fingers crossed, in about two weeks. They will be posted to you as soon as we get them.
We are talking about having an online listening party which seems to have been brilliant for some of our friends recently. We’re talking about putting it online for you guys to hear on Thursday 21st February at 7pm. In an ideal world, the physical copies won’t be far behind.
Thank you for your support, for about the millionth time. We really, really mean that.
As we reach the final stages of our Pledge campaign, it’s time for us to start telling you a bit about the artwork. Here’s a picture of us with it and the talent behind it – Tony Wilkinson. Thanks so much Tony, we love it.
All pledgers before a certain date (TBA) will receive the album in an exclusive limited edition numbered embossed slip case. There will be a cut-off point for this so please make sure you get your orders in ASAP. This is looking amazing and is absolutely 100% exclusive to Pledgers. Each will be individually numbered, so each is one-of-a-kind. We currently think it will be limited to 1000 copies. We’re also putting together some other goodies exclusively for you Pledgers too.
The album itself is reaching the final stages of mixing. It’s sounding absolutely fantastic and we can’t wait to play you it. We’re overjoyed at pretty much every aspect of this whole thing.
The Pledge campaign for album three, as you can see by that lovely new widget over on the right, has now passed the 400% mark. Thanks again to everyone who has already pledged; if you haven’t, there’s still another 40 days so get involved! For those that have already signed up, last week you would have had early access to a stream of the first new track from the album, but here it is now for everyone along with a nice video that quite literally speaks for itself:
The album will get a commercial release later in the year, but this way you’ll get it in your hands before anyone else, plus there are lots of fun exclusives that you won’t get elsewhere. All this and the warm glowing feeling of doing A Good Thing.
On top of the Pledge-based excitement, we’ve also now announced a full UK tour, hot on the heels of the dates we’re doing with The Wildhearts. Check out the Gigs page for the full list and get yourself down to a show or three!
And happy new year! We had a nice Christmas and hope you did too.
More interestingly, we’re doing some dates with The Wildhearts in April. We’re supporting on their ‘Earth Vs’ 20th Anniversary Tour, which will be brilliant, right? They’re doing two sets: one Earth Vs and one with a load of other stuff. Brilliant.
Anyway, here’s the dates:
Thursday 4th April – The ABC, Glasgow
Friday 5th April – The Academy, Manchester
Saturday 6th April – Rock City, Nottingham
Sunday 7th April – Wulfrun, Wolverhampton
These are four of our favourite venues and we’ve got a great set of old and new stuff for you. The new album will be out by then so hopefully you’ll know the words.
In other news, it’s Pure Rawk Awards time again – having done rather well in previous years, we kind of hope we might this year too. We’re up for Best Video (with our pals at AshTV), and Dave is up for ‘Axe Hero Of The Year’. Which he surely is, so get voting if that’s your thing. We’re always very aware of not asking you to vote for us in every single thing, as music isn’t a competition, but the way we feel about the Pure Rawk Awards is that we should let you know about it and you can decide from there. As much as anything, it’s a vote for independence. Anyway, lots of categories and lots of good music in there, so have a look.
The new album recording is going immensely well, and we’re hoping to have something to play you at the end of the week.
We think that’s about it for now. We’re finalising tour dates for April and May at the moment, so those will be up forthwith.