We're Mother Falcon, a 15-20 piece orchestral indie rock band from Austin, Texas, and we're about to release our second album You Knew.
It includes the long list of new songs that we've been crafting since we self-released our debut album Alhambra in Feburary 2011. You can listen to Alhambra on SoundCloud, or watch our music video for "Just To See Her Smile" on YouTube.
"Equal parts infectiously catchy and intriguingly complex, Alhambra is an impressive first album that fans of Andrew Bird, Owen Pallett, and early Arcade Fire owe themselves to give a listen." - Consequence of Sound
NPR Music premiered the first track off our new album, "Dirty Summer," in March just before SXSW when they included us in their list of Artists To Discover at SXSW 2013. Just click HERE to hear it on SoundCloud, or check out the video KUT Austin captured of us performing it live underneath a bridge earlier this year.
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"My favorite young band of the festival's opening night..." - NPR Music's Stephen Thompson
"Their blend of early Arcade Fire-style rock with cool pop string arrangements was wonderful." - Bob Boilen's 15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013
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Mother Falcon has a lot of members - a rotating group of anywhere between 15 to 20 musicians - and we also have a lot of instruments (three cellos, six violins, horns a plenty, a bassoon, saxophones, and even glockenspiel - just to name a few). We also have a lot of musical ideas and touring plans and dreams of teaching young musicians and scoring films and writing better and better songs!
What we don't have, at this point, is a record label. We don't have someone to pay for the recording, mixing, mastering and duplication of our music. We don't have an army - or even a platoon - of publicists, booking agents, promoters, or marketing experts alerting the world every time we release a record and sending us out on the road, setting up radio performances, contacting bloggers, and sending out promotional materials.
But what we do have is Y-O-U.
So we're humbly asking if you'll help us be our own label, so that we can do all the things necessary to record an album and ensure that it reaches a larger audience in the world outside of Austin upon its release. With your help, we'll fund the mixing, mastering, manufacturing and release of You Knew, which we are aiming to put out on May 7. Then, we'll take it to New York in June and Los Angeles in August and play as many darn shows as we can! Your pledges will also enable to do some regional touring in between, so help us take our show on the road so you can see us perform live!
Furthermore, you're also contributing to our 2nd Annual Music Laboratory, a summer camp we conduct with the Scottish Rite Theater for middle and high school orchestra students in the Austin area in July. Our Music Lab offers students the opportunity to use their technicality to expand their musicality with the goal of helping students in finding their own sound grounded in their classical training while also incorporating and exploring their influences without regard for genre or imposed constraints. We aspire to spur creativity and collaboration with our younger peers, and it's our goal to make it an outlet of growth for them in a time when local funding is readily decreasing for such community endeavors in the arts. The more our Indiegogo project raises, the greater the opportunity for eager disadvantaged students to participate this summer!
We feel fortunate to have this opportunity to release our new album You Knew with you, the people that have supported us from the very beginning and have inspired us to now take a giant leap of faith and continue on into the future. We're very proud of the music we're making, and we've been working so hard to make this album a reality. Obviously it's not cheap to fund a project of this magnitude - going on tour with 15+ members is a bit financially intimidating, to say the least - but everything in our bones is telling us that now is the time to make the leap. Taking our music outside of Austin is something we've always dreamed of, and you are all helping that dream come to fruition!
And we'll make it worth your while - as you can see outlined in the perks outlined on the right, you can pre-order You Knew and also take your choice in other offers such as limited edition 7-inch singles, t-shirts, songwriting coaching, private performances, and all manner of other exciting gifts. You'll also receive exclusive backer-only email updates and downloads throughout the campaign for contributing to our project.
Additionally, everyone who pledges $10 or more will also receive a digital download (high-quality MP3s) of Alhambra AND our Still Life EP!
Your support is vital to the creation of this and we could not be more thankful. You're helping us continue to make music while encouraging other artists to do the same, proving that it CAN be done without a record label! Even if you feel that you have little to offer, every small no-perk contribution will help us out and will give you access to all of the email updates reserved exclusively for the people supporting this album. And no matter what, spreading the word by simply sharing this campaign with your friends and family also helps us out immensely. We couldn't be doing any of this if it weren't for you! We are fired up, ready, eager, and excited for what lies ahead...
Words can't thank you enough for your support, but imagine all 20 of us hugging you at the same time if we meet our goal and get to go on tour...! For now, we're stuck with words to express our gratitude so...