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Psychedelic folk pop band King of Prussia has written, recorded, mixed and mastered its new double album Zonian Girls…And The Echoes that Surround Us All. And we think the world should hear it!
Recorded in Bordeaux, France, Barcelona, Spain and Athens, Ga., the new album--our third and fourth--is comprised of 20 new hit jams and features contributions from over 20 amazing musicians, including REM’s Mike Mills.
While ZGATETSUA wasn’t intended to be a “concept album,” the songs seemed to separate themselves into a lighter half and a darker half. King of Prussia, which has been recording and touring since 2007, considers the album its most masterful recording to date—the realization of months of recording and mixing and years of writing.
If history is any indication, King of Prussia’s new album will be well received by critics, radio and fans alike when it’s released this spring. But without a record label, the band needs your help to cover the costs of album manufacturing, distribution and promotion. We believe wholeheartedly in this album and we need people to hear it. We're finalizing U.S. tour plans for March/April 2014 and hope to see you on the road soon!
Your Generosity Gets You Rad KOP Gifts
We've paid a pretty penny for recording, mixing, mastering and original artwork, and now we need your help to actually release the album.
Every donation will get you an awesome gift. You definitely have to get the album, but you should also check out our award-winning documentary Poster Boys or: The Art of Mobile Recording. Or how about the related side project album recorded in hotel rooms, music stores and practice spaces across the country, "Walkslow/Masonic Youth" by Cool Moments?
And how about a KOP tote bag to carry it all around? And a TELEPHONE LIFE-COACH SESSION WITH KOP MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST NATHAN TROUTMAN? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Ok, sorry for yelling, but seriously...nuggets of wisdom here.
Donation levels are cumulative, so you get the gift for that specific donation level PLUS every previous gift.
For example, a $45 donation gets you the Poster Boys Documentary DVD + Save the Scene Digital Download + Zonian Girls...And The Echoes that Surround Us All CD + KOP Sticker + Zonian Girls...And The Echoes that Surround Us All Digital Download.
The $6,000 (minus Indiegogo fees) we hope to raise will help us cover the costs of:
- Manufacturing 1,000 CDs + Band Merch
- A Two-Month Press Campaign
- A One-Month Radio Campaign
- Shipping for Promotional CDs and CD Pre-Orders
If we exceed our goal, we'll be able to cover all of the above and we can save our own money to help with tour expenses. If we REALLY exceed our goal, all extra money would go toward online advertising and/or pressing vinyl (7" single or full LP)--something we've always wanted to do as a band, but haven't been able to do yet.
Oh, and to our international friends. We're sorry about the cruddy extra international shipping fees, but they're the actual outrageous shipping costs. UPDATE: We have figured out a way to ship at a discount, so the new extra international shipping costs are:
$7 for the CD
$10 for the CD + DVD package
$15 for the CD + DVD + tote bag package and all packages above that
We can combine international shipping orders for a group of friends in the same city in order to help bring the cost down. Just message us.
Full disclosure: This is a double album with 20 songs that are divided into two distinct thematic halves (a "White Lodge" and "Black Lodge," if you will). If we are ever fortunate enough to release it on vinyl, it will have to be on double vinyl. But thanks to ultra-modern technology, a single CD allows space for all 20 songs. Thanks to us not having money, we're doing it all on one CD. So don't expect Blonde on Blonde or Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness-Style Double CD packaging. Expect an awesome double album from a band that makes far less money than those guys.
A Little Help From Our Friends
Please help us get the word out about the new album, our Indiegogo campaign our upcoming tour and, of course, the lovable, inimitable Rusty & Burleson. Share the campaign on your Facebook page. Use Indiegogo's share tools. Tweet about it. Send it to your buds on Friendster. Write a Live Journal post about it.
We thank you. Rusty & Burleson thank you. Zonian Girls everywhere thank you.
Don't Take Our Word For It...
Check out what music media have said about King of Prussia:
“Those with seasonal affective disorder will find that a listen to Save the Scene will work as well as sticking your head in a lightbox to up your serotonin production on a grey, snowy day.”-Pitchfork
"King of Prussia dispenses regal, twee-pop with sweet harmonies, ringing guitars and infectious melodies. 4 out of 5 stars"--NPR
King of Prussia’s “first record is a masterpiece most artists spend years seeking and rarely touch. Save the Scene shifts between moods and melodic drives, memorably displaying King of Prussia’s lyrical depth and talent for connecting with listeners immediately and consistently.”-Delusions of Adequacy
“King of Prussia falls in line nicely behind the '60s psych-worshiping Apples in Stereo and Of Montreal. Whether this means frontman Brandon Hanick will be cross-dressing in 10 years and crooning about paying girls to hit other girls is anyone's guess. But he and Kevin Barnes already have one thing in common: They each made one of the better records released (this year).”-Magnet Magazine
Transmissions from the Grand Strand “is a consistent pleasure. It’s the kind of album that creeps into one’s consciousness; eventually feeling so essential, one wonders how one lived, before, without it.”-My Old Kentucky Blog
“The Athens, Ga. group’s debut heaps of promise.”-Paste Magazine
Transmissions “is pop music at its most sophisticated. Hanick foregoes any sappy choruses or psychedelic flower power in favor of thoughtful, nuanced narratives. Even if love is often on his lips, Hanick's poetic phrasing is never trite, sometimes even venturing into darker or politically charged themes that belie the buoyant harmonies”-Flagpole Magazine
"The folks at the Roland Corporation, who manufacture and market the Boss BR-1180 Digital Recording Studio, might want to consider buying up a few thousand copies of Save The Scene, the first album from the Athens, Georgia indie rock band King of Prussia, and hand them out to potential users of the BR-1180 as a show of what the gizmo can do in the right hands. 4 out of 5 stars."--All Music Guide
“An extremely polished pop sound with ridiculously clever lyrics.”-Optical Atlas Elephant Six Blog
The songs’ “desperation is clear, but with a sound plucked from the whimsy of 1960′s pop, listeners are more likely to be singing along than wallowing in despair.”--Consequence of Sound
Transmissions from the Grand Strand is ""one of the finest albums in this style I've heard in over a decade."--Jeff Clark, Stomp and Stammer
"King of Prussia keep the focus on rousing hooks and a repartee on the mic that's infectious. Throw in a delicate ballad of sorts ("The Doctor & the Mathematicians" — jeez, even their song titles are literate), and you have a record that balances well between the oddball and the big grand plan."— Detour Magazine
“A high point in the last decade of Athens releases”—Flagpole Magazine
“Indie pop for the thinking man. Something to tap your foot and stroke your beard to.”--The Aquarian
No Record Label...Yet
We've sent the album to about 100 independent record labels. We've received two "No's," three "We like it, let's see what happens'," one "We like it but we're out of business's," and about 94 non-responses. We can't wait around for a label to come around. That said, if a good label comes knocking, we should probably open the door.
If we sign with a label during our crowdfunding campaign, most likely not much would change really. The big thing that could happen would be that the release date gets pushed back a bit. All gifts marked "advance" would still be "advance," but "advance" might come to mean something a couple months later. However, label or no label, we'll do our absolute best to get you the gifts in a timely fashion.
Special Thanks to Patrick Burke and Raw Foot Productions for putting together the first episode of "The Rusty & Burleson Show!"