We’ve been working hard on the album and we’re pumped about how it’s sounding. Our initial release date was Feb but it’s taking longer and we wanted to let you know why. This is our first new record in 5 years and it’s important to us that we nail it.
We just finished re-doing the bass (we weren’t happy with the first sound we pulled) and it sounds killer now. This week we borrowed a bunch of vintage guitar amps from friends and Bob has been laying down more guitar parts. After that comes percussion and experimenting with other sounds, then vocals. All up there’s about another 10 weeks of recording to do.
It took a while to find the right artist and concept for the vinyl / CD covers and t-shirts. We’ve got the perfect person on it now and it’s looking awesome- we’ll post pictures when they’re done. There’s a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes too, like planning the album tour. We’re independent and organising these things takes time.
After we’ve finished recording we’ll need around 8 weeks to mix and master the record and manufacture everything. We’ve also got the opportunity to tour Canada between April and June, beginning with some meetings at Canadian Music Week. It’s an amazing chance for us to grow the band and set up something big for the album release so we’re jumping on it.
Which means we’ll be shipping the album to you guys in September. To say thank you for your patience, all our crowdfunding backers are getting a download of our “Live From The Basement” album this week so keep an eye on your email.
We’ll be running our crowdfunding right up until we start pressing the vinyls and CDs so you’ve got a few more months to contribute if you’d like to help: pledge.thesunpilots.com. Thank you to everyone who’s contributed so far. It’s going really well but we need to raise more to cover mixing and mastering and we’re hoping to avoid borrowing money if we can.
That’s where things are at right now. More updates to come!
-Raj, Bob, Kay and Stefan
PS. We’re releasing another new song preview next month so stay tuned…