It's time for us to return to Europe!
We experienced something really wonderful on our 2013 tour of the United Kingdom. Not only were all of our shows well attended, with some folks traveling all of the way from Germany and Scandinavia to see us, but for the first time we experienced people in the audience singing along to our songs. Our music touches the folks in Europe, and when FdM Records invited us to perform at The 13th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival in Wales this August, it was the perfect catalyst for another European tour. Renowned artist The Bevis Frond will headline, along with Sendelica and Astralasia, and more than half of the tickets for the event have already sold. Curvey has already started booking more shows for the tour, and so far we have Edinburg Scotland on Aug 6th, Glasgow Scotland on Aug 7th, Liverpool England on Aug 8th, Cardigan Wales on Aug 9th. The wonderfully big hearted mastermind of FdM Records, Keith Jones, contacted us with a proposal to record a live album while TLoEH is going to be in Europe with the LMS Mobile Studio, started by the late Ronnie Lane (Small Faces) and currently run by Mark St. John and Paul Madden. If it all comes together, the sessions are to take place over a three day period, at a chateau in the north of France. We are to record a full length live album, as well as a split single with the band Sendelica. The albums would then be released on the LMS Record label, in partnership with Fruits de Mer Records. Our payment will be 100 copies of the Live album (600 are to be pressed) and 50 copies of the split single. It's a wonderful opportunity for us to reach a wider audience and record with a famous studio! We will have to pay for the recording, and the studio is providing accomodations for 15 Euros per head per night. (Our fingers are crossed that this will all come together nicely....) We're not paid any cash by these record labels. Our payment is the limited amount of product they supply to us, and it's up to us to sell the albums to make money. We need to raise enough money to purchase air fare for the band, as well as rent a van, gas money, pay for our accommodations, recording time, rent a Mellotron for James, and have a little extra for emergencies and mishaps. (On our last tour, a rock hit our van's windshield and cracked it while we were on the highway.) We also need to pay for the manufacturing of The Acceleration of Time CDs and hand-made covers, posters, tour t-shirts and premiums included in this campaign. The Acceleration of Time is offered here for you to pre-purchase along with prints of original artwork, many other releases (see below) including our latest single The Happine$$ Vending Machine and a few unique opportunities. This time Curvey is only going to make 100 copies of our new limited edition CD The Acceleration of Time. In the past he has hand-made two or three hundred copies of our CDs and they have all sold out, so these won't last long. Some have recently resold on EBay for hundreds of dollars! Each of the 100 CDs will be contained in a signed and numbered labor intensive pop-up jacket, with a sticker, all housed in a resealable plastic bag. (Each one of the TLoEH monetary notes were hand cut and stamped too.) All for your enjoyment!
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