So I can let this out of the bag now that it’s official.
I am re-releasing the debut Glass Apple Bonzai as a “Special Edition” CD through Russian record label Razgrom Music.
The CD will include, for the first time on an official physical format the tracks from The Freeze, and My Alliance (To Science!) singles. Previously only available in digital format.
The CDs will be available worldwide and will take place of the original run of CDs I had pressed which are pretty much sold out now.
This also means that orders in Europe, Asia, Africa, and basically anywhere on the Eastern Hemisphere will be taken care of by the label, while I’ll be taking care of some North American orders and of course have the album for sale at shows.
This is a really cool thing because it will help Glass Apple Bonzai reach a wider audience, and we all know that’s pretty much the most important thing.
So, the big news around the Glass Apple Bonzai camp is that we are confirmed to play a show in Reykjavik, Iceland on Saturday, November 8th at the Dillon.
Krummi (of Icelandic synthpop act Legend) does the booking for the Dillon and he has set the whole thing up. So a big thanks to him.
This is will mark Bonzai’s first out-of-country performance EVER, and what a way to start.
Iceland has been on my list of places to visit since I was a kid, so this is a big deal.
We’ll be performing off-venue during the Iceland Airwaves Festival, so it’s going to be a pretty amazing experience and we’re planning something special for that performance.
In other music related news the “Night Maze” EP is nearing completion and I’m planning a digital release of it at first, then cassette (with download included), and eventually a 10″ vinyl release.
Speaking of vinyl, I’m also putting together the details for a special edition re-release of “Glass Apple Bonzai” on vinyl with a special 7″ 45-rpm of an exclusive “single mix” of Too Late to Let Go.
Also in December (no exact date just yet) I will be doing a live scoring of the Fritz Lang’s 1927 cinematic masterpiece Metropolis.
Join me on stage for that night will be Ethan Moseley of Promonium Jesters, Mutant Women, and Defence Mechanism.
Ethan is a master of weird disjointed noises and electronic wizardry, which are both necessary components to scoring this film.
So far nothing is set in stone, but the details will be finalised soon.
So, Aftermath Festival happened in Toronto last weekend and holy shit was it amazing.
The debut Glass Apple Bonzai performance went off like wildfire!
I’ll leave a full description of that for a later date when there’s video to go along with it.
Right now I’m announcing that not only are there CD copies of the debut full-length Glass Apple Bonzai album available through bandcamp,
there are a limited quantity of T-shirts available as well.
They were printed especially for Aftermath Festival, and these ones are slightly irregular only in that the print quality is a bit rough.
But that by no means affects the ability to wear them around and look totally retro-awesome!
Click on the image to be transported to the bandcamp Merch page.
As most of you know, Kinetik Festival – one of the bigger Industrial/Electronic/EBM festivals – was canceled. Not only for this year, but apparently forever and ever.
Kinetik was to be the stage, literally, for Glass Apple Bonzai’s debut live performance and with the collapse of the festival it seemed that perhaps some rescheduling was in order, and of course huge amounts of disappointment.
That’s right, we’ve been reinstated and will be performing our debut gig at Aftermath.
Here’s a banner. Because…banners.
I know it says “Industrial” on the banner/cover/image/whatever but it’s not just industrial music. Trust me.
I’m really jazzed to be a part of this festival and can’t wait to perform the Bonzai material live. Especially to a bunch of people…instead of the usual room full of 15 people at a dank bar with the crappiest sound system ever. (OK, I kinda like those shows too)
Anyhow, in the meantime I’m busy preparing all of the perk packages for the Indiegogo campaign, and rehearing for the live set.
Hope to see some of you at AFTERMATH!
When I initially set my goal of $2000 I realistically thought that I’d maybe bring in $600 or so. Mostly because some people had already said they’d contribute before I even started the campaign.
Now I know people usually say “I never thought it would turn out this good!” but I genuinely didn’t think I would reach $1453!
I mean, who am I? right?
Just some dude who makes synthpop and generally has cool hair.
All physical merch can be paid for solely by contributions.
I still need to pay a bit out of pocket, but so what?
I wouldn’t even be this far without the contributions so having to shell out a couple hundred bones to finish the whole deal is not a problem.
The only unfortunate thing right now is the waiting time.
I have to wait for all the credit card payments to clear and then I can send in the order for CDs. Then once they’re back I have mail out all the perk packages.
Speaking of perks, there were a few people that got some of the bigger ones. Like the personalised podcast, the custom ringtone, and the big enchilada…the custom-made SONG!
That’s right, someone hit up the biggest available perk!
How cool is that?
I’ll get to work on those things asap AND the digital downloads of the album will be made available tomorrow. (I’ll be emailing out download codes personally, so keep an eye out for that).
The album won’t be released to the public until May 1st, so you get almost a whole month to listen to it in your own private Idaho.
Here are some of the contributors that I really, REALLY want to thank publicly.
Without these awesome people none of this would happen.
Ryan Mallette, Vanessa Tarling, Robert Wagner, Lance Pilon, Suzy Roy, Herman Wang, Joshua Starkey, Ryan Cameron-Clark, Brian Graupner, Morgan, Adrian & Trent, Bruce Lord, Jason Meadows, Mandy Wells, Alex Ready, Ethan Moseley, Barbara Moser, Roanne Seguin, Robotnik The Destroyer, Jill Grant, Shantell Powell, Van Owen, Mike Bryant, Kisho, and Kyle Greer.
THANK YOU! to each and every one of you who contributed money and even just the time to share the campaign with your friends.
I think now is also a good time to share with you the album cover design.
Paul Sizer and I tried a number of different ideas and the one we seemed to agree on was considerably more simple and less stereotypically 80’s than originally intended.
But there’s a reason for that…that reason being that we decided on paying homage to one of the greatest films of the 1980’s and also one of the greatest films ever made.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
After all, the way I spell “Bonzai” in the band name is a tribute to Buckaroo Banzai as well, so why not make the artwork a tribute as well?
If anyone remembers seeing (or through the power of the internet has seen) the ads in comic books and such before the movie came out then you’ll understand where this came from.
Needless to say I’m incredibly happy with the artwork even though it is considerably different than what I originally intended.
But then again, I want this album to stand out as an individual among the sea of synthpop/synthwave releases out there.
I think a slightly tacky, but still very refined and bold looking album cover was the perfect treatment for Glass Apple Bonzai’s debut album.
So there we have it. Only a few more weeks until everything is on it’s way to your homes.
I can’t thank all of you enough for helping me, it really means a great deal.
– Daniel X. Belasco
P.s. I’ll update about the Kinetik Festival situation tomorrow. Some things are in the works so it might not be all for naught.
Here’s a wee dash of an update on all things Bonzai.
Yesterday marked the first “official” Glass Apple Bonzai band rehearsal. Which basically means that Steve came over and we jammed a few tunes, ate some food, made fun of each other, and talked about how awesome all our gear is.
We got through the first half of the set without our brains exploding, so I say that’s a good sign.
And like a slap in the face with a frozen piece of pepperoni pizza the Great Funding Quest of 2014! is still well underway and doing quite well. There’s 19 days left and it’s at almost $900 of the $2000 goal.
That’s pretty whiz-bang!
The album is still in the mastering phase, and as of yesterday all the album artwork is done. And as of today the first batch of super-mega-rare custom T-shirts are being schemed over by the illustrious and poorly illustrated Ethan Moseley of Promonium Jesters (also the drummer for Defence Mechanism).
Here’s a link to the Indiegogo campaign:
After getting the album back all fresh’n’mastered the first order of business will be to send out an order for CD’s, and to send out the order for the special edition cassette tapes (which are super rad, btw), and of course work on all the special things for the various contributors (incredibly awesome and important people).
If contributions keep coming in the way they have been then everything will work out just fine. We’re still looking at it being until almost the 1st of May before everything is complete, but that’s perfect timing to be prepared for our performance at Kinetik Festival 2014*
*a note to all those attending Kinetik this year that if you’ve contributed you can pick up your packages directly from me at Kinetik if you so desire
Also, I mentioned on mein Facebook page that I sent out and order for stickers.
Well, these are the stickers I ordered. Fancy, no?
Well, it’s time for me to go back to getting things done.
Thanks for all the help and support so far, it means a great deal!
I’m only a few days into the Great Funding Quest of 2014 Indiegogo campaign and already I’ve reached 1/3rd the goal!
Thanks to everyone who’s contributed so far and also to everyone who has shared the link everywhere.
Admittedly I’m surprised at the number of supporters. Glass Apple Bonzai isn’t a well known project, and even my other band Defence Mechanism isn’t all that well known.
But what this shows is that the friends, fans, and supporters I DO have a really quite awesome and that they believe in what I’m doing musically and want to see it go further.
That’s a pretty awesome feeling, I’m not gonna lie.
I’ve already raised enough money to get a few of the tasks completed, namely the album mastering, so why wait until the campaign is over to get the ball rolling?!
I’m putting the finishing touches on two songs, the last little details, and then shipping the whole thing off to Martin Bowes at The Cage Mastering Studios within the next few days.
That’s a good feeling too. Knowing that everything is coming together the way it should.
I’m also sending up an order for the stickers. I spent a few hours last night on the designs, and while I was at it I designed some 1″ buttons as well. Just one more thing to give away to people. People like free stuff, and I like making stuff to give people for free.
The artwork for the album is coming along nicely. The designs Paul Sizer has sent me look great. The concept is quite simple in nature and may or may not be an homage to artwork for a certain movie that came out in the early 80’s about a musician brain surgeon physicist stunt driver who briefly travels into the 8th dimension.
I’ve taken a few of the concepts from the design Paul came up with and made a unique insert for the special edition cassette tape that looks pretty awesome, if I might say so myself.
There’s 27 days left in the campaign and that’s plenty of time to reach the final goal (and maybe even surpass it).
I can only do this with your help, so please feel free to share this wherever you feel necessary.
And again, Thank You!