New album details and show announcement!

Hi everyone!
It’s been a while, I know.

Let’s start with the good news.
“Night Maze”, Glass Apple Bonzai’s 2nd album is DONE!
It’s currently being mastered and the artwork is being finalised as we speak.
The release date is May 1st and it will be Digital Only to begin with.

As always the artwork is being done by Paul Sizer of SIZER Design+Illustration
And again, as always the album is being mastered by Martin Bowes @ The Cage – Coventry UK

I’m really proud of this album and can’t wait to unleash it upon the masses.

And speaking of which…I’m pretty damn happy to announce that GAB will be sharing the stage with
Canadian Synth-Legends RATIONAL YOUTH on June 27th @ Nocturne in Toronto, Ontario.

I’ve been a fan of Rational Youth for a long time and this is going to be a special show.
Also performing are Depression Era, who are really good. So show up to see all three acts.
Here’s the poster.
GAB_RY_POSTER_HORN_FB

Fresh Tasty News!

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.

Check out the Razgrom website here
(it helps if you can read Russian)
http://www.razgrom.com/

GAB “Bonzai Sunrise” T-shirts NOW Available!

Whoa!
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.
"Bonzai Sunrise" T-shirt

The Debut GAB Album is Now Available!

Here it is, everyone!
The debut full-length Glass Apple Bonzai album.
Currently only available in digital, but CD’s will be available very soon.

This album is a very personal endeavour and was also a great deal of fun to make.
Thanks to everyone who’s supported me so far, and to all future fans!

And now, a word from our sponsor!

Whammo! The official post-campaign update.

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.

Official album cover for Glass Apple Bonzai
Official album cover for Glass Apple Bonzai

 

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.

Sincerely

 

– 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.

Nearing the end of the run…

Less than 48 hours until the end of the Glass Apple Bonzai Indiegogo campaign.

The response so far has been incredible and I’m really jazzed to get this album released and to fulfill all the perks.

Thanks to all the contributions so far and to everyone who’s shared the link.

Boom!

– Daniel X. Belasco

Glass Apple Bonzai crowd funding campaign

 

Stickers, T-shirts, and Artwork! Oh My!

Blerp.
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:

Glass Apple Bonzai crowd funding 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?

GABonzai2

gabonzai3

Bloop.
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!

Whammo!

– Daniel X. Belasco

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