Official Statement From The Band:
Dear fans, followers, well wishers and loved ones – as those of you familiar with us already know, we are Skyharbor, a motley bunch of musicians from across three different continents who make big expansive progressive sounds.
It’s been a crazy ride over the last four years. From being nothing more than a few messy Cubase files we had somehow formed a real band over the internet, been invited to be main support to Lamb of God, recorded and released our debut album worldwide, headlined a tour in the UK where we sold out London, and we’re playing Download Festival in June 2014 as our 14th ever show (yup…. crazy). And now, we’re in the process of recording a new album which we’re incredibly proud of and want to make the best possible product we can put out. This includes the production, presentation, packaging, videos, artwork, and all of the things which greatly depend not on our own creative prowess but unfortunately on that troublesome thing called money.
Our goals are very simple. We want the album to sound as good as it can possibly be, and we will be working with the legendary Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, The Butterfly Effect) who will be mixing the album. We also hope to create a beautiful, epic animated music video for the album, for which we have approached the brilliant animator Jess Cope (Steven Wilson, Devin Townsend, Storm Corrosion) to do a very special video with a beautiful story for us. Just imagining the final products with the touches of genius from these people on it makes us incredibly excited, and we know and sincerely believe that our fans will receive something to be cherished fondly for a long time.
Five months ago, we posted out from our Facebook page that we were very hesitant to approach the idea of a Pledge campaign, as we felt it was something like asking for handouts. We obviously hadn’t been paying much attention, because we received an overwhelmingly positive response towards crowd funding the album, and most of you strongly encouraged us to do it. Which got us thinking again – maybe all our visions for the album don’t have to be a pipe dream – because if you guys are willing to be a part of the creation, then there’s literally nothing to stop us!
When you Pledge, you will get access to weekly interviews, studio footage, and a behind the scenes look at what’s going into creating this album. You will also be the first to know the album and song titles, and of course get sneak peeks at all the songs on it. What’s more, we’re offering bonus tracks, handwritten lyric sheets, Skype vocal and guitar lessons, signed CDs and merchandise, online PS3 gaming sessions with Dan, your name in the album credits, and heaps more stuff. But perhaps the most fun of all, are the really special rewards for really special Pledgers – we will do guest vocal and guitar spots for your band/project, we will produce and mix your band’s song, we will record a cover song of your choosing in our style, and the very best of all – we’ll write and record an exclusive song dedicated and personalised just for you! :) Each Pledger who picks a CD or physical item will also receive a personalised handwritten thank you message.
All exclusives will come with a free digital download of the album when it’s ready. All Pledgers will also get a download of our first single in 4 weeks time before anyone else! And finally, all Pledgers will also receive exclusive bonus songs which won’t appear on the finished album!
Beyond just raising funds, the objective of this Pledge campaign is to show the world at large that we can stand on our own feet with the support of this incredible army of fans that we have on board with us, and that together we can create magic and achieve things that would have been deemed impossible a few years ago.
With sincere love, respect and gratitude to each and every one of you that helps us along in our journey.
Keshav, Dan, Devesh, Krishna and Anup