May 25th, 2018 – Shortly after the Apocalyptic Lovers revealed their last and maybe coolest incentive for ordering the vinyl version of their Michael Wagener mixed album, Redemption Vol I, the campaign reached goal. The all new, exclusive album art launched them over the hump, and after speaking with founding member David B Hope, they are thrilled.
Hope: “I know this is hard to believe about me, but I am just about speechless. I mean, with the album being released worldwide for two years now and already on every format but vinyl, I was not so sure we could pull it off. This just proves that there is a very dedicated fan base out there worldwide that loves and supports this genre of music and that they are awesome.
“In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think anyone really knew how important this was to us and how badly we wanted it to happen. Many probably don’t realize that my bassist Mike Nagy and I have been in bands together since about 1985. We started Love And War together around 90/91, and it was an all original melodic rock project that evolved into what we are now.
“Mike and I would talk as far back as high school about how cool would it be to have our music on a vinyl record. The size, the feel, the art work, we both loved all of it and collected for that reason. Little did we know that vinyl would go away and little did we know that 30 plus years later we would end up with a successful campaign to make a dream a reality. I mean really? Our own fricking album will soon be in our hands on gorgeous vinyl with all new exclusive art work. It’s really just a wow moment for the both of us.”
Now that the campaign has come to an end with the results the guys were hoping for, I asked Hope if there will be an opportunity for fans to have another chance at getting the album on vinyl one more time.
Hope: “I am not really sure, to be honest. Since the album had been out two years, we were very unsure if this vinyl “kick starter” type campaign our singer Rob brought to the table would even work. Between the names in the liner notes, the new art work, and the signed photo and guitar pick, we put everything we had into creating more than enough incentive for fans of us and this music to drop almost $40 per album and thankfully it worked.
“Since we met our goal and the vinyl is now going to press, we have completed what the record company calls phase one. There is a possible phase two, three, and four, and as of right now we are speaking with the record company about how it all works. Personally and as a band we are rather spent on working this album and more than ready to move onto our next two projects. If the record company thinks we can toss out a link and leave it there and just let the orders accumulate over time minus the incentives, we are very down with that scenario. Based on past experience with our limited edition CD, when you sell out of something and fans start posting images of the album on social media when they get it or play it, all of a sudden everyone wants one. When our new vinyl with that new art hits homes and starts popping up in music groups all over Facebook, I sure hope we have somewhere to send those that were late to the party. I guess that will all be up to the record company and how their model works. Once we have all the details, believe me, the fans will know.
“Coming full circle, I know Sean and Rob are thrilled we made goal and we are all going to have our album released on vinyl. I just can not stress how much this has meant to two former high school kids standing in lunch line talking about starting a band together like it does for Mike and myself. We would have never thought that two kids from Youngstown, Ohio would one day have their original music mixed by a legendary producer like Michael Wagener and then released on vinyl. Did not see that coming and from two very big vinyl geeks to the rest that bought the album along with us, a huge THANK YOU and horns up!”
Following the brief conversation with Hope, he said that the band is now going to turn their full attention to making sure their new full length album and covers EP make their target release dates of February and March of 2019. He also stated that they are now in the planning stages of playing their first ever festival show over seas in the U.K. in the summer of 2019 as well. For a bunch of guys that missed the boat with MTV back in the day, they do not seem to plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Congratulations gentleman on your vinyl campaign and all the best with the future releases and festival show in 2019. Anyone wishing to keep up with when the vinyl will hit homes, plus any other related events with the band, should bookmark and visit their home site often at www.apocalypticlovers.com.