HUGE NEWS: Better Than The Book announces the "Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals]" bonus album, pre-orders open on Bandcamp, lots of Patreon rewards out in celebration, BTTB makes its debut on Canadian Radio + some more updates!
Hi everyone and hope you're having a great June so far! It's been a few weeks since the last post, and I've been very busy on my end sorting things for the main headline this week (which we'll get to in a second), as well as working on and finishing up some personal projects, and playing a tonne of organ! Apart from that, not a whole lot to report at the moment, though I messed up my voice significantly a few weeks back so BTTB vocal practice has been light at the moment while I recover... Gotta take it slow and steady I think. Anyways, onto the main news for this week and it's a some big stuff from Better Than The Book! Let's get started!
So on Friday last week (June 19th) Better Than The Book announced and launched for pre-order its "Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals]" bonus album to be released on July 19th 2020 in celebration of 1 year of "Hopes and Dreams" and everything the album achieved!
With 8/10 tracks featured on the radio worldwide from the USA to UK to Australia including on idobi Radio, BBC Introducing, and The Ska Show with Beefy (the number 2 ska music show in the world), dozens of web blog and zine features, and the subsequent formation of the Better Than The Book LIVE band, "Hopes and Dreams" was my most successful album to date and made a mark I couldn't have even imagined when I first launched it! A huge thanks to everyone who helped make all this happen with a huge shoutout to Meg, the album's PR extraordinaire, Beefy and Melita for their continued radio support and great vibes, the BTTB live band's Eamon, Sam and Andy for their boundless enthusiasm to take these tunes to the stage, and of course to the patrons who keep my music going with special mention to Nathan, David, and Michael! Thank you all so much!
"Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals]", much like I did for "Two Years On" will be a complete off-vocal version of the album for you to sing along to, make silly mash-ups, or simply listen to when you want some BTTB but without any vocals! I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to sharing it with you at 10am (BST) on July 19th 2020!
Check out "Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals]" on Bandcamp to explore the full album credits, listen to / pick-up the pre-release single "Artificial Ignorance [Instrumental]" (the clear the fan favourite from "Hopes and Dreams"), and pre-order the album now:
Of course with such a big announcement comes rewards for my supporters on Patreon and there are a whole lot of rewards to check out this week:
$1 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/37814853
$5 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/37814852
$10 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/37814797
For the $1+ patrons, you're getting all that publicly launched good stuff right now: downloads of the full resolution album artwork and the pre-release single "Artificial Ignorance [Instrumental]" (mp3)! I hope you enjoy them!
For the $5 & $10 patrons, you'll be getting the entire full album right now a month before it goes out to the public, with the $10+ patrons getting an exclusive first look at the final album artwork for the upcoming 2nd Jabun album too!
If that sounds good to you, then become a patron to grab those rewards below! Remember that you're not just getting these things when you sign up, you'll also be gaining access to all past rewards for you tier too including the full Better Than The Book discography, a tonne of Jabun, many Patreon exclusive downloads and a whole lot more! Hope to see you in the community!
Finally some awesome news to share with you this week as on Monday Better Than The Book made its debut on Canadian radio on "Le Big Bro Show" on PunkRockRadio.ca with not one, but 2 tracks in the show: "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)" followed by "The Hardest Part"! Thanks so much to Le Big Bro Show for having me on and sharing the music, and I'm told there's a big possibility for more radio play to come from PunkRockRadio! Have a listen to the replay of the show below, and I hope your French is more fluent than mine! Enjoy:
And that about wraps up all the news for this post! Next time I'm sure we'll be reflecting on the usual monthly goals (time's flying past recently...), and I'm sure there'll be a little bit of extra news to share too. We'll just have to wait and see, but until then, I hope you have a great final week of June and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio, Jabun, Better Than The Book and my various projects! Stay safe and take care!
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