92% with just a few hours left!

Dear Friends,

We’re into the LAST FEW HOURS of our crowdfunding campaign!

We start the final countdown with our totalizer at 92% of our target. It would be amazing if you could help us reach 100% by the end of the day - we are SO CLOSE.

Or if you would like to donate directly to the cause:


Thank you all so much for your support. See you on the other side.

If you have any questions, email us here

See you on the other side.

Love
CO

3 Days To Go

Hello friends

There are only more 3 days of crowdfunding to go, and we're edging ever closer to reaching the target. After another surge of generosity we're now at 80% -  but we really need your help to have enough to finish our album.

If you've been thinking of getting involved but haven't yet, please do it NOW!

To see the rewards, visit the shop here:

Or donate here:

Thanks a million for all your help. We can't wait to get into the studio on Friday. 

Love
CO

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One week to go!

Dear Friends

The beginning of recording is now in sight - just one week away! We've reached almost three-quarters of our total and the end is tantalisingly close. 

But with just seven days to go before we begin, we need your help RIGHT NOW to help us make our album.

There are only a handful of tickets left for our preview shows, where you can watch us play our new songs for the very first time.

Or you can buy a very special edition version of the album on CD or 12". Once the campaign has ended, you won't be able to buy this version ever again!

For these and other special things, visit the shop here:

Or if you'd like to donate to help get us over the line, please click here:

Thank you for your support so far. 

Our love
Guy, Che, Andy
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Countdown to Recording #1

Dear Friends

The next stage has begun. 

This week we've moved into a rehearsal room for album pre-production. This means we're fine-tuning songs, exploring new angles, twists and late-coming ideas. It's all sounding very exciting...

In just two weeks time we'll be heading to Kent to begin to start recording.

In the meantime, we've reached two-thirds of the way to our crowdfunding total - which is amazing news. We've got enough to get us halfway through the recording process...

...but not yet enough to finish it.

So, if you have been thinking about contributing to the campaign, then now is the time. The countdown has begun. 

Thank you enormously for your support. 
Love
CO

New Song Coming | Exclusive to Crowdfunding Campaign

Dear friends

We're now three weeks in to the crowdfunding campaign and we’ve gone sailing over the halfway mark. Your generosity continues to humble us, thank you. 

To show our gratitude, we’re going to share a brand new song.


This Thursday, everyone who has ordered something from the shop or made a donation to the campaign will receive a link to a high quality MP3. If you’d like to receive the download, join the campaign now.

Click the GO TO CAMPAIGN button to see the list of rewards, including limited edition CDs, vinyl and a whole host of other rewards, or click the DONATE button if you just want to make a contribution. Either way, we'll send you a link to our new song to say thanks. 

The track we’re going to send is a recording we made recently as a trial for the album. It’s called The Beast In Us.

It’s still a work-in-progress mix and will be different to the version on the album but we wanted to share it exclusively with those of you that are helping us to create our album. To tell you more about the time we spent in the studio putting it together, we'll be sending out the first episode of The Clock Docs, before we start recording next month. 

Thank you all for your continued support.
Love
CO

Campaign Update #2 | Video Preview

Dear Friends
We're approaching halfway to our target and people have been clocking on from far and wide. Taiwan, Colombia, Bulgaria - it's incredible that word has spread so far. One day we hope to play in these places and say thanks in person. 

There's still some way to go, so we thought we'd serve up another taste of new music in part two of 'This Is Where The Money Goes' to whet some whistles. A few months back we spent a day in the studio with the singularly talented Jas Shaw from Simian Mobile Disco - and this video features a snippet of what we made.

If you want to help us record our album, there are many ways to get involved. You can pre-order an exclusive and special edition  of the new album on CD or vinyl, buy a ticket to our very first preview shows later this year, get exclusive access to our series of short 'Making Of' films and more. To see the full list, click this button:

If you don't want anything in return for helping us to make our album, you can just donate by clicking on the button below.

If you can't see the embedded video, click HERE to watch it on Youtube

Our enormous thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. We can't do it without you.

Love
CO
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#Where's Dan?

Dear Friends

The campaign is ticking along nicely and every day brings us closer to the target. People have been getting involved from as far afield as Russia, Thailand and Mexico, which is just incredible. We're now over 40% of the way there - but there's still a way to go. We know there's a lot of you out there who haven't had time to punch in the numbers yet... If you're reading this, there's no better time like the present. Doing it sooner rather than later will allow us to put our plans into action and get ready for recording next month. 

If you'd like to get involved, click on the button below to see the list of rewards, including limited edition CDs and vinyl (which are disappearing fast) and whole host of options for taking part in the process of making our new album. 

If you don't want anything in return for helping us to make our album, you can just donate by clicking on the button below, and we'll send our thanks with words instead of gifts.

Since the launch of this campaign, a few people have noticed and commented on the apparent absence of Mr Daniel Armstrong, Clock Opera's spiritual guide and keyboard player. Here are a few words from the man himself. 

Hi everyone
My name's Dan and I used to be in Clock Opera. I left the band last year but we were taking a break from social media, hence the late goodbye. 

I once wrote a Clock Opera email update noting a few recent milestones. In it I completely forgot to mention John Kennedy of XFM, the new music man who gave us our first radio play. His name should've been at the top of that list. I've never met John but it turns out he's for real... to the extent that he read my faulty words and saw the error. I still wonder how I forgot about his involvement and whether it was connected to the fact he might actually read what a new band writes  (and reply in an entirely reasonable and amusing way). I don't want to repeat the same mistake again with the many brilliant others I've met along the way so if you don't mind I'll right a wrong and name John and John alone. Everyone else, I hope you know who you are. It was a meaningful and often incredible experience. Around Europe, America, Asia. So many quality people. Thanks

Guy, Che, Andy and Lawrence entirely made CO possible for me. We became a kind of family. They know how I feel and it's all good. Cheers lads. You'll always be true friends. Long may the music continue. 

Love to you all 
Dan. 

When Dan left, we decided to wait until we'd recorded the album before adding a new member. We won't say replacing, because that's not going to be possible.

Keep a look out for Part 2 of 'This Is Where The Money Goes' later this week, which will include more snippets of new music.

Cheerio for now.
CO
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Campaign Update #1 | Sneak Preview


Dear friends

We've had an amazing start to our crowdfunding campaign. A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. We've been very touched by the response after having been away for so long.

Our very limited edition CDs & vinyl are disappearing fast. And tickets for invite-only preview gigs are flying out the door. Don't miss out - click the button below. We can't make the album without you... 

If you're not bothered about gift or rewards, but you'd like to help us make our album anyway, you can just make a donation - any amount, large or small, makes a big difference. 

On Tuesday Guy wrote a blog post about why we're crowdfunding and why we're doing it ourselves. Today we bring you the first ever glimpse of our new music, in the the first episode of our video series  'This Is Where The Money Goes (Part 1)' filmed during our recent trial studio session. We hope you like it - we had fun making it... 

Thank you all so much for your support.
Love
CO
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Why Are We Crowdfunding? Why Are We Doing It Ourselves?


Dear friends.

It’s been a small lifetime since I last wrote one of these. How are you?

To accompany our email updates and forthcoming videos, I thought it’d be more human to write a few blog posts, so here's the first.

As I hope you’ll have noticed, Clock Opera have begun to return. On Thursday we launched a crowdfunding mission to record our new album, to which we’ve had an amazing response so far.  We are humbled and will be buying a job lot of stamps to send packages across the world in due course. After being away for longer than expected, it’s genuinely moving to know people are still out there and interested. Thank you to everyone who’s contributed so far. If you'd like to get involved, click this button:

Since launching, we've received quite a few questions and comments about why we're crowdfunding - and why we're doing it ourselves. So let's start with that.

As music becomes ever more financially devalued, which is the best way to make and sell an album? This infographic makes some pretty stark points. How artists negotiate their own way through this question is more important than ever.

A few years ago I was at a record label party (I've been to a total of three), when Mick Jagger turned up. I collared him and asked him what he thought music was worth. He asked me how much my band had signed for. I told him and he laughed in my face, saying "I got more than that for a Bran Flakes advert in 1965". I looked it up and I think it was Rice Krispies, but you get the point.

We recorded and produced our first album Ways To Forget ourselves. Then we made a lot of our own videos, artwork, designed our website and self-managed all our tours. After releasing singles through four smaller labels, we signed to a major for the album release in the UK (and another four labels for other parts of the world) which helped us pay for some mixing, a couple of videos and to play shows further afield. But it's a strange feeling to not hold your own purse strings.

A good friend at a very well respected larger indie label told me the amount that they were currently offering for record deals: £5,000. For that amount they were asking artists to provide a finished album and accompanying videos and, crucially, give up a lot of ownership rights (and therefore future income from the record). In that model, the artist subsidises the label, in the beginning at least.

But that's not to say we don't think labels have an important role. We love labels. Many of them are excellent curators and can help you reach an audience that you wouldn't on your own. But are they good banks? Once our album is made, we’re going to need help spreading the word. But we think it's right to question what you give up, for how much and when.

Everyone knows the music industry is in a huge state of flux; labels, like artists, are struggling to find a workable model in a new economic landscape. On both sides, some are forging their own paths that have helped set them apart. For the moment, this is where we feel we fit in.

Whilst writing our new album, we've watched the rise of crowdfunding platforms bring about an interesting new dynamic in the music industry. With a high success rate, PledgeMusic are helping support and sustain artists that otherwise might not continue to make and share their music.  However, an inherent tendency towards control freakery, fuelled by the lessons we have learned along the way, has forged in us an instinct to do things our own way. For us, this is an opportunity to define ourselves in a different, more direct way that allows us to retain greater ownership and control of our music and how we present it to the world. 

So we've designed this site and are running it ourselves. There is nothing in between us and you, the people we ask for support. So if you want something, ask for it, one of us will respond. Every time someone buys something, a giant red bell chimes in our collective brains and we release a virtual dove into the sky.

We recognise that this model relies on your support and goodwill. We deeply appreciate every penny and pound. But more than that, we're really excited to be in as close touch with you at this stage of the process, as we are when we stand in the same room at a live show, stare at each other, sing songs and make a load of noise.

Later this week, we’ll release further insights into how we're gearing up to recording our album, with some snippets of new music.

Until then,
Our love and gratitude
Guy