PLEDGE MUSIC STATEMENT
It pains us to have a write a statement like this but we feel we have to so we can let you, our fans, know what has happened regarding our latest album There’s Something Wrong With Everything.
As you all know we crowd-funded this album through you, our amazing fans, and it was to date our most successful album. The response was fantastic and the tour, which even saw us go and play two shows in China, was quite mind blowing for us!
With the money we raised through Pledge Music we were able to manufacture the album ourselves. Luckily, you the fans managed to get the album, and thanks again for anyone that did so. This obviously cost money. Almost half of the money we raised went into the physical side of the album, and the other half was used for promotion, as it’s always been our goal to try and make BirdPen bigger and to reach as many people as possible. This only happens through promotion of some sort so we partnered up with various promotion companies to try and build the band. The promotion companies did a fantastic job for us and we are very thankful for everyone’s hard work promoting the album in France, Belgium, Germany and the UK & Ireland.
So this brings us to our situation with Pledge Music. To sum it up, somehow Pledge Music have gone bust! It’s made the international news, both financial and music related, and it’s left artist’s and fans unpaid and without products they have paid for. It’s a complete disaster.
At the beginning of our Pledge campaign we managed to get some of our funds from them so you, our fans, got the physical album, and we expected to receive all the remaining money once the campaign was finished.
Pledge had promised all of the rest of the money so many times we’ve lost count, and we desperately tried and tried to get what we were owed and what you pledged towards the campaign. We’ve had the Musician’s Union and their lawyers involved trying to get us our owed money, and even they’ve been fobbed off, avoided and plain lied to along with many other artists in the same situation as us. It’s criminal what has happened and we hope somebody or somebody’s are held accountable for this disastrous neglect to what should be a safe and great way to fund good music and musical artists.
Being a self-funded band, all our expenses were paid for on our personal credit cards, expecting that the funds would soon be coming in, and with all sales shipped, we simply have no comeback. Mike and Dave now both owe money to our PR companies, we have no publishers, no label and no management so we solely carry this financial burden. This situation has left us with no money to pay the PR debts and fund our next album, which was what the remaining owed funds would have done.
Non of the funds have gone to paying ourselves anything, we don’t make much money from music in this day and age and we live hand to mouth and have the same issues with money as most of us do, mortgages, bills to pay and mouths to feed.
Pledge currently owe us over £12,500. Your money, which you paid in good faith and trust, never reached us. It truly sucks for us to be in this position but we have to carry on so we’ve decided to set up a campaign to try and get some of the funds back.
If anyone is able to support us through this crisis then please do get in touch.
You can send us a donation via PayPal here www.paypal.me/birdpen
You can buy our records and merchandise from www.birdpen.com/shopand birdpen.bandcamp.com
Our album title is so fitting to what is really going on in today’s world.
Here is the latest news on the Pledge situation https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/…/03/pledgemusic-fire-sale/
We’ll keep the faith and continue to bring the noise.
Love and Fuzz.
Dave & Mike, aka BirdPen.
NEW VIDEO FOR THE END IS ON T.V
Hey people it's Friday Night, the weekend's here, we start our tour next week so here's a brand new video for the song - The End Is On T.V.
Keep it fuzzy yeah x
APRIL 2019 TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED:
A HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HAS BEEN PART OF THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH EVERYTHING SO FAR. BRING ON 2019!
CHINA SHOW ANNOUNCED!
WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE WE WILL PLAY LIVE IN SHANGHAI AT THE MODERN SKY LAB THIS DECEMBER 29th, WITH PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING! TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW HERE
ON TOUR IN EUROPE NOW!
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW
OUR NEW ALBUM - THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH EVERYTHING IS OUT NOW!! WE’D LIKE TO SAY A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT PLEDGED FOR THE ALBUM AND HAVE BEEN PART OF THE BUILD UP TO IT’S RELEASE, WE SALUTE YOU ALL X
Listen on apple music // spotify // deezer // TIDAL
BUY ON ITUNES // AMAZON MUSIC
Just over two weeks until our new album is released! Pre order your signed copy now on LTD Edition Blue vinyl, CD and Tape plus stacks of other exclusive offers and bonus material only at www.pledgemusic.com/birdpen
B & P
European Tour Dates Announcement!
All dates are now confirmed for our forthcoming European tour, get your tickets now at www.birdpen.com/tour
The new album is released next month so get your pre orders in now for signed copies, exclusive items, T shirts and loads of free exclusive clips and downloads once you register! Get on it at www.pledgemusic.com/birdpen
see you on the road.
B & P
THANK YOU BELGIUM. photos by fabrice saudoyez
Our new single Oh So Happy is out NOW! THE SONG IS AVAILABLE TO Buy or stream or watch. oh so happy is accompanied by a NEW TRACK called Work Song.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO buy and listen TO BOTH NEW TUNES: http://hyperurl.co/mlbbb8
We hope you enjoy and cheers to you all, stay grim yeah x
SINGLE NEWS!! Pleased to announce that we will release a new single on August 10th. Oh So Happy is taken from our new album There’s Something Wrong With Everything and will be accompanied by another new song called Work Song. The single will be available on all digital and streaming platforms. Stay tuned for more details and a video very soon. Have a Happy Weekend yeah.
HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HAS SUPPORTED AND BEEN PART OF THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH EVERYTHING. BRING ON 2019!
POLISH TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED! We play Live in Poland as part of The There's Something Wrong With Everything Tour. We will visit Poznan, Warsaw and Krakow. CLICK HERE for the dates and TO PURCHASE tickets now!
We return to Germany this November and December! CLICK HERE FOR ALL DATES AND TICKEtS
THIS IS YOUR LIFE - SINGLE & VIDEO OUT NOW!
IT IS WITH HAPPINESS TO BRING YOU ALL THE FIRST SINGLE - THIS IS YOUR LIFE. AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES AND ALL OTHER DIGITAL DOWNLOAD/STREAMING OUTLETS
CLICK TO BUY FROM ITUNES BELOW:
LIVE NEWS! 3 HEADLINE SHOWS IN BELGIUM CONFIRMED. WE WILL PLAY BRUSSELS ON 14/11/18, LIEGE ON 15/11/18 AND SILLY ON 16/11/18. CHECK THE TOUR PAGE FOR ALL TICKET AND VENUE INFO.MORE SHOWS TO BE ANNOUNCED
LIVE NEWS! TWO RUSSIAN SHOWS ANNOUNCED! WE PLAY TWO SHOWS IN RUSSIA IN SAINT PETERSBURG AT ZOCCOLO ON 19/10/18 AND AT LES CLUB IN MOSCOW ON 20/10/18. FOR TICKET INFORMATION FOR THESE AND OTHER FORTHCOMING SHOWS CHECK THE TOUR PAGE.