We are a two-piece indie rock band asking for financial help in recording our new record and putting a down payment on a new van.
WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?
We've been working on our new record since the release of our last LP in 2008 (Their Dreams Are Dead, But Ours Is The Golden Ghost!). The writing is complete and we're polishing up the songs before hitting the studio. Since we don't have a label backing us, we're funding the recording, mixing and mastering all by ourselves... and, damn, it's expensive! Additionally, the minivan we bought to tour in five years ago officially bit the dust this year, right after it was paid off with a huge majority of our savings! RIP Cruz Control :(
After years of touring in a minivan and growing as a band, we decided that it would be best to step it up and purchase a bigger van. We also thought it would be best to invest in a newer model van that won't have as many problems as our last vehicle which was a used later model. New van = new parts = less service = less headaches.
Also, a bigger van means more room to fit friends and bands on tour! The minivan was great for the two of us, but we could never fit another person with all of our equipment, merchandise and personal belongings. We can definitely use more help on tour, so with extra room, we can now take that help!
For recording, we are looking to work with a studio close to home. This way we can live and cook at home which will keep our recording budget low and support a local business.
THE FINANCIAL BREAKDOWN
We have spoken to a local dealership that we are super comfortable with. They helped us financially plan the van we want, and in order to afford the monthly payments, we would need to put down an initial payment of $3,000.00. That way we can afford the van on and off tour.
As for recording expenses, we are using the last record we self-released as our budget template. We estimate that it will cost approximately $2,500.00 for studio time, mixing, and mastering.
WHAT IF WE GO OVER THE FUNDING LIMIT?
If we go over the limit that we set, we will use the funds to go towards the Kickstarter fees, insurance for the van, and for a larger down payment to reduce our monthly payments. It will also go towards the manufacturing of the record if we release it ourselves.
EVERYONE WHO DONATES $50 OR MORE WILL RECEIVE A 3-SONG DEMO OF MATERIAL FROM OUR UPCOMING RECORD "DARK HEARTS"- your choice of either cd or cassette - both of which will include sweet artwork and special packaging!
We are currently working on some of the designs for the rewards, so we will be posting them as they come in! Here is what we have so far...
GOLDEN GHOST PLUSH TOY! - here's the prototype for the plushie made by Steff Bomb! http://steffbomb.com
Our friend Greg designed the cover for the vinyl edition of "...The Golden Ghost!" (image below) and our Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt and tote bag. Check out his work at http://gregchristmandesign.com
Posted above are the Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirt and tote bag designs, both designed by Greg Christman! The tote bags will be approx. 15"x15".
Here's the tank top design done by the lovely Greg Christman! This will be available in either black or white (your choice!) and printed in "golden ghost yellow" ink!!!
LIMITED "GOLDEN GHOST" LP - The artwork will remain the same for this, but the color theme will be different. We decided to with a Jay-Z "All Black Everything" colorway for Kickstarter- black vinyl, black labels, black paper with different shades of black ink for the illustration- the only thing that will not be black will be everything printed in gold on the original artwork (ghost, band name, song titles). This will be limited to the amount of people who pledge for this reward. All covers will be hand numbered and will be identified as the "Kickstarter pressing."
CALI BURRITO DATE! - Yes, this IS the logo for Cali Burrito http://www.caliburrito.com/ - how awesome is it?!?! AMIRITE?!?! Well, the burritos are even more awesome!!! Meet up with us in Bethlehem and we'll chill... hard.
BIRD APARTMENT PRINTING SESSION - Tom P. runs a screen printing business! Come to Bethlehem to chill in his studio, design a shirt, and print up 25 to take home with you!!! He lives across the street from a sweet beer and soda store, so there will be plenty of drinkin'! Later on, we can meet up with Carly and get a burrito!!!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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PIZZA POSTCARD! An oversized pizza postcard, screen printed by yours truly. With a pizza postcard, you can have pizza ANYTIME! We will also mention you in the liner notes of our new upcoming record.
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KOOZIE AND PIZZA POSTCARD! Do you like Arnold Palmers? Do you like soda? Do you like beer? Do you like pizza? You can have paper pizza and fill your koozie with a can your favorite beverage, and maybe later in the night enjoy a real slice! Mmmm!
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LIMITED EDITION TOTE BAG! This will be totes kewl to carry your new Slingshot Dakota LP in!
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LIMITED EDITION SCREEN PRINTED POSTER! A special edition screen printed poster designed and printed by Tom. Maybe it will be a kitten eating pizza. Maybe it will be of our minivan up in flames. Whatever it is, it will be special and limited!
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SLINGSHOT TANK TOP! Get a tank top with the newly designed Slingshot Dakota logo designed by Greg Christman! Your choice of white or black with the logo printed nice and big on the front.
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LIMITED EDITION SLINGSHOT SHIRT! This shirt designed by our friend Greg Christman (http://gregchristmandesign.com) and printed by Tom will only be available through this Kickstarter!
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LIMITED EDITION POSTER AND SHIRT COMBO! Put on your blacklights, your favorite record (preferably your Golden Ghost CD) and enjoy looking at your new limited edition Slingshot poster WHILE wearing your awesome new t-shirt.
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THE ULTIMATE PACKAGE! Donate $50 and receive a limited edition vinyl Golden Ghost LP available ONLY through this Kickstarter! Also receive a tote bag, limited edition t-shirt, Golden Ghost CD AND special stickers! You will also be mentioned in the liner notes of our new record!
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CARLY COMANDO THANK YOU PACKAGE! Donate $60 and receive the Ultimate Package listed above, plus Carly's solo piano CD AND a special personal Thank You song posted to your Facebook or posted to you on YouTube. Whatever you desire!
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GOLDEN GHOST PLUSH TOY PACKAGE! Do you want to follow your heart while you sleep? You can, with this adorable Golden Ghost plush toy designed by the awesome award-winning toy designer and maker, Steff Bomb (http://steffbomb.com)!!! Hold Ghostie at night, bring it on tour with you, or use it to scare off enemies! It'll be hard though, Ghostie is really cute! You will also receive the Ultimate Package listed above!
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GUEST LIST FOR LIFE! The band It's a King Thing had this idea on their Kickstarter, and we thought it was an amazing idea! Donate $100 and you will be put on our guest list for life! You will also receive the Ultimate Package above. This may exclude bigger festivals that don't allow bands guestlists, but we'll try to work our magic. All other shows are a GO! FREE SHOWS FOR LIFE- THIS PAYS FOR ITSELF!!!!! WE'RE CRAAAAAZY!!!!!
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DRUM LESSON WITH TOM P.! Get some tips, tricks, advice, and techniques in a 1-2 hour lesson from Tom! Recommended for beginner to intermediate drummers... Tom isn't Neil Peart, folks! You must provide your own transportation to and from Bethlehem, PA or surrounding area, or Tom can come to you if you live relatively close! Also includes the Ultimate Package!Estimated delivery:
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CALI BURRITO DATE! We love band practice because it's close to Cali Burrito. We eat a lot of burritos. We eat them more than we should, but life is short, eat burritos! Come eat at Cali Burrito on us and listen to sweet surfer rock or our friend Ryan's old band, The Complete Strategist, while enjoying a delicious burrito. Afterwards, we'll probably go to Vegan Treats or the movies- who knows?!?!? Also, you'll receive the Ultimate Package! (must provide your own transportation to and from Bethlehem, PA or surrounding area)
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BIRD APARTMENT PRINTING SESSION! Hang out with Tom P. in his printing studio, design your own T-shirt and print 25 to take home with you! We'll walk across the street and grab a gourmet root beer or craft beer (if you're old enough!) and then we'll probably end up at Cali Burrito with Carly. Also includes the Ultimate Package! (must provide your own transportation to and from Bethlehem, PA or surrounding area)
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TWO-PIECE TWOSOME FOR ALL TWOS!!!!! Wanna show some love to Slingshot AND someone else in your life? Well then get yourself some SD swag and some for a friend as well!!! This package includes two of everything: 2 postcards, 2 koozies, 2 tote bags, 2 posters, 2 tank tops, 2 t-shirts, 2 LPs, 2 "Golden Ghost" cds, 2 Carly Comando cds, and 2 Golden Ghost plushies!Estimated delivery:
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