On 4/26, The Narrative will head out on their 1st full US tour with Eisley and aim to raise $7,500 to cover tour expenses.
UPDATE - We are less than $1,000 away from our ultimate goal of $7,500! We can't thank everyone enough for their overwhelming support. Once we hit $7,500, we will send all Kickstarter Backers an out-takes video from the above Kickstarter video.
Whether you're a fan, friend, family, or you just luckily stumbled upon this, we're glad you could make it! It's gonna be a kicksasstarter party! (see what we did there?)
As many of you know, The Narrative has been an unsigned/DIY band since its inception. The trend continues! Don't fret, there are numerous benefits to being on our own. We get to make ALL the creative decisions. We get to decide how we spend our resources and time. We get to form personal relationships with our fans without some label guy/gal breathing down our necks to be doing something else. We get to choose who we want to tour with and when.
However, not everything involves walking through a field of singing lollipops and dancing cranberries whilst riding majestic unicorn/sea-lion half breeds (which may or may not have the ability to speak to you). It's a great deal of hard work being in a band, and often it can cost quite a bit of money.
We're not complaining - we love creating and playing music, and we have gained so much from watching many of you form a connection with us and our music. In fact, over the years we've felt more like we're all part of some sort of team or [very strange] family as opposed to a traditional artist/fan relationship. This sounds kind of sappy, but it's really true. Those of you who have become familiar faces at shows know this already, and we appreciate every last person who has supported us in one way or another in the same regard.
That's why we hope it's alright that we come to you now and ask for your HELP!!!!
You see, we got these great opportunities to do this sweet tour with Eisley as well as to play Warped Tour in the Summer, and we just couldn't turn them down. The thing is, being a small band in a gigantic small-band-swallowing monstrous ocean doesn't always create cost-effective opportunities.
That's where you come in! We need help producing merchandise (t-shirts and CDs), paying for gas, food, the sometimes motel when it's too creepy to sleep in the van, and everything else that comes along with touring.
However, beggars we're NOT! In an effort to maintain some sort of self-respect, we're going to do our best to offer you some totally sweet prizes for donating to our cause. These are viewable to the right. You can donate as little or as much as you want, and we'll be thankful for anything and everything.
One of the prizes (at $300) is a living room show - please make sure to check our UPDATES page to see when and where those are possible. We are hoping to fill in some shows on our days off.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions, comments, etc.!
Do I have to donate an amount equal to one of the prize qualifications?
No way, José (or whoever you are)! You may donate as little or as much as you want. Any number you can think of is fair game, and we'll love you for it GUARANTEED.
Can I request the prizes be gifted to a friend/girlfriend/boyfriend/ominous lover/family member/nemesis?
Yup, go ahead and make the donation. We'll likely reach out to you, but feel free to e-mail email@example.com with any special instructions.
Can I increase my pledge once it has been made?
You better believe it, all-star! If you decide you want to adjust your contribution for whatever reason (totally drooling over that sweet prize one level above yours, or you just plain had a good day and want to throw us some loose change), this is how you do it:
1 - You cut a hole in a box. No wait, sorry... You sign on to Kickstarter!
2 - Click the BLUE button that reads "Manage Your Donation". From here you can change it to whatever you'd like.
3 - ?????
4 - Profit.
I am an international fan and am having difficulty donating through Kickstarter. Is there any other way I can help?
Absolutely. You can donate a gift of any amount to firstname.lastname@example.org through paypal - you can also indicate which prize you would like and we'll make sure to get that to you.
What do I get if I donate over ONE MILLION DOLLARS?!!!!!!
Haha... hopefully some sort of satisfaction knowing you made us pee ourselves.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Good karma, our eternal love, and many other intangible things.
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Personalized thank you postcard sent to you from the band! We'll try to make it as funny as possible. Sometimes it's just "womp womp" funny. Other times, it's downright hilarious.
Pledge $10 or more
Our brand new digital tour EP - 4 previously unreleased tracks including alternate versions of songs from our self-titled full length as well as two brand new songs. You also get the personalized thank you postcard and of course, the good karma for helpin a brotha and a sista out.
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Jesse and Suzie sing to you! That's right, we call you on the phone and either sing directly to you or leave you a singing message. You also get an autographed and personalized poster featuring artwork from our Self-Titled Full Length, the 4 previously unreleased tracks, the postcard, and our eternal love and gratitude.
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Limited Edition T-Shirt (only available through Kickstarter) + our autographed discography (Just Say Yes EP and Self-Titled LP), singing phone call, autographed and personalized self-titled poster, 4 previously unreleased tracks and personalized thank you postcard.
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Handwritten lyric sheet for your favorite Narrative song or handwritten lyrics for the four previously unreleased tracks, plus everything from the $50 package!
Pledge $100 or more
15 minute live acoustic performance via Skype! Jesse and I will perform 3 songs and hang out with you via webcam. Ahh, technology. How lovely! Plus, you get everything from the $75 package except the phone call, because we'll already be singing to you!
Pledge $200 or more
Advanced copy of a Full Color Photo Book featuring photographs of The Narrative taken by the truly wonderful and lovely Ms. Hilary J. Corts. Your name will also appear in the dedications! Oh, and you also get everything from the $100 package :)
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Your Own Private Living Room Show! 45-60 minute acoustic performance for you, your friends and family. The more the merrier! In a perfect world, we would perform these living room shows on our off days from the tour. We're offering shows on a specific date or date range within a certain amount of miles from a given city along the route we are traveling. Please check our UPDATES page for available dates, cities and other details. If something works for you, make your donation and e-mail us the date range and city that works for you. If you have any questions, or simply want to confirm something prior to making the donation, please e-mail email@example.com and we'll get it all sorted out prior to your donation. If you don't meet the mileage requirement, but think a show in your living room would still make sense, please contact us and we'll try to make it work. Finally, shows that are within 100 miles of Bellmore, New York (hometown what what!) can be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time in 2011.
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This gets you the Living Room Show *and* all the goodies from the $200 package (it's like saving $100!)
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Big Day Out in NYC! You and a friend explore New York with Jesse and Suzie. We'll take you to our favorite lunch and dinner spots, music and clothing stores, neighborhoods, bars (if you're of age) and even possibly do an impromptu acoustic performance (food included, travel not included). Oh, and you get all the goodies from the $200 package too!
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Spend a full day with us at The 2011 Vans Warped Tour! You and a friend get the true behind the scenes experience by hanging with us allllll dayyyyy lonnnnng. We'll show you around our merch tent, our tour bus, bring you on stage while we play, watch other bands together and introduce you to all our friends! Plus, you get all that sweet stuff from the $200 package :) Valid only on 7/19-8/14 Warped Tour dates.
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Join us on the Eisley tour for 3 days! Ride in our van from to show to show, be there from load in to load out, and get a taste of tour life! Meals, hotels, and a $500 travel budget are included.
Pledge $5,000 or more
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Co-write and co-produce a song with us. We can talk about the subject matter, the direction, etc. If you're musically inclined, we'll have you play on the track as well. You are fully involved in the whole process and the song will be professionally recorded and mastered. If the song makes it onto any upcoming records, you will receive co-write and producing credit on the album.* You are also invited to attend any recording sessions that take place for the song where band members are present. Recording sessions are likely to take place somewhere in NY. Travel accommodations & hotels are not included. We can do our best to schedule as many of the sessions as possible at mutually agreeable times. *Couple of things to note: 1) as the band, we still get to make the final call on creative decisions and 2) we're not responsible for paying out any royalties on the song. Hazzah!