We're Asobi Seksu, a band from New York City, and we are asking our fans to help support two upcoming tours. Debt is not our friend.
There are some very exciting things going on for Asobi Seksu in the next few months.
In a couple of weeks we fly to England to tour with a band called White Lies, who are a very big deal over there. We're thrilled that they've asked us to play because it means we'll be performing in the largest venues we've ever played - and for a lot of new people who probably haven't heard much about Asobi Seksu. Such great exposure is priceless, and a wonderful opportunity for us.
But with the exposure comes a huge financial loss for the band!
Confused as to why we won't strike it rich on tour?
Let’s play a little game called Myth & Reality.
Myth: Asobi Seksu will make loads and loads of cash touring England with White Lies.
Reality: Support bands on large tours like this make next to nothing. The headliners rely on the fact that the exposure is incentive enough – so they don’t offer much in the way of actual money. It’s nothing against White Lies – we most definitely appreciate the chance to tour with them. It’s simply the nature of this business we’re in. And since we're traveling all the way to England from New York, we have to spend a lot of money on necessities: plane tickets, gear rental, van rental, tour manager, sound engineer, hotels (even the cheap ones without heat are expensive!), gas, food, etc. These costs add up quickly, and each day we'll spend more money than we earn. So we actually stand to lose over $10,000 on the tour. That's the trade-off to play for 4,000 people a night, instead of, say, 300. Worth it? We think so!
You all – our friends, family, fans, and supporters of independent artists – are the reason we’ve been able to keep Asobi Seksu alive all these years - and we want to keep on growing. We have until December 31st to raise as much money as possible, and we're going to need every penny to fund the tour. So please make a pledge today - it will go a very long way towards keeping Asobi Seksu on the road - and out of debt!
Also coming up is the release of our acoustic album, ReWolf, in November. To celebrate we are planning a one-time only acoustic tour of the US in January. We want these shows to be really beautiful and intimate, so we'll be playing smaller venues than usual - which in turn means less income. So any extra money we can raise here will be put towards expenses of the acoustic tour in January.
We understand times are tough for everyone so this might not be the best time to tackle both of these tours, but we have a feeling the shows are going to be some of our best ever. It'll be rewarding for us in so many ways...just not financially.
We'll be posting many updates throughout this fundraiser that will be exclusive to you guys who donate money - so please come back to check those out.
Thanks for reading - we love you!
We've had several inquiries about shipping outside the US. We are happy to do it. For all rewards that include vinyl, simply add $30 to your pledge and we'll ship to you anywhere outside the US.
If your reward does not include vinyl, the international shipping cost is only $10 extra.
The way this works is that at the end date of the project (December 31st) all Backers will receive an individual message asking for your shipping address. Once we have your address we'll be shipping out the goodies right away. Hooray!
Again - please add $30 to your pledge for shipping outside the United States if you are receiving vinyl, and only add $10 to your pledge if your reward does not include vinyl (just t-shirt, postcard, buttons, etc).
Please send us a message with any questions and we'll be happy to answer them for you.
ACOUSTIC US tour dates:
Jan 14 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club
Jan 15 La Jolla, CA @ UCSD at The Loft
Jan 16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Cafe
Jan 17 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Jan 19 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Jan 20 Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
Jan 21 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
Jan 27 Utica, NY @ Mohawk Valley Community College – Performing Arts Theatre
Jan 28 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Jan 29 New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
Jan 30 Boston, MA @ Café 939
Feb 01 Toronto @ The Drake
Feb 02 Detroit, MI @ The Cafe at the Majestic Theatre
Feb 03 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Feb 04 St Louis, MO @ Old Rockhouse
Feb 05 Gambier, OH @ Kenyan College at The Horn Gallery (free show, open to public)
UK TOUR DATES
Nov 18 Bournemouth UK @ Academy w/White Lies
Nov 19 London UK @ Academy w/White LIes
Nov 22 Leeds UK @ Academy w/White Lies
Nov 23 Norwich UK @ UEA w/White Lies
Nov 24 Sheffield UK @ Academy w/White Lies
Nov 25 Nottingham UK @ Rock City w/White Lies
Nov 27 Manchester UK @ Apollo w/White Lies
Nov 28 Glasgow UK @ Academy w/White Lies
Nov 29 Newcastle UK @ Academy w/White Lies
Dec 01 Portsmouth UK @ Guildhall w/White Lies
Dec 02 Bristol UK @ Academy w/White Lies
Dec 04 Cardiff UK @ University w/White LIes
Dec 05 Birmingham UK @ Academy w/White Lies
Dec 07 London UK @ Cargo - Asobi Seksu headline show
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A digital download of one song from our new acoustic album, ReWolf.
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A digital download of the entire acoustic album.
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A personalized thank you postcard + Asobi Seksu buttons + the acoustic album download.
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A signed physical copy of the Transparence 10” (on clear vinyl!) which was released in August + the acoustic album download.
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A signed and personalized Asobi Seksu poster + a signed physical copy of the Transparence 10” (on clear vinyl!) + the acoustic album download + Asobi Seksu buttons
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A one of a kind hand-screened Asobi Seksu t-shirt + a personalized thank you postcard + the acoustic album download + Asobi Seksu buttons.
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A signed physical copy of any Asobi Seksu CD or LP you choose, with a personalized note on the cover (CDs to choose from are: Hush, Citrus, Asobi Seksu and ReWolf // LPs to choose from are: Citrus, Hush and ReWolf) + the hand-screened Asobi Seksu t-shirt + the acoustic album download + Asobi Seksu buttons
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A signed limited edition LP of the acoustic album, ReWolf (on purple vinyl!) which also includes a digital download code for the album + a hand-screened t-shirt + Asobi Seksu buttons + a personalized thank you postcard.
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An original drawing by James and Yuki (no art critics please!) + hand screened t shirt + the acoustic album download + a personalized thank you postcard + Asobi Seksu buttons.
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Your name on the liner notes of our next album, to be released in 2010 (we will be recording the album in April). It will say “Asobi Seksu would like to thank...” and your name will follow! + a hand-screened t-shirt + the acoustic album download + a personalized thank you postcard + Asobi Seksu buttons.
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We will dedicate a song to YOU on stage! Just let us know which song you want us to perform - and at which show - and we will give you a shout out on stage before we play it (check myspace.com/asobiseksu for dates) + your name in the liner notes of our next album + a hand-screened t-shirt + the acoustic album download.
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Backstage access after one of our shows (you must have your own ticket to the show - check myspace.com/asobiseksu for current tour dates) + polaroids with the band + your name in the liner notes of our next album + a hand-screened t-shirt + the acoustic album download.
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2 free tickets to any show on our current itinerary (check myspace.com/asobiseksu for current dates) + a song dedicated to you during the show + backstage access after the show to take polaroid pictures with the band + your name in the liner notes of our next album + a hand-screened t-shirt + a signed CD or LP of your choosing + the acoustic album download.
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Attendance to a private (invitation only) acoustic Asobi Seksu performance in Brooklyn, NY. We will be filming this show and using the videos for promotional use online. You will also receive polaroids with the band + your name in the liner notes of our next album + a hand-screened t-shirt + a signed CD or LP of your choosing + personal thank you postcard + the acoustic album download.
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A dinner date with Asobi Seksu! You and a friend can join the band for dinner in New York City in January or February + your name in the liner notes + tickets to the NYC acoustic show on January 29 + backstage access at the show and polaroids with the band + a hand-screened t-shirt + a signed CD or LP of your choosing + the acoustic album download.
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Spend a day in the recording studio with us while we make our next record. This will take place in New York City sometime in March/April 2010. You'll also receive an assortment of things like a signed LP or CD, photos with the band, hand-screened t-shirt, the acoustic album download, the original drawing and our eternal love! Limited to one pledge.
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A private acoustic performance for you and your friends anywhere in the New York/Tri-State area.
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