We are a band from Seattle. We've released one album, twice, so far. Now, it is time to release our second record.
August 25th Update
WE DID IT! With your support we were able to raise above and beyond the $25,000 dollars in just 16 days! Each of us can firmly say that this is something we never expected. We didn't see it unfolding like this, and we're all still in a state of shock!
When we met our goal, it left us wondering where we go from here. Well, we set a new goal and want to announce something special! Throughout this Kickstarter campaign we've heard a lot of you asking about acoustic versions of our songs (both new and old). We have a radical idea of how we can make those available and we want to achieve it with your support! Here are the details...
Late last year, our van bit the dust. We had put over 130K miles on it in just two years of touring! The cost of the repairs would have been more than the van was worth, so we turned to Craigslist and sold it for a mere $300 cash. So for our next goal, we would like to raise an additional $15,000 to help us buy a new, reliable vehicle so we can get from city to city without fear of breaking down or having to miss shows (heaven forbid, but it has happened).
In return, if we can meet this new goal, we will record an Acoustic EP of songs that WILL BE CHOSEN BY YOU, OUR BACKERS! Not only that, but everyone who has supported or will support us at level C or higher will automatically receive the Acoustic EP!
We cannot thank you enough for caring so much about us and the music we create. Each of us has felt so affirmed by your support. We're excited that all of you are directly involved in this record and we can't wait to see what happens.
Our original post...
As many of you know, we have been working on a new album for quite a while now. In fact, some of you have probably been going through the same range of emotions as we have: excitement, impatience, mild anxiety . . . etc. Well, the album is finally done and almost ready to be released! Why almost?? We still need your support to get this album into your hands, so we have started this Kickstarter campaign to help us with the final funding surrounding this release. What's so cool about Kickstarter and why we chose this route to announce our new album is that it allows us to engage with you in a very direct way.
We have released an album independently, and then again with a label. Now that we are independent once again, it seems only natural that we would release this album and tour the country (and hopefully the world this time) while maintaining as much financial and creative control as possible. Obviously, both releasing an album and touring require financial support. We considered looking for this support a number of different places, but it eventually became evident that the most important thing that has always supported us . . . is you. Throughout our existence, we have been continually reminded that we cannot create art on an island. That is to say, we rely on our listeners and friends to complete the creative loop. We need you!
For your pledges, we are offering a variety of neat things ranging from material (vinyl, posters, t-shirts), to a private concert for you and 50 friends anywhere in the US! Keep in mind, while the "Estimated Delivery" is listed as December 2011, we are in the final stages of choosing a release date and strategy. You could very well have our new album before then, and we will do our best to keep everyone updated on when to expect their rewards throughout this process.
While it was fun to come up with the different things people would receive through their giving, we all came away with a new understanding of the critical relationship between the band and its fans. This whole experience has been a labor of love, but it has indeed been a labor. It has stretched us incredibly, not only in the album creation, but in our relationships as friends. It has given us a new appreciation and perspective for what we do and why we are doing it. Thank you for visiting this site and we will be sure to post updates and check-ins regularly. As always, you can check in with us on both Facebook and Twitter to get down to the minute updates if you're curious.
We cannot wait for you to hear this, and we'll see you soon.
We will ship to any country! If it is outside of the US, just be sure to add the "International Shipping" ($20 or $40 based on the item, and in the item description). Thanks!
Great question! That will totally depend on the venue. We used "front row seat" figuratively, many shows are general admission (but in this case, you'd be on the guest list and get in for free), and if it is a seated venue, the Guestlist Section is where the friends/family of the band sit and the seats are usually great!
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Level A: Social network shout out - We will blast a personal thank you over Twitter!Estimated delivery:
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Level B: Digital album a week before it comes out! (plus A)Estimated delivery:
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Level C: Limited edition poster - Sweet poster for your walls, or wherever you put posters! Alright! (plus A-B)Estimated delivery:
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Level D: Limited edition t-shirt - We are offering a special edition, limited run t-shirt. It'll be soft and pleasant to wear. The first piece of merch since our last record! (plus A-C) (please add $20 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Level E: Signed physical CD - You'll hear our new album in CD form, signed by each of us! Heyo! (plus A-D) (please add $20 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Level F: High quality vinyl copy of our new album signed by the band, and the limited edition poster - We are very excited to share our new album with you via vinyl. The artwork will be beautiful, and the sound of vinyl cannot be beat! (plus A-D) (please include $40 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Level G: Unreleased demos of the entire album - You'll get a recorded demo of each song on our new record. They range from fairly normal and expected to ridiculous and weird. Either way, you'll get to see how each song was born. (plus the Vinyl, and A-D) (please add $40 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Level H: Your name in the liner notes - Every person who pledges their support to this album's release is equally important to us. We thought it would be fun to offer this option to personally and permanently thank you for partnering with us to launch this record. (plus Vinyl and Demos, and A-D) (please add $40 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Level I: 30 minute Skype Q&A with the band (or in person if we are in the same city) - Ask us anything . . . seriously . . . anything. This includes, but is not limited to: astrology, economic strategy/advice, love, love-lost, cooking . . . just the normal stuff people chat about. You'll have all of our undivided attention for 30 minutes, and we can't wait. (plus Vinyl, Demos, Liner Notes, and A-D) (please add $40 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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Level J: 30 minute Skype acoustic performance - Alright, here's where it gets crazy. You pick the set-list and we'll play our hearts out in our bedroom, or garage. Gather friends and family around the screen and we'll party down together. We are more than willing to include astrological or economic advice as part of this package. (plus Vinyl, Demos, Liner Notes, and A-D) (please add $40 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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18 backers Limited (2 left of 20)
Level K: Lifetime guest list - We know some of you loyal fans have come to see us a hilariously large number of times. Now that we have a whole new record, get ready to double that number! But seriously, as long as we're playing music, you will have a front row seat (limited to two people a pledge). (plus Vinyl, Demos, Liner Notes, and A-D) (please add $40 for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
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5 backers Limited (3 left of 8)
Level L: A day in the studio with Barcelona - You'll get a full day in a proper studio with us. We'll help you with songwriting and production, and at the end of the day, you'll walk away with a professional recording of your song! If you want, we'll play and sing with you. This includes food and ample amounts of quality time hanging out with us, but you have to get yourself to the greater Seattle area. (plus Vinyl, Demos, Liner Notes, and A-D)Estimated delivery:
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1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)
Level M: Private show, anywhere in the continental US - This is the ultimate. We will come to you, wherever you are, and play an acoustic show (loud-non-acoustic show if circumstances permit) for you and 50 of your friends. It could be in your living room, in the park, or on a plane. Some of our favorite shows have been in unusual settings with a few people we barely know. They always turn out to be crazy, but amazing, experiences, and we hope to share that with you and your friends. Or just you. We will discuss a date after our Kickstarter campaign wraps up. (plus Vinyl, Demos, Liner Notes, and A-D)Estimated delivery:
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