The Marvins need your help to accomplish 2 goals: release a new cd "Waves of Strange", and spread it across the country by Train
THANK YOU so much to all of our friends and family who have contributed to the success of our project! We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our lil band and the music we make and the dreams that we have!
With 5 days left to go we have decided to do one last push to see if we can raise enough cash to get "Waves of Strange" pressed on vinyl! If we can reach $7000 by Sunday Aug 19th we will be able to do this and live out a long time dream to us "record nerds"
I have added a new incentive to help make this happen: for $50 "Vinyl Addict" a limited edition vinyl record of "Waves of Strange"* and a rare collectors test pressing courtesy of United Record Pressing
*This prize is only redeemable if we can raise $7000 by Aug 19th, if this new goal is not met than you will receive 2 of our favorite records from our personal record collections plus your choice of one of the following: "Waves of Strange" CD, "Train Tracks" tour poster, "Train Tracks" Tee Shirt, or hand written lyrics to any two Marvins Songs with doodles and a brief history of the songs.
Please enjoy a rough mix of a Marvins track off of our upcoming release as a little Thank You for your support!! You may recognize this as the song we used in the back ground of our video, now you can hear it with the vocals!
Tied- The Marvins
Here is what our tee's and poster will look like!!
The Marvin's always say that our best collection in life are our friends. We don't know about you, but we have lived in our share of places, and have traveled our way around. The memories that stick out in our minds are always more of the friends and family that we shared time with, the new people we have met and gathered along the way, and the adventures we have had. Those faces shine brighter than what street we were on in what city.
Friends help breathe life into life. Right now we are humbly asking you, friends, to help us breath some life into our adventure, some wind into our "sales" so to speak.
The way kickstarter works is we will only get to work with these funds if our financial goal is met within 33 days! The idea seems daunting, but then I think about all of the friends we have out there (present and future), sprinkled all over the world, who we love and believe in and vise versa, then it makes me feel like this will be a reality.
The Marvins Goals
There are two goals we seek to accomplish through this Kickstarter.
1: To complete our newest album, "Waves of Strange",
2: Help us fund our first tour by train upon which we will create new songs and videos called "Train Tracks".
The money we gain from this Kickstarter will help us cover the cost of mixing, mastering, and pressing "Waves of Strange", and it will help to cover the travel costs of ourselves and our camera man (and resident artist), Mr. Scratch Arts.
Now let me tell you, in more detail, about these projects....
Waves of Strange....
"Waves of Strange" has been a musical project that we have been in for quite some time. It is a collection of songs we've written and rewritten that have been anxiously waiting to go home with you. We are so excited to finally put this record in your hands. "Waves of Strange" was recorded in our home studio by Peter LeClair and Carmen Paradise with our band mates Sam Rice on Drums and Jason Demmon on Keys and Trumpet. "Waves of Strange" is just that: there are a couple acoustic driven folkies like "Tied" and "Bury That Man", hard hitting grooves like "Give It Back" and "Girls Go To Venus", and unapologetic pop hooks like "People Like You" and "Two Joints." This record, was inspired by many forces in the musical world around us, and will offer something sure to be enjoyed by everyone.
A Tour by Train?
The idea of "Train Tracks" came to be when we were offered a wonderful opportunity, from our good friend Shaun Kalis, to travel from Detroit out to Portland, OR to play a couple weeks of shows in October 2012. We had been exploring different forms of travel to make our way out west and once the idea of a train trip came up the idea quickly evolved into a train "tour." We toured out west by car in 2009, the cash we spent on gas, on top of the anxiety of driving long hours just doesn't seem to hold up to the idea of traveling by train. We have traveled by railway from the west to the east coasts, and those experiences have always shined like beacons of inspiration since.
From Detroit to Portland we will be making at least 4 stops along the way where we will de-board, play a show, and get back on the train. These cities will be Chicago, IL -> Milwaukee, WI -> La Crosse, WI -> Portland, OR. Once we get to Portland we will play a batch of shows over two weeks and then make our way back home! During the course of the trip we will be focusing on creating music and video that will be released as "Train Tracks" by the end of 2012.
We could go on and on about the advantages of touring by train as a musician thru our eyes. (In fact, we will...a little) Train travel is more energy efficient than cars or planes, it feels safer to us, but most importantly it gives us a moment of "still" to sit back and enjoy the journey, and isn't that what its all about anyway?
We cannot do it with out you, so THANK YOU!!
We, The Marvins, sincerely appreciate you even taking the time to check out our Kickstarter project. If you have read down to the bottom of this page, you are a pal in our book. We hope that you are interested in investing in us, in our music, and this project.
With the support of our family and friends, we have gotten this far, and this is just the beginning!
We thank you with ever over-flowing hearts of gratitude!
Big Hugs ~ ( Carmen and Peter, The Marvins )
About our Video
The music you hear is a instrumental version of "Tied" in it's raw state before mixing and mastering. "Tied" is a song that will be featured on "Waves of Strange" "You Can Keep Your Highway, I'm Gonna Take The Train" is an original that is The Marvins first official "Train Track."
Click here to see a full interview about this project on The Weekend Daily with Lance McCoskey
We couldn't be more honored to have been asked by Lance himself to be guests on The Weekend Daily, and we were proud that his program was the first for us to get to promote our Kickstarter campaign.
We would like to thank Keith May for his wonderful video production skills, Derek Sojda for his amazing "make up" work (we all looked grrrrreat), Andy Krupp and Joshuah Wallace for their wonderful photography, and Shaun Kalis for giving us a reason to take the train and play out west!!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Jul 17, 2012 - Aug 19, 2012 (33 days)
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"Stickin It To Ya" A brand new Marvins "Train Tracks" Sticker (designed by Scratch Arts) delivered to you, accompanied by a limited edition Marvins guitar pick!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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"Let's Get Digital" The Marvins new release "Waves of Strange" delivered to your inbox as soon as it is finished, a few weeks before it physically lands in anyone's hands!!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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"Let's Get Physical" The Marvins new release "Waves of Strange" delivered to your door, hot off the press! Plus the digi download and sticker!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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"Vinyl Addict" a limited edition vinyl record of "Waves of Strange"* plus a digital download and a very rare test pressing of the record, great for vinyl nerds like us!! *This prize is only redeemable if we can raise $7000 by Aug 19th, if this new goal is not met than you will receive 2 of our favorite records from our personal record collections plus your choice of one of the following: "Waves of Strange" CD, "Train Tracks" tour poster, "Train Tracks" Tee Shirt, or hand written lyrics to any two Marvins SongsEstimated delivery: Sep 2012
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"Blare It and Wear It" The Marvins "Waves of Strange" on CD and a freshly designed Marvins Train Tracks Tee!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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"Blare It and Stare at It" The Marvins new CD, and a limited edition Marvins Tour Poster 2012Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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"Blare, Wear, & Stare" Thats right! The new Marvins CD, Marvins Tee, and an elephant. Nope not really, it's actually the poster, just seeing if your still with us :)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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"Blare, Wear, & Stare with a Flare" CD's and Poster all autographed by The Marvins with love, plus a Tee Shirt and some Marvins stickers!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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"Postcards From The Edge" The CD, the tee, and the poster, as well as hand picked postcards from our adventures to and from the coast, all singed, sealed, delivered right to your door!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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"Train Tracks Package" Advanced digi download of "Waves of Strange", Marvins Tee, a signed tour poster, the physical CD signed with love, AND......and advanced digi download of "Train Tracks" upon its completion. Plus a Thank you on our website and liner notes of both CD's!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Bring The Marvins into your living room, onto your patio, or to your favorite local watering hole for a concert. Within 200 miles of Detroit, MI, or 20 miles off the stations on our train route to Oregon. The concerts and adventures will be documented and featured in the release of "Train Tracks." And a big hug in our liner notes, and probably in person too!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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"The Whole Package!" Every Marvins CD!! This includes advanced digi downloads, and physical signed copies of our two upcoming releases Waves of Strange and Train Tracks, our "Demos" EP (with original spray-paint design) , "Lucky Stone" , plus unreleased secret recordings with a hand made and decorated CD Jacket!! Also two Marvins tees, A framed and signed tour poster, stickers, Marvins guitar picks, Postcards from the Marvins on their adventures, a Huge Hug and Thank You in our liner notes on Waves of Strange and Train Tracks!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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WOW!! Arent you generous! You will get everything mentioned in the above "Whole Package" plus you or a person of your choice will be written into one of the songs on "Train Tracks" Shoot I'll even cook you dinner!!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012