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ENDS TONIGHT 11:59PM EST!! Pledge for our album TODAY, download it TOMORROW, and get an advanced copy shipped to your door!

Sarasota, FL Indie Rock
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NEW TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT (CHECK UPDATE #9)!!

UPGRADE #2 PLUMPIN' PLEDGES IN PROGRESS (CHECK UPDATE #8)!

UPGRADE #1 @ $9988 DONE! We're now turning the CD and Vinyl sleeves into slick, full color gatefolded jackets, adding another t-shirt design to choose from, and sprinkling Teach Me Equals guitar picks in to all pledge envelopes over $15!  THANK YOU!!

Our unreleased, brand new music video, starring Greg Pitts (Office Space, Coyote Ugly), is available NOW to all our Kickstarter backers! The link and password can be found in the Backers Only update, #6.

 After more than 3 years of hard work, consistent touring, and DIY convocation, Teach Me Equals has returned from a most sober vision-quest with a debut album, a new record label with physical distribution in 14 countries, and thrilling tour plans for the coming year! We are casting deep into the karmic well for the resources we need to attain our highest potential.

The Shift From DIY TO DIT  

Last year, we built an analog tape studio in our living room in Sarasota, FL to document our most joyfully quixotic compositions to date, and then moved onto the road into a pop-up camper and toured 43 states and Canada for 7 months, booking our own shows, burning CD-R's and screen-printing shirts in our hosts' basements and attics.

It was a whirlwind of an adventure, but we found the limitations of our abilities to do EVERYTHING.  We are pretty good at wiling out in front of strangers, booking our own shows, and touring nonstop.  But we run out of time and (OH CRAP WHADDYA MEAN STAPLES IS CLOSED AND WE'RE OUT OF PRINTABLE CD-R's AND WE HAVE A 10 HOUR DRIVE TOMORROW?) resources trying to do it all, all the time.  And so, we're shifting from Do It Yourself to Do It Together.  

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DO THIS!!!

We set up this Kickstarter to help cover some of the costs of making and releasing this album, AND to give those of you that choose to support us a chance to get exclusive trinkets (test pressings, custom t-shirts, posters, acoustic tracks, shredded cello bows) and advanced copies of our record on whatever medium you choose.  Being analog lovers, We are most excited about the beautiful, limited edition colored vinyl that Furnace Record Pressing will be shipping your way!!! (Musician friends, check them out!  They've been super swell to us)

If you're unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is an all-or-nothing deal (Here's an FAQ).  If you'd like to pledge, select the reward you would like and enter the amount you'd like to pledge for it.  All payments are processed through Amazon, so it's safe and secure.  And your card is only charged on July 9 IF we meet our goal.  If we are unable to raise all of our goal, we receive none of the pledges and your card is not charged.

When we meet our goal, we are sending the link to download our entire album as soon as the campaign is over and putting in our order for our records to be pressed.  All of the album, t-shirt, baloney book, and poster awards will be assembled and shipped about a month before our album officially comes out mid-September (barring delays at the vinyl manufacturing plant, which would push the whole timeline back).

THE GOAL

Our goal of $8,888 covers about half of what it will take to give Knives In The Hope Chest the best chance for survival in the wilds of the modern music industry.

Here is how the costs of the entire album release break down:

  • Tape and recording-related purchases: $700 
  • Mixing and Mastering - $2000
  • Cello bows - $1200
  • Instrument repair, maintenance, and replacement of equipment that didn't make it out of our last tour alive - $2000
  • PR - $6000
  • CDs - $1200
  • Vinyl - $2700  
  • T-shirts, stickers, etc - $800  

TOTAL::: $16,600

THE LIFE STORY AND OUR LONG-TERM MISSION, FOR THE BRAVE ONE THAT MADE IT THIS FAR

Since our inception in 2011 as Bard and Mustache, we've been engaged in an epic journey tale that is, admittedly, so surreal and zany that it is difficult even for us to look back and acknowledge that... yup, all of it amounts to one hell of a true story. We have criss-crossed North America with utter reverence, we have challenged ourselves as song-writers, players, recording engineers, and self-made business people (something neither of us could have foreseen when we began almost four years ago). And ultimately, we have forged a lifestyle for ourselves that is the most triumphant and sacred anomaly we never could have imagined.

While this record officially begins our career as an ensemble, it also begins a legacy of releasing music by Teach Me Equals, tertiary projects, and the work of trusted friends who we believe will expand greater consciousness through honest, thoughtful, aural art. With Minorlit Records, we will now be able to bring this kind of uncompromisingly head-strong music to digital markets in over 3 dozen countries, and stores across America -from mom and pop record shops to big box stores.

photo by Jedidiah Shoemaker at Ringling Underground
photo by Jedidiah Shoemaker at Ringling Underground

We are on the brink of achieving a milestone for ourselves and offering up to anyone who will listen, now and forever, a body of work that starts with Knives In The Hope Chest, our debut album, and ends at the bottom of all of our rainbows, where the color clots and finally ceases to aerate our wildest dreams (never).

Simply, we are thrilled to be heard and cannot thank you enough for helping us resound.

With <3,

E&G

A night well spent in an abandoned shooting range in Arizona
A night well spent in an abandoned shooting range in Arizona

Risks and challenges

We consider Teach Me Equals to be a part of a greater legacy of diverse artists: musicians, writers, thinkers, inventors, filmmakers, survivalists, etc., who invoke an ethos of self-reliance and focused community building to make the seemingly impossible not only possible, but also economical and ecologically as well as politically sound. In short, we are Queer-positive, pro-feminist, and proudly DIY/ DIT (Do It Yourself/ Do It Together), and this bears several implications that are pertinent to the "Risks and Challenges" of this particular project:

For those of you who are involved or intimately familiar with the DIY/ DIT arts community, you already know that essentially ANYTHING can happen. For those of you who are new to all this, welcome :) and please trust us when we say that it is a jungle out there, and snakes are the last thing we are worried about...

As a completely independent touring band, we often operate on trust alone. Every day, we trust that with proper maintenance and extra vigilance, our automobile, our equipment, and our health will get us to the next show night after night. We trust that the promoters and venues who book us will host a good show for us and pay us fairly. We trust somehow, some way, we will find a safe place to park our camper or a pull in our sleeping bags for a good nights rest.

Of course, there are no guarantees with any of this. All we can do is plan as wisely as we know how, and be ready to adapt if the situation calls for it. (Thankfully, we have gotten very good at adapting over the years). Overall, the risks of this lifestyle are higher than others, and we are OK with that. We are used to it at this point, and about the worst thing we could imagine (barring total cataclysm) is to lose a series of shows or if we are unable to book all of the shows that we need to over the 6 month tour. And if that happens, we'll probably wait out lull periods in the woods to conserve money and gas. We've done it before; it's actually kind of fun.

Everything else, quite simply, is a matter of time, money, and energy. We have certainly been putting the requisite time and energy (over 20 years combined experience as professional musicians), and have been budgeting for this release since the completion of our last 7-month US tour (Feb. 2014). With the funds that we have reserved, projected sales of albums and t-shirts, and hopefully, the funds from this campaign, we are completely on track to meeting the goals that we have outlined herein. Frankly, the really hard work has been done for quite some time -this, here, is the fun part.

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to address the concept of "success". This fundraiser touches only lightly on the element of success and what it means to us. We do hope that our record is heard and that our tour is attended, as it will undoubtedly make it easier for us to continue touring and releasing music in the future. However, it is important for us to acknowledge that we do not weigh our success on how many records we sell or how many people we can pack into a club in a given city. Not by any means. We view success as the ability to do what you love (in our case, express ourselves artistically), and share it with people in a way that promotes a meaningful exchange. Hopefully we won't starve, but yes, that is a risk and a challenge that, frankly, we'll handle if we have to, just like everything else.

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FAQ

  • We started Minorlit Records out of necessity, really, because we finagled ourselves a physical and distribution contract.

    Yes, we are self-funded, but with our tour, a pro PR firm, and this physical distribution, we're about as close as we could ever imagine to being signed to a big label WITHOUT losing control of the expenses racked up in our name.

    A distribution company is, long story short, the salesman that establishes relationships with record stores and sales channels of all types, including digital marketplaces (Amazon, iTunes, etc), independent record stores and big chain stores, and maintains the stock and accounting for labels they distribute.

    Because we started our own record label, we will be working with Burnside Distribution, who will be our representative to each of those digital channels and record stores.

    Without representation, the digital part is pretty easy. BUT, to get a record into a store, the band would have to contact each store INDIVIDUALLY and set up an agreement for the store to either to buy the records outright (which is extremely rare) OR allow the band to consign them, which requires the band itself (IF the store is even amenable to doing so, which is also rare) to check the stock, see how sales are going, follow up on receiving payment, picking up extra stock that isn't purchased, etc etc.

    With Burnside, they have not only a trusted, working relationship with the record stores but they also have a system in place in which ordering records to stock is easy and reliable. A customer can walk in to almost any record store, ask for our album and it can be delivered in a matter of days, right alongside the Medeski Martin & Clyde + Nels Cline album. IN 14 COUNTRIES!!!

    Pretty f-ing cool, right?

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    9 backers

    THE STARVING ARTIST:
    Receive a download of a surprise single from "Knives In The Hope Chest" the same day you pledge!

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    Pledge $10 or more

    28 backers

    THE ULTIMATE ECO-PACK:
    Advanced digital download of "Knives in the Hope Chest," sent to your inbox immediately after this campaign ends!
    You’ll also receive a download code for an unreleased single the day of your pledge.

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    30 backers

    THE GENERATION X-ER:
    A physical copy of the cd, a sticker, and a thank-you note, shipped one month prior to the official release!
    + same-day single and advanced digital download

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    80 backers

    THE LUDDITE:
    Knives in the Hope Chest on limited-run, COLORED VINYL, a sticker, and a thank-you note, shipped one month prior to its official release!
    + same-day single and advanced digital download

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    32 backers

    THE MODERNIST:
    Don't have a turntable? Get a t-shirt, screen-printed by the band JUST FOR YOU in your choice of shirt and ink color, a sticker, and a thank-you note, mailed to your house!
    + same-day single and advanced digital download

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    27 backers

    THE E-Z LISTENER:
    KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE acoustic EP, hand-packaged by the band, Vinyl or CD + custom t-shirt + sticker + same-day single and advanced digital download!

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    Pledge $75 or more

    7 backers

    THE SHOW ME THE BALONEY:
    A copy of our Baloney Book (a collection of poems, drawings, recording notes and tour photos cataloguing the entire process so far- from demos to touring the country), 2 guest list spots at a show in your area (anywhere in the US)
    PLUS everything in the $50 reward!

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    14 backers

    THE ETERNAL SHOUT OUT:
    A poster, signed with a personalized dedication, and a thank you in the liner notes PLUS everything in the $75 reward!!

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    7 backers All gone!

    THE OFF CHANCE IT MIGHT BE WORTH SOMETHING ON EBAY:
    An autographed test pressing of Knives In The Hope Chest with one-of-a-kind LP jacket hand-made by the band
    PLUS everything in the $100 reward!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    THE SHREDDER:
    A SHREDDED CELLO BOW engraved with a personalized dedication and a framed, handwritten copy of the lyrics from a song of your choice!
    PLUS Everything in the $150 reward.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    O-O-O- WE THANK YO FACE:
    the jacket Greg Pitts (Office Space, Coyote Ugly) wore and the masks we made for our yet-to-be-released music video for Coelacanth!
    PLUS everything in the $300 reward!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $750 or more

    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    THE HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME:
    We will record a cover of your favorite song, create a music video to accompany it in a custom-packaged DVD, and make a one-of-a-kind hand-packaged CD for the recording
    PLUS everything in the $300 reward!

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    THE WE'LL EVEN PLAY "FREEBIRD":
    A private show (you pick the set! Want ambient music for your art gallery? Want us to play "Freebird"? You got it!) and digital download party favors for up to 20 guests, as well as a pre-show dinner for 4 (cooked by the band) anywhere in the United States!
    PLUS everything in the $300 reward!

    (must be booked 6 months in advance, with some exceptions)

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    THE SAINTLIEST SANTA:
    A private performance (with set of your choice!) and digital download party favors for up to 20 guests AND and a personal 90 minute lesson or group workshop with Greg on tone shaping, looping, beat-making, and/or playing the cello.
    PLUS everything in the $300 reward!

    (must be booked 6 months in advance, with some exceptions)

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    CALL US IF YOU EVER NEED A LIVER (No, seriously. Call us if you ever need an organ.):

    Producer credit on the album AND an original composition, featuring your talents on the recording (if you so choose), that you can use however you'd like!
    PLUS everything in either of the $1000 rewards!

    *liver is not actually included

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    CALL ME IF YOU EVER NEED A LIVER, Pt. 2 (Yup, offer still stands! We have two livers between the two of us!):

    Producer credit on the album AND a video or short film (6 minutes or less) directed, shot, and edited for your band or business by Teach Me Equals.
    PLUS everything in either of the $1000 rewards!

    *liver is not actually included

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Funding period

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