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Ska/Punk/PartyCore band The A-OKs are recording a 4th album to be released 2015!
108 backers pledged $4,781 to help bring this project to life.

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**UPDATE!** STRETCH GOALS!

As of 12/27, we've hit our official goal thanks to a generous amount of post-holiday donations! Thank you to everyone for making this idea a reality! We still have two weeks left before this project closes and we are still accepting and encouraging pledges! If you haven't yet donated, you can still claim any of the available rewards by donating. There are still some neat A-OKs things to claim!

We are also introducing a few stretch goals which we will meet if we reach far beyond our official goals. These are tokens of our thanks for your incredible generosity!

If we reach $4500 before the project's close, The A-OKs will release a sexy 2015 calendar. Yes, it's the calendar you never knew you wanted, with your favorite A-OK member covering your favorite month with pure, unadulterated machismo! (Nicole will be fully clothed.)

If we reach $4800, The A-OKs will record and release a special acoustic version of the new album! For the hardcore A-OKs fan, this will include the contents of the new record performed acoustically and may include a few extra songs!

If we reach $5000, you will help us fund our special music video series! We plan to film and release one or two music videos in conjunction with the new album, but if we make this extra push, we plan to make a series of music videos for the album. This will include a special music video celebrating all of the Kickstarter donators!

At $6000, we will record and release a RAP ALBUM. Yeah, maybe we aren't the greatest rappers, but wouldn't you want to fund your favorite band as they make complete fools of themselves?

More stretch goals as we figure out their logistics! Thanks everyone for your continuing support!


The A-OKs are back in studio to record a brand new album!

After months of preparation, complications, and and excessive celebration, The A-OKs are ready to record a new full length studio album. We have been hard at work writing new songs as well as perfecting familiar tunes for the studio treatment. We are scheduled to begin recording at the end of February 2015 with the release date TBA! This is going to be our most exciting, ambitious project to date and we plan to work with scene veterans, fellow bands, and our friends and fans to make this an awesome and insane album possible.

Why Donate?

Full length albums are not cheap to complete. The entire process is long and challenging. Often times, independent bands will neglect to record their works because the costs are just too steep. We all have bills to pay and, although we plan on recording this album regardless of the project's success, we have started this Kickstarter to ensure the highest quality product to be completed as promptly as possible. 

Our philosophy with this project is to include the ska scene in its creation. We have been lucky enough to grow and progress in one of the most welcoming, supportive communities in underground music history and we want everyone who is interested in helping to be represented as a significant part of this project. Bands these days are faced with a unique and challenging generation of music creation and promotion. We want to use tools like Kickstarter to allow our fans and friends to contribute to our process. 

If you donate, you will be helping a passionate, hard-working band complete a dream-project. You will also be awarded a number of rewards depending on your donation. Many of these rewards include The A-OKs inviting you to actually contribute to the album! All rewards are detailed on the sidebar. Consider them tokens of our eternal gratitude!

Risks and challenges

There will always be complications when it comes to making a new record. We are scheduled for a limited time with our recording studio and sound engineer and, despite our preparedness, unforeseen challenges may bring us over our allotted time and leave our album incomplete. While this is always a concern of ours, we do NOT consider it a risk to our potential backers. We guarantee the completion of our album, even if it comes as a great, personal financial loss.

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    You have our heartfelt thanks and eternal gratitude! Thank you for helping our cause!

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    We will include your name on the liner notes of the album and you have our eternal heartfelt thanks! Be immortalized in print as a wonderful, generous person! This reward is, of course, given to everyone who donates at least five dollars to our goal.

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    We will send you a limited edition A-OKs fan kit! This package includes an exclusive button, sticker, and patch that we will never print again. Show your stripes as a member of this elusive and premier society of A-OKs-backers!

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    In addition to The A-OKs fan kit and including your name in our liner notes, we will send you an EARLY RELEASE digital download of the album! One week prior to the release, you'll receive every track in high quality MP3 format.

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    A signed CD release poster! This will be a high quality poster designed by our resident artist, Christian Jaramillo and signed by every member of The A-OKs! You also get your name in our liner notes, an early release album digital download, and The A-OKs fan kit!

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    A physical copy of the CD signed by the members of The A-OKs! Consider your CD bought and paid for! This also includes an early release digital download of the album and The A-OKs fan kit!

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    We will invite you to the studio during recording to be part of the gang vocals! Be a part of our album! Any screaming, yelling, group singing, and partying will include YOU!
    Scheduling for this reward is at our discretion. Backers who choose this reward will also get a commemorative plaque with a picture of the gang recording gang vocals!

    You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Backers who choose this pledge will receive a special edition, limited print A-OKS T-SHIRT! Wear your generosity on your sleeve! Be sure to send us your shirt size a aoksrok@gmail.com! You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    This one's for the gamblers. With this reward, you get a... MYSTERY BOX! What's inside? You don't know! WE don't know! We promise it won't suck! You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Our resident trumpeter and celebrated Pastry Chef, Nicole Swan, will bake you a dozen cupcakes to your specifications! Any flavor! Vegan or non-vegan! She'll make the for you! Pick up your cupcakes at the CD release show. You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Mark and Mark game night! Have you ever wanted to get your butt kicked in Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Brothers 4 by the lead singer and saxophonist of The A-OKs? Backers who choose this reward make that scenario a reality! You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Only one person may claim this reward! The lucky backer will be invited to record a message on our phone's voice mail to be included on the album! Make it heartfelt! Make it funny! But please don't make it disgusting, rude, or hateful. We reserve the right to ask you to try again! You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    This reward is reserved for ONE lucky backer. If you claim this reward, we will cover a song of your choice at the CD release show! We will perform any song you want to the best of your ability! Please be reasonable. Nobody wants to hear us try to cover a dubstep song! You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    The A-Oks will CLEAN YOUR HOUSE!

    Members Justin, Bob, and Mark Swan will clean your house or apartment! (Limited the Denver Metro Area)
    You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Bob, Drummer of The A-Oks will come to your house and change the oil in your car for you! Bob is an automotive wizard and will do this boring and cumbersome task for you!
    You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    A Night on the Town with The A-Oks!
    Come have an evening of debauchery and excitement!

    Backers who are under 21 years old will have a different experience than those who are 21+ but it will be loads of fun no matter what!
    You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    An hour guitar lesson with our very own Justin Cantrell! Whether you want to learn a specific song or just the basics, Justin will help teach you!

    You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Private Trombone lesson with our very own Matt Sanchez! Matt will spend an hour to help you learn a song or just teach you in general!

    You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Free Admission to 6 A-OKs shows of your choice! If a show comes through and The A-OKs are on it, we will get you in. Each show is your choice!

    You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    The lucky guy or gal who chooses this reward will be invited to name a song on our album! We have a brand new song that is ready and raring to be recorded for this album, but it doesn't have a name! Contribute to our history! Title the song however you'd like but please don't be hateful, rude, or disgusting. We reserve the right to ask you to come up with something else. You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    The A-OKs will write a song for you! Whether you have lyrics, a tune, or just a vague idea, The A-OKs will compose your song and record it for you! This is at our discretion; please no hateful or distasteful lyrics. We reserve the right to ask you to change lyrics if we don't approve. You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Christian Jaramillo's very first bass guitar, signed by The A-OKs! It's a Fender/Epiphone Frankenstein and Christian bought it when he was 14 to impress a girl! This puppy has survived five or six punk bands and can be yours as a piece of A-OKs memorabilia! You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Lead Singer, Mark Swan, will tattoo your name on his buttocks. This is part of a competitive pledge! Mark and Christian will compete to see who can get more backers' names on their butts. The tattooing will be photographed and video taped! You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Bass Player, Christian Jaramillo, will tattoo your name on his buttocks. This is part of a competitive pledge! Mark and Christian will compete to see who can get more backers' names on their butts. The tattooing will be photographed and video taped! You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    We will play a private house party for you! Limit to within two hours driving distance from the Denver Metro area.

    Supply the house, invite as many people as you want, and we will come play for you!

    You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    Out of State Fans!
    Next time we tour or come through your state we will play a private house show for you and your friends!

    You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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    As a special thanks to you for dedicating this much money to our goal, we will host a special album listening party in your honor at a local music venue! You may invite anyone you want to this party. We will play a private set for you at this event and you and your party will hear the album before anyone else! We will cater this party! You also get: your name included in our liner notes, The A-OKs fan kit, an early release digital download of the album, and a signed CD release poster!

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Funding period

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