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Being in a band can make you feel like clowns, but we've got the best fans so we're not too worried. You are the new record labels!!
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Sometimes being in a band can make you feel like clowns.

This Summer, we posted an interview on YouTube; it was the first time Francy ever talked about his stutter on camera. Since then, he's learned how much of a privilege it is for him to be a voice for "Kelly" (you guys), considering how difficult it is for him to speak.

A lot about the music industry has changed, but two things have stayed the same: You want music that makes you feel something, and we want to make it for you. The bad news is that recording music costs a lot of money. And after all the cracked cymbals, flat tires and long drives to the next show, money is something we don't have a lot of.

So where does that leave us?

Well, record deals don't always work out the way you hope they will. And 'sleeping in the van' loses its punk-rock-appeal after a couple tours. But even when we feel like clowns for continuing to make Hello Kelly music, we remember those times outside the venue, when you guys helped us pack up our trailer and said, "Don't stop doing what you're doing." We took that to heart.

This next record we want to make is about how loud the world is, and how frustrating it can be when you're in the middle of it, with something to say, something you believe in. Musically and lyrically, this record is going to be more raw, passionate and provocative than anything we've ever done before.

Instead of asking you to buy our new record after it's done, we're asking you to buy it BEFORE it's done.

We've decided to set our goal a little higher than we originally planned, because we have faith in YOU. Your pledge will go towards paying our hard-working producers, getting the record mixed, renting the studio, designing the artwork, manufacturing, promoting to radio, tour expenses, and maybe the occasional celebratory bottle of wine (thank you!)

As a very humble thank you for your contribution, you'll get a free download of the record and your name will be in the liner notes. We're also offering sweet additional perks to you guys, depending on how much you pledge. Next time you're in line at McDonald's, consider supporting us instead. You'll get something you can keep forever, instead of, well, McDonalds.

We're not just asking you to help us make a record. We're asking you to be a part of this record. So if we reach our goal, please don't stop pledging! The tricky part is that if we don't reach our goal by Jan 19, 2012, Kickstarter will then refund everybody's pledges and we won't get anything. It's an all of nothing scenario.

We know that you work hard for your money and that there are more important causes out there. But if you've got any money kicking around, if one of our songs has ever made you feel something, please consider helping us out! It'll keep us going.

Being Happy Klowns is OK. But being Hello Kelly is way better.

Thank you!!

-Francy, George, Ben and Travis

(PS. If you have any questions, send us a message and we'll answer it in a FAQ section. Also, don't worry about shipping addresses, shirt sizes, etc. All of that info will be collected after the campaign has ended on January 22nd.)

----[Special thanks to the following awesome people for their help making the wacky video: Jonathan Steckley, Ken Ogasawara, Trevor Hunsberger, Nathan Steckley Leis, and Kelsey Heska]

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    "Crack, Crack, Crack the Egg Into the Bowl": A personalized YouTube video of us baking cookies for you, thanking you for supporting indie music, and then eating the cookies in your honor. We'll play a song for you too, if you want + the exclusive screen-printed poster, exclusive T-shirt, 5 HK buttons, DD & name in liner notes

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    We'll carefully (and lovingly) scrawl the lyrics of a HK song (of your choice) on a poster, sign it, FRAME it and send it to you + the exclusive T-shirt, 5 HK buttons, DD & name in liner notes

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    We'll send you a "one-of-a-kind" handwritten page of lyrics from the new record. Seriously, we'll carefully rip it right out of Francy's "lyrics notebook"! And we'll autograph it! + exclusive screen-printed poster, exclusive T-shirt, 5 HK buttons, DD & name in liner notes

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    "Cowbunga!!": During recording, we’ll order pizza in your honour, sign the box, stuff it full of free merch (in a bag so it doesn't smell like a pizza!), and send it to you! + exclusive T-shirt, 5 HK buttons, DD & name in liner notes

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    Talk to us!! (It’ll be fun!) On the phone or on Skype and we’ll play you a song or two if you want, answer questions, ask you for dating advice (?) + exclusive T-shirt, 5 HK buttons, DD & name in liner notes

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    FOR DRUMMER'S: An autographed cymbal used by Ben on the record - it might even be cracked!! An autographed drum head, some drum sticks, plus some photo prints of the gear in action! + exclusive T-shirt, 5 HK buttons, DD & name in liner notes

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    Come on tour with us! (kinda) We'll put your name on our trailer (we'll get a legit decal made and stick it on there) so you're with us everywhere we go. FOREVER. If all of these sell out, we'll have a trailer full of YOUR names! + exclusive T-shirt, DD & name in liner notes

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    "The Stalker" Package: We'll ship you an autographed life-size cut-out of all 4 members of Hello Kelly. (Note: A great present for your mom!) + exclusive T-shirt, DD & name in liner notes

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    "Living Room" Package: We'll come to your house and play an acoustic set! Plus we'll chill, watch a movie, play board games, whatever! Gather some friends and split this! + exclusive T-shirt, DD & name in liner notes (if you live more than 4 hours from either Orangeville, ON or Nashville, TN, we'll work you into our touring schedule. If you don't want to wait, we'll need a bit more money to make a special trip out to you. Message us!)

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    "Backyard Party" Package: We'll come to your house with a full blast sound & lights system and put on a crazy rock show. Gather some friends and split this! If the cops show up to shut us down, we'll give away $150 of free merch! + exclusive T-shirt, DD & name in liner notes
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    "Radio Star" Package: If you're crazy enough, come to Nashville and be a feature guest on one of our new songs on the new record! If you buy this perk, we'll be in touch to figure out what you play and then plan to feature you in a song! We'll also take you out to dinner and a movie in Nashville! + exclusive T-shirt, DD & name in liner notes
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    "Over the Top" Package: The opportunity to arm wrestle Francy for his guitar (a super beat-up 2004 Gibson SG Special with white pickguard and custom pick-ups configuration). We'll drive/fly to your hometown and film the whole event. If you're a pipsqueak, then get your dad/brother/boyfriend to stand in for you, but be warned: Francy's been working out!! Winner take all! We'll also hook you up with tons of free HK merch and a house show! + exclusive T-shirt, DD & name in liner notes

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