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Wesleyan/Connecticut rock band records its first EP. Awesomeness ensues.
76 backers pledged $3,030 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey! You there! Yes, you. The one reading this right now. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are The Japanese, a three piece rock band (or "power trio" if you will) from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. We've been together for four years, playing a number of shows with acts like Lightning Bolt, Twin Shadow, Zammuto, and Kayo Dot. We play some kind of post-prog-punk-pop-math-indie-jangle-fusion of rock music, which probably doesn't tell you anything at all, so here are some links to things that we're mentioned in. A few years ago, with the help of good friend Danny Sullivan, we recorded a few songs and made a (NSFW) music video that people seemed to like. But now, with two of our members graduating into the real world, we're not sure what comes next. 

That's why, two weeks ago, we went to NYC and recorded an EP. We wanted a record of what we've done these past four years that, at the very least, we could look back to and remember. We also wanted to give all of you, our friends, family, and curious internet readers, these songs as a thank you for all of your help and support. And last, we will certainly be sending copies of the EP off to record companies, A&Rs, blogs, etc. to get our music out there and see what happens. 

We worked in an awesome studio with a fantastic producer on five mostly-new songs. We're extremely excited about the work we've done so far (some of which can be heard in the video at the top of the page), but the process is still far from complete.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO FINISH OUR EP

While the three of us have been able to pay off a fair amount of the initial recording costs (through jobs, equipment rentals, and THIS), there is still a lot of production work (mixing and mastering) to be done before any of these songs are "complete." The money you donate will go directly towards the completion of this EP, which will be released as soon as humanly possible (most likely this summer). $3,000 will definitely pay for a fully produced, mixed, and mastered three song EP. Any additional money will go towards finishing songs 4 and 5. 

If all of that wasn't enough to convince you to donate, please look to the right and read about all of the rewards we will be offering to donors. There are plenty of great options to choose from!

Thank you all for taking the time to read this! We really appreciate your support and hope that you contribute to our EP. Please send this along to anyone you think might be interested in our kickstarter and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. 

-The Japanese

Risks and challenges

Not many, honestly. The songs are recorded and in very capable hands, so if we get enough money to pay our producer, he will take care of the rest. The only possible hiccup might be how long it takes to finish each individual track. While we believe the EP will be fully finished and released during the summer, the absolute worst case scenario would see that delayed to fall.

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    A big hug or high five from all of us. Pretty sweet. And the EP when it's released.

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    A download of the EP before it's released to the public!

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    (Local Only) Dan will teach you the Soulja Boy dance (from "Crank That").

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    (Local Only) 1 cup of artisan coffee brewed by Neo with Neo's Hario V60.

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    (Local Only) FINALS WEEK SPECIAL! Snack delivery during finals.

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    Lyrics.

    Sick of not knowing what Adrien is mumbling about on stage? A pdf of lyrics to all the current Japanese songs.

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    (Local Only) Borrow one of Adrien's hats for the day.

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    Neo's voice on your answering machine. English or Japanese available.

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    Thank you Sam Barth for the idea!

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    A personalized mix from Neo.

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    (Local Only) Japanese Hang Out.

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    An invitation to the next IZE meeting. If you don't know what that means, don't choose this.

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    An early download of each track, available upon completion. You'll have the tracks before anyone else. SUPER EXCLUSIVE.

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    Movie night with Neo!

    Snuggle up with Neo and watch a film to be agreed upon in advance. He refuses to watch M. Night Shyamalan films.

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    Inclusion in the "Special Thanks" section of the release.

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    SENIOR SPECIAL. Neo will film your portion of the graduation ceremony and will send you the video at a later date. Plus early download of tracks as they're finished, inclusion in the special thanks, and hugs/high fives.

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    (Local Only) An artisan quiche handmade by Dan delivered to you any time of day or night. Your choice of toppings and clothing worn by Dan.

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    (Local Only) The Japanese will cover a song of your choosing at an upcoming show.

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    (Local Only) Take a Japanese member of your choosing out for a date (guaranteed minimum of 2 hours)! We'll pay for our half!

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    Sleep on one of the band member's couches for one night of senior week!

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    (Local Only) A private dining experience with Adrien, complete with a New York Strip Steak prepared Music House-style (pan fried with salt and pepper). Presence of Adrien's roommate Dylan VERY optional.

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    Adrien will sing you a song either in person or via Skype. Song choice up for negotiation.

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    (Local Only) We will play a private show for you and your friends (optional) at an on campus location TBD.

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    (Local Only) Dan will give you an hour long drum lesson.

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    Adrien will write and perform (either in person or via Skype) a song written specifically for you. Specifics to be discussed at a later date.

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    (Local Only) A ride in Adrien's wrangler. With the top down. Blasting your song of choice. Loudly.

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    A spot in the next Japanese music video, to be filmed over the summer. Shooting will likely occur in the tri-state area and you will be responsible for travel arrangements. Plus early download of tracks as they're finished, inclusion in the special thanks, and hugs/high fives. Thanks Spencer Burnham for the idea!

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    Dress Neo for a day (8 hours). Photographic evidence will be provided.

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