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After two EPs and a handful of singles, The Kickback is ready to record their debut album!
After two EPs and a handful of singles, The Kickback is ready to record their debut album!
257 backers pledged $19,721 to help bring this project to life.

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Sorry All Over The Place is a collection of songs about being terrified of dying, but even more scared of not living. But, you know. Really danceable. 

Hi. I'm Billy. The Kickback started in my Criminal Justice book (the name was in a blurb about Enron. Believe it or not, things didn't turn out so great for those guys) at the University of South Dakota and has since claimed my brother Danny, Washington D.C.-native Eamonn, and Mexico-born Jonny. All I've ever wanted to do is make an album of music I was proud to put into the world. All I've ever wanted to do is to make recordings that would define moments of your life. All I've ever wanted to do is to be your everything, all the time, and without precedent or competition. I want to make a record to make popes (multiple) weep, to make wingless animals fly, and make Michael Keaton notice us and decide to star in all of our music videos for the rest of our lives. And it's time for us to try.

I can't actually explain why this means so much to me the same way I can't explain why "Walk Away Renee" by Left Banke reduced me to tears while riding in a van with my mom around age 7. I understood that after losing a girlfriend in the third grade, I should call the Sioux Falls, SD oldies station and request "Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri-Las and stay up until 10 p.m. (on a school night for God's sakes) waiting to tape the song on my boombox. I understood that "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)" by the Four Seasons was probably the greatest song ever written (my 10-year-old Christmas proclamation of 1996). Without music, my sorry life isn't worth the skin it's printed on (try shouting that at your wife in the middle of an argument about the volume of The Muppet Movie soundtrack in your apartment), and I want to make a record that will make someone feel the same. I want you to hear our record and feel hope/hopeless/doubtful/stupefied/rejected/rewarded/FULL OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS EVER BEEN A FEELING. This seems to be the best way to make that happen.

It ruined Danny and me fairly early on.
It ruined Danny and me fairly early on.

We've put recordings into the world. Ask a guy in this band how he feels about them. 

Please don't. It's a touchy subject. 

We've put out a couple EPs and a few singles, all with budgetary guns pressed so hard to our heads that the inevitable outcome sounded rushed, lifeless, and like the budgetary gun was used instead to shoot ourselves in the foot (to get the most mileage out of a useless metaphor). We've decided to do it right, despite how bloated the number may appear to you or how selfish and unnecessary a Kickstarter may seem when there are so many problems to fix in the world. This isn't a humanitarian effort unless you count the mental health of four frustrated boys in Chicago. If you don't think we won't hate ourselves for every minute of this campaign, then boy you didn't grow up Catholic or Jewish (we've got a healthy mix). But if it's between continually putting out records we don't believe in and putting out nothing at all, at this point we're ready to defer to the latter. But just once, we want to do this right. Make a record as God intended. 

But we don't have a label or rich uncles. My desire to make music gets me out of bed in the morning and keeps me from sleeping at night, but wishes and hopes make not a pope weep from the new Kickback record he just heard on his solid gold pope turntable. The pope only weeps if we can afford to do this.

After pooling our collective money, we find ourselves about 16k shy of our goal. Your contribution will help pay for the engineering, the production, the mastering, the PR (eye-roll, yeah, but we have to if we want people to hear it), the packaging, and the distribution of the record. Best case scenario: A label decides to put it out and people are able to hear it all over the world. Worst case scenario: we put it on the Internet and people are able to hear it all over the world. We want to ensure that start-to-finish, what you wind up hearing is the best thing we can offer. 

Hey, it's Jim Eno!
Hey, it's Jim Eno!

When trying to bring the world to its knees with ecstasy (the emotion), it's nice to have some help. When we found out that Jim Eno from Spoon (and a bunch of awesome records he's produced and engineered) liked our demos and was into making our album, I went straight back to age 7 in the car with Mom. One of my heroes wants to help make our album. The one we're trying to do right. Think of something you love. [Actually do this. Pause for a second, you speed-reading fiend] Now think of the person you think does it as well as it can possibly be done. [Again, give it a sec, Marion Jones] Now imagine them telling you they'd like to help you make something. There's too many vague pronouns for that to make much sense, but sweet Mary Higgins Clark, maybe you can understand my excitement.

We hope some of the perks we've put together might motivate you to help us out, but frankly, you know it doesn't really cover the cost of your contribution. Please know you'll be giving life to something that we've been trying to achieve since I started putting songs into a Tascam  Portastudio cassette recorder. This record isn't just about us having a group of songs that we're confident about or working with people that seem to get what we're trying to do; those situations come and go. We want to make a record that does something to you. It makes you hate your in-laws or pity your life choices or love your neighbor or hug a landlord. If these things we've made can't make you breathe heavy for a minute, we'll have failed. And this means too much to us to fail. 

Thank you for reading this. Thank you for maybe contributing or at least not publicly calling us names. We can't stop this music thing because it's a sickness. It doesn't relent and it doesn't forgive, but it's what gives us life. I hope you have something you love as much as we love this. It makes the world a better place. It makes life okay even when you're openly begging for money. Let's make some popes cry.

Risks and challenges

It seems like people doing these things have a problem fulfilling their reward promises. Those people are idiots. We have to look you in the eye at some point, and that means doing what we say we're going to do.

Are there going to be problems that arise during the recording and completion of this thing? I can imagine contemplating hiring a hitman to off me halfway through this, but that is the nature of the creative process (mine at least), and this project means too much to us to screw it up.

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    (THE KILL FEE) Digital Download of "Kill Fee" EP + Digital Download of "Please Hurt" & "Warm Hands" + Weekly Behind the Scenes Photos/Updates

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    (THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER) Digital Download of Debut LP "Sorry All Over The Place" before it's released + THE KILL FEE PACKAGE

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    (THE ROB OUR HOUSE) Kickstarter Campaign Exclusive: Digital Download of "Rob Our House" (yes we really are finally recording it) + THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER PACKAGE

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    (THE WALTER CRONKITE) Guest star on our DISASTOUR Podcast + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE UTILITY BELT) Kickstarter Campaign Exclusive: "Sorry All Over The Place" T Shirt + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE PLEASE HURT DELUXE) Kickstarter Campaign Exclusive: Our Very First Vinyl Release "Please Hurt" & "Warm Hands" 7” Colored Vinyl + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE PEN PAL) Personalized postcard from our time in studio in Austin, TX + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE SORRY ALL OVER THE PLACE DELUXE) Kickstarter Campaign Exclusive: Vinyl Copy of our Debut LP "Sorry All Over The Place" before it's released + Digital Download Demos/Outtakes + Digital Download Remix + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE LITTLE TEACH) Billy proofreads your assignments for a whole semester + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE MICHELANGELO) Eamonn sketches anything of your choice on any size paper up to 11"x17" + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE VINYL SNOB) Kickstarter Campaign Exclusive: Vinyl Copy of our Debut LP "Sorry All Over The Place" before it's released + Our Very First Vinyl Release "Please Hurt" & "Warm Hands" 7” Colored Vinyl + Digital Download Demos/Outtakes + Digital Download Remix + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE *Presented by The In Store **Limited Hand Numbered

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    (THE MILLI VANILLI) We create an Original One of a Kind Theme Song for You in genre of your choice + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE MR. MOM)
    Movie Night with The Kickback + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE
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    (THE GUEST STAR) Sing on the record (we need your yells and ohhhhs) and on stage at record release show + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE HIPSTER) You are one of the first ten people outside of the band to hear "Sorry All Over The Place" and will receive a digital copy at least one month before everyone else + THE UTILITY BELT PACKAGE

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    (THE KID'S PARTY) Enjoy a water balloon fight in the park and pizza party with the band + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE KID'S PARTY) Enjoy a water balloon fight in the park and pizza party with the band + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE *Chicago Only
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    (THE MUSIC MAN) 4 Private Music Lessons with band member of your choice + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE
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    (THE SCRIBE) Billy hands writes the lyrics to "Sorry All Over The Place" + Used pick/drum stick from each band member + THE ROB OUR HOUSE PACKAGE

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    (THE BEETLEJUICE) Movie Night with The Kickback while they are on tour + THE UTILITY BELT PACKAGE
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    (THE HOME INVASION) The Kickback Cooks You Dinner+ Advanced Listening Party of "Sorry All Over The Place" + THE UTILITY BELT PACKAGE
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    (THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS) Name in thank you section for "Sorry All Over The Place" + THE SORRY ALL OVER THE PLACE DELUXE PACKAGE

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    (THE MICHAEL KEATON)
    We play your house / hometown and you pick the setlist (even the oldies) + THE SORRY ALL OVER THE PLACE DELUXE
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    (THE VIP) One pair of all access passes to release show of your choice + Dinner and drinks with the band + THE UTILITY BELT PACKAGE

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    (THE HOWIE) There are two Howies and now you can have ONE + THE UTILITY BELT PACKAGE

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    (THE SORRY ALL OVER THE PLACE) Spend one full day with the band in and out of the studio in Austin, TX Includes: 2 round trip tickets to Austin, rental car, 2 nights hotel stay + THE VIP

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