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Grape Soda is an experimental pop band from Athens, GA. We want to put out our debut album on vinyl, and we can't do it alone.

Grape Soda is two brothers, Mat and Ryan Lewis, currently living in Athens, Georgia. We try our hardest to write perfect pop songs, then hide them somewhere between the spacey soundscapes of Mat's Farfisa organ and Ryan's nervy, driving drumbeats. Sometimes it sounds like an old Stax or Motown record played a few RPMs too fast through a blown speaker. Sometimes it doesn't sound anything like that at all. See for yourself!
http://www.myspace.com/grapesodaforlife

We've been around for a little over a year and a half, and in that time we've played with dozens of incredible bands, made countless friends, and even helped create a minor internet sensation.

The achievement we're most proud of, however, is the album we recorded and mixed this spring. It's set to be our first proper, full-length release, and we think it sounds really great. We cut a lot of corners and saved a lot to fund the recording, and now all that's left is to share it with you.

We've decided to press our album as a vinyl record because we love you and want you to have something nice. If you want an album as a physical object -- to look at the artwork, read the liner notes, feel what you've paid for in your hands rather than see it listed on your iPod -- why not get a big, beautiful record? All our records will come with codes for digital downloads of the album anyway, so let's cut out the middle man.

By our calculations, it's going to take a little over $3,000 to press our record through United Pressing. They're a reputable company, the most cost-effective, and on top of that, they'll give anyone that donates $50 or more a test pressing!

So what do you say? We hope you say "hey I want to give those Grape Soda guys some money so they can press their album on vinyl and send me a copy." Did you say that? Seriously, please say that.

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    Good karma, and access to our site updates! Dollar amount proportional to the bad karma you're trying to cancel out.

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    All of the above, plus a high quality digital download of our album!

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    All of the above, plus a copy of our album on colored vinyl! Free shipping! It will be breathtaking, we swear.

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    All of the above, plus a bonus CD of unreleased Grape Soda material. Pop gems, covers, minimalist compositions, the whole nine yards!!

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    All of the above, plus a free test pressing courtesy of United Record Pressing!

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    All of the above, plus a genuine Grape Soda t-shirt, designed by Steve Armstrong of American Cheeseburger!

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    All of the above, plus we'll make you a personalized, one-of-a-kind mix CD! Let us know what kind of music you like, or we'll just go crazy and surprise you.

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    All of the above, plus we'll perform for you live, via Skype. Imagine! It'll be like Grape Soda was shrunk down and trapped inside your computer, all for your sick, twisted enjoyment.

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    All of the above, plus we'll write and record a special song just for you! Again, you can give us pointers, or just let our imaginations run wild. Our imaginations can run really fast!

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    All of the above, plus we'll make you a short video. It'll probably be equal parts music video, art film, and sketch comedy. And you can do whatever you want with it!

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    All of the above, plus if you live within three states of us we'll come play a show at your house! Or your wood shed. Or your place of work. It's your call.

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    You win! You will get literally everything mentioned above, plus we will prank call anyone you want, whenever you want, as many times as you want! We will be as vindictive or as good-natured as you demand. We're so serious.

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