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Paul Banks & The Carousels are in pre-production for their new record. Find out how you can play a special role in finishing it.

Thank you so much. This Kickstarter campaign is over and was a great success, thanks to you. Check out some of the other great Austin, Texas projects on Kickstarter, and please visit us at TheCarousels.com to see what's up with our new music. You'll find new high-quality videos there and tour schedules and everything else. We will continue to take donations to this project via PayPal at ptbanks@gmail.com, until the release of the two new EPs or full-length album. PayPal-backers will receive the same rewards listed on this page for Kickstarter-backers.

I love you, and I thank you. You gave me the best birthday gift ever: encouragement and support to continue creating new music. Your enthusiastic response means a lot to me. Let's sing together forever.

-Paul

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GOAL: $10,000

DREAM TO RELEASE RECORD THE RIGHT WAY: $17,000

APRIL 6 IS MY BIRTHDAY, AND YOUR PLEDGE IS THE ONLY GIFT I WANT.

***If you would like to buy me a birthday beer on April 6, 2012, just add that $3 or $5 or $7 (depending on the drink) to the Kickstarter instead. $2 Lone Star prices and Crown Royale prices also accepted.***

Here's a little raw excerpt of the Austin trio experimenting with another brand new tune:

Paul Banks & The Carousels are currently pre-producing and arranging enough new material for a full-length album. We've been playing many of the songs since as early as last July on tour in California, and I feel like this is the most exciting batch of songs I've written to date. I've explored new songwriting styles and incorporated some enduring influences that I have to tap into, such as funky dance rhythms that groove hard and deep. The songs are diverse, and I hope that you find hope and goodness in them. I'm thrilled about where we're heading. 

Mostly, I want to sing my heart out to you and share life together. It's what we do.

We're anxious to get these songs recorded -- the way they should be recorded. And we want to get them to the world's ears, too. The recordings will be released in the next year either as two EPs or as one full-length album.

So here's what your pledge will make possible:

We will be recording in Church House Studio, a studio in East Austin with a former life as an old gospel church. I think the echoes of the old space will create the perfect setting for our ebb and flow.

We will produce the music ourselves with Fat Fuse, the professional production team headed up by our multi-instrumentalist bandmate, Christopher Cox, and engineer Grant Johnson. They have impressive experience -- their last production was the new record for our friend Dana Falconberry. Christopher (a great composer in his own right) will also arrange strings to complement vocal harmonies arranged by Jonathan and Joel Nesvadba and myself. (The Nesvadba twins, who currently reside in Los Angeles, will be coming home to Austin for the production).

There will be all sorts of fun things on the record. I've had a great year playing with people all over the country and around Austin, and a string of talented friends and special guests will be involved in the recordings.

After recording, we'll work with another producer to mix the record into glorious sublimity. Then it will be mastered. Both of these steps require a lot of money to be done correctly. We also need to pay for string players and other musicians for the larger arrangements, in addition to studio time and engineering. Your pledge will also help to fund manufacturing and the many costs that go into releasing a great product.

Thanks for stopping by. Check out the rewards -- by supporting us, you'll get all kinds of sweet stuff.

Glad you're here,

Paul

Paul Banks & The Carousels are: Paul Banks, Christopher Cox, Jonathan Nesvadba, Matthew Shepherd, Joel Nesvadba, and, often, a bunch of other friends from all over.

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    GOODIE BAG, WHICH IS: [[[Custom hand-decorated tote bag stuffed with==> Signed “Yelling at the Sun” 2010 vinyl LP \\\ Signed “Paul Banks” 2007 CD \\\ New Album (or 2 EPs if that's how it's released) Signed on CD \\\ Full-length homemade CD of an entire live concert recorded at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood \\\ Homemade CD of lots of Unreleased Homemade Demos, old and new, including Originals, Christmas tunes, Covers \\\ Custom T-shirt for Kickstarter supporters \\\ Signed limited-edition Poster]]] \\\ all downloads (all of the above plus)

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    All of the above \\\ Lifetime guest-list spot for you and a guest at all concerts (this includes all future shows, including stadiums, on the Moon in the year 2060, & excludes some festivals, TV appearances, private functions) \\\ 4 GOODIE BAGS \\\ your name included in the the liner notes \\\ A Giant Kiss on the Face from each band member* _______________________________ *Christopher Cox (bass, guitar, piano, string arrangements) may opt for a warm, healthy handshake in lieu of a giant kiss on the face, for reasons pending. Package includes kisses from Jonathan and Joel Nesvadba, so be careful, ladies.

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