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Florida's Seven Years Past heading to NY to record new CD w/ Goo Goo Dolls bassist & co-founder Robby Takac producing - with your help!

Hello world!

We are Seven Years Past, a hard rock band from Sarasota, Florida.  It's been two years since the release of our debut CD "24 Days in May".  For that CD we left the beaches of Florida and headed all the way to Weed, California.  What was in Weed, you ask?  A quaint little town for one, but Radiostar Studios and multiplatinum producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust, Dishwalla) as well. 

"THANKS FOR THE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE - BUT WHY ARE YOU ASKING FOR MONEY!"

While we are proud of that CD and loved working with Sylvia, for this CD we are taking a different approach.

Seven Years Past has the amazing opportunity to head north this June and record our long awaited follow-up at GCR Audio in Buffalo, New York.  This state of the art studio was designed by the legendary John Storyk, who built and designed some of the most famous studios in music, including Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios in NYC.  Acts such as Ani Difranco, The Flaming Lips, Yes and Barenaked Ladies have all recorded in this studio, originally called Trackmasters. 

In fact, three studio engineers working at Trackmasters formed a band in 1986 that you MIGHT have heard of...the Goo Goo Dolls.  After Trackmasters fell into disrepair, Johnny and Robby from the GGDs purchased the studios and hired Storyk to come back and assist the band with the update. 

FUN FACT - the studio used to be a convent and an all-girls school.

The recording space was carefully redesigned and built with a meticulous hand in the search for perfect acoustics and has since had artists such as Cute Is What We Aim For, Spyro Gyro, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and of course the Goo Goo Dolls record there.   

Pretty studio right? BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!  DONATE NOW AND YOU CAN HELP!

Goo Goo Dolls co-founder & bassist/vocalist Robby Takac has signed on to be our producer for this CD.  The Goo Goo Dolls have fourteen top-10 singles to their credit and have sold more than ten million albums worldwide.  We are obviously thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an accomplished songwriter and musician and we have no doubts that working with Robby will make the band and the songs even better.

But this opportunity will not happen without your help! 

Every dime we raise will go directly to funding the recording, mastering, manufacturing, and marketing of our new CD.  Money raised above and beyond will be put into the band 100%, allowing us future touring opportunities (ENGLAND WE ARE LOOKING AT YOU!) and perhaps additional recording. 

We had a great time coming up with the rewards.  Some are basic, some are ridiculous.  But there's a catch:  if we don't meet our goal, we don't get ANY of the money we raised and you don't get any of the cool rewards OR new music.  So the fate of this record rests largely in your hands...and pockets!

But we are not unreasonable...the goal we've set will BARELY cover our expenses.  However we have faith that you will help us shatter this goal, opening up additional opportunities for us!

Thank you for reading this and for your time. We hope that you find it in your heart to help four musicians make their dreams come true and take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

We need you.  CHIVE ON and May the Force Be With You...Always. :)

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    An "I helped Kickstart Seven Years Past" sticker. These will never be sold and this is the only way to get one. You also get a digital download of the first single from the new CD prior to release as well as the $1 & $5 rewards.

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    Autographed hand written lyrics of your favorite Seven Years Past song courtesy of Lisa. On the back she'll even write a little note telling a bit more about the song and where the lyrics were drawn from. Plus you get the $1/$5/$10/$15/$35/$50 rewards

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    A 30-minute Skype guitar lesson with guitar god Mark Medeiros! Have him teach you our songs or pretty much any random Metallica riff. If you don't play guitar, you can alternatively enjoy an hour chatting with the band about the new CD, recording process, etc. Plus you get the $1/$5/$10/$15/$35/$50 rewards

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    You get an hour to two hour run with Bret (you pay all travel costs if out of the area). You'll start at Marina Jack in Sarasota and enjoy a beautiful route over the Ringling Bridge and the surrounding Keys. Afterwards he will buy you lunch at Tijuana Flats. Plus you get the $1/$5/$10/$15/$35/$50 rewards

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    Rent our roadie for a day! You may have met the amazing Myles. He is our friend first - but also helps us with damn near everything else we can think of (including bringing libations to practice - what a guy!). With this package you get eight hours of quality Myles time. He's great at helping you move, the odd job around the house, baby sitting, errands, etc. He is married so nothing inappropriate allowed! :) Also this is good for Bradenton-Sarasota-Osprey-Nokomis-Venice only and only on a Saturday or Sunday.

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    Band member for a day! You will get to tag along as an unofficial band member for a day at a performance at Pastimes of your choosing (you pay travel expenses). You will get to live the glamorous life we lead as we unload the trailer, bring our gear into the club, set up, sound check, etc. You'll also get the opportunity to play Seven Years Past Karaoke as you'll get to sing a full song with the band on stage during the set! Finally you'll get the $1/$5/$10/$15/$35/$50/$75/$100 rewards

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    One of a kind "True Blood" package! Did you know Bret collects autographs? He's donating a beautiful signed 12x18 (glossy color matte finish) "TRUE BLOOD" photo/poster. It's been autographed by seven different members of the cast! Boldly signed in blue sharpie by Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Kristen Bauer (Pam), Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Mariana Klaveno (Lorena Krasiki) and Denis O'Hare (Russell Edgington)! Only one available - don't miss out! Plus you get the $1/$5/$10/$15/$25/$50 rewards

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    A day boating with the band. You pay travel expenses to Bradenton. Join Lisa and at least one other member of the band for a day out on Lisa's boat. Plus you get the $1/$5/$10/$15/$35/$50/$75 rewards

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    Bronze Level Corporate Sponsorship - We will promote your business to our Facebook/Twitter followers by listing you as a sponsor in the "Bio" section of our FB profile. You'll also receive a monthly Facebook status update and Tweet by us promoting your business until the end of 2012.

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    Private house show for you and yours (Sarasota/Tampa area only). This is a good one for pooling friends and resources together! We bring the P.A. and play everything we know and maybe some songs we don't (up to 90 mins of music)! You are responsible if your neighbors call the cops about the noise. You'll also get ten signed copies of the CD, ten stickers and a few other freebies.

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    We will write a song about YOU or the subject of your choosing. You will get a recording of this song to show off to friends and family. Plus you get the $1/$5/$10/$15/$35/$50/$75/$100 rewards

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    Sit in on a studio session for a day. Must pay for own travel expenses to Buffalo and back. A once in a lifetime experience as you'll spend the day with us, Robby and JRose as we work on the CD. You can watch as the magic happens (must be on your best behavior - this is a studio!) You'll also be given an associate producer credit in the CD liner notes and we'll buy you dinner while you're in town as well as pay for your hotel room at our hotel. Once the CD is released you will receive a custom framed display of the CD complete with signed photo and a plaque listing your associate producer status. Finally if you're local you will receive free admission to all Sarasota shows for life. Note that the first and last days of recording are not able to be chosen. This package also includes the $1/$5/$10/$15/$35/$50/$100 rewards.

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