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Paperhaus is an alternative-psychedelic band out of Washington DC. We are going on tour for two months to support our new EP, Lo Hi Lo!
204 backers pledged $11,005 to help bring this project to life.

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Paperhaus: Our First Tour!

So as you know, we'll be on the road for two months. We feel passionate enough about the music that we've all quit our jobs (hello ramen noodles, bowls of rice, and beans) to pursue music full-time. 

We'll be touring the entire U.S. (really excited about all the BBQ down South) playing at cities like: Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Tampa, FL; Athens, GA; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Minneapolis, MN; Detroit, MI; Burlington, VT; just to name a few!

We've heard of all the worst-case scenarios (i.e. hitting a deer, van breaking down, band breaking up, getting stranded in a desert) but we're ready for it all! We're having a few buddies come on tour with us to document the whole adventure, so look forward to a Youtube channel :)

Updated Tour Dates:

3/15 at Rock and Roll Hotel (DC) 

3/22 at Bauhaus (Richmond, VA) 

3/23 at Random Row Books (Charlottesville, VA) 

4/2 at Motorco with Young Rapids (Durham, NC) 

4/3 at Slim’s (Raleigh, NC) 

4/4 at Apothecary (Asheville, NC) 

4/5 at The Courtroom (Rock Hill, SC) 

4/6 at Big Guns with Young Rapids (Charleston, SC) 

4/8 at Display (Gainesville, FL) 

4/9 at Venture Compound (Tampa, FL) 4/11 at Underbelly (Jacksonville, FL) 

4/12 at Flicker (Athens, GA) 

4/13 at 529 (Atlanta, GA) 

4/14 at Courthouse (Memphis, TN) 

4/15 at Morningbell Records (Jackson, MS) 

4/17 at Eclipse Coffee (Montovollo, AL) 

4/18 at Mud and Water (Baton Rouge, LA) 

4/19 at The Prytania Bar (New Orleans, LA) 

4/20 at Arterial (201 Jefferson St., Lafayette, Louisiana 70501) 

4/21 at KTRU Radio Show & BBQ (Houston, TX) 

4/22 at Macaroni Island (Denton, TX) 4/23 at Holy Mountain (Austin, TX) 

4/24 at Pour Jon’s (Siloam Springs, AK) 

4/25 at Vassar Bastards Presents (Albuquerque, NM) 

4/26 at The Trunk Space (Phoenix, AZ) 

4/27 at TBA (Los Angeles, CA) 

4/28 at Thee Parkside (San Francisco, CA) 

4/29 at Eli’s Mile High Club at Oakland, CA) 

4/30 at The Bat Cave (1164 11th Street Arcata, CA 95521) 

5/1 at Valentine’s (Portland, OR) 

5/2 at TBA (Seattle, WA) 

5/3 at Bird Stop (Caldwell, Idaho) 

5/4 at TBA (Provo, Utah) 

5/5 at TBA (Salt Lake City, Utah) 

5/7 at GNU: Experience Gallery (Fort Collins, CO) 

5/8 at Mouth House (Denver, CO) 

5/9 at TBA (Omaha, NE) 

5/10 at TBA (Chicago, IL) 

5/11 at Kitty Kat Club (Minneapolis, MN) 

5/12 at TBA (Champaign, IL) 

5/13 at Blank Space (St. Louis, MO) 

5/14 at Haymarket Whiskey Bar (Lousiville, KY) 

5/15 at TBA (Lexington, KY) 5/16 at The Other Basement (Nashville, TN) 

5/17 at 1427 (Columbus, OH) 

5/18 at TBA (Detroit, MI) 

5/19 at Woodruff’s (Ypsilanti, MI) 

5/20 at Mahalls 20 Lanes (Lakewood, OH) 

5/21 at Basement Transmissions (Erie, PA) 

5/22 at TBA (Pittsburgh, PA) 

5/23 at House Party (Honeybrook, PA) 

5/24 at BSP Lounge (Kingston, NY) 

5/25 at TBA (Upstate NY) 

5/26 at The Elevens (Northampton, MA) 

5/28 at People’s Art Collective (New Haven, CT) 

5/29 at Radio Bean (Burlington, VT) 

5/30 at O’ Briens (Boston, MA) 

5/31 at TBA (NYC) 

6/1 at TBA (Philadelphia, PA) 

6/7 – DC Return Show

The Paperhaus: The DIY Music Venue

In addition to being a band, we also run a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) music venue called, The Paperhaus. We've been hosting shows in DC for two and a half years and have met hundreds of wonderful musicians from around the world because of it. The shows have always been, and will always be, free. We house the touring bands, cook for them (we make delicious lentils), and collect donations to give to the touring bands for gas money.

The shows originally started as a singer/songwriter showcase and soon evolved into something much more. At this point, we're hosting 4 shows a month, each with around 3-4 bands per bill.

For more information on DIY venues or if you'd like to become involved in the DIY community in your city, please visit: http://www.dodiy.org

Here's an interview with our DC favorite, Janel and Anthony:

The EP: Lo Hi Lo

We've been in the studio for four and a half months and are ecstatic to say that our EP, Lo Hi Lo, is finally finished! As we speak, we are shipping the songs off into the ether and in a few weeks we'll have the physical copies of the CDs to distribute.

The EP consists of four killer tunes, "All through the Night", "Helicopters", "Corazon", and "Twisted Tumbled". We had the privilege of recording the tracks at Inner Ear studio in Virginia, with our wonderful friend Ivan producing the record.

Paperhaus @ Inner Ear
Paperhaus @ Inner Ear

If you like the following, then we think you'll really like the EP:

  • Puppies
  • General happiness
  • Crocs (just kidding, we don't support crocs)
  • Corrugated edges
  • Holidays
  • Other things that are objectively really great
  • The new My Bloody Valentine album, cause it rocks?

Costs $$$

First of all, thank you SO much for even considering supporting Paperhaus. As we mentioned, this is going to be one pricey endeavor. As you may know, we MUST raise all the money for our campaign or else we don't see a dime of it! Here is what all your contributions will go towards:

Not our PR agent, although she looks serious
Not our PR agent, although she looks serious
  • PR campaign = $5000

The PR campaign is super super really important to promote the tour and to begin developing Paperhaus as a national act. PR agencies help with spreading our music to music blogs, magazines, radio stations, city and national newspapers, etc. We want to make music our livelihood and the expansion of Paperhaus is the only way we can achieve that.

They're as soft as clouds, no joke
They're as soft as clouds, no joke

Super sweet Paperhaus shirts = $1,000

While on the road, we make money to eat through playing gigs, and selling merchandise (i.e. CDs, t-shirts, etc). We are finalizing the design of the shirts (they look super sweet) and we're doing it through American Apparel (no sweat shops! America! F*ck yeah!)

Button-Master
Button-Master
  • Producer costs = $2,000

We had the fortune of working with one of our really good friends to produce our record, but alas, we must pay him some cold hard cash.

Our home-away-from-home
Our home-away-from-home
  • Gas = $4,000

We looked into doing a green tour and pumping french fry grease into our gas tank, but holy balls is it expensive to get that converter! Maybe that'll be our next Kickstarter project, but until then, we've estimated the cost of gas would be...

50 tour dates x(27 gallon-tank x $3.25 per gallon) ~ $4,000 :( :( :(

As you can see, the cost of the tour will exceed what we're asking for. We have been saving our money for a few months now, so we're able to absorb some of the extra costs. If somehow we exceed the amount we're asking for, the extra money will be put into tour costs. So fret not (musical pun)!

Risks and challenges

So tours are an unbelievable experience and they're a chance for the artist to connect with the fans, unfortunately, there is a lot of uncertainty in it as well.

Will the van be okay driving for thousands of miles?

Will the band still want to murder each other in the middle of the tour?

Will they get lost?

Will they get to their gigs in time?

I can safely say, that we're in this for all the right reasons. We're willing to trek through all the elements, endure 12 hour-long van rides with a broken CD player and a malfunctioning AC unit, and play our hearts out at each and every show.

Ever since we were kids, we dreamed of making music our lives and with the support of our family, friends, and yourself, you all can make 4 guys from DC live their dream.

Much love and thank you,

-Paperhaus

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    Digital download of the EP! You'll get a special access code (cause you're a special person) and then you can blast your favorite tunes BEFORE THE EP IS RELEASED! Listen while you work out!...or in your car!...or in the bathroom! (note: The official national EP release is mid May, so you'll get this prize a week before :))

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    Paperhaus will cover a song of your choice (give us more than one option please) and put it up on our YouTube channel! This reward also gets you: a shirt, a thank-you photo, a Paperhaus sticker, an EP (signed), and a digital download! (note: this is the only reward that will get you a cover!)

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    You like us! Not only do you get a shirt, a thank-you photo, a signed EP, a digital download, and a sticker BUT you also get hand-written lyrics from each of the members AND two guest-spots to any show on this tour! We're a great "date band"...I think?

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    Holy balls! Thanks! This gem of a prize gets you the following: a shirt, a thank-you photo, a signed EP, a digital download, a sticker, hand-written lyrics from each of the members, two guest-spots to any show on this tour, but also a 30-MINUTE SKYPE CONVERSATION! We can talk about anything: music, relationships, Game of Thrones, we can play a song for you, anything! (note: only this prize includes the Skype date)

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    In addition to all the aforementioned prizes, you get a PAINTING from Paperhaus! It's like Monet meets Bruce Willis. Whatever that means. (Note: this is the only reward that includes paintings)

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    You are single-handidly funding our tour. We're going to write you an effing song! You get: a shirt, a thank-you photo, a signed EP, a digital download, a sticker, hand-written lyrics from each of the members, two guest-spots to any show on this tour, AND A SONG. That's epic! We'll record it, mix it, and send it your way! (Note: this is the only reward that includes a song)

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    WE ARE DRIVING TO YOUR CITY AND MAKING YOU DINNER!!! Not only that, we are going to play a living room show for you! AND you get everything else: a shirt, a thank-you photo, a signed EP, a digital download, a sticker, hand-written lyrics from each of the members, two guest-spots to any show on this tour (Note: this bundle does NOT include any exclusive items)

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