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WBO hopes to record a new EP in legendary studio Hyde St Studio C with engineer/producer Scott McDowell (Geographer, Sean Hayes). Read more

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This project was successfully funded on February 7, 2014.

WBO hopes to record a new EP in legendary studio Hyde St Studio C with engineer/producer Scott McDowell (Geographer, Sean Hayes).

About this project

The Early Years...

Ross Warner met Andrew Blair while Blair was in middle school. Andrew's older sisters would pick Ross up while he walked home (he lived close by) and bring him over to the Blair house after school. The two bonded over guitar, learned Paul Simon and Cream songs, and played with chimpanzees. Fast forward ten years and Blair is recently graduated from Cal, retired from rugby, and Warner has returned to the Bay Area from a collegiate baseball career at UC Davis. Done with their athletic endeavors, guitars in hand, the musical connection established year prior returned in all its glory. Songs were written, performed, and the San Francisco Bay Area loved it.

Bigger band, bigger sound requires a BIGGER Studio. We need your help!

After a few years writing and playing around the San Francisco Bay Area as a duo, Blair and Warner put together a trio, adding cellist Robin Ward to the fold and recording 4 songs at HITWall Studio in South San Francisco with Dan Foldes (Poor Man's Whiskey, Sarah Watkins). The EP receive critical acclaim from the Bay Bridged and 7x7 Magazine, lives shows received positive reviews from The Owl Mag, and "Suitcase" was voted runner up for Best Song by an Oakland Band for the Oaktown Indie Music Festival. Shortly thereafter Ward left for Portland and the band went through a few changes before finally settling in with Doug Keen on bass and SF mainstay Andrew Laubacher on drums. The band has new material, a bigger sound, and wants to capture that energy with engineer/producer Scott McDowell (Sean Hayes, Kelly McFarling, Geographer, The Stone Foxes, Goodnight, Texas) at Hyde St Studio C in San Francisco. 

Hear what Hyde St Studio C owner/engineer Scott McDowell has to say about the space!

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The Budget Breakdown

We Became Owls needs your help to fund this recording process. Below is an accurate breakdown of how we will use your donation. The bottom line is ALL of the money we are trying to raise will be put toward the production of this EP, as well as paying the kind folks who have kindly donated their skills in the form of art, musical amazingness, poster design, video editing and production, etc for FREE for far too long! This tight knit group group of WBO helpers deserves a HUGE thank you and we hope to provide them with what they deserve. If we are lucky enough to exceed our goal, any extra money will be used to distribute and publicize the EP in the most efficient way possible. We will send it to music blogs, radio, local and national music publications, and maybe even over seas! Although the video says $6,000 we shot the video and realized our budget required a bit more money :) sorry for the confusion. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT!

6 days in Hyde St = $3600

Mastering = $500

Paying musicians = $800

Creating physical copies of cd = $700

Video/art/rewards = $1000

Art by Greg Mercer and Clay Eichner.

We know that many Kickstarter campaigns have similar rewards, and we tried very hard to make some of our rewards unique to us and our music. The ART we have by Greg Mercer and Clay Eichner is PHENOMENAL and we are so proud to have both Clay and Greg involved in our campaign. Both have been involved with WBO from the very beginning as Greg designed WBO's first Bottom of the Hill poster as well as the WBO logo seen on the website and Bandcamp site. Clay Eichner is another longtime supporter of the band and has designed multiple concert poster for us. He recently published his first comic book to rave reviews and is in the process of completing a hand drawn 27x40 inch poster that will be driven by the lyrical imagery of each song. We will sell the ORIGINAL piece as well as a limited run of prints, signed and numbered by Clay. Stay tuned for updates and images.

Greg has worked in art and design for the Natural History Museum in Chicago for over ten years. His specialty is hand drawing natural scenes and animals. For this campaign Greg is working on animal prints on 10x10 inch heavy card stock and also on salvaged wood! The animal image will be on the front and the We Became Owls logo will be on the back. See some of the images below. Stay tuned for updates and samples as the campaign continues! 

American Bison - Imagine this printed on salvaged wood!
American Bison - Imagine this printed on salvaged wood!
Purple Jellyfish
Purple Jellyfish

Risks and challenges

Andrew, Ross, and Doug are not professional musicians. Although the dream of being a rockstar continually beckons each band member, the reality is that the digital music age has made it nearly impossible to earn a living being a musician and a musician only. That being said, each band member is extremely passionate about this project, and all three are committed to record new material in a nice recording studio. Furthermore we are excited to be able to give YOU something to listen to and feel proud to know we have such a supportive community of friends, family and fans.

Most challenges will involve creating rewards and making sure everyone who donated to the project receives their reward in a timely manner. There is nothing worse than hearing stories of "Oh yeah I donated to a Kickstarter and then never got my reward". We DO NOT want to be one of those campaigns so we will work diligently to provide people with what they deserve for kindly donating their money to our cause.

Please be patient with us as we work through these challenges. We want to make YOU happy because you made US happy by donating to this project. You know what they say....The best nation is a donation! Thanks for listening.

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    1 backer

    A digital download of the first EP and a thank you on social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, you name it we thank you on it.

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    33 backers

    A digital download of the first EP and second, NEW EP, and social media thank you.

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    15 backers Limited (85 left of 100)

    A digital download and handwritten thank you note and signed photo of the band.

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    32 backers Limited (68 left of 100)

    Physical signed copy of the new EP and thank you band photo.

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    25 backers All gone!

    Limited edition "Animals" screen prints by Greg Mercer. Choose either 10x10 inch print on heavy card stock or on salvaged wood! Please see rewards explanation for more details! Greg does incredible stuff! Quantity of card stock limited to 25. Salvaged wood TBD.

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    13 backers Limited (7 left of 20)

    Come on stage and sing a song with us. Any song you want! Any show! We will learn it, rehearse it with you, and then have you join us onstage for a rocking good time (or heartfelt crowd silencer). Dream up a tune! We'll reserve a few tickets for your close friends....Come hang with us! Plus digital download of NEW EP and "Animals" print.

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    6 backers Limited (14 left of 20)

    Storyboard art from Clay Eichner! Clay hand drew an original 27x40 inch movie poster size piece in the style of JR Rummel of each song on the EP! The prints will be printed on nice paper and signed and numbered by Clay. If you would like a smaller size, 16x24 or 11x17, please let us know when you donate in the message box. Thanks! The original piece will also be offered for a larger donation! See below!

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Name in the liner notes! You give us love we pay it back. Plus digital download of the new EP and your choice of "Animals" print from Greg Mercer.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    5 VIP shows of your choice. Come as early as you like, see soundcheck, share beers with us backstage. Plus "Animals" print, and digital download of the new EP.

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    Your name as an Executive Producer in the liner notes as well as a celebratory dinner party with the band. We can go out or stay in, potluck, or have someone cook. Bring 3 close friends and we'll make a night of it. Listen to music, play some music, eat, drink, and be merry. Plus Clay Eichner signed and number print, digital download of the new EP, and a signed photo of the band.

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    1 backer All gone!

    ORIGINAL, hand drawn art by Clay Eichner! Please see above and in the rewards section of the project details for more info. Truly one of a kind. We can frame it for you too! Plus name in the liner notes, and digital download of the new EP.

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    WBO will come to your house (West Coast only) and play a house show for as many of your friends as you can fit in your garage, family room, attic, or pool house. We will provide the sound and the tunes, You provide the house and the people. People + Owls + food/drink = SO MUCH FUN! We'll even film it and throw it up on Youtube!

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    Art, 2 year guest list, sing a song, house show, birthday party, downloads, thank you photos, signed pictures...you get all of it and more. Wanna us to record your voicemail greeting? Done? DO your dishes for a week? Done.

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Funding period

- (35 days)