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It's us in our band room! Hi! Photo cred: Jessi Arnold
It's us in our band room! Hi! Photo cred: Jessi Arnold

Dear Friends and Lovers of Music,

We are a four year old, unsigned group of psychedelic song writers dedicated to pushing internal and external boundaries of both our spirits and our lifelong musical careers. We are pleased to announce the release of Hand-Painted Dream Photographs, the cornucopia promise land for your earbuds, mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and mastered by Steve Fallone of Sterling Sound (TV on the Radio, Tame Impala, The Strokes).

We are in need of $5,000 to pay for the making of this album, and we would love to reward you for helping us! Please scroll down to read more about what we plan to do with the money.

You may know us as Twin Killers; we have chosen to release our first LP under our new name, Moon Honey! Though core members remain the same, the name change reflects our much grander scheme of rebirth. Our personal growth and musical journey has definitely been one of victories and tribulations. We have been struggling to finish writing and recording this LP for three years—a meticulous and rewarding process worth its weight in gold! The time retrospectively allowed us to recognize the three elements that have defined and held us together throughout it all: innovation, magic and soul. This is what we wish to bring to the world, and this is the story we tell through our music.

Live at the Manship Theatre! Photo cred: Brian Biamonte.
Live at the Manship Theatre! Photo cred: Brian Biamonte.

We have created this Kickstarter in hopes to release, produce and distribute this story via our first LP record. We are so INCREDIBLY proud! It is our greatest achievement thus far. Listen to some tracks below or at moonhoneyband.com!

HELP! If you dig it, we’d greatly appreciate your help! If we reach our goal, we can pay our debts to album workers and get the album rolling towards its peak potential!

Here's the cover, hand-painted by Jessica Ramsey (vocalist)!
Here's the cover, hand-painted by Jessica Ramsey (vocalist)!

Album Info and Process

“Hand-Painted Dream Photographs” is a term coined by Salvador Dalí. It refers to his paintings which expressed illogical realities in picture-perfect clarity: a vivid, hallucinatory dream world of the subconscious. We set out with a like-minded goal of constructing our own mental illusionary landscape, only with music as a paint brush. This album is a surreal collage of sounds, snippets of dreams, clips of emotions and blips of anxiety from the passing years that spin a yarn of tales and trials, lush and sparse, high and low. Songs were inspired by and named after pieces by master artists, as we were moved by the opportunity to creatively explore ourselves by venturing through the perspectives of others. It was an attempt to grow—to learn what it is to share inspiration and to be excited by the evolution of song and story. From paintings to poems to sculptures, the songs dabble and stomp first person through the interpretive worlds of Frida Kahlo, Edvard Munch, René Magritte and many more. Dramatic, orchestral, moody and full of life and death, the music is a journey through a tumultuous, starry, avant-garde universe.

Self-Portrait Beneath Woman's Mask, a romp through the dreamland of 5-year old Edvard Munch.

We recorded the entire album in our very own home with our fabulous recording engineer, John Tulley. It was a labor of love on both of our parts; one that we know will pay off. Once the recording process was over, we made a cold call to an idol of ours to mix the songs—Greg Saunier, drummer of Deerhoof, accepted our offer and put his extremely inventive touch on our pieces. We couldn't be happier. 

John Tulley: the engineer of music and life
John Tulley: the engineer of music and life
Greg Saunier: guru, album mixer, drummer of Deerhoof, spirit guide
Greg Saunier: guru, album mixer, drummer of Deerhoof, spirit guide

What We Plan on Doing With the Album

Travel the world! We want to bring this album to as many people as we possibly can. Stay tuned by subscribing to our facebook page to see where we're going: https://www.facebook.com/moonhoneyband.

Expenses Breakdown

This is where your help would directly go:
Recording (900), mixing (2,000), mastering (1,000), studio musicians (300), CD duplication (900) + vinyl pressing (1,200).

ALBUM MAKING = $6,300

That's just to make the album! We've paid most of these expenses with loans from our friends and family. We set the Kickstarter goal at $5000 so that we could pay back those extremely generous loans as quickly as possible and get the album in our hands and out the door!

Other expenses we are currently facing:
Promotion (4,500), tour van (5,000).

ALBUM PROMOTION TOUR = $9,500

GRAND TOTAL = $15,800

Eek!!!!!!!! Right?! If we weren't extremely committed and didn't consider our band our business, we would have just thrown in the towel three years ago. We wouldn't have even started. There is an extreme amount of hope in us that has yet to be crushed. It is incredibly humbling to ask for help—I wish that we could pay these costs with show revenue alone. We are just starting out, though, and the opportunity to ask for help has been presented to us.

Rewards!

We want to give you music, play for you, bowl with you, skateboard with you, paint for you, collage for you, cook for you, and make you stuff! Check out all the rewards on the right! See some examples:

T-Shirts designed by us!
T-Shirts designed by us!
Paintings by Jessica!
Paintings by Jessica!
Bamboo vinyl frames made by us!
Bamboo vinyl frames made by us!
A Synsonics toy guitar on which we will paint our mini heads!
A Synsonics toy guitar on which we will paint our mini heads!

Thank you—We love you!

Our family. Photo cred: Erin Arledge for DIG Magazine.
Our family. Photo cred: Erin Arledge for DIG Magazine.

We are where we are because our fans put us here. We are so grateful for all the people who have allowed us to flourish creatively in Baton Rouge. Even if this Kickstarter fails and we don't get a cent, you know we always do our best and keep chugging. 

We also want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Jason Bailey, who made us the wonderful Kickstarter video!!!

♥ ♥ ♥

Love,

Moon Honey 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our biggest challenge will be getting out rewards as quickly as possible. The Kickstarter ends two days before our one month long tour up the West Coast, so we won't be able to send out any rewards other than the digital downloads and postcards until we return in January! Once we're home, though, we'll get back to work immediately!

There is also a slight chance that Jessica will be overwhelmed with the amount of paintings to be completed (if we are lucky enough to get a lot of orders). This is totally fine by her, but if production time is slowed down, please know that we have not forgotten you! We will keep you in the loop via email if ANY complications arise getting your reward to you on time :).

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    ☾ TAKE MY MONEY ☽ a download of "Lady Lazarus"—an unreleased single! you are so sweet! we really appreciate that! every dollar counts. virtual kisses.

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    ☾ SKATE // HANG OUT SESSION WIT UR BOIS JEFFREY & JERMAINE ☽ have an hour long skate session with jeffrey and jermaine (drummer) + the cd! you will learn so many things and tricks and have so much fun. add $15 to this reward if you'd like the vinyl!

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    ☾ BAMBOO FRAMED SUPER VINYL ☽ the gorgeous GOLD vinyl in art sleeve + the cd + the digital download + a thank you card + jessica will HAND-BUILD you a vinyl art frame out of the bamboo behind our practice room. check out the pictures on this page of one she already made. it's sturdy and awesome because you can slip the vinyl out and spin it with ease.

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    ☾ VEGAN SURPRISE 3 COURSE MEDLEY DINNER ☽ jessica will cook you and a date a three course vegan dinner + give you two cds! you can help choose what ethnicity the menu will be, so it doesn't have to be a complete surprise! andrew (guitarist) will assist jessica on beverages, and the whole band will come hang out. you'll get the digital download and the cd along with a new experience and a fun, friendly evening. get more friends to sign up for this reward to make a party, or have a romantic time with us. add $15 to this reward if you'd like one vinyl as well!

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    ☾ SUPER RARE VINYL TEST PRESS ☽ you get a limited edition test pressing of the vinyl—only 5 are being sent to us. it could be oh so monumental. it is! also, a cd, a digital download and thank you card. warning: no artwork on these vinyls—original united record pressing test press pieces! add $15 to this reward if you'd like one regular vinyl as well!

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    ☾ MEDITERRANEAN LAMB EXTRAVAGANZA ☽ jermaine butler will cook you and a date a meat fest at the butler palace + give you two cds; he's an incredible cook and hospitable entertainer! the whole band will come, and andrew and jessica promise not to talk about anything vegan unless it's casually brought up in conversation. add $15 to this reward if you'd like one vinyl as well!

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    ☾ PAINTED MINI GUITAR ☽ jessica will paint our mini heads on a mini red synsonics toy guitar we've been playing with for the past six years + a cd + a digital download + a thank you card! keep in mind that this has a built in toy amp, and it will be an artifact of rock & roll history! we'll sign it and you'll get something that absolutely no one in the world could possibly ever have. add $15 to this reward if you'd like one vinyl as well!

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    ☾ ORIGINAL SYMMETRICAL AMAZING COLLAGE ☽ a collage + the cd + the digital download. jeffrey will assemble one of his famous, original, symmetrical collages as seen on our show flyers! see pictures for an example! add $15 to this reward if you'd like one vinyl as well!

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    ☾ CUSTOM HAND-PAINTED DREAM PORTRAIT // HAIKU INCLUDED! ☽ jessica wants to paint you dream-style! send us a high res 8.5x11 picture via the interwebs, and you'll get an acrylic masterpiece! check out www.littlewingworks.com. haiku about you included + the cd + the digital download + a thank you card! add $15 to this reward if you'd like one vinyl as well!

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    ☾ PERSONAL SONG FOR YOU ☽ we'll write you your own song + you'll get the vinyl + the cd + the digital download + a thank you card! you'll get your own song artwork! you will be the subject of our love, and your song might end up on the next album. the song title will be your beautiful name.

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    ☾ PRIVATE PERFORMANCE FOR PERSONAL DELIGHT ☽ 45 minute moon honey private performance! any song on the set you'd like—we can do it! any one of them! we can play any song by any artist! we can play a song by someone we don't even know! for a party for 5, for 6, or for 7, or for 500! if you don't live in louisiana, we will still come to you—the date will just have to wait for a time that we can tour in your US area! we will make it to you, though!!!! just give us time. of course, you'll get the vinyl + cd + the digital download + a thank you card!

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