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$1,503
pledged of $1,300pledged of $1,300 goal
40
backers
9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, April 29 2019 6:14 PM UTC +00:00.

About

We are Vista Blue. We're a Nashville rock band with power pop and '90s pop punk influences. (Please scroll to the bottom of this section if you would like to read more info about us or hear our music.)

For our next 7-inch, "Hit the Floor," we are planning to do something that is very special to us. First, we are going to Memphis to record at Ardent Studios. Of course, this is where so many great bands made some of our favorite records, including Big Star, Gin Blossoms, REM, and so many more. This will be the first time Vista Blue records in a real studio.

We are also planning to bring in our New Orleans buddy Richard Bates to play lead guitar on this project. He is very familiar with a couple of the tracks (hint?), and he'll help fill out our sound a little for this record.

After recording at Ardent, we are then sending the tracks over to Perry Leenhouts of The Travoltas (and Point Break Sounds) to mix and master for us. Perry is one of our favorite songwriters/musicians, and he really understands our band and our sound. This will also be our first time having a professional do the mixing and mastering for us.

Finally, after trying for months to find a label to help us, we have decided we'll likely need to release this record ourselves. Obviously, this is where most of the money is needed.

We did a Kickstarter in 2017 to help release our curling split with The Zambonis, and if you supported that, we are truly thankful. And while we ended up finally breaking even on that project in the end, we unfortunately didn't sell enough to fund another record. So here we are again asking for help if you can do so.

Rather than asking for donations, we're really looking at this as more of a pre-order. If enough people simply chose the pre-order level to fund the record, that would be great. But then we also have some other perks for those who may be able to help out a little more.

Vinyl colors will not be announced until after pressing is completed. Kickstarter backers will have a choice between black and colored vinyl. Some colors may be very limited, and priority will be given to those who pledge earlier. (We also plan to have some complete packages for sale upon release.)

This campaign (the minimum amount) will not fully fund this record. We are also putting all merch sales toward the project and will be playing a show or two as a cover band to help fund it as well. (If you are in the Nashville area and need a cover band, let us know!)

Please reach out if you have any questions. And please consider sharing this campaign with anyone who may be interested in checking it out. Thanks so much for reading and for any support.

- Vista Blue

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Vista Blue info: We love the Beach Boys, the Ramones, and Weezer, along with 1,000 others. We've posted 28 digital releases over the last four years. We've also been fortunate enough to have physical releases (vinyl, cassette, and CD) on Something To Do Records, Sisters in Christ Records, Byaaaaaah! Records, Outloud Records, and others. You can listen to us on Spotify, iTunes, and all the streaming services. Check out our bandcamp here:

https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/

Risks and challenges

If this campaign fails, we plan to still record at Ardent, and just mix and master a digital release ourselves. Any amount over what we're asking for will go toward improving the artwork, creating a better product, and/or pressing a larger quantity of records.

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    You'll receive a link to download and stream the digital release for free at least a month before it is available to everyone else.

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    In addition to pre-ordering the "Hit the Floor" 7-inch, you will also receive links to download any Vista Blue digital releases through June 2020 for free. (These links will be emailed before public release when possible.)

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    Vinyl Pre-order + Mix CDs

    In addition to pre-ordering the "Hit the Floor" 7-inch, you will also receive THREE mix CDs made by Mike, Mark, and Reese, where we'll share some of our favorite bands and songs with you.

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    Vinyl Pre-order + Robinsons CD

    In addition to pre-ordering the "Hit the Floor" 7-inch, you will also receive a limited edition re-release of The Robinsons' "Cool Down! Got It?" on CD. This new CD release also includes the band's 2002 "Summer Fun" EP, as well as some live tracks.

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    Vinyl Pre-order + Vista Blue vinyl pack

    In addition to pre-ordering the "Hit the Floor" 7-inch, you will also receive copies of our "Seasons" 12-inch (blue vinyl/Something To Do Records) and our "Songs About Curling" split 7-inch (black vinyl/Radiant Radish Records).

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    In addition to pre-ordering the "Hit the Floor" 7-inch, you will also receive a package with snacks that are local Tennessee favorites. Your shipment will include Moon Pies, Goo Goo Cluster candy, and other local products we pick up here in Nashville and during our trip to Memphis to record!

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    "Hit the Floor" Test Pressing

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    Vista Blue Baseball Card Pack

    As baseball and stat nerds, we love baseball cards. For this reward, you will receive five custom Vista Blue baseball cards: Mike, Mark, Reese, Todd, and YOU. We'll collect the necessary info from you when needed, and you'll be included in your own custom set of Vista Blue baseball cards. (If you'll need more cards added for a friend, spouse, kid, pet, etc., please add $10 per extra card to your pledge.)

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    Personal Live/Acoustic Video

    Personalize your own Vista Blue live/acoustic set! Choose up to seven Vista Blue songs, and Mike will record a video for you, playing the songs live.

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    Perform on a future Vista Blue song

    This is your chance to perform with Vista Blue on one of our songs in the future. We'll discuss options based on your abilities and the chosen song, but we're open to everything from hand claps or background vocals to guitar or horns. Of course, you'll also be credited in the liner notes. If you are not in Nashville, we can most likely accomplish this by sharing files. This will be a song used for a digital release in Fall/Winter 2019 or Spring/Summer 2020.

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    Choose a Vista Blue theme

    Most of Vista Blue's digital releases are themed. Here you can choose the theme for a three- or four-song EP, and the band will write and record the songs. You will receive a link to download the digital version, and you'll receive a CD version of the EP that is only available to you. (Note: Themes cannot include or involve anything offensive in any way.)

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    If you are interested in co-releasing "Hit the Floor," that would be great! Please send us a message to discuss details before pledging so we can work out pressing quantities, vinyl colors, shipping costs, etc.

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    "Hit the Floor" + Curling Test Pressings

    In addition to the "Hit the Floor" test pressing, you'll also receive one of our final two copies of the "Songs About Curling" test pressing!

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