We are heading into DNA Music Labs in Madison, WI to record our first full-length studio album! We want to make you a great record! Read more
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About this project
'Return to Sender' (Home Recording)
1. About The Appalachians
Five years ago we were a few ambitious kids with a few guitars, a couple of amps, a drum set, and a list of songs that we were proud of. We went out playing open mics downtown Milwaukee, WI begging bands to let us be on their bill, and playing for nothing more than a couple of free beers. We didn't set out to change the Milwaukee music scene; we wanted to put our own stamp on it, and be apart of it.
Fast forward five years. We are a little older, more musically crafted, but we still keep our same ambition and passion we've had from the start. Now we headline club shows with new bands asking us if they can be on the bill, and our free beer now comes with a couple hundred bucks. We've spent the last five years playing all over the great state of Wisconsin with so many wonderful bands, at so many wonderful venues. Our simplistic roots of loud guitars, big drums, and poppy melodies leave us dripping in sweat with sore muscles and ringing ear drums. That's just Rock N' Roll,and we wouldn't want it any other way. June 27th we played a slot at Summerfest-The World's largest music festival. After playing in front of a large enthusiastic crowd, we realized we had in fact, successfully put our own stamp on the local music scene. But why stop there? In this life, there's no room for limitations, or holding yourself back. If people aren't laughing at your dreams, then your dreams aren't big enough. Everyone is blessed with a gift. Use it and cherish it-because who knows how long it will last? That is exactly why we are making a new record.
2. About The New Record
Where are you making the record?
We are recording this album at 'DNA Music Labs' with our longtime friend Nate Gessner-who will be producing and engineering this record. Nate has watched us evolve as a band since we first got onto the scene. He knows our sound better than anyone else, and is a perfect fit to make this record.
How will this record be different than your last EP?
We released our last EP entitled 'Long Wait, Slow Lines' in April of 2011 that consisted of 7 songs. We made that EP on a really low budget of $700.00 at a friends home-studio above his garage. Once the album was finished, we put it out for free.
This new record will be our first time recording in a real studio. Unlike the last EP, we are charged by the hour, and making a album, IS NOT CHEAP! Time is money. Meaning, there's no messing around. We have to come in 100% prepared. We have to be tight and play together as a band. We have to know every note of every song front to end, and really have to limit any mistakes.
What will this record sound like?
This record will sound lifetimes removed from our last EP. While there may be certain elements that sound similar, the new record has a much more energetic and feelgood tone. You can expect a major increase in tempo, more simplistic, raw, poppy and melodic songs, with a "less is more" philosophy. Our last EP we were a 4-piece band, and now we are a trio. So it will have a really cool balance to it, and we won't be fighting for space in the mixes.
How does pledging money work?
There are different amounts to how much you can pledge for this project. The more you decide to pledge, the more rewards we give you in return. You're not donating, you're essentially pre-ordering a product that reflects the amount you pledge.
How much money are you trying to raise? How long do you have to raise the money?
We are trying to raise $5,000 to hopefully cover our in studio costs. We have 60 days to raise the money.
What if you don't reach your goal of $5,000 in 60 days?
Kickstarter is a all-or-nothing program. If we don't get our goal of $5,000 in 60 days, you get a full reimbursement for any money that you pledged. In result, we would probably not be able to afford to record at this studio, leaving us to make the record ourselves (and we don't want that).
What if you exceed your goal of $5,000 in 60 days?
That would be rad! Any money that exceeds our goal amount of $5,000 will be used for other expenses for the album. Artwork, CD Duplication, Merchandise, Copyrights, Mastering. You get the idea.
4. Thank You For Your Support
Words cannot describe how thankful we are for your pledges no matter how big or small. Making this record means the world to us. We promise that the rewards you get back are well worth your pledge. Please feel free to share this project with any friends, family, or co-workers who love music, and support the arts. We love you!
Risks and challenges
There's a lot of things that can become problematic when making a record. Tensions can run high, mistakes being made, not achieving the sound you're looking for-etc. Luckily, this isn't our first rodeo. We have made a record before, and we know what comes with the territory. It's a lot of work to make an album. It's hard to judge a finalized released date for anything, but we know all of the material inside and out, and we're confident that we can make this record at a smooth pace.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
For $5.00 you will receive a digital copy of the album!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
You will receive a signed physical copy of the album!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $20 or more
For $20.00, you will receive a signed physical copy of the album, a signed poster, and a sticker!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
For $50.00, you will receive a T-shirt, a signed copy of the album, a signed poster, and a sticker!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
For $100.00, you will receive Two free tickets to one Wisconsin show, a signed copy of the album, a signed poster, a T-shirt and a sticker!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
For $250.00, We will put your name on the album credits!! In addition you will receive Two free tickets to one Wisconsin show, a signed copy of the album, a signed poster, a T-shirt, and a sticker!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
For $500.00, you get your own in home-concert! (Must be within 300 miles of Milwaukee area) Along with this, we will put your name in the album credits, Two free tickets to one Wisconsin show, a signed copy of the album, a signed poster, a T-shirt, and a sticker!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
For $1000.00 You and a guest get to sit in on a studio session! We will take you and a guest out to dinner on the band! (300 miles within Milwaukee Area). You also will get your own in home concert (300 miles within Milwaukee area) We will also throw 2 free tickets to one Wisconsin show, put your name on the album credits, a signed copy of the album, a signed poster, a T-shirt, and a sticker!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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For $5000.00 HERE'S THE BIG ONE!
You will receive Adam Sutkiewicz's Fender Telecaster Guitar signed by the entire band, Adam Plew's Epiphone Viola Bass Guitar signed by the entire band, and Ryan Claxton's snare drum signed by the entire band. AND We will take you out to dinner on the band (300 miles within Milwaukee Area) Your own in-home concert (300 miles within Milwaukee area) Your name on the album credits, 2 free tickets to one Wisconsin show, a signed copy of the album, a signed poster, a T-shirt, and a sticker!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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