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Help the Bandits pull off the biggest heist of their criminal careers to fund their first ever FULL LENGTH RECORD!
Help the Bandits pull off the biggest heist of their criminal careers to fund their first ever FULL LENGTH RECORD!
232 backers pledged $15,797 to help bring this project to life.

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HOOORAY! We done reached our GOAL! Now, it's TIME TO STRETCH!

It appears that the soul of banditry is alive and well! We bandits have been jumping with joy for the past month! Thanks to hundreds of generous backers, we've made our goal, and made it early, so we're upping the ante with a STRETCH GOAL!

If we make it to $15,000 by 5pm on Friday, December 4th, we'll be able to produce a bonafide bandit music video, with an equal amount of bells and whistles as our album! And everybody who has contributed to the cause will be invited to the shooting to be a part of the fun!

So Jump for Joy! Leap for Love! And tell everyone you know to get on this Bandit Wagon!

Bonanza Simultaneously Jumping for Joy and Stretching for our New Goal
Bonanza Simultaneously Jumping for Joy and Stretching for our New Goal

Hey there, Kickstarters!

We, Bandits on the Run, are putting together the funds to record and release a full length, multi-tracked album, to you, our beloved public. One with all the bells and whistles that the true spirit of banditry deserves! With your help, we could create the blast that propels us into the music scene at large and even score a record deal!

Up to now...

The Bandits Three (Roy Dodger, Bonanza Jellyfish, and Clarissa) have been hard at work for a year and half making musical mischief of all kinds in and around NYC: conducting musical hold ups in the subway, kidnapping hearts at weddings (don’t worry, we got them back safely), bravely taking over top 40 radio waves, and stealing song after song from the rich to give to the poor. We’re proud of our ability to throw a fun little wrench in the daily commutes of New Yorkers. We’ve been responsible for videos like this one. We’ve scored films like this one. And most importantly: we’ve amassed a serious collection of original bandit tunes, written and wrangled and decked out in our devious three-part harmony. Now all we need is a professional criminal record to show the world and score a chance at real, live infamy.

The Bandits at their old haunt, 2nd Avenue
The Bandits at their old haunt, 2nd Avenue

Now, here's the rub:

Our countless hours of petty criminal whimsy haven’t amounted to much more than a few hundred dollars in the Bandits can. Folks ask us whether we’re on Spotify and iTunes, where they can find a recording of one of our songs, and if we’ve been signed, and it breaks our wee bandit hearts to have to respond with a no (“No” is the most abhorrent crime of all, in these bandits’ opinion). You see, our recordings to date (mostly recorded live from our cohorts' living rooms) haven’t captured the fullness of an in-person musical stick-up. Making a good, quality set of recordings takes getting our hands on a good space and precision recording equipment, and getting the folks with the right know-how on board. So far, we’ve been getting by on our charm and good looks alone. Now we just need a little cash to make this leap.

With your help, 

We’ll be able to make a whole hog, radio-ready album of Bandit Originals that we can release to the masses. That song you heard that’s been running through your head since you nabbed a glimpse of us at Bedford Avenue? It’ll finally be out and about in the world for YOUR listening pleasure. We’ll be able to fine-tune those moments of harmonic havoc, add in the stomps and the kicks, and bring in our favorite guest bandits to play that recorder-solo we’ve always dreamed of! And IF you donate to our criminal cause, you could score yourself of a digital download, a signed CD, or your very own personal bandits hold-up. But regardless of the sweet rewards you will undoubtedly secure a place in our hearts. We Bandits would be nothing (NOTHING!) without your stolen hearts!!! 

A Bandits' Portfolio:

Now, if you haven't seen us Bandits in action, you can visit our website or just watch below and see if we're worth the hype.

A VHS style recording of a Bandits original ("Paris") from the Music Inn World Instrument Shop. This song will DEFINITELY be on the album.

Or, listen to a song from our homemade EP (you can hear more on our website and our bandcamp)

Risks and challenges

We want to have this album recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by the best we can find, and we are still finalizing the details of where, when, and with whom to record. Since our route isn’t yet set in stone, there is of course the slightest chance of unforeseen setbacks. Also, since all of us bandits are actors to boot, there is always the chance that one of us will be called away to do a play, film, or TV show at any given time. In the event of any of these setbacks, you can rest assured that the bandits will settle for nothing less than the best, and if the best takes a bit longer to deliver, we will keep all of our backers informed and in the loop.

Cost Break Down (approximate figures):

$7,500 - The Actual Recording Process: $3000 for Studio Time; $2,000 for a producer and recording engineer; $2,500 for a Grade-A Mix & Master.

$2,500 - Making those CDs: $1,500 for CD printing and duplication; $800 for color-printed sleeves with slammin’ Bandits-themed artwork; $200 for ASCAP registry and an internet wide release to online music platforms to Spotify, iTunes, an everything else!

$1,000 - Payment for guest bandit appearances, so we can have all the bells and whistles, like DRUMS! BASS! BANJO! VIOLIN! and even a RECORDER here and there!

$2,000 - PR, Marketing, and Merch: To give us a boost in spreading the good bandit word. We want to amp up our video presence and get a stronger hold on that ungodly force we call the interwebs.

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    A digital download of our first EP. Need a lesson in Bandits History? Refresh yo-self.

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    A download of the full album BEFORE IT GOES TO THE PRESSES (and our old EP should you need it). You will get all our hearts and all our souls, in ones and zeros.

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    A beautiful bonafide HARD COPY of the album!

    PLUS a Bandits On The Run hand-stamped Bandana

    (+ a digital download of the album and EP).

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    You'll get all three Bandits' true blue signatures on your hard copy of the album!

    AND we'll send you a super swanky Bandits On The Run T-shirt!

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    YOUR NAME in the credits of our album!

    AND a special one-of-a-kind polaroid photograph of the Bandits in their natural habitat. Impossible to counterfeit, so you know it's real!

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    Request a song and we bandits will steal it AND produce a video of the banditized version (just to prove we did it)!

    Also, we will send you a package of 4 extra copies of the CD so you can spread the banditry to your friends and family!

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    Surprise Stick Up! Bandits will musically besiege your best friend, worst enemy, or dear one at any location (the beach, the supermarket, their favorite hair salon, you name it) using a song of your choosing (and a few more if you like)
    *If you are not in NYC, some help with travel expenses may be required.
    **Get it while it's hot (a.k.a. anytime in 2015-16)

    Also, we will send you a package of 4 extra copies of the CD so you can spread the banditry to your friends and family!

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    In addition to all of the above, a BEHIND THE SCENES BANDITS PACKAGE! The bandits will send you a 100% genuine set list from one of our hold ups (they're real purty) as well as a handwritten lyric sheet of a song of your choice and access to the archival recordings of our songs!

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    A one hour lesson with one of the Bandits on their specialty instrument -- Cello, Guitar, or Tiny Xylophone (or even ukulele, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, or the keyboard) -- in person in NYC (or via video-chat if you live elsewhere). We'll even teach you to play a bandits original

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    Dare us to write a song about anything in the whole wild wild world, and we bandits will bravely go where no bandit has gone before (song-writing-wise)!

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    A personalized bandits hold up. Corporate event? You got it. Birthday picnic? We're on it! Just a good ol' fashioned house party? We will party your house's pants off.
    *If you are not in NYC, some help with travel expenses may be required.

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    AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on the album!

    And you will receive a special one-of-a-kind mystery gift created especially for you by all 3 bandits. You will be the only one in the wild wild world to own this bandits creation.

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