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"It Takes G.U.T.S." it the debut CD release of Tiik, Tina & August, the Washington DC based all female indie rock band, G.U.T.S.
"It Takes G.U.T.S." it the debut CD release of Tiik, Tina & August, the Washington DC based all female indie rock band, G.U.T.S.
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Hi Everyone!

We're G.U.T.S. (that's an acronym for Give Us The Strength) indie rock band from Washington, DC. Maybe you're one of our faithful fans or maybe we're new to you. Either way, we're ready to release our debut album and need you to make it a reality! We're doing it completely on our own without a label so we'll be relying on our amazing fans to pledge their support.

A LITTLE ABOUT US

We are Tiik, Tina & August and we are very excited to produce our first CD titled "It Takes G.U.T.S." We live in Washington, DC, though Tina temporarily lives in Berlin, and we've been playing together since 2009. We are all passionate about our music.

  • Tiik - singer/songwriter/guitarist, has twice been a grant recipient from the DC Commission on The Arts and Humanities; has had many bands over the years, including with Toshi Reagon and with various Washington DC punks. Her bands have played many Positive Force benefits and she co-managed DC's one of a kind Food For Thought Restaurant until it closed it's doors in 1999 and now lives inside the Black Cat Club as Food For Thought Cafe.
  • August - singer/songwirter/bassist, has been in other Washington DC area bands previous to joining G.U.T.S.
  • Tina - drummer, owns District Drum Company and has built for Les Warner(The Cult), Rob San Pietro(Meatmen), Leesa Harrington Squyres(Lez Zepplin) and Patty Schemell(Hole) among others, and was featured in Tom Tom Magazine and Drum!Magazine for the MEET YOUR MAKER article.

OUR GOAL

is to release our CD this October 2011. Our amazing recording engineer is J. Robbins, Magpie Cage, Baltimore, MD. Our mastering engineer is Carl Saff, Saff Engineering. And our CD production guy is Chris at Sooper Dooper. We'll be doing this recording without the help of a record label, so we're asking for help from our fans, family, friends and all random angels who fall magically upon this page. Listen to some of our music, and consider donating to our debut CD - "It Takes G.U.T.S." Check out some tunes on our reverbnation page www.reverbnation.com/gutswithtiik

Every dime we raise for "It Take G.U.T.S." will go directly to funding the recording, manufacturing, and marketing of our album. It's no small endeavor, and we're so excited to have an opportunity to do this totally on our own, and to make you part of the process. Pick a reward that feels right to you and please join us as we continue our musical journey.

Kickstarter.com is a great company that allows you to raise money for the idea or endeavor of your choice. It allows fans to invest on different levels and get cool stuff in return. Also how great is it that you can help be part of the whole process and help make this possible? We know that with your help we can achieve this goal together, and hopefully even surpass it! Because if we raise even more, we might even be able to hire a publicist, plan a tour, and give this album the push that it needs to be a success! So, check out the rewards and see which one strikes you as most awesome and DO IT. 

There's a catch, of course...if we don't meet our goal of $5,500 by November 11, 2011, you won't be charged a dime (or get the awesome gifts) and we don't get ANY of the money we raised. So we've got to meet our goal in order to give you all the cool rewards we've got listed! And if we go over our goal amount of $5,500, better still! We really do need as much money as possible to record and market our new CD the way we really want to. It's hard to believe, but the goal we've set will barely be enough to get things done the right way. So we're hoping to meet, exceed and SHATTER our goal of $5,500!

Tiik's original 18"x24" acrylic painting of Bitch (ex: Bitch & Animal)

Independent music can only survive with community support. We're asking you to join our community. Join us and help us raise funds to make this long awaited project POSSIBLE! Every dollar helps - any donation is appreciated.

Thank you forever with mega supernova love and gratitude,

Blue Skies,

G.U.T.S. - Tiik, Tina and August

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    Has More Guts - We'll email MP3's of 3 songs of your choice off our debut CD, and we'll mention you on our website as a contributor.
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    Has Illustrated Guts - Limited edition thank you post card illustrated by our very own Tiik and signed by all of us, a signed CD, a 20 minute Skype beginner guitar lesson, guest listed at 1 show, 4 autographed guitar picks, an autographed set list, a personal thank you email, your name on our website as a contributor

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    Has Acoustic Guts - An MP3 acoustic version Happy Birthday song from us on your next B-Day, a pair of our very own Tina's Zildjian A drum sticks signed by Tina, a signed CD, a 20 minute Skype beginner guitar lesson, guest listed at 1 show, an autographed set list, a personal thank you email, your name on our website as a contributor

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    Has GuitarHand Guts - A one hour beginner guitar lesson with our very own Tiik either in-person or on Skype, one of Tina's drum heads signed by Tina, 24k gold & silver limited edition District Drum Company drum badge key chain designed by Tina, owner of District Drum Company, guest listed for 10 shows, a signed CD, an autographed set list, a personal thank you email, your name on our website as a contributor

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    Has T-Art Guts - Limited edition "G.U.T.S. loves (YOUR NAME)" OR "(YOUR NAME) Has G.U.T.S" hand painted on a T-shirt by Tiik, a one hour beginner guitar lesson with our very own Tiik either in-person or on Skype, guest listed 10 shows, hand written lyrics to one of our songs signed by all of us, a signed CD, an autographed set list, a personal thank you email, your name on our website as a contributor + your choice of any 3 items listed in any of the pledges above

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    Has BoomBoom Guts - Drum lesson with Tina to learn one G.U.T.S. tune, apprentice a drum build with Tina in Berlin or Virginia, which ever is convenient for you both at the time, a one hour beginner guitar lesson with our very own Tiik either in-person or on Skype, a signed CD, an autographed set list, a personal thank you email, your name on our website as a contributor + your choice of any 3 items listed in any of the pledges above

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    Has Party Guts - We will come play a 30 minute set for your party located within reason (if more than 3 hrs drive you pay gas & provide lodging) at which you may also come up on stage and sing back up or play an instrument you already know how to play to one of our tunes, a signed CD, an autographed set list, a personal thank you email, your name on our website as a contributor + your choice of any 3 items listed in any of the pledges above

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    Has Jacket Guts - Limited edition original hand-painted jacket by Tiik like the ones she wears on stage (you provide unpainted jacket), we will cover an acoustic version of a song of your choice (within reason) on YouTube and dedicate it to you, + your choice of any 3 items listed in any of the pledges above

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    Has Snare Guts - Our very own drummer Tina will build you a drum. Tina owns District Drum Company and has built for Les Warner(The Cult), Rob San Pietro(Meatmen), Leesa Harrington Squyres(Lez Zepplin) and Patty Schemell(Hole) among others, and was featured in Drum!Magazine for the MEET YOUR MAKER article + your choice of any 4 items listed in any of the pledges above

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    Has Tour Guts - A day tour of Berlin, Germany & dinner with our very own Tina while she temporarily lives there for the next 12 months (Tina pays for your day tour & dinner only - ideal for our European fans & anyone already planning a trip to Europe) + your choice of any 5 items listed in any of the pledges above

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    You get Tiik's Black Ibanez RG Series Electric Guitar, a snare drum built by our very own Tina, we will come play a 30 minute set for your party located within reason (if more than 3 hrs drive you pay gas & provide lodging), a limited edition original hand-painted jacket by Tiik like the ones she wears on stage, a signed CD, an autographed set list, a personal thank you email, your name on our website as a contributor + your choice of any 6 items listed in any of the pledges above

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    You get Tiik's 18" x 24" acrylic painting of Bitch (previously of Bitch & Animal), a snare drum built by our very own Tina, we will come play a 30 minute set for your party located within reason (if more than 3 hrs drive you pay gas & provide lodging), a limited edition original hand-painted jacket by Tiik like the ones she wears on stage, a signed CD, an autographed set list, a personal thank you email, your name on our website as a contributor + your choice of any of the items above except the guitar

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