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We are making a BRAND NEW album and we want you to JOIN US as we make the album.
We are making a BRAND NEW album and we want you to JOIN US as we make the album.
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The Push Stars are back!

My bandmates and I have been best friends for many years. We somehow figured out (with the help of many) how to make a full time job out of playing in a rock band for ten years. From open mics, to bars, to clubs, to theaters to arenas, we literally saw a dream come true.

We stopped trying to actively sell our band name in 2006, for numerous reasons great and small, but through it all we assured each other we would do it all again someday.

Chris Dan and Ryan enjoying a cocktail
Chris Dan and Ryan enjoying a cocktail

Fast forward to my birthday a couple months ago, when Ryan and I took a trip to Memphis to celebrate and breathe in some of the rock and roll ghosts there. We went to Graceland, we toured Sun Studios (which we had done both years earlier with Dan on tour, but were too rushed back then to appreciate it) We stayed at the classic Peabody Hotel and sat in awe at the lobby bar where Elvis once signed his first recording contract.

Finally, we went to see soul legend / turned preacher Al Green sing his gospel in a small church on the outskirts of Memphis, and with this, we were sufficiently blown away.

"We should record a new album here" One of us said, and there was suddenly no doubt as to what we wanted to do. We called Dan at home in Hoboken, and he completely got what we were feeling: wouldn't it be nice to record how we once did? With total immersion, away from everything but each other with the singular goal of making music that might matter to someone, somewhere, someday.

Chris and Ryan in Memphis, TN
Chris and Ryan in Memphis, TN

I left Memphis for Boston on an early flight, and Ryan had a few hours to kill before heading back to his home in Los Angeles. He had the brilliant idea to take a quick tour of Ardent studios before he flew out. Later he called me and said he found the place where we should make our record. Magical, as he described it.

I knew Ardent was legendary, but what I didn't know was that the album that inspired me to start the Push Stars in the first place was recorded there. (The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me) so in a strange and serendipitous way, everything was falling into place for a divine reunion.

So we had the dream, but then reality set in. We've been out of the game for 10 years. So much has changed about the music business since then: Record labels are virtually defunct (our old label, Capitol Records, rents many of it's offices to the outside world) Record stores are an endangered species, and you can now distribute songs globally with the click of a button on your phone. The times have changed, to say the least. That is why we come to you to ask you to share the road trip with us. In less poetic terms, we need money to make our record the right way, and are reluctantly prepared to ask for it. We've never done fund raising before, but it seems this is a beautifully inclusive way forward for us.

We can share our excitement, make good music and offer some fun rewards we hope you might like. So please take a look at our page, and remember you are making a tiny musical dream come to life with your contribution.

Chris Trapper Boston, MA May, 2017

 

Live at the Paradise 4/22/17
Live at the Paradise 4/22/17

P.S. When we decided to record another record, I immediately went into obsessive songwriting mode, which I do when I'm excited about a project, and I pounded out 11 songs in a matter of a couple weeks. We feel confident that the new songs are up to company quality standards and we're ready to make the album of our lives. We hope you'll join us.

Thank you again from the top and bottom of our hearts.

 

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P.P.S. F.Y.I. Your money will be utilized for studio time, equipment rental, transportation, lodging in Memphis, mastering, manufacturing, a video and a promotional budget once the record is done. Basically, YOU ARE THE RECORD COMPANY.

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    The new album DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    The brand new Push Stars Album coming to you in a digital download form.

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    The new album on CD

    The classic CD is still alive and well. Get the new Push Stars album on shiny plastic.

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    A SIGNED copy of the new album on CD

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    New Push Stars T-Shirt

    A brand new design for a brand new album! *Men’s and Women’s Styles
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    New Push Stars Silk Screened Poster

    A poster suitable for framing on putting on wall next to your wine rack.

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    Signed Chris Trapper Show Set List

    You want a signed set list from a Chris Trapper show? Well, Chris has a handful of them. Most of these have notes and other "insider" info on them. These are all one-of-a-kind items. You get to play "Guess the Show" as Chris rarely wrote out the venue, city or date. It is a game you can play with your friends. Do a little digging and you might uncover the secret. Plus get the new Push Stars digital album.

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    Rare Push Stars tracks on CD

    Collection of unreleased tracks, ultra rare demos, B-sides, & live recordings Burned On to a CD. It is like an old-school mix CD for your car.

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    Signed CD + T-shirt Bundle

    A signed copy of the new album on CD

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    A signed copy of the new album on CD

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    Rare CD + Signed New CD Bundle

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    Collection of unreleased tracks, ultra rare demos, B-sides, & live recordings Burned On to a CD. It is like an old-school mix CD for your car. Along with a signed copy of the New Album and the album download.

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    Push Stars SIGNED CD Mega Bundle

    5 SIGNED CDs!
    Includes:
    *Brand New CD
    *Meet Me at the Fair
    *After The Party
    *Opening Time
    * Symphonies of Dirt and Dust (Chris Trapper's most recent solo album)

    All copies will be SIGNED by the band. Not only do you get a signed copy of the new album but you will get four other titles from the band.

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    Rare CD + T-Shirt + Signed New CD Bundle

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    Superfan CDs + Thank You Bundle

    This one is for you "superfans" because we could not do this without you! This bundle offers you the chance to make it know worldwide that you helped us! You will get YOUR NAME PRINTED in the Thank You listing inside our new album artwork.

    Plus You get 2 CDs as we will also include a signed copy of the new album on CD for you and the previously sold out "Rare Push Stars" tracks on CD: a collection of unreleased tracks, ultra rare demos, B-sides, & live recordings Burned On to a CD. It is like an old-school mix CD for your car.

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    SIGNED Handwritten Lyrics

    You pick your favorite Push Stars song and Chris will write them out and sign them.

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    VIP Show access with Meet & Greet Party

    You + 1 Guest get yourself to the venue and we will make sure you can get in without buying a ticket.

    Get in Early for part of Soundcheck, hang out with the band before the show for a private Meet & Greet party & get the new album on CD!

    Fall Tour dates coming soon

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    One-Hour Chat with a Band Member

    Have a one-hour Facetime or Skype chat with a Push Star member! You can talk songwriting with Chris, talk drumming with Ryan, or production with Dan, or just talk about the weather, or your personal problems.

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    Video song dedication

    Chris will dedicate the song of your choice to the recipient of your choice then play an acoustic version of it. After it is recorded, Chris will send a video directly to you.

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    Private Virtual Hangout in Ardent

    Virtually hang with us at Ardent Studios in Memphis in July 2017! Be a virtual fly on the wall during the recording process for an hour.
    Then ask us anything and listen/watch in on the creative process as we record the new album in Memphis.

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    Signed Push Stars Drum Head

    The band will sign and send you Ryan's One-Of-A Kind touring Push Star logo 26" bass drum head. It has been around the world and Ryan is willing to let it go to a new home.

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    Three Heads Signed Push Stars Drum Head

    Here is your chance to own a one of a kind Push Stars logo bass drum head. There are 2 in existence and the other one will be used on our upcoming fall tour.
    **This is a Kickstarter exclusive and won’t be available again anywhere else.**

    You can own a piece of The Push Stars history. We will sign and personalize it if you like or you can have it just as it is!

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    Ryan's Gretch Snare Drum

    This is Ryan's Gretsch Hammered Steel 6.5x14 snare drum. He has used it to record many records with sessions from Matchbox 20 and Tonic to the Dixie Chicks.

    It will be used on the new Push Star recordings at Ardent Studios and will be personally signed by the band for you. We’ll also let you know what songs it was used on.. Let the history of this drum continue on with you!

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    Dinner with the band

    We can be sophisticated foodies or we can devour the lowest level junk food. Either way, we'll be dining together.
    *Mutually agreed on location and time in 2017.

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    Chris' Harmony Rocket Guitar

    Chris' very own Harmony Rocket guitar as used on most of the old Push Stars albums. You have seen in rocking the stage over the years and now we want you to own it.
    *Postage within US included
    *Please e-mail any questions to jay@musicgeekservices.com

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    The Push Stars record your song

    Even the world's best songwriters sometimes can't find a good band. We'll learn and produce and perform your original song, and then send you a professional recording of our best interpretation of your original work. You will own the recording and can do whatever you want with it!

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    Private Acoustic Push Stars Concert

    Chris, Dan and Ryan will will bring the party to YOU!!! Live, acoustic, full-band performance just for you for a LIVE, 90 minute set in your backyard, living room, etc. -We come to your place for an informal acoustic performance.
    *Mutually agreed on location and time.
    *Within Continental US (outside will be extra)
    *Date To Be Determined.
    *E-mail: jay@musicgeekservices for more info on booking needs

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    Push Stars Full Rock Show

    The Push Stars will ROCK you and your friends with a Full On Electric Rock Show at your home or private venue. This is a once in a lifetime limited opportunity for all of us!

    *Mutually agreed on location and time.
    *Travel and hotel accommodations not included.
    Production (Backline & Sound System) not included; Fee to be determined & arranged via our Management
    *Within Continental US (outside will be extra)
    *E-mail: jay@musicgeekservices for more info on booking, travel and production needs

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