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We're making a record and we want YOU to be a part of it. Get awesome rewards like posters, t-shirts, exclusive tracks, and more!

We're making a record, and we need YOUR help! 30 days to raise $11,000. If we are $1 short, we don't get ANY of the money and the record simply will not happen. 

We have been pouring over these songs for the past two years now (in some cases longer) to make every chord, note, and lyric both meaningful and honest.  Now that they need to be recorded, we've teamed up with people who love what they do and do it with excellence. We've got a producer and musical engineers that do amazing work, crafting the sounds of artists like Tyler Lyle, Micah Dalton, Jon Black, etc. Their time and talent is valuable. Their equipment is valuable. So to give our record a shot at being the most it possibly can be, we need your money.

But don't call it a charity. Not at all. The more you give, the more you get back. These rewards to the right hand side of the screen are straight from our heart to your hands. Everything from posters to songs that no one else will get to hear.  Now, if you give $1,000 or something like that, you not only get the reward for spending $1000, but you also get every reward that came before that (with the exception of the date reward and $750 reward).  So in the immortal words of Tom Hatherford, “Treat yo self!” and SPREAD THE WORD. And then enjoy all the cool stuff you get back.  Every single penny is going to the recording, mixing, and mastering of this record.  But we're not gonna stop there.

We want this to be a record that is born out of collaboration. We worked with each other to write the songs and we want to work with you now to make it a reality. But we're also collaborating with the producer and engineers to craft the perfect sounds, AND WE WANT TO COLLABORATE WITH VISUAL ARTISTS to take this project beyond music. We've been sharing these songs with painters, ceramicists, sculptors, writers, and poets because we want people to create more art from these songs. We hope that by the time the record is finished, we'll not only have an album, but we'll be able to have an on-line gallery of amazing art created over the next few months. The art can enhance the themes of the record or extend a character or even disagree with what we say in the song. We just want this thing to generate more creativity and more art. If you are an artist interested in donating to the project in that way, shoot us an email at johnfrenchmusic@yahoo.com.

We are so grateful for your interest, support, and love.  You mean the world to us.

- John French and the Bastilles

p.s. the awesome video was shot and edited by Jimmy Rowalt.  Check him out on http://twitter.com/jhrowalt.

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    You’ll receive an exclusive video from John and maybe even the Bastilles thanking you for contributing! You’ll get it via email with an official certificate to hang on your fridge.

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    For the price of pre-ordering the record, you’ll receive a digital copy of it TWO WEEKS before it is officially released AND you’ll get your name on the website as an official contributor.

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    You’ll get a digital copy of the record TWO MONTHS in advance, making you the first group of fans to hear it. You will also receive an exclusive b-sides record featuring additional songs not heard on the record or anywhere else.

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    You get an exclusive art package that includes a decorative poster and handwritten lyrics to the song of your choice. A reward that makes any room look better. Treat yo self.

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    You get your name in the liner notes of the record. You also get an autographed physical copy with a personalized thank you note from the band. AND a MP3 of John covering the song of your choice. ANY SONG!

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    For 200 bones John and the gang will write and record a personalized song about whatever you want . . . even you! You’ll also receive an extended art package featuring TWO additional art prints.

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    A DATE WITH THE BAND - dinner and a night out with us - This one has some stipulations though and is NOT PART OF THE CHAIN OF REWARDS. So if you buy this reward, we'll be sure you also get a digital download of the record, but you are not entitled to the rest and must specify that this is the reward you want. You've gotta be willing to come to Athens, and you've gotta like to have fun. But we'll foot the bill for the date cause we're old fashioned.

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    First, you’ll get a freshly printed John French and the Bastilles T-Shirt to spice up your wardrobe. You and a friend will also get into one of my shows for FREE, at ANY location and get to hang out with the band backstage. You can even help pick the set list for the show.

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    We’ll come do a show at your house (within 200 miles of Athens, Georgia or within 20 miles of city on tour pending tour schedule conflict). Free admission for you and all of your friends. We’ll hang out and talk after. We’re fun, we swear.

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    Play something on the actual record. This is the only reward that get's you in the studio and physically making sounds that will go on the record. Don't play music? Let's hope you can clap or something. This is not included in the chain of rewards, and is a limited offer. You also have to get to the studio in Feb/March to make it happen, but you'll be able to hear yourself forever and ever.

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    The deluxe package: an exclusive one of a kind EP of 5 cover songs chosen by you, performed and recorded by John French and the Bastilles. You’ll be the only one who has it in the entire universe.

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    We’ll record an exclusive video of a live performance of the song of your choice, with a shout-out and dedication to you at the beginning and feature it on our website.

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