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We're heading deep into the woods to record thirteen jams based in the world of the Hunger Games.
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UPDATE #2: Holy crud! We've just now reached our second stretch goal, with one day left to go. This is awesome! We want to thank all our friends, family and fans for taking this little Kickstarter of ours so seriously and for being so generous with your time and money. 

Now, with our recording costs covered, all sponsorships will go towards getting us on the road and (hopefully) to a venue or house party near you. Post a comment on our comment wall (above) and let us know the hottest spot near you. We'll factor it into our planning!

Hello again, internet. We're Anthony, Asarr, Chris, Ellen, and Sam. And, collectively, we are the indie-rock ensemble known as Chamber Band

This winter, with your blessing and sponsorship, we'll be heading to The Farm in rural Pennsylvania with a trunk full of gear and enough food and drink to last us a week. There, we plan on recording a full-length album called Careers, which you'll get to keep inside your music-storing device up to (and through) the imminent uprising.

We've packed the above video and content below with an excessive amount of information to show you how excited we are about this project. We now leave the fate of the recordings in your capable hands and head off to train for our time in the arena. 

Thank you for your support. Now, read on, gentle citizen!

A couple things we decided to do different from other Kickstarters: our Stretch Goals are the above "Sponsorship Phases", and after pledging $24 or higher, you'll get a chance to vote for your favorite tribute in the band. It's basically one big popularity contest.

The five of us have been working on the songs that will make up Careers for the past year and 1/2 and couldn't be more excited and maybe a little terrified of what we've created. 

We ran the numbers with everyone involved in the project and came up with a final budget. The initial goal pays for one week happily cooped up at The Farm, in the snowy wilds of PA, undistracted by the madness of life in the capital, free to score our own little private revolution.

All money past that pays for mastering and getting our butts out to every district of Panem, to your doorstep. We hate to be, like, so obvious about it, but the truth is that the odds of us playing in your neck of the woods get better and better if this campaign succeeds beyond our initial goals.

So, like, maybe just send this to your Hunger Games-loving grand-aunt or something.

You saved our lives. Is that not enough? (No, Chamber Band. It's not and it never will be. - The World.)

Ah, hm. Well, to motivate you to buy the album now, before it's a sure thing, we've come up with some rewards wholly unique to us as a band.

As one of our beloved sponsors, you'll get:

  • verified access to behind-the-scenes video footage of the band as we record and mix the album, including video progress reports from individual band members.
  • a shout out across our social media networks, thanking you for supporting us and pretty much shaming you for taking part in this disgusting, capitalist system. Or maybe just that first one.

For the price of a measly loaf of bread, you get:

  • three digital downloads of our debut album, Deities. You know, the one with love songs from the world of DnD. Why three? Because that way you have one for yourself and two for the people you like most in your weekly group. (Probably Jeff, right?)
  • the ticket to the games, as shown above.

We made the above video so you can listen to Deities with us, if you like, before you commit to owning it. 

Oh! Here's where you get what you actually came for. Interesting that we designed it that way, huh? Let's never speak of this again.

With this sponsorship package, you get:

  • an e-mail two weeks before Careers is set to drop with a 24 bit/48khz copy of the album primed and ready to be downloaded, presumably with zero safeguard against you sending said files to everyone you know because, y'know, whatever.
  • three digital download of Deities ahorita
  • the ticket to the games
 

Do you consider yourself a tactile person? Do you like holding actual things in your hands? Then this is the package for you! You get:

  • the honest to Gods actual CD of Careers shipped to your district just in time for the actual release. Live in the Capital? Pop it in your player and geek out over the liner notes! Live in District 12? Use it as a tiny metallic platter for eating your single piece of corn!
  • you can then hop on the internet and compare it to our first album, because you'll be getting the three downloads of Deities
  • and the ticket to the games, as well, as shown above.

At this point you get to narrow your sponsorship from "general Chamber Band friend" to "specific Chamber Band member friend". Intrigued? So are we! In this package, you get to:

  • sponsor an individual band member in the games. When you purchase this package, you'll be asked to pick one of the five of us to sponsor. When the honest to God actual Careers CD is sent to your doorstep, you'll also receive a handwritten note of thanks from your chosen tribute. If your tribute ends up winning the Games (the second stretch goal), you also get a sweet little prize.
  • ...but that's nothing compared to two VIP tickets to any of the Careers listening parties (in NYC, PHX or LA) where you can meet said sponsored band member, who will thank you personally for your support and probably take tons of selfies with you.
  • The three downloads of Deities and ticket to the games, as well. Duh.

"I like all these things, but I can't wear a CD, guys!" Okay, okay, calm down. Then this package is for you, because you get:

  • a one-time only Careers campaign t-shirt made with only the softest of cotton, presumably picked by exploited workers in District Whatever. Ask anyone who has one of our shirts: they're hella comfortable. If fashion means anything to you, go ahead and inspect the design (by the legendary DTAFM) below. 
  • Also includes: sponsoring a band member, the physical album, 3 digital copies of Deities, and both kinds of tickets, all which we eloquently detailed above.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Attn: the contents of this package pose an immediate risk to Panem, and therefore can not be displayed here. The Capital thanks you for ignoring this package. -- Seriously, don't even think about it.] This too-good to be true package Includes:

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The package arrives at your door: you rip it open, put on your limited-run t-shirt, set your Careers CD, digital copies of Deitiesticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties and personal sponsorship letter aside, then lo and behold what do you find?

  • Only the demo for Careers, burned within the CD-ROM drive our very own MacBook Pro. Hear all the choices we could have made differently! Giggle at the mistakes we let slip! Tell us at shows why you liked the demo so much more! And, guess what? 
  • It's wrapped inside a sweet-as-heck Chamber Band tote bag.

It just now occurs to us that too many sponsorship packages have gone by without you and the band exchanging secret messages. Let's fix that. This package includes all the above goodies, like the limited-run t-shirt, the tote bag, the Careers CD, the threedigital copies of Deities, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties and personal sponsorship letter, but also this amazing opportunity:

  • while recording in the woods, we'll ask you to send us a ten word or less transmission to us (via e-mail). Months later, when your goodies arrive in the mail, with them, you'll find a 8.5 x 11 visual response to your message by our bassist, Anthony Cerretani, or a musical response from our guitarist, Asarr. This priceless response will be completely unseen and unheard by the rest of Panem, and it's up to you to keep it secret, or reveal its contents to the people.

Propo Time. First off, you'll get the limited-run t-shirt, the tote bag, the Careers CD, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties, the three digital copies of Deities, and personal sponsorship letter, but also included in this little silver parachute will be:

  • a unique set of pictures from the recording process, developed from a one-time use camera, sent only to you. Once we secure your sponsorship, we'll ink your name on the back of a cheapo camera, take pictures on said camera throughout the recording process, then send the developed pictures to you. Should you choose to reveal to others the contents of those pictures, that's entirely, 100% up to you. (Please don't!)

At this price, you deserve to be immortalized. That's why this package includes not only the limited-run t-shirt, the tote bag, the Careers CD, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties,the three digital copies of Deities, and personal sponsorship letter, but also:

  • our dear friend Kyle will draw your face onto the wall of 24 tributes, alongside the five of us. The finished drawing will be turned into a beautiful 8.5 x 11 poster and mailed to you, so you can hang it amongst your other Kickstarter curios.

Yes, yes, of course you get the limited-run t-shirt, the tote bag, the Careers CD, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties, the three downloads of Deities, and personal sponsorship letter but all that pales in comparison to this. granddaddy prize. When you pick this one:

  • you and a friend will join the band for a night of board games and tabletop roleplaying. It's totally up to you if we play Dungeons and Dragons, Catan, Loaded Questions, King of Tokyo, Munchkin, (Smash Bros?) or what-have-you. Anthony will probably make a delicious risotto dish (can't promise, but also won't, like, not promise, y'know?) and we'll absolutely play you some acoustic tunes from our next next album. (!)

If you aren't anywhere near us, then we'll figure out how to make it work. There are ways of making this work, trust us.

Time to be (in)famous, you. In this package:

  • you will be invited to appear in a music video, just so everyone will know what a total boss you are. And we want to make it worth your while, so don't worry about being typecast as "Girl in Background At Party with Solo Cup". You're going to be downright prominent.
  • ...and not only that, but you'll have the opportunity to dictate a set list for a future show. We'll reach out when a show is coming up (presumably one you can make) and tell you all 500 songs we know by heart and you choose 12 of them. We may have forgotten, like, 480 of those songs by the time this thing comes around but whatever. You still have the opportunity to make the weirdest or most hype Chamber Band set list of all time.
  • the limited-run t-shirt, the tote bag, the Careers CD, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties, the three downloads of Deities, and personal sponsorship letter.
 

We're tributes, but in a way, we're also Gamemakers. When you select this sponsorship package, you'll receive:

  • a super specific Chamber Band "Truth or Dare" Jenga Tower, created by all five members of the band. The rules work like normal Jenga, except that when you pull a block from the tower, you must perform the action on the block. We have a good sense of good, slightly-clean fun, so no worries about not being able to play it with your co-workers and sponsors alike. Also...
  • the opportunity to appear in a Chamber Band music video and dictate a future set list, and...
  • the limited-run t-shirt, the tote bag, the Careers CD, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties, the three downloads of Deities, and personal sponsorship letter.

Want to pick our brains? Check in to make sure we're eating right and not going stir crazy in this remote forest location? Then this is the package for you, gentle sponsor. With this package, you get: 

  • a thirty minute Skype question and answer session with the band during the recording or mixing process. No questions are off limits, and you're free to have whoever you like with you when we call in. (Except Jeff.) Everything will be organized well beforehand, our calendar against yours. Oh, and you'll also get...
  • the opportunity to appear in a Chamber Band music video and dictate a future set list, and let's not forget...
  • the limited-run t-shirt, the tote bag, the Careers CD, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties, the three downloads of Deities, and personal sponsorship letter.
 

You love music, clearly -- that's why you're here. So let's expand each other's musical horizons, as well as the horizons of everyone else in the Chamber Band Chamber Fan Band Camp? (Working title.)

With this package, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • choose a song for us to cover and we'll cover it. As long as it doesn't have totally objectionable content* that would keep us from looking our parents in the eyes, we're all about it. It can be a song you wrote, even, or a tune you think deserves to have a little more notoriety. Once we're done recording it, we'll put it up on YouTube with a big thank you to you for giving us the inspiration. 
  • you'll also appear in a Chamber Band music video and dictate a future set list, and also receive the standard
  • limited-run t-shirttote bag, the Careers CD, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties, the three downloads of Deities, and personal sponsorship letter.

* this includes Uncle Kracker's "Follow Me". That song is the worst.

Whatever happens in the arena, your name will live on. 

At this level, you'll appear in the upper echelon of sponsors, where it so rightly belongs. How so? Relax. We were just about to get to that. Choose this sponsorship package and:

  • your name will be printed prominently in the album liner notes, along with your district number, as a Silver Parachute Sponsor.
  • ...and not only that, but shortly after the album is released, you and the other Silver Parachute Sponsors will be personally thanked in a video broadcast via our Facebook page
  • To sweeten the pot, we’ll set up a thirty minute Skype question and answer session with the band during the recording or mixing process, to give much-needed guidance and ensure that we're making good on your investment. (That rule about asking about Jeff is still in effect.)
  • you'll also appear in a Chamber Band music video and dictate a future set list, as if the above stuff wasn't enough, and finally, at your doorstep, you'll receive
  • limited-run t-shirttote bag, the Careers CD, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties, the three downloads of Deities, and personal sponsorship letter.
 

You've given us a fighting chance at winning the games and we will forever be in your debt. Wait, no, that's wrong. We're going to pay off that debt in the next year, and here's how:

  • we'll play an acoustic set at your house. You can invite whoever you like. (NOT JEFF.) That acoustic set will then escalate into...
  • a private tabletop game session with the entire band. Whatever game you like. And if you don't want to include one of us, that's fine. You're the boss, boss. Oh and--!
  • your name will be printed prominently in the album liner notes and you'll be personally thanked in a video broadcast via our Facebook page
  • you'll also appear in a Chamber Band music video and dictate a future set list, 
  • and we’ll also set up a thirty minute Skype question and answer session with the band during the recording or mixing process, to give much-needed guidance and ensure that we're making good on your investment. (That rule about asking about Jeff is still in effect.)
  • limited-run t-shirttote bag, the Careers CD, the ticket to the gamestickets to the listening parties, the three downloads of Deities, and personal sponsorship letter.

Wow. That's a lot. But here's the thing! You pick this package, you can grant any of those goodies to someone else, if you want. Everything is transferrable.

This package funds the rebellion. We can't talk about it here. 

This package includes:

  • No seriously we can't talk about it here.

Here's a fun fact about Kickstarter: unlike some crowdfunding web sites, Kickstarter is an "all-or-nothing" crowd funding platform. So as a band we're basically playing a game of chance with you: we have 30 days to successfully fund this project. If we fail, no dollars, no tesserae. Oh, and also good to know: Kickstarter takes 5% and Amazon takes an additional 3-5%. But you know what? They earned it. No really, they did!

 

Risks and challenges

First off, we can't believe you're at the bottom of this page. That's great. Welcome to the Risks and Challenges section, where shit gets real.

Like anything worth doing, making a good album is hard. (If it wasn’t, there’d be a lot more good albums, yeah?) We're fully aware, from experience on the first album, as well as albums that individual band members have done outside of Chamber Band, that for us to make Careers the album we know it can be, it will require a heck of a lot of things to go right, or, at the very least, we'll need the resources on hand to fix the things that do go wrong.

That's why we've budgeted a healthy buffer into our budget, hopefully giving us a little wiggle room when it comes to this breaking or that being lost or he or she having a panic attack and needing a vegan pizza delivered to our remote recording destination at 4am. These things happen, and rest assured, we're prepared for them.

We started preparing this campaign early summer, and have prepared for the possibility that you and you and you share it with everyone, and things blow up, and we have way more sponsors to please than we know what to do with. That's a good problem to have, yes, but a problem nonetheless, and we've prepared ourselves for that by creating an infrastructure outside of Kickstarter to keep track of such things.

On the flip side, we're also prepared to make do with what we get. Hey, if we only get to the initial goal, we'll make it work. An album, at its best, is a document of a time and a place. If that time and place is us at The Farm, strapped for cash and making calls to rich uncles and aunts for replacement bass heads, you better believe that struggle will show up in the tunes. A different album, obviously, but an album all the same.

Last, but not least, we want all our backers full aware of our crowdfunding history: Chris raised roughly 7.5k of a 10k goal for Deities before Chamber Band was a glimmer in his bespectacled eye, and the band together raised 6k of a 5k goal through Pledge Music, back in 2012. Both instances broadened our knowledge of what it takes to make these things work, and we're excited to knock this one out of the park.

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    A TICKET TO THE GAMES: immediate access to backer-only content, including behind-the-scenes video during recording & mixing process and video progress reports from each individual band member. Invigorating rush of blood that comes from taking action.

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    THREE COPIES OF DEITIES: digital downloads of our Dungeons & Dragons-themed album, stripped of their normal cost, for you and two friends to geek out over. Easy holiday gift for the DM in your life. Plus above.

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    EARLY RELEASE OF CAREERS: Digital copy of your new favorite album two weeks before release date. Form opinion before any one else can. Sing along at shows. Walk tall. Add all rewards above.

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    PHYSICAL COPY OF CAREERS: Honest to gods physical CD of new album. Will have (all?) your favorite songs on it. Shipped to your district just in time for wide release. Includes all the good stuff above.

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    TRIBUTE PACKAGE: Sponsor an individual band member in the games, securing their personal note of thanks when CD arrives + get two tickets to listening party (NY, LA, PHX) to get side hugs from them + of course the above because duh.

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    LIMITED-RUN CHAMBER BAND T-SHIRT: Made with only the softest cotton. Inspect the design to your left. (Hella cool, right?) Don't forget all the stuff above, as well. That's yours, too.

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    WHAT IS HAPPENING TOTE BAG: Ambiguous lyrics means you get to explain them to randos at the local farmers market, which is always a treat. Not to secretly includes the Careers demo, tucked away inside. And all the good stuff listed above, as well.

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    RESPONSE TO A SECRET MESSAGE: You send a ten word or less transmission to us (via e-mail) as we're recording in the woods, either Anthony or Asarr sends you a visual or musical response to said message when all the above goodies arrive at your doorstep. Keep it secret or post for all of Panem to see. Includes every backer reward listed above.

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    YOUR VERY OWN PRIVATE PROPO: We write your name on back of disposable camera, fill up the roll with pictures while recording in the woods, send developed pictures to you when you get your CD, tote, t-shirt, etc. You open package, see pictures, say, "Oh my..."

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    JOIN US AS TRIBUTES: Send us picture of your game face. Band drawing-guy Kyle will draw your game face into 8.5 x 11 poster. We'll mail poster to you with your CD, tickets, demo, tote and t-shirt. You can display it with pride, on the wall, amongst your other Kickstarter curios.

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    JOIN US FOR A GAME NIGHT: It's up to you if we play Dungeons and Dragons, Catan, Loaded Questions, King of Tokyo, Munchkin, Smash Bros, what-have-you. We can't guarantee you'll win, but we can guarantee you'll return home to our CD, t-shirt, tote, demo, etc. So you'll certainly feel like a winner.

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    APPEAR IN A C.B. MUSIC VIDEO: We've got big plans for music videos for this album, and those big plans include bit parts for someone like you. You want YouTube fame? Here you go. On the sly includes chance to dictate our set list. See notes to the left. Includes CD, tote, t-shirt, mouth kisses, etc.

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    CUSTOM T.o.D. JENGA TOWER: All five band members will write prompts and dares on the individual blocks. This package includes the tickets, sponsorship, CD, t-shirt, demo, tote bag, music video appearance and set list dictation. Bazooga!

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    FRIENDLY INTERROGATION TIME: We'll Skype you and whoever else you like in for a 30 minute discussion during the recording or mixing process. Ask anything. Also includes tickets, sponsorship, CD, t-shirt, demo, tote bag, music video appearance, etc.

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    PICK A SONG, WE'LL COVER IT: Once we're done, we'll put it up on YouTube with a big thank you to you for giving us the inspiration. More goodies listed in the notes on the left.

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    THE SILVER PARACHUTE PACKAGE: True believers in their tributes start here. We reward them handsomely for their faith in us. (May still die in the firefight, though.) Easiest to glance at the package to the left.

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    THE ABERNATHY PACKAGE: The Silver Parachute Package + a house show that is also a house party. Hint: team up with a pal, charge admission to the thing and you make your money back, easy. See package details to the left.

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    THE REBELLION PACKAGE: This package funds the revolution. See nowhere for all details.

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