San Francisco-based Indie Rock band Electric Strawberry is about to create a seriously magnetic album, but we can't do it alone! Read more
This project was successfully funded on November 2, 2013.
About this project
Alright! We think firstly we should get the party started with this awesome rendition of one of our favorite originals, Far Away.
And now that that's out of the way...oh wait...here's our whole Youtube account for your viewing pleasure:
We are Electric Strawberry, aka band of weirdos scattered around the East San Francisco Bay Area. We hail from Livermore (or Spleenless, if your sense of humor is as lame as Briana's seems to be...), Danville, and Pleasant Hill, California. We met off Craigslist (seriously!) and have managed to put together some pretty awesome songs over the past 10 months. So awesome are these songs, in fact, that we want to do them some serious justice by getting some fantastic recordings for our debut album, and we need YOUR help to do it!
All four of us have been in bands before, but for one reason or another, have never gotten the opportunity to not only record professionally, but distribute an album via CD, vinyl, market it appropriately, etc. etc. As you probably know, this takes a lot of time and money, and as broke-ass musicians, we're usually short on both.
But, we all agree, there's something about this band in particular that is special. For all of us. You know that saying, "You're only as strong as your weakest link"? Well, the saying couldn't be more applicable to what it's like being in a working band. You work hard, you want it, you live it and breathe it, but so often there's that drummer who never shows up to practice, or the singer who didn't learn her lines. And then the whole thing ends up falling apart because one can only do so much.
But for us, we ALL want it. We show up to practice, we work as a team to get gigs, we are constantly working on new material, and we genuinely want to put out a record that reflects our dedication and passion to Electric Strawberry's material. And we simply can't do it without you. It's true!
So, did you catch that nifty little part of the Kickstarter video where Briana was talking about where we want to record if we hit our goal? Something about Tiny Telephone? Well, there's this absolutely, ridiculously beautiful BAD-ASS recording studio in San Francisco called Tiny Telephone that, for around 7,000 buckaroos, we could record in to get a sound that's pretty damn hard to get anywhere else.
PIE CHART OH GOD
While most studios record with digital software, Tiny Telephone records with ANALOG tape, which our good friend Wikipedia describes as a "method to store signals as a continual wave in or on the media. The wave might be stored as a physical texture on a phonograph record, or a fluctuation in the field strength of a magnetic recording. ". Or, in layman's terms:
"There are no computers at Tiny Telephone brehs. We'll be recorded from an old school mixer to analog tape. It'll sound warm and jazzy yo." - Bryant
We could go the digital route, which 95% of musicians do today, but we're really hooked on the idea of doing what our idols did, which will get us that warm, fuzzy, rockin' sound of the past.
So, thank you so much for reading and hopefully contributing towards our dream project. We are so excited to put out an album we'll ALL be proud of, including you! So, gracias amigos, and have a beautiful day!
Risks and challenges
Okay, so we all know how ambitious projects, especially ones that have never been done before by its creators, can be derailed when bumps pop up in the road. But we're not going to just take your money and hope for the best. Here are the potential problems that may arise, and how we are going to solve them:
1. Do we really know what we're going to record? And how are we going to go about doing so?
Yes. We've already started pre-production on all of the songs we want to record, so we know exactly what tempo we want, what instruments we want to use, the tone of the guitars, potential overdubs, and the style of each recording. We have a very clear idea of what we want, so there will be significantly less guess-work in the studio.
2. Don't you all have full-time jobs? How are you going to get this album finished?
We do all have very busy schedules, but this album is everyone's top priority. We've already discussed everyone's schedules and how to maneuver around them so we get the album done in a timely fashion. Our goal is to have the recording process done within one month, and we can definitely accomplish that.
3. How are you going to market this album?
Bryant's, like, the ultimate marketing machine. He's already done extensive research into Google Adsense, Youtube promoted videos, which blogs/magazines to contact, etc. We are going to push this album hard, and Bryant's the man to do it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $1 or more
A digital download of the full album! Woah!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5 or more
A digital download of the full album, and a badass Electric Strawberry sticker! Groovy!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $10 or more
Who likes cookies? Or, a better question would be who DOESN'T like cookies? Ten bucks gets you the digital download of the album, a cool Electric Strawberry sticker, and fresh HOMEMADE cookies made with love from the band. Sweet!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
Here we go, here we go...this is where the fun really starts. With this prize you get all of the above PLUS the Electric Strawberry CD! Rock out in your car to our groovy little album while eating delicious cookies for only 25 bucks. Yes!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
With 50 bucks you are gonna rep the one and only Electric Strawberry POSTER on your wall (we may or may not write something totally weird on there) AND you'll have some handwritten lyrics to ponder from yours truly. This is in addition to ALL of the above prizes. Cowabunga, dudes!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
Vinyl, vinyl, everywhere! And T-shirts too! This is one of our coolest prize options...for only 75 bucks you get a digital download of the full album, a badass Electric Strawberry sticker, delicious homemade cookies, the Electric Strawberry band poster, handwritten lyrics, AND an Electric Strawberry band shirt (WHAT!) AND our debut album on vinyl!! WTF! Crazy talk.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
Want some personal recognition for your support? Every single person that pledges $100 or more gets their name on the inner sleeve of our album as a THANK YOU for making it possible. You're also getting all of the above prizes thrown in there for good measure. It's prize heaven! :]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
Did you know we've got some crazy artists in the band? Bryant and Emily sure know their way around a paint brush, and with this prize level, they will include a CUSTOM painting of ANYTHING you want. Seriously. Anything. Briana and Luke might get in on the action too, but proceed with caution if you request such a thing. Oh yeah, and you also get your digital download, CD, Vinyl, groovy sticker, handwritten lyrics, band t-shirt, poster, thank you on our album, and COOKIES! Holy smokes!!!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
Here's your chance to either totally embarrass us OR make something beautiful happen. Either one is fine by us! With this prize level you can request us to cover ANY song and we will play the hell out of it on Youtube and dedicate it to YOU! Seriously. There is so much possibility with this one. And, of course, you get all of the above prizes! NO WAY!!!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $750 or more
Private show time, people! We will rock your socks off in a private concert anywhere within 50 miles of the San Francisco East Bay. Have a party coming up and you want some seriously fantastic entertainment? We're your guys (and gals!) And, of course, you get ALL of the above prizes. RADICAL!!!!!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
Okay, we're really sweetening the deal here. You're not only gonna get your private show with this one- you're getting credit on our album as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. That's some serious stuff right there. We'll also overload you with all of the previous prizes, of course! BIG TIME!!!!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $2,500 or more
Are you an Electric Strawberry fan (or just stumbled upon this little page and love what we do)? But maybe you're living somewhere in LA, or Portland, or middle-of-nowhere Washington and you really want to see us play. Well, with this prize package, we will go ANYWHERE on the west coast and play a private show for you and all your friends. You're also getting Executive Producer credit, a Youtube cover of your choice, a crazy painting, vinyl, CD, cookies, stickers, poster, handwritten lyrics, band tee, oh my goodness does it ever end? Wow!!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
This is the ultimate end-all, be-all prize here. Electric Strawberry will fly ANYWHERE in the good old United States and put on the most kick-ass show of all time for your crazy event. We will sprinkle your house in magic and awesome. It's true! AND you're getting your Executive Producer credit, your CDs, your vinyl, your posters and handwritten lyrics and Youtube video and painting and everything else. You're getting it all! Everything! WHAT!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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