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Unlearning every lie we believed for our whole lives!   Reclaiming the smiles we were robbed of as a child!  Righting wrongs singing clap-happy songs!
Unlearning every lie we believed for our whole lives! Reclaiming the smiles we were robbed of as a child! Righting wrongs singing clap-happy songs!
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"My name is Eric...
and I used to be a scared little kid.
And the older i grew the darker things got ..
'til i just about flipped my lid.
But then I started talking with people about,
and found out they felt the exact same way.
They were just better at ignoring it than me
(or they were just too ashamed to say).
So I recorded an album about it,
but now I'm drowning in debt.
I just want to try and help people feel hopeful,
but to do that, my band needs all the help we can get."

A faulty chromosome is me (with a bunch of help from my friends) trying to make music that brings hope to people (especially ourselves), and encourages thinking and dreaming and smiling and dancing and clapping and singing (joyously off-key) and feeling less lonely and afraid about being alive, because it's really difficult to stay sane in this country when there is so much horn-honking impatience and annoyance at earnest questions, and advertisements tell us that salvation lies in buying their product, but we barely have enough money to survive (let alone pay for luxuries like health care and food that actually nourishes us and hasn't been genetically modified/soaked in poison). So we just get so stressed and depressed and overwhelmed that things start to feel bleak and no amount of drugs or liquor or food or sex or wishful escapes to heaven will makes it go away and.... :::Deeeeeeep Breath:::: sometimes all it takes is the simple fact of hearing someone else say that they feel just as scared silly as you do to make you feel less crazy and everything seems mostly okay again. This is the message I'd like to share through my songs to as many people as I can get to listen to it.

Please help us spread our hopeful message by donating?

We are so close to being done recording, but cannot go any further. You see, my pockets are empty, and my credit cards are not only maxed out, but the APR has been raised to 15% (bank bailouts + stealing money from me = prosperity?!), so I am now forced to waste my time working a shameful job in order to save up enough money to get back on my feet, but the odds are stacked against me, and it could take a very long time before we are able to proceed as a band.

I am asking for $5,678 in order to master, design, and press the album, as well as for the promotional costs for it (also because I find it enjoyable to say "5.6.7.8..." as though it's counting off a song).

Debt has got us worrying & fear, it makes us cry. We're not CRAZY! Its all WRONG! So I sing it in a song (but I really need your help so I can try)

See, I want to make friends and share ideas and push each others' brains to grow bigger and stronger and pull each other up when we feel deflated so that we can work hard together and figure out real solutions to fix this awful mess we're in because we can't do it alone and if we're not talking about it, that's when we start to feel scared again, so I will sing about it until I'm blue in the face (and even then, I will be wheezing until I black out!), but I really need help to keep going.

Now please know this: I do not want to be rich. In fact, I do not want money at all (I would love to make a faulty chromosome a 501c3 non-profit). You see, I feel very dirty putting such a steep price tag on goods and services that I would be glad to do for free, but sadly, time is money, and money is a necessary evil in order to live in this sick economy, so I must sadly tuck my tail between my legs and beg all big-eyed like a hungry puppy.

In reality, I need a whole lot more money to really achieve the goals I have set, but I'm being modest just to get things going again. I would love to be able to have an electric/hybrid/bio-diesel car to tour in so as to not be making such a mess of the air along the way. I would also really like to make the band a non-profit organization and be able to promote our message throughout the country with simple, well-designed booklets to encourage people to think and talk and encourage a bigger community at our shows. I would also like to be able to get a booking agent who can help us play more all-ages shows (which is very hard to do for an unknown indie band because it's mostly marketed to college kids and bars make most of their money selling alcohol) and be able to reach kids stuck in abusive and repressive homes who might not otherwise be able to hear any kind of optimistic words, as well as tour other countries. I would also like to have as close to zero-waste as is possible. Many of the T-shirts have been purchased deadstock from thrift stores, the albums will be in the form of repurposed children's books with recycled paper and vegetable inks on the inside, and promotional copies will use jewel cases and envelopes donated by local radio stations who would have just thrown them in the trash. But for right this very second, $5,678 would be an amazing help, and a very good start.

In any case, thank you very much for your time in reading this ramble (and double-thanks if you donate!).

xoxo~
Eric

(ps. If you'd like to help, but simply cannot afford to, maybe you could think of someone who has money to ask?)

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    (same as above) + receive an mp3 of an early analog transfer of the new album, 'craving to be coddled so we feel fake-safe' (including lyrics and essay) + receive the limited-edition, minimalist "coloring book" promo Cd version when it is pressed (you have the option of me coloring it for you, or leaving it blank for you to color yourself)!

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    (same as above) + you will receive a framed, hand-made, personalized work of art which I hope will make you happy each time you see it (put it on your refridgerator/school locker/ office cubicle/jail cell wall/mental hospital nightstand/use it to replace the picture of your ex-boy/girlfriend)!

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    (same as above) + be my snail-mail pen-pal for all of 2010 where -- although you can write to me as little or as often as you'd like -- I promise to write back to you at least one letter per month, thoughtfully responding to whatever it is you would like to discuss with plenty of drawings and illustrations in the margin, and sending you postcards from on tour (I would be glad to do all this for free if I had the time)!

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    (same as above) + I will record a cover version of any song you'd like + send you a video of the process including a final performance.

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    (same as above) + we will play that song especially dedicated to you when we next tour in your hometown (if you want, we can even see to it that a chair is brought out for you to sit on and a spotlight is shone on you?)!

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    (same as above) + I will record an original song about any subject matter of your choosing in any approximate style and tempo of your desire. I will video chat/call/im you to discuss it, as well as send you a video documenting the process.

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    (same as above) + I will make a really cool music video for it (I know that "cool" is an opinion, but it is my opinion that I don't make no junk, and I'd hope you would believe me if you liked me enough to donate so much money )!

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    (same as above) + we will play the song written for you as part of a personal concert at a venue of your choosing (park district band shell? vfw hall? laundrymat? beach party? campfire sing-a-long? parent's rumpus room?) AND we will write a part for you to play along with (if you play an instrument or would like to sing. If not, don't fret, you can turn the knobs to one of our various noise-making devices! Oh, and you pick the setlist too!)!

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    (same as above) + you will receive a hand-made, "lifetime honorary band member" card. This card will entitle you and a friend to never have to pay to see us live, always receive a very special thank you in everything we ever do, always receive advanced copies of everything we ever make for free (and since I plan on living for another 70+ years, I think this is a pretty good deal)!

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    COVER SONG SLUMBER PARTY! (all the above) + a faulty chromosome will create for you your own personal hoot night, playing 10 cover songs of your choice live at a slumber party at your house where we will stay up all night playing video games, giving each other makeovers, telling ghost stories, and prank-calling cute boys!

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    (all the above) + I will make the next proper a faulty chromosome album be an ep inspired by the story of your life. I will come to where you live, spend the weekend with you, interview you, meet your family, look at old photos and home movies, visit friends and places of importance from your life, and take notes on your hopes and dreams the entire time (please, oh please somebody do this because I would really enjoy it?!)!

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