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Five Times August needs your support releasing the next album! Pre-Order your copy and get cool prizes, the more you give the more you get!

Five Times August's newest album won't be in stores until October 13th, but you can download the entire album two whole months in advance by pre-ordering it today! FTA has partnered with KickStarter.com to bring you a unique opportunity to be a part of the next album! Your pre-order will count as a pledge to help fund the release of "Life As A Song," and the more you pledge, the more you get! For as little as $5.00 you will gain access to bonus exclusive content not available to anyone else! So far this has included rare audio, video, and photos! You can choose to pledge even more with your pre-order, which will in turn get you some really cool things. Check out the tiers on the side of the page and choose which one you'd like to be a part of!

HERE'S WHAT YOU'VE MISSED OUT ON SO FAR:
July 20th: Song Debut! "Love The Way" + mini podcast update #1
July 23rd: "Up On The Roof" Home Recording + mini podcast update #2
July 28th: "Surface" live from Sun Studio [VIDEO]
August 2nd: "Better With You" exclusive music video stills!
August 6th: Song Debut! "Break" + mini podcast update #3
Back this project with an album pre-order and you'll get access to those exclusive updates + much much more!
To the fans,

Over the next month (July 16th - August 16th) I am partnering with the website KickStarter.com and will attempt to raise $20,000 with your help. Your support will enable me to release Five Times August’s next album “Life As A Song” with enough financial backing to make it the success it deserves to be. I know it sounds like a lot of money in a short amount of time, but I wouldn’t take on a project of this magnitude if I didn’t think we could do it together! I just need EVERYONE'S participation, otherwise my next album might not come out for a while.

Being an unsigned artist has its pros and cons. I have always found more pros, which is why I have yet to sign with any kind of record label. I get to spend more time connecting with the fans, I get to write the music I want to write, and I get to be who I want to be without some corporate fat cat telling me how I need to change. All in all there is simply a lot more artistic freedom. The one major speed bump is that the cost of every album I release comes out of my own pocket. I am by no means a rich man, especially in a day where most people opt not to buy music.

It can be a major struggle making an album a success without the proper funding. Besides the standard costs of recording, mixing, and mastering a CD, more money actually goes into the promotion and publicity of an album than making it. That’s what this money will be used for. With your help we can get this album to people that may have never heard of Five Times August before. We will be able to afford a publicist to help spread the story of Five Times August, and also do major promotion so we can bring a lot more awareness to this album. Your pledge will also help us while on the road this fall, enabling us to promote our upcoming tour better than we have ever done before, while still keeping gas in our tank, food in our bellies, and not so many nights sleeping in our van, hotel rooms are nice every once and a while! The great thing about your donation is that you will be rewarded tenfold!

With every donation there is a prize in return. This can range from signed advanced copies of the album (so you can hear it before anyone else does!) to a full on weekend camping trip with me, some friends, and our guitars around a campfire! There are different levels of pledges, a lot of really cool prizes, and the more you donate the more you will get in return! However, if we do not raise the full $20,000 by August 16th I will get nothing, you will not be charged and do not get your prize, and all will be lost! Without your help "Life As A Song" might not be released!

And, here is my own pledge to you... If we do reach the full $20,000 before August 16th I will donate HALF of all my album sales for the rest of the year to various charitable causes. Over the years I have been a part of some really cool organizations and I've always believed in giving back to the community when you can. So let's do this together!

I believe in you! I wouldn’t have made it this far in my career without your help and now it’s time to take Five Times August to a whole new level. YOU are my record label and together we can change the music industry forever.

Thank you so much for your support,
Brad w/ Five Times August

http://www.fivetimesaugust.com
http://www.myspace.com/fivetimesaugust
http://youtube.com/fivetimesaugust

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    all of the above + handwritten lyrics to your three favorite Five Times August songs + 1 year of free admission to shows + copies of FTA's rare, early, and out of print CD's "Say" "Hover" and "Audience of Zero" (hear how it all started!)

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    all of the above + 15 minute personal phone call with Brad + personal video message and performance of song of your choice + 1 year of free merchandise. Every time we put out a new shirt, button, sticker, jacket, it's yours!

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    all of the above + iPod nano loaded with every Five Times August song and album, and rare recordings! + Dinner with Brad when the band travels through your town

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    all of the above + private concert in your home (or anywhere). You make the set list and invite whomever you want! + signed acoustic guitar

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    all of the above + personal song written for you about whatever you want + personal guitar lesson + FIVE TIMES AUGUST WEEKEND CAMPING TRIP! (you and 10 other friends under the stars, around a campfire with our guitars! YEAH!)

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