YES! We made our goal! We made it 31 days early, and we are so grateful to all of you amazing people for supporting us and showing your love and interest in this project!!
We are so excited to pay our musicians, to print vinyl, make teeshirts and tote bags, decorate CD covers and play a few more shows as Phil and Don. The money is spoken for, but we have lots more ideas for how to spend more money (if we make it)!
If we make $20,000.......... we will make a video for "Crying in the Rain." Stay tuned for more info!
If we make $17,000 we will have $5,000 over our budget- and will use that money to start recording our next album of original songs, which we can not wait to start. This is our new goal- if we make it, all of you get extra stuff! We will record one more Everlys song, one of our favorites: "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet" and send it to everyone as a digital download.
We will also send you a couple demos of original songs from our new record- so you can see what we're working on as we do it. You will receive these as they are finished, also as digital downloads. This will be a kickstarter exclusive! You will hear it first! So tell your friends! Share this page! AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT from the bottom of our hearts!!!!!!!!
We were cooking breakfast one day at our family home, listening to records and singing along. We'd been on a year-long break from touring and recording, which followed 2 full years on the road, and were gearing up to start working on music again. Someone put on a compilation called "The Everly Brothers: Original Greatest Hits," and we had, some might say, an aha moment.
See, we are sisters. People always say to us that sibling harmonies are the sweetest, which we take both as a compliment and as a dismissal, as in, "of course you can sing like that together, you're sisters." But in listening to that particular album on that particular morning we had the same reaction. Only siblings could sing like they do, and we wanted to learn from their tricks, their nuances, their harmonic ideas and songwriting mastery.
We've spent our lives as 2 out of 3 sisters. Our band originally included our sister Jessica, and she left a couple years ago to have a baby. Our general response to 2-part harmony has always been to sing the third part, to create the triad that was suggested by its absence. Our early songwriting and arranging was all constructed for three. But now that we're a duo it's different, we have more harmonic choices, we seek the 2 notes out of the chord that evoke the essence of the triad, and the longing of what's missing. The Everly Brothers were masters of this, and singing their songs with their harmonies has been a kind of master class in our own genre.
Within a month we had put together a band of NY musicians, rented studio time, picked 14 songs from the Everlys' vast catalog of amazing singles and recorded everything live in Thump Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn — all 14 tracks in about 6 hours. Over the course of the summer we sent the tracks out to 4 different mixers, did some overdubs of theremin, and some extra harmonies on a couple songs (we couldn't resist completely!), did a photoshoot where we dressed up as Phil and Don and recreated some of their iconic album covers, started playing live again, and with your help are finally putting this record out in April!!!!!!!!
Who we are:
We are Abigail and Lily Chapin, sisters in life and music. We have released 2 critically acclaimed albums of original material, 2008's "Lake Bottom LP":
"The one virtue LA trio the Chapin Sisters shares with classic sister acts of old becomes apparent when they sing together; that shiver of spotless, familial unity that makes every syllable woundingly poignant." - Flavorpill
and 2010's "Two":
"More like a distaff Lennon/McCartney than a traditional sibling act.” - Steve Horowitz, Popmatters
While we think of ourselves as songwriters, we're no stranger to interpreting our favorite songs; Our first ever foray into recording under the moniker The Chapin Sisters was in 2004 when our brother Jonathan and his friend Michael 'Fitz and the Tantrums' Fitzpatrick brought us into the studio to create ghostly harmonic versions of five radio hits. Our version of Britney Spears' "Toxic" from that session became a hit in its own right on LA's famed KCRW before our band had even played one show. We've also sang background vocals on countless albums, getting an early start on our Dad (and 3-time Grammy award winner) Tom Chapin's kids records at ages 6 and 8.
We sang backups for She & Him on their world tour for Vol. 2 in 2010-11, pulling double-duty opening the shows as the Chapin Sisters, too.
We are currently playing shows around NYC, (our re-adopted home, after living for the past 7 years in Los Angeles) while working on new songs for an upcoming record.
How you can Help:
When we set out on this project, we thought we would put it out digitally and move on to the next thing, but these songs have grabbed us, and we love this album. We want you to listen to it on vinyl, as we listened to that Everly Brothers greatest hits album that inspired this whole thing. We want to play shows as the Everlys with our amazing full band, maybe at your house or your wedding. We want to be directly connected with you, our fans, fans of the Everly Brothers, and of music in general. We want to hand craft each CD cover for you individually, and tie dye each tote bag. We want to sing backups on YOUR record. And we want the world to have another moment to appreciate these brothers Phil and Don who changed the course of rock n' roll forever, influencing our culture in ways that leave us in awe.
Where will the money go?:
Yes, the recording process is finished, and we can say with certainty that we love how this record sounds. But how will the record look, feel? This is a completely independent project. We are our own record label, "Lake Bottom Records," and putting out a record costs money that we don't have.
We will use this money to pay our musicians, most of whom played on this record for free out of the kindness of their hearts. We will use it to print up beautiful 180-gram vinyl records, pressed at the legendary Furnace Factory, with gorgeous album artwork and photographs by Seth Thomas. We will use it to pay for CD duplication and supplies for our hand-made CD covers. We will use it to pay mechanicals to Don and Phil Everly and Felice and Boudleaux Bryant for use of their songs. We will use it to promote the record, and make sure it is heard by the people who want to hear it.
Crying in the Rain
Brand New Heartache
Sigh, Cry, Almost Die
So Sad (to watch good love go bad)
All I Have to Do is Dream
When Will I Be Loved
Some Sweet Day
Always it's You
Down in the Willow Garden
Till I Kissed You
Risks and challenges
The risks on this project are low- the album exists and we can send it to you digitally whether the project gets funded or not. There's a potential for some delays if we get too busy to hand craft everything we say we will in a timely fashion, but we try to be true to our word, and we also are really excited for all the arts and crafts in our future.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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