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After 5 years and a gender-bending trip through music history, a new album of Chapin Sisters originals is here.
The Chapin Sisters deliver our first album of original material in five years!
The Chapin Sisters deliver our first album of original material in five years!
350 backers pledged $16,000 to help bring this project to life.

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The Chapin Sisters—Today's Not Yesterday

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THE NEW RECORD

Today’s Not Yesterday is The Chapin Sisters first album of original music in five years. We recorded it at Jonathan Wilson’s gorgeous Five Star studio in Echo Park, CA, and we produced it along with two longtime collaborators, bass player Dan Horne (Conor Oberst, Allah Las, Jonathan Wilson) and drummer Jesse Lee (Gang Gang Dance, White Magic, Cass McCombs).

WHY KICKSTARTER

The story of our new album's Kickstarter campaign is simple. After self-releasing ‘A Date with the Everly Brothers’ through Kickstarter in 2013, with no formal distribution, selling it only off iTunes, our website, and a couple physical stores that requested copies, our connection to our fans felt stronger than ever. What initially seemed like a whim - a side project of Everly Brothers covers that we would quickly release and move away from - instead gave us a new ownership over our own careers. Selling directly to our fans, connecting with each physical copy sold, corresponding with people who found us through Kickstarter or a shared love of the Everly Brothers, awakened in us a new love for the music business. We liked being a record label. We liked taking packages to the post office and feeling a direct connection with you, the listener at the other end of the headphones. We couldn’t wait to do it all again with a new batch of songs, our first album of original material in five years.

The money we raise here will go towards mastering the album, manufacturing physical CDs, pressing vinyl, album artwork, perhaps a couple of music videos, a publicist and hopefully even a radio promotions person. Most importantly, it will allow us to continue to be a completely independent operation with control over our music and our lives.

Thank you for connecting to us, for helping our dreams become a reality. Thank you in advance for pre-ordering the album today. We can't wait to see you again out on the road. If we haven't met you yet, don't hesitate to come say hi after a show. We love you!

STORY

The past five years have been significant for us, and we hope that's reflected in the music we’ve written. We transitioned from our 20’s into our 30’s. We moved back to our childhood home of New York from our adopted home of Los Angeles. We both got married and are contemplating starting families, while still navigating the beloved Bohemian lifestyles we’ve adopted as professional musicians. There have been break-ups, new loves, and new career paths. We’ve reconnected with the folk music scene of our roots and the political activism that is intrinsically linked with it. All of these themes are in this record -- it’s an album about growing up, finding identity through loss, meaning in belief, and a return to our roots.

We want to give this album the life we think it deserves. With your help we plan to put the finishing touches on it. As the title states, ‘Today’s Not Yesterday;’ things have changed, there are fewer people buying music than ever, there’s hardly a record industry to speak of- at least not like it used it be, and we are no longer teenaged ingénues that pique corporate interest. Now we’re women with opinions and voices (albeit voices singing in harmony), writing and performing what we think are our best songs yet.

WHO WE ARE

We are Abigail and Lily Chapin, sisters in life and music. 

We are singers, songwriters, producers/ arrangers, activists, and believers in the power of song and of harmony. We've been officially known as The Chapin Sisters for 11 years, touring all around the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe. We've sung back-ups on national late night shows, led protest songs in marches and civil disobediences, and performed at countless weddings and funerals. The Chapin Sisters is not just our band name, it's who we are.

We have released 3 critically acclaimed full-length albums since we started The Chapin Sisters eleven years ago.

A Date With the Everly Brothers, Two, and Lake Bottom LP
A Date With the Everly Brothers, Two, and Lake Bottom LP

A DATE WITH THE EVERLY BROTHERS (2013)

"14 tracks of glorious, genetically predestined harmonies" - Rookie Magazine. 

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TWO (2010)

"More like a distaff Lennon/McCartney than a traditional sibling act.” -Popmatters

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LAKE BOTTOM LP (2008)

"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

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KICKSTARTER REWARDS PREVIEW

In addition to all the new music, Abigail and Lily will be designing and hand-making a number of special rewards for our Kickstarter friends: a bandana, a t-shirt, and a tote bag. All will be hand-dyed, silk-screened, and made of soft 100% cotton.

Kickstarter Reward sketches. The real ones will be more detailed.
Kickstarter Reward sketches. The real ones will be more detailed.

 And of course, there's always the cookie pack!

Made by Lily this morning
Made by Lily this morning

Risks and challenges

The risks on this project are low, but we learned last time that there's a potential for some delays if we get too busy to hand craft everything we say we will in a timely fashion. We try to be true to our word, however, and we also are really excited for all the arts and crafts in our future.

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    THANK YOU postcard. The Chapin Sisters will send you a postcard thanking you for your support.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Includes the full 12-song album, 'Today's Not Yesterday' and a PDF featuring the full album artwork & special Kickstarter-only photographs.

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    CD: 'Today’s Not Yesterday' wrapped in full-color 4-panel gatefold packaging featuring drawings by Abigail Chapin and photography by Seth Thomas. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    CHAPIN SISTERS BANDANA: Keep the dust off your face with this 100% cotton, hand dyed and silkscreened bandana, designed by Abigail and Lily, featuring the signature eyes and tears motif from the album cover. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    CD + LIMITED EDITION PRINT - Along with your CD, you’ll receive a special Kickstarter-only print from our album photo-shoot, hand-signed by Abigail and Lily. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    180-GRAM VINYL - Audiophile-quality first-pressing of “Today’s Not Yesterday” wrapped in gorgeous, heavy stock, 4-panel gatefold packaging featuring drawings by Abigail and photography by Seth Thomas. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    TEE SHIRT: Hand-dyed and printed. Abigail and Lily will design and silkscreen an image exclusive to this project, only available on Kickstarter! 100% cotton. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    BANDANA PRINT TOTE BAG: Hand-dyed and printed by Abigail and Lily, with a print inspired by the eyes-and-tears bandana print (see above). Abigail is a bag designer so you know these'll be chic. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    180-GRAM VINYL + LIMITED EDITION PRINT - Along with your record, you’ll receive a special Kickstarter-only print from our album photo-shoot, hand-signed by Abigail and Lily. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    COOKIE COMBO: Abigail and Lily will bake you their famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, from a secret family recipe! Includes CD signed to your specifications by Abigail and Lily, and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    CD STYLE-PACK - Choose either the T-SHIRT, TOTE BAG, or BANDANA and we’ll send it along with a CD signed according to your specifications by Abigail & Lily. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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    VINYL STYLE-PACK - Choose either the T-SHIRT, TOTE BAG, or BANDANA and we’ll send it along with the 180-GRAM VINYL signed according to your specifications by Abigail & Lily. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    COOKIE AND COFFEE BREAK! We sold out of our cookie reward so we are bringing it back, this time with a coffee mug (with an exclusive 'Today's Not Yesterday' image!) You will also receive a CD of the new record. The cookies are our family secret recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip. Delicious!

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    HANDMADE LYRIC SHEET: Pick the Chapin Sisters song of your choice, and Abigail & Lily will hand-write, decorate, color, and sign it on fancy paper. Includes CD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    COOKIE AND COFFEE DELUXE! We sold out of our cookie reward so we are bringing it back, this time with a coffee mug (with an exclusive 'Today's Not Yesterday' image!) You will also receive a VINYL copy of the new record, and the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. The cookies are our family secret recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip. Delicious!

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    **BEST DEAL!** Get ALL the things! Includes the CD, VINYL, LIMITED EDITION PRINT, BANDANA, T-SHIRT, and TOTE — any or all of them signed by Abigail & Lily according to your specification. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, of course.

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    THE CHAPIN SISTERS ANTHOLOGY - Includes the career-spanning CDs ‘Today’s Not Yesterday’, ‘A Date with the Everly Brothers’, ‘Two’, ‘Oh Hear the Wind Blow’, the long out-of-print ‘Lake Bottom LP’ and ‘Chapin Sisters EP’. Plus, the can’t-get-anywhere ‘Chapin Sisters Sing The Chapin Brothers’. Includes vinyl versions of ‘Today’ and ‘Everly’—any or all albums signed by Abigail & Lily according to your specification. We'll probably never be able to offer this one again.

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    VIRTUAL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP: Did you know that Lily teaches songwriting professionally? She and Abigail will work with you over skype on a song you've been writing, or get you started on a new one.

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    SONG TRIBUTE VIDEO: We will learn and record a Chapin Sisters version of any song you want — your own song, a classic country weeper, your favorite rap jam, whatever — and dedicate it to you on YouTube. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    ACOUSTIC DUO SHOW: (New York Tri-State Area only) Abigail and Lily will come to your house, party, etc. at a mutually agreed upon time and play a set of music- a mix of country covers, Everly classics, and our own songs for your listening pleasure.

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    FULL BAND SHOW: (New York Tri-State Area only) Abigail, Lily and their full band will come to your house, party, etc. at a mutually agreed upon time and play a set of music- a mix of country covers, Everly classics, and our own songs for your listening pleasure.

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Funding period

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