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Our van’s been stolen. We need your help to buy a new van so we can record our next album, tour and get to Austin, TX in time for SXSW!
Our van’s been stolen. We need your help to buy a new van so we can record our next album, tour and get to Austin, TX in time for SXSW!
266 backers pledged $10,850 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: YOU GOT US BACK ON THE ROAD! We can't even begin to express our gratitude and excitement to you all!

In celebration of reaching $10K and going to SXSW after all, we're bringing a videographer with us and making an extremely-limited-edition DVD of the shows we'll be playing there. See the $30 incentive for more info.

235 people got us to $10,000, and more have continued to pledge. In the remaining days of this campaign, we welcome any additional help if you're so moved. Every little bit will be put to good use for a reliable van, better insurance, and other associated expenses.

We love you all and are blown away by your support. Thank you for everything!

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Our van was stolen in Brooklyn last weekend. We'd used it to tour far and wide, to get to and from our rehearsal space and the recording studio that we use upstate, and to help out local organizations.

Now we need your help. We have big plans for this year — starting with a string of shows at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. We've started working on our next album. We're planning tour dates throughout the spring, summer and beyond.

But SXSW is halfway across the country, the studio's several hours upstate, and we can't even play a show in our own city without using a van.

Why a van? Even if one of us owned a car — which we don't, living in New York City — our gear doesn't fit in anything smaller.

Why $10,000? Because we need a safe, reliable van that won't leave us stranded on the way to a show. We've tried the cheapest-possible-van approach before and learned our lesson. The money will go toward a solid used van and immediately associated expenses (a mechanical inspection, registration, license plates, replacement of the van's contents, etc.).

What about insurance? Sadly, our car insurance covered collisions only — that means we can't get a dime from the insurance company.

We need your help to get to South By Southwest on March 11, to continue recording our next album, and to get to your city to play for you! To cheesily quote our own songs: We can't do it alone.

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    Pledge $3 or more About $3

    The "gallon of gas" level. You'll receive a handwritten postcard from the road.

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    The "pirated the album" level. Not that we'll assume you did, of course. But for helping to get us back on the road, you get an autographed poster from one of our past tours.

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    The "cassette adapter" level. Your name on a part of the van! Just imagine: the Mark J. Solomon armrest, the Rosie Rocker, Esq. steering wheel! We'll send you a digital picture of your mark on Shondes history.

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    NEW: The "raise up the sound" level! In celebration of reaching $10K, we're bringing a videographer with us to SXSW. For an additional $30 pledge, we'll make and send you an extremely-limited-edition DVD of the shows we're playing there! (If you've already pledged more than $30 and really want the DVD instead, send us a message, but we hope you'll consider making an additional pledge!)

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    The "title transfer" level. Your name on a part of the van! Just imagine: the Mark J. Solomon armrest, the Rosie Rocker, Esq. steering wheel! We'll label it and mail you a signed commemorative certificate, including a photograph of your personal piece of Shondes history.

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    The "here I go again on my own" level. To keep each other awake while driving, we make up silly songs. We'll mail you a road trip mix CD that includes one of said songs, plus a photocopied page from our tour journal.

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    "The Club (anti-theft steering wheel lock) — usually it works!" Our drummer Temim is obsessed with donuts — for evidence, see glazedandenthused.tumblr.com. She has agreed to hand-draw a special Donut Map of the United States and Canada So Far for backers at this level.

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    The "GPS" level. We'll phone you from the van and serenade you, then send you a video of our side of the call as a memento.

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    The "hopelessly devoted to you" level. We'll cover a song of your choice and post it on YouTube with a dedication to you.

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    The "grand slam" level. In addition to our eternal gratitude, we'll send you everything from all of the above levels and play (with a public dedication to you) the Shondes song of your choice at our next show in your town. If that's not logistically possible, or if our next show is further in the future than you can stand, we'll play it at our next album's NYC release show and send you a video recording.

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    We'll write you a song.

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    We'll write you a *happy* song.

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