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Help Lauren Babic, Jarrod Alonge and Patty Walters create CrazyEightyEight's very first full-length studio album!
Help Lauren Babic, Jarrod Alonge and Patty Walters create CrazyEightyEight's very first full-length studio album!
1,261 backers pledged $53,334 to help bring this project to life.

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"I don't get the joke."

Despite my longstanding reputation as a comedy musician, I spent a good portion of my free time in 2016 writing vaguely-nostalgic instrumentals that I couldn't necessarily release under the guise of a fictitious parody "band" like Sunrise Skater Kids. I visualized my first non-parody project taking form, and set out with a simple goal - to make fun music and to have fun doing it, in whatever form that would eventually take. I also like movies. And movie references. Deliberate, blatant references.

Luckily, the vocalist of Toronto-based progressive metal act Red Handed Denial also had a YouTube presence, and her distinct style caught my ear. I joined forces with Lauren Babic and together we created the No Words Spoken EP along with eight covers. Shortly after, my friend and longtime collaborator Patty Walters reached out in search of a new creative outlet. Although he's well-known as the front man for As It Is, Patty's musical roots are mostly instrumental and we welcomed his addition with open arms. The obvious next step was to write, produce and release a full-length studio album. Right? Right.

We are 100% independent from any record label, a position that gives us unique advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage is that we have a way smaller pool of money for financing large-scale projects such as this one. Making music can be unexpectedly pricey (just check out the Budget section below), but a solid $50,000 would ensure a high-quality product that meets industry standards. Every contribution earns something tangible in return, so view this Kickstarter as more of a pre-order than a fundraiser. If we don't reach the goal before March 1st, no one will be charged and the album gets cancelled (yikes). With three successful crowdfunders under my belt, you can trust that I know what I'm doing.

We hope you guys liked Shinebox. Thanks for your continued support, and we're excited to see where CrazyEightyEight takes us!

- Jarrod

Reward Bundles

This Kickstarter campaign is all or nothing, meaning that you will not be charged if the $50,000 goal is not met before March 1st. Most orders are expected to arrive May 2018 (with the exception of vinyl records), but that estimate is not guaranteed. We're going to produce the best album possible, and we'll take as much time as we need to make that happen. Please check the rewards column on the right-side of this page for details and disclaimers BEFORE ordering!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For questions about merch, please consult our FAQ or email us!

Budget

Contrary to what some online armchair producers might say, our budget is very modest and you need money to make money. Remember that this is a "pre-order" and every pledge has a production cost. The amounts listed below were calculated based on the rates of several studios and the accounting from previous crowdfunding campaigns.

  • Recording & editing: $5,000
  • Mixing & mastering: $12,000
  • Media (artwork, videos, etc.): $1,500 to $2,000
  • Distribution & publishing: $250 to $400
  • Travel (flights, lodging, etc.): $1,000 to $1,500
  • Fulfillment (merchandise, shipping, etc.): $18,000*
  • Kickstarter fee (5% total amount funded): $2,500*
  • Processing fees (3% + $0.20 per pledge): $1,500*
  • Taxes (20% estimated): $9,500*

*Please remember that percentage-based costs will increase proportionally to the total amount funded in the event of over-funding.

For questions about production, please consult our FAQ or email us!

Stretch Goals

Although I currently can't wrap my head around raising more than $50,000, the possibility is there and we've designed some stretch goals to encourage further funding. Extra funds will be fed back into the project, improving the overall quality of the album. 100% of your pledge will be used!

  • $60,000 - We'll create Covers, Vol. 3 and release it alongside the album!
  • $80,000 - More songs! This would result in a deluxe edition or EP later in 2018.
  • $100,000 - We will create a multi-song concept film - a "super music video" of sorts.
  • $150,000 - Oh hai Mark! We'll hire Tommy Wiseau to direct a music video.

"Why is shipping so expensive?"

Because it just is. We're actually charging you less than what it will eventually cost us in the end. Unfortunately, we don't have any merch suppliers based in Europe or Australia so all merch will have to be shipped out from the United States. Maybe when we're bigger. Sorry.

Listen to CrazyEightyEight on Spotify!

Stay updated!

For all business and press inquiries, please email us!

Photos by Jessie Lau

 

 

Risks and challenges

1. We don't reach our goal of $50,000.
2. Lauren dies.
3. Jarrod dies.
4. Patty dies. Well, he could easily be replaced, but his loss would make us really sad.
5. We come across $50,000 worth of peanut butter M&Ms.

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    Pledge $3 or more About $3

    NAME IN CREDITS!

    Your name will be immortalized in the credits of the album! This reward will be given to all campaign backers.

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    ALBUM DOWNLOAD!

    You get a digital download (both MP3 and WAV formats) of the entire album at the time of its release! Includes your name in the album credits.

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    PHYSICAL CD + DOWNLOAD!

    You get a jewel case CD of the new album with lyrics and artwork! Includes a download and your name in the album credits.

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    CD + POSTER + ENAMEL PIN + STICKERS!

    You get a bundle of CrazyEightyEight novelty items! This includes a physical CD, poster print, enamel pin, stickers, album download and your name in the credits.

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    • Poster
    • Enamel pin
    • Stickers
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    T-SHIRT (3 DESIGNS) + DOWNLOAD!

    You choose 1 of the 3 new blotchy tie dye T-shirt designs (gray/red short-sleeve or blue long-sleeve)! Includes a download and your name in the album credits.

    *Your size/design preference will be surveyed via email in March.

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    WALL FLAG + DOWNLOAD!

    You get a massive 48x48" CrazyEightyEight wall flag for your room! Includes a download and your name in the album credits.

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    VINYL RECORD + DOWNLOAD!

    You get a limited print vinyl record of the new album! Includes a download and your name in the album credits.

    *Since vinyl takes much longer to print, this might not be shipped until July.

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    DAD HAT + DOWNLOAD!

    You get a new CrazyEightyEight insignia strapback hat! Includes a download and your name in the album credits.

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    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    WINDBREAKER + DOWNLOAD!

    You get a hooded CrazyEightyEight windbreaker jacket! Includes a download and your name in the album credits.

    Includes:
    • Windbreaker
    • Album download
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    Pledge $88 or more About $88

    THE CRAZY BUNDLE!

    "You and I have unfinished business."

    You get an album download, poster, CD, T-shirt, strapback hat, wall flag, enamel pin, stickers and your name in the credits!

    *Your size/design preference will be surveyed via email in March.

    Includes:
    • Choice of T-shirt
    • Snapback hat
    • Wall flag
    • Physical CD
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    THE BETRAYAL BUNDLE!

    "Wiggle your big toe. Wiggle your big toe."

    You get an album download, poster, TWO T-shirts, strapback hat, CD, vinyl record, wall flag, enamel pin, stickers and your name in the credits!

    *Your size/design preference will be surveyed via email in March. Vinyl record may not be available until July.

    Includes:
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    • Snapback hat
    • Wall flag
    • Physical CD
    • Vinyl record
    • Poster
    • Coffee mug
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    THE REVENGE BUNDLE! *Best Value*

    "That really was a Hattori Hanzo sword."

    You get EVERYTHING! Includes an album download, poster, THREE T-shirts, vinyl record, wall flag, CD, strapback hat, windbreaker, enamel pin, stickers, coffee mug and your name in the credits!

    *Your size and design preference will be surveyed via email in March. Vinyl record may not be available until July.

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    • Snapback hat
    • Windbreaker
    • Wall flag
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    LIVE STREAM! *Limited to 50*

    You get a 1-hour Skype session (groups of 10) with Lauren, Jarrod and Patty! Ask us ANYTHING. Includes every merchandise item (3 T-shirts).

    Includes:
    • Live stream
    • Choice of T-shirt
    • Snapback hat
    • Windbreaker
    • Wall flag
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    VOCAL LESSON! *Limited to 10*

    You get a private 1-hour vocal lesson with Lauren Babic through Skype! Might gain some useful music industry knowledge as well. Includes every merchandise item (3 T-shirts).

    Includes:
    • Vocal lesson
    • Choice of T-shirt
    • Snapback hat
    • Windbreaker
    • Wall flag
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    VOICE IN A SONG! "Limited to 10*

    You'll be one of 10 included voices on the album! This could be gang chants, group singing or some sort of dialogue or monologue. Includes every merchandise item (3 T-shirts) and the "Private Live Stream" reward.

    *If you do not have access to adequate recording equipment, you must travel to a local studio for proper tracking (at our expense). You MUST be able to complete this during the month of March. If you miss the production window, you'll be refunded.

    **If you fail to deliver a quality recording that's in full cooperation with our musical instructions, you'll be refunded.

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    • Live stream
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    Pledge $762 or more About $762

    NAME A SONG! *Limited to 2*

    You get to name a song on the album! We might use your input for lyrical content as well. Includes every merchandise item (3 T-shirts) and the "Private Live Stream" reward.

    *Ultimately, we have the final say on your choice of title. If it's something stupid like "Consume Tide Pods" then it will obviously be rejected. Don't make us refund you!

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    • Live stream
    • Choice of T-shirt
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    • Windbreaker
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    LET'S PARTY! *Limited to 5*

    We'll fly you out to a music video shoot where you can be our guest of honor for the day! You may bring up to 2 friends, but only YOUR travel costs will be covered. Includes every merchandise item (3 T-shirts) and the "Private Live Stream" reward.

    *If you're under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must be present and cover their own travel costs.

    **If you live outside the United States or Canada, we will only cover your travel costs WITHIN both countries. Entering and leaving the contiguous US or Canada is on you. This also applies to Hawaii, Alaska and towns that are significantly distant from major airports.

    Includes:
    • Hang out on set
    • Live stream
    • Choice of T-shirt
    • Snapback hat
    • Windbreaker
    • Wall flag
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Funding period

- (33 days)