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Thank you for thinking about supporting this project! Here's a bit about us, the music we're making, and why we're asking for your help.

What We're Up To

We've joined forces with an incredible team to create a new band, a giant sound, and our first EP. Produced by Eric Lilavois (Atlas Genius, My Chemical Romance, Saint Motel), engineered by Julian Anderson, and mastered by Ed Brooks (Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M.), Lyle's new EP, Coward, is a force to be reckoned with—but we need a little more help before we can bring it to your ears. 

Who's Lyle?

Lyle is a Seattle-based art rock band that began in the summer of 2018 as a twinkle in Arthur James and Lana McMullen's communal eye. The two had been writing and playing in the Seattle music scene for a few years, but they decided to band together with a group of local giants to make a bigger, bolder sound.

Over the last year, the band's expanded to seven members, recorded a monster of an EP at the historic London Bridge Studio, and released a single, "Get Me," which was premiered by Artist Home's Jake Uitti and played on Seattle's 107.7 The End.

Meet the Band

Arthur James: Lead vocals, curator of whale sounds, lead guitar, writer

Lana McMullen: Lead vocals, harmony wizard, rhythm guitar, writer

Leah Tousingnant: Vocals, keys, architect of beep-boop sounds, resident theory wiz pt. 1

Nate Peden: Purveyor of low frequency architecture, deliverer of bassy beats 

Natalie Gray: Violin, master of the stratosphere, composer

Matt Price: Drummer, collector of resonant things, fan of found objects, resident theory wiz pt. 2

Phil Hirshi: Cello, resident theory wiz pt. 3, composer

Why We Need Your Help

From studio time to recording to mixing and mastering, there's a lot that goes into making a record—and it all adds up fast! Below we've broken out our budget into what we're asking for, and why. 

Meeting the sum we've specified would mean a ridiculous amount to everyone in the band. It means we can produce this record right—paying important folks who have made the whole thing possible. But the part you play is just as important—because you bring the music from the soundboard into the speakers. And we can't do it without you. 

The Monies

$15,000: This amount goes directly into the hands of the people who captured the tunes—Eric Lilavois, Julian Anderson, and Ed Brooks. And they are deserving hands.

$250: The remaining amount we're paying our sound tech and videographers for a series of three live session videos—each of which you'll see over the course of this campaign. The band has already paid $600 of the $850 total, with $250 left over.

$1,050: This is the amount we need to pay the distribution company for physical copies of the EP, and to make sure our music ends up on digital platforms.

$1,000: This amount gets us the shirts, hats, koozies, and printing supplies mentioned in the reward options as well as some other cool merch you'll see further down the line. 

$700: The amount that goes to Kickstarter in fees.

Any amount we make past the $18,000-dollar total will go towards our tour in the summer of 2019, hiring promoters to make sure this EP gets the exposure it deserves, and into our band bank account to prepare for future expenses—of which there are always many. 

How You Can Help

Crowd funding is a strange and beautiful thing. It's a pretty unreal representation of the power of community support, and an amazing example of the way many small contributions can make very big dreams happen. Any amount you can contribute to this project would mean the world to us.

The Risks

This is an all-or-nothing kind of thing. We have 30 days to raise $18,000, and if we don't end up reaching our total goal, we don't get any of the money we do raise. That's a big risk! But we completely believe in this project and the power of community.

The Rewards

Along the right-hand side of this page, we've put together some fun, eclectic reward packages at varying levels—everything from set lists and beer koozies to backstage passes to Lyle's debut EP release show and admission to an exclusive listening party at London Bridge Studio. If you have any questions about the reward structure, please don't hesitate to contact the band. You can reach us on this platform, at lyleband.com, or at lyletheband@gmail.com. 

Once you've made your pledge, share about it! Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform, so for this project to be successful, we need as many people to see it as possible. Please spread the word in as many ways as you feel comfortable—via word-of-mouth, facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr, carrier pigeon, you name it. 

The Logistics

Once you've pledged, you'll receive our update emails to keep you in the loop about the project and aware of when you can expect your reward in the mail. Again—if questions come up during the course of the campaign, please don't hesitate to get in touch—we'd love to hear from you.

Website: lyleband.com

Facebook: facebook.com/lyleband

Email: lyletheband@gmail.com

Twitter, Instagram: @lyleband

THANK YOU. We're honored to have you along on this strange and wonderful journey.

 - Lyle

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    Digital Love

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    Let’s Get Physical

    Signed CD + prerelease download + thank-you note signed by the band + sticker

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    Poetry: How Does It Feel?

    Personalized life-advice haiku from Nate THE Bassist + thank-you note signed by the band + CD + prerelease download + sticker

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    One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

    Lyle logo beer koozie + thank-you note signed by the band + CD + prerelease download + sticker

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    Make Me A Mixtape

    Lyle personalized mix CD + Lyle logo beer koozie + thank-you note signed by the band + CD + prerelease download + sticker

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    Sock It To Me Baby

    Lyle logo socks + Lyle logo beer koozie + thank-you note signed by the band + CD + prerelease download + sticker

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    T-Shirt Weather

    Lyle logo t-shirt + Lyle logo beer koozie + thank-you note signed by the band + CD + prerelease download + sticker

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    Cover Me Up

    Lyle co-founders Lana and Arthur cover a song of your choosing, upload it to YouTube, and dedicate it to you + thank-you note signed by the band + CD + prerelease download + sticker

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    I Love You, Won’t You Tell Me Your Name?

    Your name in the album credits + thank-you note signed by the band + two drinks + sticker + CD + prerelease download

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    Farm Life, Pt. 2

    Join us for a Lyle rehearsal at the farmhouse + home-cooked, farm-fresh meal from Matt THE Drummer + farm-fresh eggs for the road + thank-you note signed by the band + CD + prerelease download + sticker

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    Backstage Queen

    Backstage pass to EP release show + balcony view of show + two drink tickets + signed setlist from the show + CD + prerelease download + sticker

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    Listen to Your Heart

    Access to Lyle listening party at London Bridge Studio + admission to Lyle EP release show + thank-you note signed by the band + CD + prerelease download + sticker

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    London Calling

    Two tickets to Lyle show at London Bridge Studios + signed setlist from the show + admission to Lyle EP release show + CD + digital download + sticker

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    It’s My Party

    Lyle comes to your house for a private concert and house party (limited to WA, OR, ID) + admission to Lyle EP release show + thank-you note signed by the band + CD + download + sticker

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    Two Fine People

    Two backstage passes to EP release show + two tickets to the Lyle listening party at London Bridge Studio + two tickets to Lyle show at London Bridge Studios + thank-you note signed by the band + two Lyle t-shirts + CD + digital download + sticker

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