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Five Letters From Far Away, the most COSMIC collection of songs YET from the people and fans who know and love it best.
Five Letters From Far Away, the most COSMIC collection of songs YET from the people and fans who know and love it best.
55 backers pledged $2,777 to help bring this project to life.

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Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount is a very lucky band.  In 2011, we were able to produce and release "Is There Room for Me?" to our fans through the help of our kickstarter backers.  It propelled us to many successes, including a west coast tour centering around SXSW, a professional music video, and local radio play.

Our most recent project, "Five Letters From Far Away" is different for a couple of reasons.  For one, the music on this record is a departure from anything we've done before.  While it is still cosmic-folk-rock, the emphasis on the cosmic aspect of our sound finds itself in the foreground, propelled by a wider use of keyboard synth sounds, colossal drums, and Geoff's further exploration of his pedal board (which now has it's own email address).  Secondly, we've grown in terms of production since the last project.  This time, we tracked the record and funded the mixing portion ourselves.  We've also invited producer/engineer David Miner of London Bridge Studios to use his creative energies on this project and we're very excited about the results!

That said, you're probably wondering what our backers will be backing this time, specifically, and the answer to that is also two-fold.  By showing us your love with this project, you will be contributing to:  the mastering of the record with our go-to-genius-engineer, Carl Saff, as well as a radio campaign to have this album spread to the corners of the country that we have yet to approach.  

There aren't enough ways to say thank you for believing in our band and this project, but by growing as artists, we hope to send a message of infinite gratitude for everyone who inspires us to keep creating.

Love and pancakes,

Julia, Dom, and Geoff

Risks and challenges

The risks that come with this project are on varying levels. There are some that are going to be the same as before, like managing the rewards that our backers will receive in a timely manner so as to maintain their trust and support. Fortunately, we have the experience of our last project to help organize our calendar, so it feels like less of a beast. Scheduling that alongside the final details of the album itself is a repeat challenge, but the band has decided to increase meeting-time over the next couple of months to handle these issues and divide and conquer these tasks.

The greater, more difficult challenge this project presents is convincing our potential backers that we have grown as a band, even though we're using a fundraising platform again. This is why we are asking for help with the later necessary steps in an album's completion this time around.

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    Didn't you think Lady Gaga was cool when Amazon let her fans buy "Born This Way" for $1?

    This results in a downloadable link to the whole album traveling across the internet directly into your email inbox.

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    You get a downloadable link for the whole album, but yours gets delivered by snail mail, attached to a personalized postcard from the band.

    We're only doing this for our kickstarter backers, so consider this an investment in your future when it's at a Sotheby's auction.

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    You get the personalized postcard with the download link for the whole album, as well as a couple of "Five Letters From Far Away"-specific stickers. Bring on the water bottles, lap-tops, and dogs (just kidding about the dogs).

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    Remember how much you love bobble heads? You don't even need a car to get a kick out of them. They're very useful as earthquake alerts. You know, if they're bobbling in a stationary place, you're probably in an earthquake.

    These will be limited edition HAND MADE bobble heads. Julia is workshopping various styles at the moment so that you get only the highest quality bobble head available. Or at least the most original.

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    T-shirts! These backers will receive album-specific threads guaranteed to make you look cooler than you did wearing that other shirt. Okay, this is not a money-back guarantee, but we're really working hard on this. Scout's honor.

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    Personalized t-shirts! Picture little league uniforms, but better. Barring something indecent, Julia will iron on the back of your shirt just about any name you like. Now you'll have something to wear at the sports bar.

    Comes with the download link and stickers, obviously.

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    Geoff is our incredibly talented bassist, but he's also a very talented illustrator/graphic designer. Most of our posters are hand drawn and manipulated by him. If you choose this reward, he will create an illustration featuring your likeness with whatever background or scene you like (think of it as your own personal logo/caricature, only cooler!). This comes with a personalized t-shirt, the stickers, and the digital download of the whole album.

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    Your mission, if you choose to accept it is to decide between an autographed, framed PHOTO of the Five Finger Discount, or an autographed, framed, POSTER for the album's release show.

    Does it come with the downloadable link for the album and stickers? Do we love you? (yes)

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    Commission Geoff to write a song for you or someone you know! He has several alter-ego performers who you will get to choose from, although you might just want the Geoff you already know and love!

    He'll collaborate with you on the topics (if you like), write the song, video tape it, and post it to youtube.

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    We love photo shoots. Not because we love photos of ourselves, but because we like to pick off-the-beaten-path ideas for them and seeing how they turn out.

    Help us figure out what the theme is, and then BE IN IT!

    This will take place in Seattle with a professional photographer. It's going to be so much fun.

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    We were lucky enough to have Andrew Birchall produce the video for "Aghadoe" and now we're itching to put together something for one of the songs on FLFFA.

    Join us for the shoot and be a part of history. Or at least something really fun!

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    The Five Finger Discount will come to your place, cook you a delicious dinner, and play for you in your living room or kitchen or bathroom (you're the boss!) with an acoustic set.

    Maybe you're also a musician and want to jam with us, maybe you've got friends who you want to invite over. These options are most welcome.

    ***If you're outside the Seattle Metro Area, please include travel costs***

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