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Alternative rock band Smashy Claw is working on realizing a dream: releasing their first full length studio album!

UPDATE 2/24: We have somehow gotten to our $1,000 stretch goal. We continue to offer you our eternal thanks. Our next and final goal is $1,111.11. Here's what every backer gets if we reach that amount:

1. An acoustic version of the entire Former Spine album.

2. Three unreleased demos from the album after Former Spine.

UPDATE 2/11: We have miraculously met our $600 stretch goal, THANKS! Now we're establishing a $1,000 one. Here's what every backer gets if we reach that amount:

1. The KickStarter EP we promised will contain 4 songs, instead of 2.

2. The source tracks (each piece that makes up a song, like a single vocal or guitar part) for the Former Spine album and exclusive KickStarter EP.

3. Commentary tracks from the band for the exclusive KickStarter EP.

UPDATE 2/9: We have hit the $300 mark, thanks a gazillion! Now we're establishing a stretch goal of $600. Here's what every backer gets if we reach that amount:

1. A KickStarter exclusive EP (containing two songs). This means they won't be released anywhere else (at least for quite a long time).

2. A personalized thank you message in the form of an improvised song.

What’s a Smashy Claw?

Hey there, we’re Smashy Claw, an alternative rock band from Longmont, Colorado. We are currently working on our debut studio album, Former Spine. The goal for this project is to raise the funds needed to print and distribute the songs ($300 for a first run of 100 copies). 

Alright fine, how are you making the album?

We’ve been recording the CD since early 2011. Half of the tracking (vocals, keyboards) is being done at our home studio in Longmont, CO. The fancy stuff (guitars, bass, drums) are being recorded at Serr Studio in Parker, CO. At this point, the album is almost completely recorded. We need your help getting it out to everyone once we complete it.

Okay, so how are you spending my cash, dudes?

All funds raised during this campaign will be used to pay for the first run of the CD. That means we'll take your lovely money dollars and give them to people who will then print many copies of our fantastical album. After that, we can distribute it back out to all you fine folks. Then, ya know, you can listen to it and stuff.

Can we have proof that you actually are making this thing?

Sure thing! You can find three rough mixes from the album up on the music section of our website, CLICK HERE TO CHECK 'EM OUT.

You’re not a bunch of robots, right?

Not at all, dear reader. In fact, here's some information about each of us:

Austin Aeschliman (vocals, bass, keyboards) - Austin enjoys: Batman, Doctor Who, They Might Be Giants, and copious amounts of chocolate. Austin does not enjoy: genocide, alarm clocks, Glee, and having sharp metal spikes thrown at his head.

Nathan Long (vocals, guitar) - Nathan enjoys: Green Day, football, AC/DC, and Reddit. Nathan does not enjoy: annoying children, long walks on the beach, Hitler, and getting his hand placed in a bowl of water if he has fallen asleep at a social gathering.

Dave Frey (drums, vocals) – Dave enjoys: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, unmentionable substances, and being a ginger. Dave does not enjoy: yodeling, anything that rhymes with yodeling, yodeling substitutes, and anyone who spends more than 20 minutes a day in the act of yodeling.

Thank you to everybody who pledges any amount in advance. Making our first album is a huge dream of ours, and we love you eternally, everlastingly, and some might even say creepily for your support.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are basically done recording the album at this time. There are a few more important instruments to track still, but we're very close. After that, we have to mix and master the whole thing, that could take a few months. Your money is going towards printing the album once it's complete. In case every CD manufacturing company goes bankrupt soon, I don't really see how we would not be able to achieve this final goal.

Also, about the $10,000 reward, that's obviously a joke. Just to be extra safe though, let's be clear here: we will not get your name tattooed on our foreheads. However, if you feel that generous, we will work something out (an album named after you or free music and concert tickets from us for life maybe?).

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  • Look unto me, my son. For you shall see the meaning of life is to pledge money to Smashy Claw.

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  • Well, my name is Austin Jon Aeschliman. I was born on July 25, 1992 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I have two birth marks on my left leg. My hair is so long that it drapes around me like a cape, I’m thinking of becoming a superhero called Follicle-Man. I like waffles. My social security number is (redacted). I spend 8 hours a week on a bus going to and from the University of Colorado Denver where I’m working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Recording Arts. I have a signed copy of Weird Al's Alpocalypse album. I can bend my left pointer finger tip to the back of my left hand. I once saved a man from a burning building and then rescued America's economy with the formulation of bacon-flavored Coca-Cola (I also am a compulsive liar). I just recently re-watched, Tim Burton’s 1989 film about Batman. It doesn’t hold up very well, The Dark Knight is way better. Okay, how's that? Are we engaged now?

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