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Over the past year we've played some incredible shows because of you. Now we need your help to release our debut EP, "Fitness."

Friends, Family, Strangers:

As some of you may know, we're Sports & Leisure, a band from the northern Caribbean city of New Orleans, Louisiana. In the past year we've been blessed with an amazing ride. We've played dozens of shows from sell-outs & EP release shows with some amazing local bands and friends to the main stage at the House of Blues New Orleans and One Eyed Jacks. We've made a ton of new friends. And we've shared the stage with some of our favorite musicians, like Say Anything and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Yet, surprisingly, even with all these accomplishments, we are still yet to release a proper EP of our own for your listening pleasure.

We want to change that.

In December, we went into Marigny Recording Studios with Rick Nelson and Jason Rhein to record what has come to be known as the Fitness EP. After two grueling but exciting weeks of recording, we emerged with a product that we all feel accurately represents our collective vision for Sports & Leisure. The result is a celebration of friendship, love and the changing seasons that we all experience in our personal relationships. It's carefree, melancholy and hopeful all at once. 

Now, we want you to hear it.

But we need your help...

This Kickstarter campaign has been set up to help us cover the costs of mixing and mastering the Fitness EP, as well as its packaging and distribution. 

The costs break down like this:

  • Outstanding Cost of Recording & Mixing: $2000
  • Mastering: $500
  • CD Replication, Pressing, Packaging & Digital/Physical Distribution: $500

Over the course of the past year, we've used our own band money earned from each show to pay for all costs associated with the band, from the small costs like getting to and from shows to the larger costs of designing and printing our own show flyers, merch, and, of course, recording our first EP. And while we've paid for as much of the album as we could out of our band fund and our own pockets, we are now in debt.

We are asking you to be the seventh member of Sports & Leisure to help us produce something that friends old and new will enjoy. 

Our goal is to raise $3000 which will allow us to finally get our music into your hands.

What's in it for me?

We really do appreciate all the love and support you guys show us every day online, at each and every show, and, we hope, by donating to our Kickstarter and telling your friends. So we want to do something in return to prove how instrumental you are in making this project happen. We've thought up some fun gifts that you will receive when you hit a designated price point. For example...

For $5:
You will get a personal Thank You from the band in the form of a mixed CD or playlist made especially for you! You can choose a particular band member to design the track listing OR get us to think up a group mix. We'll also personalize the CD with our own artistic talents.

For $10:
You will receive the aforementioned mix cd, as well as an EARLY download of our first single off the EP, even before we send it out to our mailing list (who always gets everything first!). This way you get to hear it before anyone else!

For $15:
You'll receive everything above, plus a digital download of the album prior to the official EP release date. AND your very own, real, physical copy of the Fitness EP.

For $25:

Well give you everything above, including your choice of one of our in-stock super-soft Sports & Leisure Tultex Triblend tee-shirts printed over the past year.

For $50:
Everything above, plus FREE entry into our EP release show at The Parish at the House of Blues AND an exclusive invite to a cook-out (Crawfish boil or BBQ, anyone?) where we'll not only feed you, but we'll play you an intimate, acoustic preview of the entire Fitness EP.

For $75:
Everything above, plus a LIMITED EDITION Sports & Leisure color tee-shirt designed exclusively for YOU, our Kickstarter contributors.

For $100:
Everything above, plus we'll home record a cover song of YOUR choice and send it to you. With love, of course.

For $250:
Everything above, plus we will write and home record (and possibly play live) a song about a topic of your choice. That's ANYTHING you like. Get creative!

For $500:
Not only will you get everything above, but you will also get to embark on our "LIFE OF LEISURE" package (and trust us, it's a big one: Just ask Russell). That means you get free access to any future show, any piece of digital content (albums, singles, etc.) or merchandise. FOR LIFE.

What if you reach your $3000 goal?

Releasing an EP is obviously the first step in getting our music out there. However, there are other ways that you can help Fitness reach a wider audience. 

Any donations that we receive once we've met our $3000 goal will go towards shooting a music video for our EP's first single, "Big Wind." The cost of directing, shooting, and editing this video has been priced at approximately $1000.

This would allow us to share our music via channels like YouTube, Facebook and other social networking sites, blogs, and press outlets where people are introduced to new and emerging artists like ourselves.

And if we're incredibly lucky enough to raise more than $1000 dollars from you, our fans', generosity, then we will use the extra funding toward the hiring of a publicist to help us distribute the Fitness EP and music video as widely, efficiently, and effectively as possible.

We hope you'll help us bring Fitness to you.

Once again, we appreciate all your time, love, and support. We know over the past year that all the shows wouldn't be possible without you. We know all the great opportunities and all the great times wouldn't be possible without you. And we know because of you we are able to do what we love.

We hope you'll help us one more time to help us bring our first album to you the right way by making a donation and sharing this project with your friends.

Most importantly, we hope that you'll enjoy Fitness with us. It's been a lot of hard work and fun. We're excited to put it into your hands.

We'll see you May 31st, 2013 at The Parish at House of Blues.

Sincerely,

Sports & Leisure

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Currently, the biggest challenges in getting our EP to you are the costs of mixing and mastering, packaging, pressing, and distributing the album. As a band, we've undertaken these costs and will have a physical product to sell to you on May 31, 2013.

If this project is successfully funded, we will try to bring you rewards in a timely manner. Depending on how many people donate, it may take us a little while to produce all the mix CDs/playlists, produce the tee-shirts, learn and record the requested covers or write and record the requested songs, and get them to you.

But, we assure we will get them to you. And we'll keep you updated to their status along the way!

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