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A friendship and musical force was formed in 2009. Now a decade strong, Straight to VHS from New London, CT, release their fifth album
68 backers pledged $4,328 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey friends! The musical production of our new album, "Friend Music," is finished, and we're now in the physical production stage, where we finally get to share this album with the world! 

We are asking for your pledges to help us complete the final stages of this album for an official release in August of 2019!

"Friend Music" Album Cover
"Friend Music" Album Cover

For starters, we hope you'll enjoy our "Project Video" at the top of the page. We chose to share this as a "making of" video because it features a collection of VHS footage from our time recording at the Casa de Warrenton Studio, scored by the closing track of the album, "Our Friends."    

"Friend Music" is our biggest, and we believe, our best work to date! We'd like to match the love and effort we put in to this record with the quality of its delivery to you! We want to provide not only great packaging, but also the best buying/sharing/listening experience possible. Putting this plan into action has come at the highest cost of any VHS production  to date, which brings us here today.  We need your help.  In return, we are hoping to create unique exchanges and experiences with you, our supporters, fans, and friends and we are offering several different combinations of new materials and special experiences that align with the "Friend" theme of this record.

You can hear our second single, Shining Light" to celebrate our kickstarter announcement "here:

Pledge Rewards Include:

  • "One Word Polaroid Project" - Supporters provide the band with one word and we return to them a personalized Polaroid that we feel is inspired by the given word. #onewordpolaroidproject 
  • Digital and Physical copies of "Friend Music"
  • Full Straight to VHS Past Digital Discography
  • Lyric Book - An exact mini replica of Straight to VHS's entire collection of lyrics, notes and arrangements for "Friend Music"
  • "We Play Because We Can" 11" x 17" Poster
  • Kickstarter Supporter Exclusive "See You On the Astral Plane" T-Shirt
  • Tote Bag *New Design
  • Custom VHS Tape Art Piece
  • 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament versus Straight to VHS
  • Straight to VHS treats you to a home cooked meal
  • Straight to VHS takes you out to the movies
  • Private Live Stream Straight to VHS Webcast Performance
  • Hang and jam with Straight to VHS at their rehearsal space
  • Private two-hour full band live Straight to VHS performance

Donating to this campaign contributes directly to: 

  • Paying off studio costs
  • Physical Production of CD's and packaging materials
  • Digital Distribution, Licensing and Copyrights
  • T-shirts, Tote Bags, Koozies, Stickers and more *All New Designs*
  • Mailing costs for college radio airplay campaign
  • TOURING

And now a bit about the record... 

In the Winter of 2018, Straight to VHS hunkered down during a classic New England blizzard and got to work on their newest collection of songs. The recording process unfolded over four days at “Casa De Warrenton,” the home studio of engineer/producer/friend extraordinaire, Floyd Kellogg (Violent Mae, You Scream I Scream). Here, the band ate, slept, and breathed music, starting each day bright and early and raging through the night in to the wee hours of the morning. They entertained a myriad of talented guests, whose collaborations helped to birth an eclectic new record.

“Friend Music” is the band’s most ambitious record to date, not only in the sheer number of songs, but also in the diversity of musical stylings and instrumentation. With the help of guest vocalists, guitarists, violin and piano, Straight to VHS weaves a tapestry of mournful love songs, acoustic sing-alongs, country-twinged blues, and experimental jams while still leaving room for some good ol’ rock n’ roll. 

Initially conceived as a musical love letter, “Friend Music” evolved  into a deeper exploration of the human spirit and reaffirmed to Straight to VHS the power of friendship as a universal bond that brings us all together. 


"Friend Music" Kickstarter Key:

  • "One Word Polaroid Project" = With your pledge, you are invited to provide us with ONE WORD, any word, and in return we will mail to you a personalized Polaroid that we feel is inspired by the given word.  We'd like to expand this project with a second phase, that would again involve all of you, that we will announce once the initial phase is under way....stay tuned. #onewordpolaroidproject 
#ONEWORDPOLAROIDPROJECT (SAMPLE)
#ONEWORDPOLAROIDPROJECT (SAMPLE)
  •  "Full Digital Discography" =  Full album digital downloads from  all of our past discography, "Self Titled", "Rewinder", "Weekend Weekend Weekend", and "LandMind") *"Friend Music" not included.
  •  "Lyric Book" = An exact mini replica of Straight to VHS's entire collection of lyrics, notes and arrangements for "Friend Music"
"Lyric Book" Sample
"Lyric Book" Sample
  •  *Add-on to your pledge* =  Want a t-shirt, TOTE bag, or a signed "We Play Because We Can" poster?  Add $10 to any pledge and tell us which item you'd like in the Kickstarter Message service or by email at STRAIGHT2VHS@GMAIL.COM
"Friend Music" Tote Bag (sample)
"Friend Music" Tote Bag (sample)
Kickstarter Exclusive VHS "See You On the Astral Plane" T-Shirt (sample)
Kickstarter Exclusive VHS "See You On the Astral Plane" T-Shirt (sample)
"We Play Because We Can" 11 x 17 poster
"We Play Because We Can" 11 x 17 poster

You can hear our first single release "Money Mountain" here:

Want to mix and match rewards or add to your pledge? Any questions or just want to reach out to the band to say hi?

 Use the Kickstarter message service, or email us directly at STRAIGHT2VHS@GMAIL.COM 

If you made it this far, thanks for taking the time to check out our kickstarter campaign and thank you for your continuous support. We've really enjoyed putting this together and we hope you will be a part of our "Friend Music" experience.

Don't forget....

FINAL DAY FOR PLEDGES IS SUNDAY JUNE 16TH!! (FATHER'S DAY!)

LOVE, 

[o=o] STRAIGHT TO VHS (JON, JAY, TIM) [o=o]

Risks and challenges

Some risks and challenges that we are aware of include the fact that we are still indebted to the studio, engineering, and mastering costs involved in the recording phase of the record as well as the upcoming physical manufacturing costs. We have a DIY mindset with our merchandise which includes us doing our own screen printing, drawing, graphic artwork, cutting, folding, taping, mailing and all the other joys involved with us directly providing fans with content and materials. With this approach comes the burden of budgeting the time and schedules of the three members who also have full time jobs outside of the band. We're constantly improving this process in the hopes that with successful campaigns like this kickstarter we will have opportunities to focus more time and energy into our creative endeavors. Isn't that the dream?

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    Cheers!

    You've done your good deed for the day and you've received karma points for helping an independent band to fulfill their musical dreams. The universe will be in touch, new friend!

    You are instantly entered into the:
    "One Word Polaroid Project" = when you pledge, you are invited to provide us with ONE WORD, any word, and in return we will mail to you a personalized Polaroid that we feel is inspired by the given word.

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    Close Acquaintance

    Thanks for making it to the second tier! You've received one friendship point to be redeemed at your local gas station.

    This pledge receives the full "Straight to VHS" Digital Discography, NOT INCLUDING, "Friend Music"...but you get a sticker, cause we cool like dat.

    You are also invited to participate in the "One Word Polaroid Project"

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    Fast Friends (Digital "Friend Music")

    Congratulations! Theres just something special about you and you've become a fast friend... we get along swimmingly!

    This pledge receives the full digital download of our newest, hot of the press, release "FRIEND MUSIC" on its official release date.

    Includes:
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    Friend Zone (Full Digital Discography)

    Nothing physical here, this is for the digitally determined!

    This pledge receives the full "Straight to VHS" Digital Discography, including our newest, hot of the press, release "FRIEND MUSIC" on it's official release date.

    You're also invited to participate in the "One Word" Polaroid Project, if you wanna get frisky.

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    • "One Word" Polaroid Project
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    You Got a Friend In Me (Friend Music CD)

    We're all in it together, now!

    With this pledge, you've signed up to receive the physical copy of "Friend Music" with original artwork and a lyric book. You will also receive the full album digital download two weeks prior to our official release, a sticker, and an invitation to participate in the "One Word" Polaroid Project.

    Includes:
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
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    Good Ol' Pal (Poster Bundle)

    Here's a good ol' virtual pat on the back!

    With this pledge, you'll receive the physical copy of "Friend Music" with original artwork and a lyric book. You will also receive the full album digital download two weeks prior to our official release, a glorious poster, and the other VHS goodies included in the previous "You Got a Friend in Me" pledge.

    Includes:
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • "We Play Because We Can" - "Straight to VHS" 11"x17" Poster
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
    • "One Word" Polaroid Project
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    Buddy Ol' Pal (Tote Bundle)

    Hey, Buddy!

    Included in this pledge are the physical copy of "Friend Music" with original artwork and a lyric book, the full album digital download two weeks prior to our official release, a sweet TOTE, and the other VHS goodies included in the previous "You Got a Friend in Me" pledge.

    Includes:
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
    • VHS Tote Bag
    • "One Word" Polaroid Project
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    Put er' there, Pal (T-Shirt Bundle)

    You're a real pal!

    Here you receive the physical copy of "Friend Music" with original artwork and a lyric book, the full album digital download two weeks prior to our official release, a handsome T-shirt, and the other VHS goodies included in the previous "You Got a Friend in Me" pledge.

    Includes:
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
    • VHS T-Shirt
    • "One Word" Polaroid Project
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    Family Home Movies (VHS Bundle)

    Longing for the days of the Video Home System and Video Cassette Recorders? With this pledge, we reward you with a custom, hand picked, uniquely decorated VHS tape, transformed into a piece of artwork, straight from our hands to your wall!

    Here you also receive the physical copy of "Friend Music" with original artwork and a lyric book, the full album digital download two weeks prior to our official release, and the other VHS goodies included in the previous "You Got a Friend in Me" pledge.

    Includes:
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
    • "One Word" Polaroid Project
    • Uniquely decorated VHS cassette tape
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    Our Friends (The Whole Shibang)

    This is for our friends! Here your get the whole shibang!

    You receive the physical copy of "Friend Music" with original artwork and a lyric book, plus the full album digital download two weeks prior to our official release, AND the other VHS goodies included in the previous 3 Ol' Pal pledges (T-Shirt, TOTE, and "We Play Because We Can" Straight to VHS poster)

    But wait, there's more...we will personally text you a fun loving greeting on your birthday or another important day of your choice!

    Includes:
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • "We Play Because We Can" - "Straight to VHS" 11"x17" Poster
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
    • VHS Tote Bag
    • VHS T-Shirt
    • Personalized Text Greeting from the band
    • "One Word" Polaroid Project
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    A Friendly Game

    This one's for the championship!

    Bring two of your most ballin' friends to take on Tim, Jon, and Jay of "Straight to VHS" in a 3 on 3 basketball showdown.*

    This package also includes the "Friend Music" CD with lyric book, full album digital download (2 weeks prior to release date), a sticker, and invitation to the Polaroid Project!

    *limited to 100 miles from New London County or you travel to our home court.

    Includes:
    • 3 on 3 Basketball Game Vs. "Straight to VHS"
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
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    Date Night Dinner

    Pledge this amount and Chef Jon, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of "Straight to VHS" will prepare a fine meal for you!*

    Tall bassist, Tim, will provide the special ambiance and fine dining accoutrements, and drummer, Jay, will entertain and be merry with you.

    This package also includes the "Friend Music" CD with lyric book, full album digital download (2 weeks prior to release date), a sticker, and invitation to the Polaroid Project!

    *Limited to 100 miles from New London, CT

    Includes:
    • Dinner Date
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
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    Date Night Movie Edition

    Pledge this amount and the band will treat you and a friend to a night out at the movies!

    This package also includes the "Friend Music" CD with lyric book, full album digital download (2 weeks prior to release date), a sticker, and invitation to the Polaroid Project!

    *Limited to within 100 miles of New London County or you travel to our local theater.

    Includes:
    • Movie Date
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
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    Cyber Friends

    Want the experience of a live VHS show without the sticky floors, annoying hipsters, and long bathroom lines?

    This reward provides you with a 45 minute "Straight to VHS" performance streamed live just for you (and your friends). Finally you can rock out to us in the comfort of your own home, clothing optional.

    This package also includes the "Friend Music" CD with lyric book, full album digital download (2 weeks prior to release date), a sticker, and invitation to the Polaroid Project!

    Includes:
    • Private Streamed Live Concert
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
    • "One Word" Polaroid Project
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    the Fourth Wheel

    Pledge this amount and you get the special invitation to come to a private VHS rehearsal session* where you can either jam with the band on an instrument of your choice or just hang out, have a beer and request your favorite tunes.

    This package also includes the "Friend Music" CD with lyric book, full album digital download (2 weeks prior to release date), a sticker, and invitation to the Polaroid Project!

    *Located in New London, CT.

    Includes:
    • VHS Jam Sesh
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • VHS Sticker
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
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    Soul Mate

    Welcome to the big show! You've reached the summit and we couldn't be more thrilled!

    This pledge will get you a private two-hour full band performance* in the comfort of your own home or on your roof, or in your backyard, or in your school gym or your local pub...not sure? Just ask!

    This pledge also includes a whole mess of extras, including a personalized text greeting from the band on a special day of your choosing (birthday/anniversary/parole hearing/dentist appointment.... you name it!)
    Check out the rest of the extra goodies in the list below!

    *limited to 250 miles from New London, CT and some restrictions may apply.

    Includes:
    • Private Full Band "Straight to VHS" Show!
    • Full "Straight to VHS" Digital Discography
    • Physical CD copy of "Friend Music"
    • Lyric Book with Original Artwork
    • Digital Download of "Friend Music" - 2 weeks prior to release
    • VHS Sticker
    • VHS Tote Bag
    • VHS T-Shirt
    • "We Play Because We Can" - "Straight to VHS" 11"x17" Poster
    • Personalized Text Greeting from the band
    • "One Word" Polaroid Project
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Funding period

- (37 days)