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SUNBEARS! is recording their new album! This is your way to be a FREAK and help support SUNBEARS! and INDEPENDENT ART/MUSIC! Huzzah!
116 backers pledged $9,555 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: 1/12/11

WOW! two days ago you all raised over $1.3k in a matter of hours! HUZZAH! there were more retweets than ever before! more postings than in the past! you all are killing it!

YOU ARE THE BEST! LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU ALL!!!

but whats left? well... we have 8 days left to raise the rest of the $$$ required to fund this album! and remember, if the KICKSTARTER does not reach the goal... no funds go to funding the album at all!!! NoooOOoooOooooOOOOOoOoOoOoOoo!!!

so! REPOST! RETWEET! put on those fighting gloves and let's GET DIRTY!

if you've already contributed, there's still so much more to do! TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW about how "YOU MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY SAVING SUNBEARS!"

if you haven't contributed, then don't forget! this is your reminder! you are helping SHAPE THE UNIVERSE!

we still need about $4k, 50% of the project goal, to make this happen!

here we go! YEAH!

THANKS THANKS THANKS!

http://bit.ly/savesunbears

cheers,
jonathan

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Hi Everyone!

Thanks for coming by the "MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY SAVING SUNBEARS!" kickstarter! Below you can read all about SUNBEARS! new project and check out some cool rewards! yeah!

When SUNBEARS! first started talking about recording a new record, we had originally planned on doing it all at the house, all grungy and dirty... And so we started recording the songs. But once we had finished nearly all of them, we felt as though they were just, really good DEMOS. We started all scratching our heads at that point and decided that we needed to make sure that we're stepping forward with our tunes and not just stagnating, you know. And so we sat down and started coming up with a plan to record our next album. At that time we called up our good friend, Jeremy S. H. Griffith (who has always played a big part in SUNBEARS! production and recording), to get him on aboard with us again. Jeremy was stationed in Atlanta around then, but is soon moving to New York City to set up shop in his new 5th floor studio (Singing Serpent Studios) in Soho (which is why in our kickstarter video, Jonathan says, "Atlanta" and not "New York City," but no big deal, right?).

And so, here's our plan...

WITH YOUR WILD AND CRAZY GENEROSITY, In the month of March, we will be road tripping up to New York City to meet up with Jeremy S. H. Griffith at his Studio in Soho. During that time we'll be working and reworking and reworking again, all of the jams that we have prepared for this record. We're going to bring in some friends of ours from other bands to play various instruments on the album as well! We'll be spending about 3-4 weeks up there tracking and hopefully getting started on the mixes. After the Mix process is finished we'll be sending the whole deal off to T.W. Walsh (Sufjan Stevens, Mates of State, Ra Ra Riot, Dave Bazan, and SUNBEARS!) for mastering.

During that time, MacTruque will be jamming the songs and creating original artwork for the album. When we get home, we'll be connecting with Mac, and going over everything with him... taking photos of the art, dropping it all in and designing it.

When it's all said and done, you should be getting your hot little hands on the new SUNBEARS! album in no time!

but don't forget...

SUNBEARS! IS PROUD TO BE 100% INDEPENDENT!
NO LABEL!
NO BOOKING!
NO MANAGEMENT!

It's all because of people like YOU, of whom love supporting truly independent music, that make SUNBEARS! really thrive! YAY!

HERE ARE SOME COOL PICTURES OF SOME OF THE REWARDS!

Yay! The EXCLUSIVE "I MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY SAVING SUNBEARS!" T-SHIRT!



Jared's Zildjian A Custom Crash, DESTROYED ON STAGE LAST SPRING!



SUNBEARS! white-top, "SO THIS IS WHAT'S BECOME OF ROCK AND ROLL" guitar!



Jonathan's rebuilt, hand-painted, and personally engineered... SUPER NEON MONSTER GUITAR!

Ooooh! Here's the video Jonathan made after finishing his lil' monster... CLICK!

Jared's rebuilt and personally custom hand-painted... RAINBOW CANDY STRIPE DRUMSET!

All of your money and support will be SOLEY funding our next album. Now, some of you might ask, "What does it take to make an album? What is my money going to be paying for exactly?" Here are some examples!

To make a good Rock and Roll album, these things are required:

Travel for the band!
Housing for the Band!
Food for the Band!
Time at a good studio (We're going to be spending roughly 3-4 weeks in NYC at Singing Serpent Studios)!
Time with an awesome studio engineer (Jeremy S. H. Griffith, FTW)!
Time with a fantastic producer (Griffith for the double play)!
A really sick mix engineer (Griffith, makin' his way to third base)!
A mastering engineer who understands your music and wants to bring out the best in it (We love T.W. Walsh: Sufjan Stevens, Mates of State, Ra Ra Riot, Dave Bazan, and SUNBEARS!)!
Compact Disc pressing and duplication!
Vinyl Record pressing and duplication!
Original Album Artwork (We'll be working again with local Jacksonville, FL abstract and folk artist, MacTruque)!
Artwork printing and duplication!
Digital Distribution!
Printing, Screening, and Pressing all kinds of cool Promo Material!

So your generosity is MORE than appreciated! Even one dollar helps get this music out and around this planet! The more that you help fund this album, the more cool and freaky things we get to do! All of which will directly affect you! We want you to be proud of your investment! But remember, if we don't reach our goal... everything goes away! So share this page with all of your friends that love music!

Thanks a ton for taking the time to read this and thanks in advance for your contribution!

Cheers,

SUNBEARS!

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    Hey! Get a previously unreleased SUNBEARS! track! Last year, the BEARS tracked a "lullaby" version of their joyous rocker, "I'M ALIVE!" and for a measly three bucks, it's yours! Woot!

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    Alright! You're gonna get 3 free 320kbps DRM FREE MP3s of the songs from the new record on the day of the release!

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    SUNBEARS! will email you a digital copy of the new album before anyone else has one! You will be freaking your neighbors out long before anyone else!

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    SUNBEARS! will send you a PDF of the new album art and email you a cool personal note! Oh! And of course you get that advanced digital download of the album as well... PLUS some Bonus unreleased tracks! Yeah! Alright!

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    SUNBEARS! will mail you an advanced physical copy of the album (Compact Disc) with
    limited edition artwork, hand numbered and signed... and all of the previous rewards too! Very cool!

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    OMG... You will get an EXCLUSIVE limited edition SUNBEARS! handmade, silk-screened poster... And don't forget, you still get all of the above rewards! Radical!

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    Get an exclusive, to those who support this kickstarter event, "I MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BY SAVING SUNBEARS!" handmade, silk-screen t-shirt (along with everything else previously mentioned)! Very cool! Make sure you check out the t-shirt picture to the left! This shirt will not be made available ever EVER AGAIN! YEAH!

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    Your name will appear in the new SUNBEARS! album liner notes... Huzzah! Also, Jonathan or Jared will personally give you a phone call, thanking you for your generosity! And as we've mentioned before, you'll also be getting all the other COOL stuff you see above this reward!

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    Do you like Vinyl? Don't we all!? Well guess what! Along with all of the rad rewards you've already read about, SUNBEARS! will send you a signed and numbered copy of the new record on VINYL! Yeah! And what else, you ask? you will also receive a freaky little Digital Download link to all the original DEMOS of the new album tracks... Woah!

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    Dag! Select this option and get Jared's Zildjian A Custom 18" Crash! He'll be sure and sign it too. Jared destroyed this thing at a show last Spring, but has been still been using it! He didn't want to part with it, but Jonathan is making him... What a Jerk! Get your hot little hands on this one of a kind piece of Rock and Roll memorabilia (and everything else previously mentioned)! Holla!

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    Here we go! SUNBEARS! white-top "SO THIS IS WHAT'S BECOME OF ROCK AND ROLL" Ibanez GUITAR that was smashed to bits at one of the BEARS! freaky rock show after parties by Jared himself. Frame it! Hang it on your wall! Jonathan and Jared will be signing this little guitar just for you! Don't miss out! There's only one of these in the entire universe!

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    Want to see SUNBEARS! live? How about free admission to SUNBEARS! shows for life!? YEAH! Select this reward and we'll keep track of your name! You can show up to any SUNBEARS! show and receive free admission for yourself and one guest (even if we end up touring with u2 one day)! OMG! and make sure you don't forget to let us know you're coming! PLUS, you get the entire SUNBEARS! DISCOGRAPHY on digital download anddddd you'll still receive all of the aforementioned rewards.

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    SUNBEARS! wants some fun and creative details about you... as FREAKY as the mind can fathom... and SUNBEARS! will write and record a short song about you! How cool is that!? The boys will digitally release these songs for the world to hear, but you'll receive your copy for free, of course! Plus... You still get everything else previously mentioned!

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    Hey! You can get Jonathan's personally re-designed, hand-painted, and re-engineered "SUPER NEON MONSTER GUITAR" (and previous rewards). He built this thing last spring for their tour with Gil Mantera's Party Dream from a danelectro guitar, replaced the knobs, pick guard, and all that stuff... and installed COOL NEON BLUE LED'S that LIGHT UP WHEN YOU PLAY! WOW! Check out the pictures to the left and watch the demo video!

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    Get Jared's three piece "RAINBOW CANDY STRIPE DRUMSET." Look at those pictures to the left! Jared and Jonathan rebuilt these drums by hand, with a custom paint job and all the works for their tour last spring with Gil Mantera's Party Dream! This is very cool kit and a lot of fun to play! Dig it! And don't forget about the previous rewards as well =D

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    SUNBEARS! wants to come play a freaky rock and roll show at your
    house (or at your local venue of your choosing)! Keep it Stateside (but if you're willing to front Airfare, They'll make their way over the big pond! No problemo.)!
    DANG! Also, forget shipping all of those previous rewards, The SUNBEARS! duo will be hand delivering all them there gifts to you, you FREAK!

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