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We're heading into the studio to record our 4th album! Songs are written, producer is ready, & it will be amazing. All we need is YOU!

UPDATE 10.11.11 Just....WOW.

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UPDATE 10.06.11 What an unbelievable ride - we never imagined being here going into our final week! It's both overwhelming & inspiring. To show our gratitude for all the support from our fans we've added 3 more unreleased songs as a bonus gift for every pledge, plus a FREE download of the entire acoustic album we're putting together with you (see $300 reward). If we reach our final goal by Wed Oct 12th we'll also raffle offa Dollyrots skateboard as a thank-you for being both amazing fans and a our grassroots record label. Watch the video update for details!

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UPDATE 09.27.11 $20,000! OMG! You guys are knocking this outta the park! We are speechless and so grateful to all our amazing fans. Please take a peek at the  studio video updates (exclusive to our backers) to see what your pledges are making happen. 2 songs are already good to go thanks to YOU!

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UPDATE 09.20.11 Wow! Over $16,000 in the first week! Because of the unstoppable support of our backers we're already hitting the studio starting this Wednesday, September 21st for the first round of songs!!

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UPDATE 09.14.11 Oh my! We hit our initial goal in one day because of OUR FANS! With this fantastic start we've decided to set a new goal of $12,000. This additional support will go directly into both recording more songs and manufacturing the first press of CDs - the ones you're going to get FIRST. You are our record label at this point, and we can't wait for you to hear what you're helping create! xo!

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We are The Dollyrots. We might be your favorite band, we might be new to you. Either way, we're ready to record a 4th studio album and need you to make it a reality! This time we're doing it completely on our own without a label so we'll be relying on our amazing fans to pledge their support (along with what we've saved up) to be able to record. The songs have been written over the past year as we've toured the country and met many of you, and now's the time to bring them to life. We've picked our top ten favorites from 25 demos and feel really good about them & know you'll love them as much as we do!

The producer, John Fields, is a studio wizard  & recorded our previous albums Because I'm Awesome and Eat My Heart Out. He's on board for this one too and we're SO excited to be working with him again.

So how does a new album get made? Well, recording music can get pricey but we've done this enough times that we know what to expect and how to make the most of our time and resources. We came up with a plan & budget so you know exactly where proceeds from the fundraiser will go. It's all for recording and the studio:

  • Studio: $500 per day, on average. This includes just the per-day studio rate, not the engineers, drum tuning, guitar setups, and equipment rental. We can expect to get through basic tracks on 2 songs per day, so if we buckle down for 5 days we can probably cut 10 great songs. Total: $2,500
  • Recording & Mixing: We're dedicating $4,000 of the budget to this, as it's the most important part of making an album. There are tons of technical decisions to be made, wires to plug in, and mics to be placed perfectly to make a song come to life. After it's recorded it will all be edited down, track by track for each song. The grand total for this will be much more and we'll fund that with our savings, but it would be amazing if our fans can be a part of committing our performances to tape.
  • Mastering: $1000 for the entire album, minimum. This is the part where our record gets the final touch before hitting the interwebs, radio, and your CDs & vinyl. It allows our songs to be as loud, punchy, and sparkly sounding as anything else out there. We're planning to take it to a reputable mastering house that worked on one of our previous albums.

...and that doesn't include music videos, artwork, getting CDs or vinyl pressed, distribution, touring, and promotion! But your support will cover the basics and make it possible for us have the most important part finished first - the music. All funds will go straight into making this album. Any extra will go into additional songs, promotion, and bonuses for our backers as we hit new goals. In short, we'll be able to deliver a much better album to YOU, our fans.

So here are the fun ways you can be involved:

We've put together some really playful, practical, and sometimes weird packages as gifts for supporting this album. More than just music. One-of-a-kind things we've worn or played or can do with you, stuff we've made with our bare hands, creative things like songs played & written just for you, and of course an option to get the new album before it hits the streets!

What gifts, you ask? Here are some of them!

So...doesn't that all sound GREAT?

And here's a bonus. Anyone who pledges over $100 automatically gets their name in the thank-yous in our liner notes!

We know times are hard for everyone and being an artist in this climate is a challenge...but we truly love doing this and want to give you at least one more album. Please think about what music means to you and contribute what you can, even if that means $1. Every single penny will go straight into making the studio knobs and strings and mics capture the best we've got to give.

If we reach or surpass our goal and have leftover funds, anything extra will go directly into recording more music and/or promotion. That could mean another original song or it could mean putting our touch on a favorite cover. We'll send ALL backers FREE mp3s of any extra songs recorded if that happens!

So thank you ALL in advance! We know how much many of you love our music and if we reach our goal you can all expect a new Dollyrots full-length album in late 2011 or early 2012. It's gonna be the BEST ONE YET and we'll have you all to thank! Let's do this!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter for the latest and greatest! We'll continue updating this page as things move along and keep you in the know on how it's coming together!

Outside of the U.S.? Please supplement extra shipping costs in your pledge...detail in the FAQ below!

FAQ

  • We're offering vinyl exclusively to our backers for $10, shipping including. Simply add $10 to your current pledge without changing your reward. We'll send all of our backers a message after the project is completed to make sure that's what the additional $10 is intended for.

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  • We'll take care of it! After the project ends (on October 12th) we'll send you a form to fill out and take it from there!

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  • First off, we miss our UK & Irish fans a ton! Last October was a blast and we hope to get back to after this album is released. Shipping to you is slightly extra; please add an additional $5 USD to your pledge if you'd like the "Oh Yeah" Pack by itself, and $10 USD for any package priced up to $75. If you'd like a goodie box, converse sneakers, or anything extra special please message us about shipping & we'll get back you promptly. Anywhere else in the world - please send us a message for a custom shipping quote. Lots of thanks to our international fans!

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  • Just so everyone knows...you won't part ways with your pledge until AFTER the project finishes at 6:02pm on Wednesday, October 12th. It'll take a couple weeks after that for things to be processed and us to actually receive the funds, but we'll start recording before then knowing we've reached our first goal!

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  • Yes! Anyone who pledges over $100 will automatically be listed in the album's CD liner notes under the "thank you" section.

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  • Sure thing. Please add an additional $20 USD and we'll throw one in for you! You can definitely combine other packages too...just send us a message & we'll figure it out!

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  • YES. If you add $10 to your existing pledge ($15 USD for overseas) you automatically receive a copy of the album on vinyl, in addition to the CD that's part of your package.

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    THE PRICE IS RIGHT PACKAGE: The Iron Fist top Kelly wore on our "The Price is Right!" appearance with Drew Carey when we debuted "California Beach Boy" (see picture on the left.) SIGNED BY BOTH KELLY AND DREW and includes a DVD of the appearance and a "California Beach Boy" clear red 7 inch record autographed by Drew Carey & The Dollyrots + AWESOME PACK

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    Rock Debutante Bass! This short scale bass was hand-picked by Kelly at Daisy Rock HQ and has a nice narrow neck that makes playing it a little easier on smaller hands or beginners. In fact it's so nice to play Kelly's going to use it on a song in the studio and THEN send it to you! We will include video and some photos of it in the studio, along with the picks used in the recording, a strap, and a soft case. AND we'll draw on it if you choose! + AWESOME PACK

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