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Help Chicago's only Burlesque Rock Band, The Fox & The Hounds, create an exciting, engaging and impassioned EP!
128 backers pledged $9,300 to help bring this project to life.

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THE MISSION

There's a special bond between musicians and their audience, a kind of vulnerability and trust that comes from sharing something that you not only created, but also poured your heart and soul into.  We have the most wonderful and supportive fans around. You've always made us feel that what we do is important, and that makes the long hours, warm PBR, and hard work totally worth it.

We've spent the last year working and perfecting several new songs for you, polishing them up and getting them ready to record.  These songs embody everything we love about music and strongly feel they could stand up to the top songs currently on the airwaves. Now, we need your help to record our new EP. By supporting, The Fox & The Hounds EP Project, you will help us create an album that is emotional, engaging and impassioned but most importantly, what you want to hear! With your donation of $50 or more, you can vote on which songs you like best and want us to include on the EP.

We trust you more than anything; you've gotten us this far, and now your voice matters more than ever. So please, check out our awesome rewards and make a pledge today to help us bring our music to you.

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"The Fox & The Hounds! Blasting out of the Chicago scene with a unique vibe and style separating the sea of stagnant monotony with a mingling mix of alternative rock and pop/jazz." - OrlandoBands.com

THE SONGS

Below are samples of a few of our new songs that could be featured on this EP. These are meant to demonstrate our goals, but the real album will be fully produced at the highest quality possible. To hear and vote on all 6 of the complete demos become a $50 backer!

How The Other Half Lives

Made To Love You

Panic

"Kendel Lester – the vocalist – has a nice fluid way of singing that seduces you and leaves you wanting more. All their songs have this easiness to them. Nothing seems forced or done for the sake of adding an element." - Language of Mankind

THE REWARDS

To the right of the page we've got some really fun and unusual rewards for donating to our project. From copies of the EP, to homemade potato salad, to becoming an executive producer and sitting in with us at the studio; there's a little something for everyone. If you want to have a say in which songs make the final cut of the album then donate $50 and let your voice be heard. The top voted song will be pre-released to Kickstarter backers as a single. Below is a graph outlining what you receive for each donation level and photos of some of our most personal perks!

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THE PLAN

With Kickstarter, if we don't reach the goal amount, we don't get anything. That's right, $0! However, we chose this option because we want to give you the best possible album. We don't want to create anything that doesn't meet ours or your standards. Quite frankly, if we don't reach the goal amount, we don't make an EP. $5,000 is the minimum we need to create a recording that lives up to what we envision and we're counting on you to get us there! We can make a great three song EP for $5,000, but ultimately, we would love to hit the $10,000 stretch goal to make a six song EP with a promotional package that will truly do it justice. 

$5,000: Recording an album is VERY expensive. Not only are there the actual costs of recording the material, mixing the music, and then mastering it, but there are also producer fees, duplication costs and promotion. $5,000 is the minimum budget. It will allow us to create a fully produced 3-song EP with limited promotion capabilities and allow us a restricted amount of outside musicians.

 $7,500: If we hit $7,500, not only will we get to record a 4-song EP with a fantastic promo package, but we will also release one of our super secret perks! This EP will feature your 4 favorite songs and be supported by a national radio, blog and licensing campaign!

$10,000: This is our dream number. With $10,000 we can record all 6 songs with the highest production value possible AND be able to promote the album to the fullest. After all, what is the point of recording a killer album if no one can hear it? $10,000 will help get our music out to radio stations across the country and internationally as well as help us earn blog/magazine spots and even work with a PR firm. With your help, we know we can create something that is not only sonically amazing, but also music that is exciting, engaging and impassioned.

Production Costs (42%):

  • Producer (10%): Paying the producer to help oversee the recording process, pick tracks, and help direct mood/vibe.
  • Recording (21%): Paying arranger, engineers and the musicians who play on the record. Paying for studio time at Dimensions Studio.
  • Mixing (10%): Paying our engineer, Nathan Rogers, to arrange and develop tracks.
  • Mastering (1%): Paying for mastering at the Boiler Room.

Duplication (13%): We're using DiscMakers to duplicate 1,000 eco-friendly copies of full colored Digipaks.

Promotion (20%): Creating merchandise for the album, music video production, advertising, working with a PR firm to make sure this album reaches its full potential.

Mailing & Reward Fulfillment (15%): Mailing of physical copies to radio stations and getting the songs licensed to film/television/commercial and movie trailers. We have over 100 licensing contacts that are waiting for us to mail the album to them. This number also includes our estimated printing and mailing expenses for Kickstarter perks (excluding shipments outside the US, to which a shipping fee is added.)

Admin Fees (10%): Kickstarter takes a 5% from the funds collected. Amazon payments take another 3-5% for credit card processing.

Meeting the project goal will guarantee that the album gets recorded, printed, sent to you and promoted. But, in case you completely blow it up and we reach goals well beyond what we're asking, fear not that we do have well laid out plans for any additional money we may receive. Meeting the goal early will allow us to unveil our super-top-secret stretch rewards, and have additional funds for things like hiring a publicist, making a couple of music videos for your top-voted songs, and maybe even recording an extra song just for all of you awesome Kickstarters!

"It is not possible to be other than appreciative of the – bravado, dexterity and abilities displayed by the talent within The Fox & Hounds...raise with me a glass to the sextet for doing what they do and adding much to the world of music." -Indie Bands Blog

Risks and challenges

We have a very concrete plan, a great team for this album and we are confident that this project will be successful. With that being said, even the best laid plans can go awry. While we feel we have given ourselves ample time to record and produce this EP, making sure our recordings are top-notch is our first priority, even if that takes a little longer than we anticipate. All perks in relation to the EP (digital/physical copies, posters, paintings, etc.) are scheduled to be sent out to you by June/July of 2015, and we will do everything in our power to honor that. However, if the recording of the EP takes a little longer than anticipated, we humbly request your patience and just know you're getting a better product because of it.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Digital Download of our entire EP voted on by the backers, complete with album artwork PLUS a video shout-out expressing our everlasting gratitude with special backer only updates

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    LIMITED ED POSTER + BUTTON: Receive a limited edition copy of our EP Release Show poster on high quality shimmering paper + our sexy, fully colored F&H button.

    Also, Digital EP, Video shout-out, Backers only Single and backer only updates!

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    AUTOGRAPHED ADVANCED PHYSICAL EP: Receive an autographed advanced physical copy of our new EP + a BONUS copy of our debut self-titled album.

    Also, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backers only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    YOU PICK THE SONGS! That's right you pick what songs are on the EP! While we hope to record all 6, we may only be able to record 3 or 4 songs. We trust you guys more than anything and we know you'll make the right decision by voting on our demo tracks. The song with the most votes will be released early to Kickstarter backers as a single!

    Also, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

    **This perk will be delivered in January. Additional included perks will be delivered in June/July 2015**

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    PERSONALIZED RINGTONE: A 5-10 second personalized ringtone of the band singing your name and whatever rhymes with it!

    Plus, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    POTATO SALAD: Potato Salad is pretty popular these days, especially on Kickstarter. Get your own cup of homemade potato salad!

    Plus, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    **LOCAL ONLY**

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    BE A PRODUCER + A PAIR OF TIX: Your name will be in the liner notes with a Producer credit on our new EP + a pair of tickets to our EP Release Show!

    Plus, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    1 HOUR FOOT MASSAGE: Receive a 1 hour foot massage from our guitarist, Mike! No funny business.

    Plus, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

    **This perk will be delivered in January. Additional included perks will be delivered in June/July 2015**
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    COVER SONG PACKAGE: Pick any cover song and we'll play it, sing it, and record it! You'll receive an mp3 copy!

    Plus, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    NEW PERK!

    ACOUSTIC CD: We will record an acoustic CD of some of our favorite F&H songs. There's only a limited number available so get yours now!

    Plus, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    SING ON THE EP: You get to sing on a track on the album and join us on stage for our EP release show! Don't worry if you're not a star singer, we need all types of voices!

    Plus, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    THE 1 AND ONLY STUDDED BRA: You could pick Crystal's sexy spiky studded bra. Receive it framed and signed by the band!

    Plus, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

    **This perk will be delivered in January. Additional included perks will be delivered in June/July 2015**

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    HAND PAINTING OF ALBUM COVER: Receive an exclusive an acrylic hand painting by Kendel of the new EP cover on a 20X20 canvas.

    Plus, Sing on the EP, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    HAPPY HOUR WITH THE BAND: That's right, we'll take you and a friend out in style and pick up the bar tab! Plus, you'll get backstage passes and tickets to our EP release show!

    Plus, Sing on the EP, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    KENDEL'S FIRST ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITAR: Get Kendel's first Takamine guitar signed by the band!

    Plus, Sing on the EP, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

    **This perk will be delivered in January. Additional included perks will be delivered in June/July 2015**

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    PICK OUR NEXT B.S. VIDEO: Pick the next song for our Bathroom Series Installment. Plus, you'll get a role in our next fully produced music video!

    Plus, Sing on the EP, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    ACOUSTIC CONCERT ANYWHERE IN MIDWEST: Pledge $1,500 and we'll come to your living room, bar or venue for an acoustic concert with Kendel and a guitarist.

    Plus, Be in our next Music Video, Sing on the EP, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

    **This perk will be delivered in February. Additional included perks will be delivered in June/July 2015**

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT: Be in the studio with us while we record and contribute your ideas for the record!

    Plus, Be in our next Music Video, Sing on the EP, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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    MIKE WILL TAKE THE POLAR PLUNGE: Mike will participate in the 15th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge on Sunday, March 1 at North Avenue Beach! He will jump into freezing cold water, all to raise awareness for the Special Olympics Chicago!
    (Your donation amount will be fully contributed to the EP)

    Plus, Be an Executive Producer, be in our next Music Video, Sing on the EP, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

    **This perk will be delivered in March. Additional included perks will be delivered in June/July 2015**

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    KENDEL WILL TATTOO YOUR NAME: Yes, you read that right. Kendel will tattoo your name on her body!

    Plus, Be an Executive Producer, be in our next Music Video, Sing on the EP, Producer Credit, Personalized Ringtone, You Help us Pick The Songs, Autographed advanced copy of our EP and Debut Album, Limited Edition Poster and Button, Digital EP, Backer Only Single, Video shout-out, and backer only updates!

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Funding period

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