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Help us fund our 3rd studio album "When We Were Honest" and get CDs, vinyl, merch, and exclusive experiences in return!
Help us fund our 3rd studio album "When We Were Honest" and get CDs, vinyl, merch, and exclusive experiences in return!
Help us fund our 3rd studio album "When We Were Honest" and get CDs, vinyl, merch, and exclusive experiences in return!
263 backers pledged $18,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Help Fund The Local Strangers' Album "When We Were Honest"

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NEW PHONE, WHO DIS?

We're Matt Hart and Aubrey Zoli, and our band is called The Local Strangers.  We've been making music together in Seattle since we met in 2010 -- starting as a mild-mannered folk duo and eventually fronting a raucous full band.  We've toured the country, put out two full length albums, plus a few EPs and singles (all of which you can download for free HERE during our Kickstarter) and we're currently wrapping up our latest album, called When We Were Honest. 

We've made it this far on our own making the new record but we need a little help to get us the rest of the way there. That is where you come in! 

For any newcomers, here's our vibe:

REWARDS!  GIMME!

Kickstarter is a great way to simply preorder an album, but we're offering so much more than that!  Check out all the rewards for donating that we are offering over on the right -- they are mostly self explanatory, but here are some prototypes to give you a visual:  

STAINLESS STEEL TUMBLER AND TOTE BAG PROTOTYPES! (Clearly not to scale...)
STAINLESS STEEL TUMBLER AND TOTE BAG PROTOTYPES! (Clearly not to scale...)

The T-Shirts will be a brand new design (not our logo like the Totes and Tumbler) and we haven't quite decided on the album art yet.  But those tidbits will be coming in backers-only updates as the campaign progresses!

By the way, INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING IS FREE thanks to an extremely generous, cosmopolitan patron of the arts.

UH, WHERE'S THIS CASH GOING?

Wow making an album is expensive... We've been recording for much of the summer and our coffers are nearly dry, so these funds will help us:

  • Compensate the amazing Martin Feveyear (Brandi Carlile, Walking Papers, Shelby Earl, and our last album) for his work producing, engineering, mixing, and mastering the album.
  • Compensate our tireless band members Mike, Ted, and Luke -- plus some additional musicians -- for their talent in the studio.
  • Launch a formal PR campaign to get these tunes in as many earholes as possible.
  • Create a music video for the album's first single.
  • Photography and art design for the album art.
  • Order all the CDs, vinyl records, and other merchandise for rewards and the merch table.
  • Shipping, Kickstarter Fees, Taxes, and all that boring small business stuff.

This amount of money feels enormous to us, but we've done the math and this is what it's going to take to get the job done (without going deeply into debt of course)!

STRETCHIEST OF STRETCH GOALS

Additionally, there are some things we really want to do but don't feel feasible within our initial budget.  If we can raise more than our goal, however, we can make these things a reality!

$15,000 -- An acoustic duo recording of all these songs, similar to the 2nd disc of Take What You Can Carry.  These songs all have such a different flavor when it's just Matt and Aubrey and we loved being able to showcase that in the last album.  This time we would offer that as a free download to all our backers, and sell it as a standalone release.

$17,000 -- We can do another music video, in addition to the one we have planned.  Aubrey is always coming up with music video ideas (the scale of which Matt has to constantly deflate) and we would love to Beyoncé all over this thing.

$20,000 -- We will have no debt and WHO KNOWS!?  European tour?  TLS ice sculptures?  Gold plated statuettes? We'll find good use for the funds, we promise.

QUESTIONS? HIT US UP!

Shoot us a message via Kickstarter, or on Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions about this campaign.

Risks and challenges

We're still wrapping up the recording process and there's a ton of work to do once that's complete. But this isn't our first rodeo, and we're ready to step up and address any issues that come up with transparency and integrity. Let's do this!

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    Digital Album Download

    High-quality MP3s delivered right to your inbox

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    Signed CD

    A signed copy of the CD shipped to your door, plus the Digital Download to save you some time.

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    Signed Vinyl Record

    Our first ever vinyl pressing! Signed by us and shipped to your door with a download code for the digital tunes.

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    Signed CD or Vinyl + Tote Bag

    Shop in style with a bright blue TLS-Logo Tote!

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    Signed CD or Vinyl + T-Shirt

    A special, super-soft TLS Tee with an all-new design available in both "Men's" and "Women's" sizes.

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    Signed CD or Vinyl + Tumbler

    Stainless steel, vacuum insulated, and extremely attractive. Check out the prototype over in the campaign description!

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    ALL THE MERCH!

    Get all the merchandise listed above for one bundled amount.

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    • Tote Bag
    • Digital Album Download
    • Signed CD
    • Signed Vinyl Record
    • T-Shirt
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    All Merch + Liner Notes

    At $100 or above, your name will be included in the liner notes of the CD and vinyl record! Plus, you get all the cool stuff listed above.

    Includes:
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    • Digital Album Download
    • Signed CD
    • Signed Vinyl Record
    • T-Shirt
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    All Merch + Handwritten Lyrics

    We'll write out the lyrics to the Local Strangers song of your choice on nice paper, ready for framing!

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    • Download + CD + Vinyl + Tote + TShirt + Tumbler
    • Handwritten Lyrics
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    All Merch + Cover Song Video

    Choose any song and we'll give it the full Local Strangers "folk it up" treatment, then record a video of the performance just for you. It might even make it into our regular sets, and we'll have you to thank for it!

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    • Download + CD + Vinyl + Tote + TShirt + Tumbler
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    All Merch + Virtual House Concert (Duo)

    Matt & Aubrey will use FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, or whatever the best tech is to broadcast a private concert to you - anywhere in the world! Full 45 minute set with the usual banter and Q+A. We'll also record it so you can have it forever.

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    • Download + CD + Vinyl + Tote + TShirt + Tumbler
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    House Concert (Duo)

    Matt & Aubrey will come to your house and do our whole house show thing. Invite all your friends and family over for an intimate performance, cheesy banter, and lots of hanging out. NOTE: If you are further than 150 miles from Seattle, we'll need you to cover travel and lodging.

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    All Merch + Original Song

    Give us a prompt, idea, or concept and we will write an original song from that inspiration. We'll record a video just for you, and if we love it we'll put it on the next album!

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    All Merch + Private Dinner & Concert

    Join Matt, Aubrey and their significant others for a private dinner in one of our homes for you and up to 3 friends. We will wine and dine you and then hold a super personal show where you pick the set list!

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    All Merch + House Concert (Full Band!)

    We'll bring the full band and all our gear to you! It's the full Local Strangers experience in the comfort of your own home. Great for a block party or backyard jubilee next summer... though maybe check with the neighbors first - we're going to get loud! NOTE: If you are more than 150 miles from Seattle, we'll need you to cover travel and lodging for the 5 of us, and potentially some gear rental.

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Funding period

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