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Chicago Punks About the Mess's Debut EP is going vinyl! Whoa! Records is looking for your help to release the record on classic vinyl.
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Listening to your music on your iPod is great, but for discerning music fans, the connection just seems so much more visceral when you slide a record out of its sleeve, gently lay it down on the turntable and drop the needle for the first time.

As the music industry changes, a lot collectors are looking to the familiarity of vinyl to bolster their music libraries.

Serious audiophiles know that the sound on vinyl — especially on the low end which is often compressed — is far superior to digital formats. Besides, nobody has ever lost their record collection when their hard drive crashed.

At Whoa! Records, we're committed to putting out great music. We hope to press a run of 500 10" records — 100 on limited edition green vinyl and 400 on traditional black — for Chicago-based punk rockers About the Mess' debut EP Anthem of Imperfection.

The EP is already available digitally, but there's so much more to the music that we believe true music fans will get out of hearing it as the band intended, with all the intricacies coming through.

About the Mess is also recording a brand new record at the end of January, a split 7” that will be released on Whoa! Records with Seized Up from Detroit. For that record, the band will be recording a music video, and by donating $40 (and some higher levels) YOU can be in the music video!

Although the sound from vinyl is great, it's not always practical — unless you're driving around in John Lennon's Rolls Royce, which had a record player in the back seat. So to make sure About the Mess fans are getting the right combination of great sound and practicality, each record will include a coded card that allows the purchaser to download the EP digitally from Bandcamp, where tracks are available in lossless format.

Vinyl has become a much bigger part of the music market over the past several years. Because we are still a very small label (but growing!) with limited resources, we would like to fund the vinyl version of this record with your help.

Thanks to United Recording Pressing, we are able to offer a limited number of test pressings for serious collectors who are able to donate $50 or more. By helping us fund our vinyl releases, you will help us be on a more solid financial footing, allowing us to dedicate more resources to promoting our current releases and recording more high-quality music in the future.

We also have another Kickstarter running for Whoa! Records label mates P.T.'s Revenge that you can find here:

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    You love About the Mess, but aren't a vinyl addict? This is for you. Your name will appear in the record inserts with all of the other pledges here on kickstarter, and we will give you a free download of the record.

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    Don't want the vinyl but want a CD?! No problem, this one is for you. Please add some extra shipping $ if you are outside the US or Canada.

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    You will secure yourself a copy of the record, pressed on high quality vinyl, in awesome packaging, and includes a download code, shipped to your doorstep (if you live outside the US or Canada, please add $5-10 more for shipping to all funding levels).

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    Get an exclusive super-limited green-vinyl edition of the record.

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    Get a limited edition green vinyl copy of the record, a black vinyl copy of the record, and a copy of the record on CD.

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    Get a limited green vinyl edition of the record. An About the Mess t-shirt, and a cloth patch.

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    You will get a test pressing (audiophile and ebay gold) of the record from United Record Pressing AND a copy of the record on black vinyl.

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    Get a test pressing of the record and you get to APPEAR in our first ever MUSIC VIDEO! The video is being filmed on 2/26, starting in the afternoon. This kickstarter ends on 2/25 so WHEN it is funded ;-), we will e-mail you the directions and time to be at the shooting location within 1 hour of this kickstarter being funded! The location is in Chicago, so you must be able to get yourself there!

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    Store / Distro special! You will receive 10 copies of the record, shipped to you! (Please consider adding more for shipping if you are outside the U.S. or Canada). Receive 12 more copies for each additional $50 you pledge!

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    You will get a test pressing (audiophile and ebay gold) of the record from United Record Pressing AND a copy of the record on limited edition GREEN vinyl.

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    You will get a test pressing (audiophile and ebay gold) of the record from United Record Pressing AND a copy of the record on black vinyl, a copy of the record on CD, an About the Mess T-shirt and a cloth patch.

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    You will get a test pressing (audiophile and ebay gold) of the record from United Record Pressing AND a copy of the record on limited edition GREEN vinyl, a copy of the record on CD, an About the Mess T-shirt and a cloth patch.

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    Your name will appear on the back of the record jacket, and you will receive a test pressing of the record, a copy of the record on CD, and a copy of the record on exclusive green vinyl. And you can APPEAR in our debut MUSIC VIDEO! (see $50 level for details).

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    You love monkeys as much as we do... don't you... Along with all of the $100 level items, you will also receive an additional 25 copies of the record to do with as you please! And you can APPEAR in our debut MUSIC VIDEO! (see $50 level for details).

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    Co-release this record with Whoa! Records! Your logo will appear on the back of the record, along with a URL to your site, and you will receive 125 copies of the record for your label/distro on black vinyl. Plus a test pressing of the record, and a copy on exclusive green vinyl. And you can APPEAR in our debut MUSIC VIDEO! (see $50 level for details).

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