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About this project

So like, who are you?

We’re The Rooks! Don’t you remember us from that time you were wandering around the lower east side and stumbled into Pianos? Or that time at Alpha Delt? Or that time at Brittney’s bachlorette party? We were wearing those track suits…

OK It’s coming back to me… what do you sound like again?

Imagine if Frank Ocean and D’Angelo got a little too hyped at a Carly Rae Jepsen concert, so they left to go chill at a dive bar with David Byrne.

I don’t get it.

Neither do I. We’re still working on that one.

But here's our music:

http://www.TheRooksBand.BandCamp.com

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0qr2Bvt16E5RDOlPSjxmge.

So why are you doing this?

We’ve been working for 5 years to perfect the sounds that we’ve been hearing in our heads, and after two EPs, several tours, and more hours spent watching Beyonce live videos on youtube than we care to admit, it’s time that we finally put all of that energy into a full-length album. A recording we can be proud of… Something we can point to and say, “Yeah, that’s us.”

OK, I get it. So where is my money going?

If you give to our campaign, the bulk of your money will go to help us pay for:

  • Booking a recording studio
  • Paying our producer and engineers for their time and work.
  • Paying the musicians who will perform with us on the album, and help us bring these songs to life 
  • Mixing and Mastering, which are words that we heard mean making the record sound “good.” TBH they just sounds like sorcery to us.

Is that all?

Even if we hit our goal, there are many more things that your dollars can help us do to make the album even bigger and better. Any additional money you contribute can go towards things like:

  • Hiring additional musicians to play on the album (think horn section, strings, percussion, etc.).
  • Creating physical copies of the album on CD and vinyl
  • Album artwork
  • Digital distribution (spotify, apple music, tidal, etc.)
  • Promotion
  • Live touring in a city near you
  • Spencer's nose job (OK, not this one...)

I’ve heard that Garth just lip-synchs to a pre-recorded track. Is that true?

I don’t understand the question--- and I won’t respond to it.

OK. Anything else?

Thank you all so much for your love and support over the past five years, and we can’t wait to bring this album to your ears soon. With your donations, we know we can create something that will make you proud. 


With love and gratitude,
Garth, Graham, and Spencer 

Risks and challenges

We're sure to encounter some challenges and setbacks along the way as is common with any recording process, but we're very fortunate to have an incredible team working with us on this project. Our producer Yaron Fuchs and engineer Neil Dorfsman are seasoned professionals who have recorded with the likes of Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Dire Straits, Sting, Herbie Hancock, and others. They know the ropes, and will be helping us to make the best product that we can.

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    A CD - Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

    We'll send you a hard copy of the album, signed by the three of us.

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    A Rooks T-Shirt

    Select your favorite shirt from our online store, http://www.therooksband.com/shop. Once a new t-shirt design is created for this album, we'll make you aware of that design as well!

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    See The Rooks live on tour

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    Get the Album Demos

    Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at what the album sounded like before we brought it into the recording studio? We spent a lot of time creating demos to give the producer and musicians a sense of what we envisioned for these songs. If you purchase this reward we'll send you MP3's of the early demos for every song on the album.

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    Rooks Music Lesson

    Take a music lesson with anybody in the band! Options include but are not limited to:

    Garth: Voice, Mariah-Carey impersonating
    Graham: Guitar, Piano
    Spencer: Saxophone

    Lessons can be performed in person if within the New York City area, or done via Skype/google hangout if elsewhere.

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    Video Cover Performance

    We'll record a video of us performing any song of your choosing, and send it to you!

    Here's a sample of what that might sound like:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awPSiYDLh4M

    *Any song is OK with us, though we retain the right to ask you for another choice if the song contains anything our mothers wouldn't approve of.

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    Dinner Party!

    Come have dinner with The Rooks! Your place or ours, either way works for us. Garth and Spencer are pretty good cooks! Graham... is working on it.

    Please note that that this offer applies to the NYC area. We are open to leaving our hometown though travel costs will apply.

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    I am Gonna Write You a Love Song

    The Rooks will write and record a personalized song for you, and send it to you! We're open to requests on subject matter, style, mood, or whatever you want! Or if you want, you can just leave it to us and we'll write you something nice.

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    Come Play with Us!

    The Rooks will be your backing band! For either a live performance or a studio recording, you could have The Rooks be your backing band while you tear it up in the front. Since the three of us don't usually perform by ourselves, we'll bring some friends of ours on board to play other instruments like drums, bass, or keyboards as needed.

    If you'd like a studio recording instead of a live performance, we can record and produce you with our own equipment and space. Just ask!

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    Private NYC Apartment Concert

    The Rooks will play a concert in your apartment! Or your friend's place too, if she's cool with it. Garth, Graham, and Spencer will come serenade you and your friends with the dulcet tones of their music for up to 50 minutes of acoustic R&B. You supply the room, we'll supply the tunes.

    You'll also receive a special thank you in the liner-notes of the album, as well as the early access digital album download.

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    Steal Graham's Guitar

    Graham is giving away his guitar! This Epiphone was played on the album and featured prominently in the music video for "Twister" and our version of Snoop Dog's "Gin and Juice" (links below). We'll even sign the thing for you!

    Twister music video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FJLPJAnAPo

    Gin and Juice music video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZRg2Pn_y00

    Guitar Specs: http://www.Epiphone.com/Products/Archtop/ES-175.aspx

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    Private Northeast US Concert

    The Rooks will come perform for you anywhere in the northeast. We LOVE playing for house parties, cocktail hours, birthdays, book groups... really anything goes. If further than 100 miles from New York City, travel costs, and lodging will also be required. We'll chat and figure it all out...

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    Private Concert in the Continental US

    The Rooks will come perform for you and your friends anywhere in the continental US. We've never been to Tulsa, but for this - sure, why not.

    Travel costs, lodging, and backline are also required for performances further than 100 miles from New York City.

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    Private Concert Anywhere in the World

    The Rooks will come perform for you and your friends ANYWHERE in the WORLD. Want us to come to Tokyo? We're there. London? Sure. Costa Rica? I thought you'd never ask.

    Travel costs, lodging, and backline are also required for performances further than 100 miles from New York City.

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    Name Your Own Reward

    If you've come this far, you've proven yourself more generous than any of us anticipated anyone to be to us. So pretty much anything* is on the table.

    *Again, nothing our mothers would disapprove of please!

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