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In support of the Feb. 25, 2014 OFFICIAL US RELEASE of LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE, the debut album from THE SEA THE SEA.
148 backers pledged $10,765 to help bring this project to life.

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WHO ARE WE?

Hi! We are THE SEA THE SEA, Chuck e. Costa & Mira Stanley, a harmony-based, electro-acoustic, indie folk duo. During our just-over-two-years as a band we've been incredibly blessed not only to be able to make our living by touring and playing music, but to have had the opportunity to meet so many of you! We could not have accomplished what we have so far without you. Thank you.

As some of you know, earlier this year we flew across the country to record our very first album together, LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE, with the incredible folks at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA,  produced by one of our favorite people/artists/producers, Todd Sickafoose, with additional fantastic musical contributions by: Matthew SzemelaAdam Levy, Jonny Rodgers, Theresa Wong, John Santos, & Jordan GlennThe album has been finished for a few months now, and we are SO PROUD of how it turned out. Not only does it sound great, but the incredible creative minds at The Made Shop made it look beautiful as well. Check it out:

See how they made the artwork, here:

NOW it's time to spread the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE!

We've been holding off on an OFFICIAL release so that we could take some time to assemble a knowledgeable, experienced promotional team, additional artist collaborators, create an informed, logistically sound release plan, as well as to save up some of our own funds to contribute. Those pieces are in place, ready for a February 25, 2014 release, so now we're ready to give our debut record a proper send-out into the world! But, first, we need your help...

WHY KICKSTARTER?

We've had some really incredible financial support from friends and family during this process, but for the most part we've covered the costs of recording our album, existing promotional materials, and a significant portion of what will be our promotional campaign on our own. We feel really good about that, but we also know that with your added help, we can do SO MUCH more! Plus, we're strong believers in the power of community, and we love the idea of this project belonging to all of us. 

THE BUDGET :

The minimum amount we need (beyond the funds we've saved) to cover the costs of our official US Release which will include a publicist to manage all publicity regarding the US release of LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE, radio promoter who will send copies of and elicit interest in the album during it's release, high-quality photos for press/media consistent with album branding, video to coincide with album premiere, website updated to align with album branding/artwork, and manufacturing of 1500 CDs is $6,500. Anything we're able to raise beyond $6,500 will go towards further creative content and merchandise. 

Total funds already in place = $13,500 of $20,000 total budget. The remaining costs of $6,500 break down like this:

$1,500 (of $1,500) - CD manufacturing

$1,000 (of $5,000) - videos

$1,000 (of $1,000) - photos

$1,000 (of $4,000) - radio

$500 (of $500) - website

$2500 (of $8,000) - publicist

*Not included: 5% kickstarter fee + 3-5% amazon processing fee.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. Take a look at the various reward packages we're offering (---->). We've tried our very best to provide you with different options at various levels of giving. Don't see what you're looking for? Email us at theseathesea.contact@gmail.com, and let us know your idea! We want you to be happy. (Everything will ship to you upon the kickstarter completion, assuming we reach our goal!)

2. Pass this along to your friends, family, and anyone who you think might be interested in our music and/or contributing! That's a huge part of helping us SPREAD the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE.

THANK YOU.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to read about this project, and for whatever support you're able to offer. Let's do this!

**Click HERE to listen to our song "Watertreader" on NPR's HEAVY ROTATION: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Photos like these will appear on the postcards in our Reward Packages:

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Risks and challenges

Beyond the inherent risks of the music industry, this is a very low risk project logistically as far as we can tell. We cannot predict how the record will be received overall, but it's a piece of art we very strongly believe in. If it's something you believe in too, we're confident these funds will, at the very least, allow us to help put this record into the world and reach much further than it ever could otherwise.

The album is already recorded and basically ready to be released. We've done our homework. We've spent the past few months building a knowledgeable team of people to facilitate this release, and to reduce any foreseeable risk of the funds not achieving their full potential.

We have a publicist in place who is ready to begin promotion of the release of the album, a radio promoter on board, and release tour booked. We have a finished album and artwork ready for manufacturing, photographer in place ready to take beautiful photos, and a video artist ready to film and create. We've allowed ample time for executing all of these things prior to our Feb. 25 release date. We have every reason to believe that all of these elements can be accomplished competently and by the deadline of our release date, once they're paid for.

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    We LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE you! Advance digital download for 1 song of your choice from the album.

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    Advance digital download of the album. Hear it before the official 2014 release!

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    Advance signed hard copy personalized for you + advance digital download of the album.

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    {Send the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE} - 5 postcards for you to send, each featuring an artful photo we've taken from the road with a lyric from one of our songs + advance signed hard copy + advance digital download of the album.

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    {T-SHIRT} What better way to spread the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE than to wear it on your body? AND you'll get a digital download of the record to rock out to while you are rocking your love-spreading attire. Stay tuned, t-shirt designs coming soon!

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    Advance signed hard copy personalized for you + advance digital download of the album + signed 11 x 17 LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE poster + 5 postcards for you to send, each featuring an artful photo we've taken from the road with a lyric from one of our songs.

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    {Spread the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE - Package Deal} : 2 Advance signed hard copies of the album - one for you, one for a friend (yeh, spread it!) + one advance digital download for you to listen to in the meantime.

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    {Spread the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE - Deluxe Package Deal} : 2 Advance signed hard copies of the album + 2 signed 11 x 17 LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE posters - an album and a poster for you, an album and a poster for a friend (yeh, spread it!) + advance digital download for you to listen to in the meantime.

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    {Our Past Lives Package} - Chuck e. Costa box set (includes: From the Rooftops, Where the Songs Come From, Waterproof Matches) + digital download of Mira singing a jazz standard + advance signed hard copy and digital download of LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE.

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    {T-SHIRT + CD + digital download} What better way to spread the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE than to wear it on your body? AND you'll get a signed, hard copy of the record + digital download to rock out to while you are rocking your love-spreading attire. Stay tuned, t-shirt designs coming soon!

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    {Pen Pal Package} - We'll send you a postcard every month in 2014 featuring an artful photo that we've taken, and we'll tell you about anything interesting that we've seen or experienced! + advance signed hard copy of the album and digital download.

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    {POEM} Many of our songs begin as poems, and we'd love to write one for you! You provide the prompt, and we'll send you a signed, hand-written copy of the poem on a fancy piece of paper suitable for framing + hard copy of the record and digital download.

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    Skype, Facetime, or video chat of your choice (45 minute session)! We LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE these. We'll play songs for you, talk about songwriting, singing, work with you on a song or arrangement that you're working on, discuss your career (mentoring session), discuss life…whatever your heart desires! + advance signed hard copy of the album and digital download.

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    {HIDDEN TALENT PORTRAIT PACKAGE} - Did you know that Mira is a visual artist as well? Well she is, and she'd love to draw you. Provide us with a photo of you and/or your loved ones, and we'll send you a pencil & ink drawing (approx. 8.5"x11") suitable for framing + advance signed hard copy of the record!

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    2 original copies handwritten/signed lyrics for the song or songs of your choice - we'll make them look beautiful - (1 for you, 1 for a friend!) + the {Spread the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE - Deluxe Package Deal}

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    {Spread the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE in a major way - SUPER DELUXE PACKAGE} - 10 signed hard copies of the album - one for you, nine to share with your friends + one digital download for you to listen to in the meantime.

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    We'll send you a personalized video message and recording of us performing a song of your choice (one of ours or we'll learn one of your choice) + 2 original copy handwritten/signed lyrics for the song or songs of your choice - we'll make them look beautiful - (1 for you, 1 for a friend!) + the {Spread the LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE - Deluxe Package Deal}

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    Custom, original song for you or someone you LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE! Great for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, holidays, or other special events :) We'll write a song for you and send it to you as a CD or MP3 + 2 original copies of signed, handwritten lyrics. We'll send you 2 hard copies of our record too!

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    2 hour songwriting workshop. We LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE these! We'll come to you and your friends, to your child and your child's friends, your child's classroom, your local library, community or performing arts center and write a group song. (Travel expenses not included, but if you live relatively nearby, or if we can route it into an upcoming tour which is VERY likely, no additional travel expenses necessary. Email us first if you have questions!). We'll send you a hard copy and digital download of our record too!

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    Custom, original song for you or someone you LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE! Great for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, holidays, or other special events :) We'll write a song for you and send it to you as a CD or MP3 + 2 copies of the signed, handwritten lyrics, PLUS a personalized video message and performance of us playing it for you OR we'll play it at one of our headlining shows near you (we'll talk about it) for which you will receive two free tickets. We'll send you 2 hard copies + a digital download of our record too!

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    House Concert! We'll come to your house (or other TBD location) and play for you and your friends. Yay! (Travel expenses not included, but if you live relatively nearby or if we can route it into an upcoming tour which is VERY likely, no additional travel expenses necessary. Email us first if you have questions!) We'll send you a hard copy and digital download of the record too!

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    House Concert + we'll write a custom, original song for you or someone you LOVE WE ARE WE LOVE, and we'll play it at the show! Want to join in? We'll practice together before and you can play it with us or sing harmonies if you want! You'll get 2 original copies of handwritten lyrics + an MP3 or CD recording of the song. We'll send you 2 hard copies and digital download of the record too!

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    Let's talk! What would you like? For this or any other unlisted amount, let us know what you have in mind. We're open to suggestions and possibilities, and really appreciate the support. Email us first so we can choose something we both agree on.

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