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After five years of touring the U.S. and Canada, the Shondes are preparing for our first-ever European tour! Can you help us get there?
After five years of touring the U.S. and Canada, the Shondes are preparing for our first-ever European tour! Can you help us get there?
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UPDATE: YOU'RE AMAZING! As we buy plane tickets, confirm our van and gear rentals, make ferry arrangements, buy International Driver's Permits, prepare to ship merch and more, we're breathing a huge collective sigh of relief thanks to you.

Total upfront expenses for this tour are more than $10,000. (The primary plane tickets alone were $4,410.) Hitting this Kickstarter goal makes such a difference for us, and every post-$6K contribution continues to make this better and more possible. We deeply appreciate your support and we'll continue to cheer and weep in the final days of this campaign.

Can't wait to share these new songs with you, whether in person or through the beauty of high-definition internet video. Thank you for everything. xoxoxo.

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After five years of people asking us to play for them all over the world, the Shondes are finally embarking on our first-ever European tour!

We've been hard at work this summer writing new songs, and we can't wait to share them with you. (Really. We think they're pretty magical.) We've got six weeks of shows lined up.

Unlike our United States tours, though, a European tour means huge up-front costs beyond the scope of what we can do. Plane tickets! Ferry tickets! Visas! Van rental! Gear rental ('cause we can't carry drums and amps in backpacks)! Printing and shipping tour posters!

We're taking as much of the cost on ourselves as we can, but we're asking you to help us bridge the gap.

Why should you care if you're not in Europe? Well, we’ll be accompanied by the fabulous Emily Millay Haddad (Circles of Fire Productions), whose work you may have seen on our YouTube channel (the "Give Me What You've Got" music video, the album trailers, many of the live videos). She'll be filming us on- and off-stage throughout the tour, interviewing us and posting vlogs throughout so you can see what we’re up to. So those new songs we mentioned? You'll get to hear and see gorgeous videos of them being performed on stages across continental Europe and the United Kingdom!

In addition to the shows themselves, we’ll be spending the Jewish High Holidays in Germany and Poland and we'll visit some of the villages where some of our ancestors are from (shtetls in Poland and a tiny town in Ireland!). We’ll be connecting with activists, feminist and queer community organizers, and amazing musicians everywhere. We are so looking forward to it.

So European fans: help us get to you! Fans in the United States and elsewhere: help us live the dream and make beautiful live videos to share our newest songs with you! We’ll come back ready to hit the ground running and play awesome new material for you.

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    A postcard from Europe (old-fashioned, through the mail!).

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    Video postcard from Europe! We’ll make a video of us saying a personal hello — you can even request a preferred location (we can't promise, but we'll try) — and send it to you. Or to someone else as a gift!

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    Limited-edition Euro tour 2012 lyrics book (digital)! We'll send you a printable PDF of handwritten lyrics to every song that we're likely to play on this tour so you can prepare for the show.

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    Autographed, limited-edition European tour poster! They're pretty. And each one is different, printed on a real map.

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    *All of the above*! A real postcard in the mail, a video postcard, a limited-edition Euro tour 2012 lyrics book and an autographed limited-edition European tour poster.

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    Music video exclusive! A video postcard from Europe, an autographed European tour poster, the limited-edition Euro tour 2012 lyrics book (digital), plus an invitation to an exclusive pre-release screening of our upcoming music video.

    That's right — Emily Millay Haddad, our videographer on this trip, has also been hard at work on a gorgeous video for our song "Close the Door." You’ll be invited to attend a private, pre-release screening with the band and video crew in Emily's home in Brooklyn, New York — in person or via Skype!

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    Personal tour memorabilia! A signed collection of set lists from every show on this tour, PLUS a grab bag of personal items. Possibilities include a pick used and signed by Louisa, weathered drumsticks from Temim, Elijah's sweat rag, the complete collection of guitar strings Fureigh breaks on this tour (meticulously labeled "broken in Berlin on 25 September," etc.)...

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    Fureigh teaches you to play the Shondes song of your choice on guitar via Skype. Or you can just talk. (Don't play guitar? Dislike Fureigh? Substitute Louisa on bass or Elijah on violin.)

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    JUST ADDED: CUSTOM SNARE DRUM! District Drum Company (districtdrumcompany.com) will build you — or the special drummer in your life — a custom snare drum with your choice of covering and lug style. These go for $500–750, so this is an excellent deal for an unforgettable item. For examples, see https://www.facebook.com/pages/District-Drum-Company/399309335276.

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    TOUR SECRETS! Video postcard from Europe, autographed limited-edition European tour poster, invitation to the music video screening, digital lyrics book, plus a Tour Secrets Poster. Temim will draw you a poster of everything you may never have known you wanted to know about the Shondes and the open road (plus tips about donuts and coffee).

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    The Shondes will host a bagels-and-coffee brunch for you and up to three friends in Brooklyn, New York, regaling you with tour stories, sharing cellphone pictures deemed unsuitable for Facebook, etc.

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