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We're making our second record of original music. Help us do it right.
We're making our second record of original music. Help us do it right.
439 backers pledged $40,954 to help bring this project to life.

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For the past six years you've been a lot more than our fans (unless you're just discovering us, in which case scroll to the bottom).

You've been our hotels, offering up guest rooms and floor space for seven musicians and our mountains of equipment (and shoes). You've been our commissaries, feeding us home-cooked meals that gave respite from food deserts on the highway. You've been our cheerleaders, offering up the kind of spirit and affirmation that keeps us afloat and passionate.

Now we need you to be our record label.

We couldn't be more excited to bring a second full-length record to life, and to involve our fans in the process right out of the gate. We'll be collaborating with producer Jano Rix, a member of The Wood Brothers, and Grammy-winning engineer Justin Guip at Clubhouse recording studio in Rhinebeck and Milan Hill Studios in Milan, NY. This is a dream team for us, and a set of seasoned professionals who share our vision.

Jano Rix
Jano Rix

 

Justin Guip
Justin Guip

 This will be a collection of our most original and diverse songs yet. It will have music that features the full range of what influences us, through the lens of four different songwriters and musical ideas from everyone in the band. It will also be our first recording project featuring bandmembers Allison Olender (vocals) and Christian Joao (saxophone and flute). We’ve taken our time making sure we could bring you an album you’ll want to listen to cover-to-cover, with songs we’re all proud of.

The Merch
The Merch

 The landscape for independent musicians has changed a great deal; mostly it's only gotten tougher. The exception is that it's easier than ever for fans and artists to connect directly, and we're depending on that connection to keep us moving and shaking.

Your contribution ensures we can make the best record possible, and that we can support it with adequate promotion and touring when it's released. We aim to work hard for it, and we hope the rewards we've put together can show our sincere gratitude. 

Thank you for everything. Let's make a record!

WHAT IT'S FOR

We'll be funding and supporting this record a lot like a record label would for one of their artists. We tour close to full-time, and this band is a central source of our income. That's why we're relying on fans to make sure we can fully cover the expenses of making an album.

On the Production side that includes:

  • Producer and Engineer
  • Six days at Clubhouse Studio, and another two at Milan Hill
  • Mixing and Mastering

On the Distribution side that includes:

  • Production of Physical CDs
  • Production of Vinyl Records
  • Rewards fulfillment

And critically, on the support side that includes:

  • A promotional budget to properly support the release with a publicist and sufficient advertising. This is essential for the record to carry a living touring band like ours.

WHO WE ARE

While we addressed most of the message on this project to the folks who've gotten to know us over the past six years, some of y'all may be hearing our band for the first time. This brief introduction is for you:

We're an acoustic septet based in the Hudson Valley, and we play a broad range of music from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage. 

You can get a sense of our live sound here

And see a music video here

And you can learn more about our band on our website, spotify, and social media: 

upstaterubdown.com/band/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/65og6sSzfhtjynAPgxB73y

Facebook.com/upstaterubdown

Risks and challenges

Risk #1 - We've never worked in a studio with this particular group of musicians.

At 100+ shows a year, we're an experienced live band, but we haven't spent much time in the studio. And this is our first recording experience with Allison and Christian.

Fortunately, we have an experienced production team in Jano and Justin to steer us through. Everyone in the band trusts them and that goes a long way.

Risk #2 - Some great albums never get heard.

There's a lot of great music out in the world, and quality isn't enough to insure that our music will reach enough ears.

That's why we're including a budget to fully promote the record with a publicist who understands how to do it right. The more new fans hear our music, the more places we can go.

Risk #3 - Being a musician.

Trying to make a living as a professional musician is precarious. Even with talent, hard work, and a generous bit of good luck, there are no guarantees.

But the best answer to that challenge is you. Never underestimate how much of a role you play in keeping your favorite bands going-especially ours.

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    Lapel Pin and Single

    A Download of the First Single from the new album and A Lapel Pin.

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    Digital Download

    A Digital Download of the new album on the day of release, and a sincere thank you from the band. Come hang with us at a show!

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    Advance Digital Download + More

    A Digital Download of the new album *before* it's officially released, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

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    CD of the New Album

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    CD of the New Album + Beanie + Lapel Pin

    CD of the New Album with a UR Beanie and a Lapel Pin.

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    Vinyl Record (NEW REWARD)

    A copy of the vinyl record upon its release

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    Ticket to Bright Ideas Brewing show

    Upstate Rubdown's fundraiser show at Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, MA March 30th 7-9pm

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    Ticket to Bright Ideas Brewing show

    Upstate Rubdown's fundraiser show at Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, MA March 30th 7-9pm

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    Best Value Package!

    Vinyl Record, with 2 pieces of Apparel (choose between A Beanie, Sweater, T-shirt, or Baseball-tee), and Lapel Pin.

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    Vinyl + 2 Tickets to a Show

    Signed Vinyl Record with two guest passes to an Upstate Rubdown Show.

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    2 Tickets to Bright Ideas Brewing Show

    Upstate Rubdown's fundraiser show at Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, MA March 30th 7-9pm

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    The Merch Package

    Have it all: A signed CD and Vinyl, A Beanie, A Sweater, A T-Shirt, and copies of "A Remedy" and Allison's EP "The Good Fight".

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    • Signed Vinyl
    • UR Beanie
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    • A Remedy + The Good Fight
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    Band Member Gifts Basket

    A basket of personal gifts from each member of the band including: a soapstone sculpture from Dean, a custom cartoon from Ryan, an original crossword puzzle from Harry, a cassette tape of Christian reciting a poem, a unique polaroid selfie from the ladies and more!

    ...Plus a signed copy of the Vinyl.

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    Festival Passes with Band Hang

    Come hang with us at the Frendly Gathering, one of our favorite festivals! We'll have a meet and greet and maybe play some music, plus we'll sign your CD.

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    Not My Sister Private Show

    Have Not My Sister come play a show for you (https://youtu.be/AJKsbiTusLM)!

    If you're further than 300 miles from us, please write to us first to make sure we can coordinate a date that works.

    Plus we'll thank you on the album and leave you with a signed vinyl!

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    Upstate Rubdown Private Show

    Upstate Rubdown will play your private show!

    If you're further than 300 miles from us, please write to us first to make sure we can coordinate a date that works.

    Plus a thank you on the record and a signed vinyl.

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