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Americana group Wheels wants to self-record the follow up to their debut album, Fields On Fire.

Yellow Springs, Ohio band Wheels is recording their yet-to-be-titled sophomore album!

Since forming in 2009, Wheels has performed on a variety of stages, from the stoop in front of Tom's Market to New Years' Eve at the Newport Music Hall. Their harmonies have won many hearts, and their songwriting has been described as mature beyond their years. In 2010, the band recorded their debut album, Fields on Fire, consisting entirely of original material by the young band, and supported such acts as The Heartless Bastards and Grammy-winner Tim O'Brien. After adding another member, the group's sound has greatly expanded and they are eager to capture this new voice on record.

In the past few months, we've written over 20 songs - with still more to come - and we intended to record them in a professional studio. However, after recording two songs for a vinyl single, we realized that shelling out about $40 per hour of studio time was not realistic for the amount of time we wanted to put into our full-length album. After exploring our options, we have decided to self-record. 

While the equipment will eventually pay for itself many times over, giving us the ability to self-record all of our future albums, its initial cost is beyond our means. The money raised from this kickstarter will be used to purchase several studio-quality condenser microphones, an audio interface, Pro Tools recording software, and a computer to run everything on, as well as for the mixing, mastering, and printing of the album. Once we have this equipment, we will be able to record whenever we want, and that means more music for you!

We are extremely excited to get this project underway, and we're raring to go! We can't thank you enough for your support!

Love and mandolins,

Wheels

Special thanks to:

Steve Bognar for recording and editing these wonderful videos (excluding Sticks and Stones, recorded and edited by Chris Griffith of the Dayton Daily News)

Reggie Stratton for giving us access to Kelly Hall at Antioch College

All of our fans

And you!

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    You'll get our eternal gratitude, as well as a high-five if you see us at a show!

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    A copy of our debut album, Fields On Fire (signed if you'd like) and a handwritten, self-designed thank you card from the band. (plus bumper sticker and button)

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    An advance digital download of our forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled album. (plus Fields on Fire, bumper sticker and button)

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    One of our newest T-shirts, designed by Yellow Springs artists Pierre Nagley and Jason Morgan. In addition, if you live within jogging distance of our kitchen, the band will make you a legendary turkey sandwich (or our delicious vegetarian option) and hand-deliver it to you! (plus both albums, bumper sticker and button)

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    A copy of our forthcoming VINYL single Morse Code/So Fast (signed if you'd like) and one ticket to any Wheels show of your choice (plus t-shirt, both albums, bumper sticker and button)

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    Wheels will learn a cover song of your choice and post a video of it to youtube (plus vinyl single, t-shirt, both albums, bumper sticker and button)

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    Access to all Wheels shows (excluding private shows and festivals) of 2012 (plus vinyl single, t-shirt, both albums, bumper sticker and button)

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    Wheels will write a short story and act it out for you, and we will record a message for your answering machine. Your name will also be listed in the notes of our forthcoming album as a backer (plus cover song, all-access pass, vinyl single, t-shirt, both albums, bumper sticker and button)

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    Come visit us in the studio while we record! Yes, the studio will be located in a vacant room in Sam's house. You can even play a percussion instrument if you've got rhythm! (plus story, message, name in the album, cover, all-access pass, vinyl single, t-shirt, both albums, bumper sticker and button)

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    Wheels will come to your house, or other location of your choice (within an hour's drive from Yellow Springs) and play you an hour-long super serenade! Plus everything from the $750 level (studio time, story, message, name in the album, cover, all-access pass, vinyl single, t-shirt, both albums, bumper sticker and button)

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