The Vinyl Countdown

$2,750 of $3,800 goal

Raised by 68 people in 4 months
Created February 22, 2019
The Background:

One year ago we released our single, Shutting Down TN (which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY3Sp9zQxiw ) and the success of that video sent us back into the studio to record new music. The initial plan was to release our third 5 song EP showcasing Shutting Down TN, but the more new music we wrote the more we realized this was a chance to create our first full-length, 10 song album.

Go Big or Go Home:

To date we have spent 4 weekends in the studio. We began tracking in August of 2018 and, as of the end of January, we have finished recording 9 brand new songs. We never thought we would ever release a full-length album, but the response to Shutting Down TN and the reception of this new music at shows convinced us we needed to think BIGGER!

Bigger means that, instead of just mixing the tracks to an acceptable level and distributing CDs locally, we are taking a few steps that will stretch and challenge us in ways that are exciting and intimidating. Here is a peek at what we have planned for this album: 

1. It will be professionally mastered for digital and vinyl release
2. We are releasing it digitally, on CD, and on vinyl
3. We are working with an individual who will have it distributed to radio stations with professional distribution packaging
4. We are looking at hiring a booking agency
5. We will be on the road promoting this album - a lot

For the sake of complete transparency, none of us receives a cent from the band. Everything we have made by performing goes back into the music and allows us to pay for some of what is listed above, but not all of it. Every member of the band has a full time job well into their careers and we cannot sell the farm just yet. For now we will be weekend warriors playing anywhere that opens their doors to promote this new album as well as using vacation time to squeeze in a one or two week tour here and there. The reality is, in order to take the next step in the maturation of our band, we need a little help.

How You Can Help:

We don't want to ask for money without offering something beyond our undying love and gratitude, so we have created levels of support that all come with perks and merch detailed below:

1. For $15 you will receive a signed CD*
2. For $25 you will receive a signed CD* AND a concert t-Shirt
3. For $30 you will receive a signed Vinyl**
4. For $50 and up you will receive a signed Vinyl** AND a limited edition t-shirt only available here 

Our goal is to reach $8,500 which will cover Go Fund Me fees and album related expenses; any money raised up to or beyond that will be used only for band related costs. We also have several shows coming up which have the potential to provide additional funds for the campaign which we will reflect by subtracting money we make from the overall goal. (Thus far, as of April 23, we have been able to subtract just over $2000 from the goal due to payment for shows in March and April of 2019). The chart below lays out the expected expenses of which we are aware and is based upon recent conversations and research; these are estimations.

*CDs are finished! Mailings will begin in the 2nd week of July!

**Vinyls are slated to be completed within the first two weeks of August. Mailings will begin shortly after we receive the vinyls; no later than the end of August. 

Thank you for your support and helping make this next step a reality! Please help spread the word and follow us on social media for updates on shows and other music releases!

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We are only $1,050 from our goal! We have received a dearth of donations and support from outside of the Go Fund Me, which has allowed us to lower our overall amount needed several times! As a result of those donations, AND the multitude of fans / friends who have supported us through the Go Fund Me, we are so very close to hitting our target!

Here is what we've been able to do thus far because of your generous support:
- Fully master our full-length album
- Print 1,000 CDs in clear jewel cases, 850 of which will be used in promotional mailings to radio stations across the US
- Order and pay for vinyl pressings! The first test pressing is scheduled to be mailed within the week for us to listen to and give our approval.
- Fully distribute the album on all digital streaming services!
- Updated band photos!
- NEW MERCH! We have ordered and designed new t-shirts as well as putting together some other, smaller unique items in support of the album.

All additional funds will be used to handle the following:
- Hand off booking shows to someone with better connections, who does things like booking bands for a living!
- Transportation and lodging (when needed) to promote the album.
- Potential distribution deal (still working on the smaller details of this one).

As always, we are humbled by those who have supported us thus far and cannot thank you enough!
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We are so very close! We have only $1,610 left to reach our goal to fully fund not just the album but the promotion of the album as well! IN FACT - we have APPROVED the vinyl and CD proofs! The CDs will begin mailing to those who sponsored at that level within the next two weeks! The vinyls will be sending a test pressing in a week for us to approve the track mix and then, once approved, will begin pressing and are estimated to be ready by August 15! Digitally, the album is fully available now on all streaming sites!

We cannot thank you enough for your support and cannot wait to share this music with you! Please continue to share the Go Fund Me and let others know how they can support us!
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It's been awhile since we were able to post an update here! Unfortunately the difficulty of juggling full time jobs amidst the minutiae of life, while also being in a band that is booking shows AND wrapping up a self-produced full-length album, means sometimes something has to give!

However, while we've been silent we haven't been lethargic! We were able to subtract another $700 off of the overall amount needed to press and promote the new album due to a couple more donations outside of direct contribution to the Go Fund Me! This now means we are sitting at 49% raised in our Go Fund Me goal - THANKS in NO SMALL PART to YOU!

The album is now officially finished and has been submitted for CD AND VINYL pressing! We will have CDs in hand by June 21 and the vinyls should be back by the beginning of August! The picture above is a SNEAK PEAK at PART of the ALBUM COVER and we will begin mailing CDs and shirts to those who donated at those levels within the next two weeks!

Please consider sharing the Go Fund Me and encouraging others to participate! Spread the word! And as you receive your CDs , or listen on digital platforms, please tell others! We've raised enough to cover this part of the process, but if we're going to travel, perform, and promote the album we still need to hit our goal!

Thank you again for all of your support you beautiful people!

Christian Mann
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Quick Update! This past weekend we played a show in Savannah, Ga at the Ford Plantation. As a result, we were able to subtract another $1,000 from our overall total! We are now sitting right at the halfway point in our attempt to raise the necessary funds to complete our campaign! Thank you to those who have donated and continue to share the campaign!
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Raised by 68 people in 4 months
Created February 22, 2019
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