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Patreon is simply amazing!  Compared to certain "crowdfunding" outlets that simply raise money for a single campaign, Patreon makes it possible for us to have an on-going fan-driven music label.  We finally have a way of bringing you new music, videos, and more and it's truly YOU making it happen.  We are not on a major label and that's OK with us because we know the business of music has changed and we understand it's the FANS (YOU) behind the wheel!

As an original alternative rock band, everything we do is completely DIY. From recording & mixing our record, to our on-stage lighting show, to graphic/web design, to video production & editing... everything TLY is entirely of our own design and doing. Any money the band has made from licensing or touring has always gone back into the "band".  That being said, each and every month we have general band operating expenses that come to around 2k.  It can be tough to raise funds above just our monthly band expenses to pay for touring, merchandise, and video production costs.  We mention this because we think it's important for all our Patreons to know that any money you pledge will go DIRECTLY back into the band funds.  We, the band, will get by on our own, personally, as we always have.  We do this because we LOVE it and it's the reason we get out of bed every day.  You might even say we're obsessed with it!

We started our Living Room Sessions, exclusively on YouTube, as a way to expand our video catalog. Since the beginning of 2015, we've released several videos, which included covers by Sam Smith, Sneaker Pimps, Radiohead, Cyndi Lauper, Phantogram, Vance Joy, Fiona Apple, & The Cardigans. These were videos we filmed, recorded, and edited ourselves in our living room. With your support, we can continue creating videos frequently and even introduce other musicians and bands into the mix, much like we did with our good friends in RÊVE for our Fiona Apple cover. These videos have been so much fun to make and we want to continue, as a completely "fan-funded" experience. The sky is the limit for us and we thank you helping us take this just a little higher.

Your support in any amount you can possibly pledge makes recording and touring possible for us. We thank you for being the soul of our music!

Some questions I'm sure you have...

How does Patreon Work?
Much like other "crowdfunding" sites, Patreon is designed to help fund our creative works each month.  You select the amount you'd like to pledge each month and you'll be charged monthly.  It's a lot like a fancy "fan club".  The amount you decide to pledge will come with certain rewards that we've promised to provide you with.  From monthly Google+ hangouts to goody boxes on your doorstep.  Even at $5/month or more, you'll NEVER have to pay for any of our digital (MP3s) again.  As long as you're a $5+ Patreon of The Last Year, you'll never have to buy our music on iTunes again.  You'll get it all for free.

Is there a certain amount that has to be reached first?
Nope.  Although we've created some goals for ourselves, we will continue making videos each month, whether we reach those goals or not.  Most times, we'll release several videos and "things" per month.  Unlike Kickstarter, this is an ongoing support system for us and NOT per campaign.

Will the funds go to other things related to the band?
Honestly... YES!  If we're in a tough spot financially, it's not uncommon for us to use funds to support our touring expenses (van maintenance, insurance, gas, etc), recording expenses (tracking, mastering, etc), and new merch (someday, we want to release our music on vinyl, for example).  No matter what, we will always have something new to release or share with you exclusively.

What if I want to change or cancel my pledge?
You may cancel at any time and you'll no longer be charged your monthly pledge.  For more information, please visit: https://patreon.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/20...



Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You're a true fan and supporting in any way you can, which means we LOVE you indefinitely! You'll get access to our Patreon-only feed, where everyone is ONE. You matter and we want to hear from you! Also, you'll get to see our brand new Living Room Sessions video (some are exclusive and for Patreons ONLY!!) and official music videos WAY before those other people. You'll also get MP3s of our Living Room Sessions recordings and new tour dates & ticket announcements before EVERYONE else! You are the "cool kid".
Pledge $5 or more per month
You're an amazing fan and you probably gave up 1 grande latte a month for us and THAT is true LOVE! You'll get everything above, in addition to exclusive downloadable content (MP3, PDF, etc), including any and ALL new music that we release, photos, artwork, and anything else we decide to send you that's easy on your inbox.  You'll never have to buy our music on iTunes again!  We'll send it to you for FREE before it's available on iTunes!
Pledge $10 or more per month
You're a pretty big fan and we love you forever and ever. You'll get everything above, in addition to "random surprises", from exclusive short videos & unreleased songs to unpublished videos, behind-the-scenes webcam action, personal emails & tour diary posts that ONLY our $10+ Patreons will receive. Beware... we're spontaneous as hell!  Just like our $5 Patreons, you'll also receive any new digital releases, including singles and full length records.
Pledge $25 or more per month
You're a super fan (not in a creepy way) and we love you forever and ever and ever. You'll get everything above, in addition to a monthly personal email from the band and invitation to a monthly 1-hour Google+ Hangout with our other $25+ Patreons. We'll pick a date & time each month and hopefully, you can join us! If not, no biggy, we'll have another one next month and try to change up the day and time to fit your schedule better. You'll also receive all physical CD releases.  So, the minute we receive the shipment of our new record, we'll send it in the mail to you at no charge!
Pledge $50 or more per month
You're a mega fan (also not in a creepy way) and our love for you is undying. Even when we're dead and gone, our souls live on in your name (Too much?...Sorry!). You'll get everything above, in addition to a monthly goody box on your doorstep. Goodies may include new merch, music, tickets to shows, personalized & autographed items, etc. We're pretty creative, so we'll come up with something special every month!
Pledge $100 or more per month
You're a true investor in our musical career and our love for you can not be described in words! You'll receive everything above and then some! We'll spontaneously call or email you, just to catch up and mail you postcards and love-letters from the road. We'll provide you with VIP/Guestlist access to shows you want to attend. We'll even invite you to hang out for soundcheck when venues allow it because that's when the REAL magic happens (SIKE!). If we're not coming to your town for a while, no problem! Pick a band member of your choice and we'll hang out with you online for an hour once-a-month and talk about music and life. Want to use that time for a personal music lesson? Hell yeah! Let's do it!
Pledge $500 or more per month
You are now part of the band! From all the exciting things to the deep dark secrets and hardships, you'll now be in the know. When we have decisions to make about touring, new merch, video concepts, etc, we'll call or email you directly and ask what you think. Whether you like it or not, you're one of us now! Also, you're probably our best friend for life, so consider yourself ALWAYS with VIP/Guest-list access at shows until death do we part (when available). If you're ever in the Baltimore area, we'll host you in our home, show you around our studio, and cook you an amazing dinner! Oh yeah... you get all the other stuff above, too.
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We'll set up an exclusive Patreon show and after party hangout.  Can't make it?  No problem - we'll broadcast the show live for you to tune in!
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Patreon is simply amazing!  Compared to certain "crowdfunding" outlets that simply raise money for a single campaign, Patreon makes it possible for us to have an on-going fan-driven music label.  We finally have a way of bringing you new music, videos, and more and it's truly YOU making it happen.  We are not on a major label and that's OK with us because we know the business of music has changed and we understand it's the FANS (YOU) behind the wheel!

As an original alternative rock band, everything we do is completely DIY. From recording & mixing our record, to our on-stage lighting show, to graphic/web design, to video production & editing... everything TLY is entirely of our own design and doing. Any money the band has made from licensing or touring has always gone back into the "band".  That being said, each and every month we have general band operating expenses that come to around 2k.  It can be tough to raise funds above just our monthly band expenses to pay for touring, merchandise, and video production costs.  We mention this because we think it's important for all our Patreons to know that any money you pledge will go DIRECTLY back into the band funds.  We, the band, will get by on our own, personally, as we always have.  We do this because we LOVE it and it's the reason we get out of bed every day.  You might even say we're obsessed with it!

We started our Living Room Sessions, exclusively on YouTube, as a way to expand our video catalog. Since the beginning of 2015, we've released several videos, which included covers by Sam Smith, Sneaker Pimps, Radiohead, Cyndi Lauper, Phantogram, Vance Joy, Fiona Apple, & The Cardigans. These were videos we filmed, recorded, and edited ourselves in our living room. With your support, we can continue creating videos frequently and even introduce other musicians and bands into the mix, much like we did with our good friends in RÊVE for our Fiona Apple cover. These videos have been so much fun to make and we want to continue, as a completely "fan-funded" experience. The sky is the limit for us and we thank you helping us take this just a little higher.

Your support in any amount you can possibly pledge makes recording and touring possible for us. We thank you for being the soul of our music!

Some questions I'm sure you have...

How does Patreon Work?
Much like other "crowdfunding" sites, Patreon is designed to help fund our creative works each month.  You select the amount you'd like to pledge each month and you'll be charged monthly.  It's a lot like a fancy "fan club".  The amount you decide to pledge will come with certain rewards that we've promised to provide you with.  From monthly Google+ hangouts to goody boxes on your doorstep.  Even at $5/month or more, you'll NEVER have to pay for any of our digital (MP3s) again.  As long as you're a $5+ Patreon of The Last Year, you'll never have to buy our music on iTunes again.  You'll get it all for free.

Is there a certain amount that has to be reached first?
Nope.  Although we've created some goals for ourselves, we will continue making videos each month, whether we reach those goals or not.  Most times, we'll release several videos and "things" per month.  Unlike Kickstarter, this is an ongoing support system for us and NOT per campaign.

Will the funds go to other things related to the band?
Honestly... YES!  If we're in a tough spot financially, it's not uncommon for us to use funds to support our touring expenses (van maintenance, insurance, gas, etc), recording expenses (tracking, mastering, etc), and new merch (someday, we want to release our music on vinyl, for example).  No matter what, we will always have something new to release or share with you exclusively.

What if I want to change or cancel my pledge?
You may cancel at any time and you'll no longer be charged your monthly pledge.  For more information, please visit: https://patreon.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/20...



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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You're a true fan and supporting in any way you can, which means we LOVE you indefinitely! You'll get access to our Patreon-only feed, where everyone is ONE. You matter and we want to hear from you! Also, you'll get to see our brand new Living Room Sessions video (some are exclusive and for Patreons ONLY!!) and official music videos WAY before those other people. You'll also get MP3s of our Living Room Sessions recordings and new tour dates & ticket announcements before EVERYONE else! You are the "cool kid".
Pledge $5 or more per month
You're an amazing fan and you probably gave up 1 grande latte a month for us and THAT is true LOVE! You'll get everything above, in addition to exclusive downloadable content (MP3, PDF, etc), including any and ALL new music that we release, photos, artwork, and anything else we decide to send you that's easy on your inbox.  You'll never have to buy our music on iTunes again!  We'll send it to you for FREE before it's available on iTunes!
Pledge $10 or more per month
You're a pretty big fan and we love you forever and ever. You'll get everything above, in addition to "random surprises", from exclusive short videos & unreleased songs to unpublished videos, behind-the-scenes webcam action, personal emails & tour diary posts that ONLY our $10+ Patreons will receive. Beware... we're spontaneous as hell!  Just like our $5 Patreons, you'll also receive any new digital releases, including singles and full length records.
Pledge $25 or more per month
You're a super fan (not in a creepy way) and we love you forever and ever and ever. You'll get everything above, in addition to a monthly personal email from the band and invitation to a monthly 1-hour Google+ Hangout with our other $25+ Patreons. We'll pick a date & time each month and hopefully, you can join us! If not, no biggy, we'll have another one next month and try to change up the day and time to fit your schedule better. You'll also receive all physical CD releases.  So, the minute we receive the shipment of our new record, we'll send it in the mail to you at no charge!
Pledge $50 or more per month
You're a mega fan (also not in a creepy way) and our love for you is undying. Even when we're dead and gone, our souls live on in your name (Too much?...Sorry!). You'll get everything above, in addition to a monthly goody box on your doorstep. Goodies may include new merch, music, tickets to shows, personalized & autographed items, etc. We're pretty creative, so we'll come up with something special every month!
Pledge $100 or more per month
You're a true investor in our musical career and our love for you can not be described in words! You'll receive everything above and then some! We'll spontaneously call or email you, just to catch up and mail you postcards and love-letters from the road. We'll provide you with VIP/Guestlist access to shows you want to attend. We'll even invite you to hang out for soundcheck when venues allow it because that's when the REAL magic happens (SIKE!). If we're not coming to your town for a while, no problem! Pick a band member of your choice and we'll hang out with you online for an hour once-a-month and talk about music and life. Want to use that time for a personal music lesson? Hell yeah! Let's do it!
Pledge $500 or more per month
You are now part of the band! From all the exciting things to the deep dark secrets and hardships, you'll now be in the know. When we have decisions to make about touring, new merch, video concepts, etc, we'll call or email you directly and ask what you think. Whether you like it or not, you're one of us now! Also, you're probably our best friend for life, so consider yourself ALWAYS with VIP/Guest-list access at shows until death do we part (when available). If you're ever in the Baltimore area, we'll host you in our home, show you around our studio, and cook you an amazing dinner! Oh yeah... you get all the other stuff above, too.