Manhattan Kings (and Queen)

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Huge thanks to all of you who voted and helped us get the chance to be the band that represents Manhattan at  the Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs on June 27th @ The Greene Space.  From the outpouring of love with our Kickstarter Campaign to this huge honor.  Unbelievable.

From us 6 to all of you,

Thank you

-5j

VOTE for 5j to win the Battle of the Boroughs 2014!

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Friends,

We made it into the TOP 5 Finalists for the best band in Manhattan, and with your votes by this Sunday 11:59pm EST we can make it to the Ultimate Battle on June 27th!!!
It’s super easy!:

1. Text MN11 to the number 69866.
2. Go to: thegreenespace.org, scroll down to the bottom of page and vote for 5j Barrow.
3. Check out our live performance from this past Friday night.  If we get the “most views”, we’ll gain the opportunity to make a “behind the music” video!

You can vote more than once on any kind of electronic device you have, so please click and text away!  And most importantly, spread the word and share the love!!

We are forever grateful to you all for helping us get to this next step.

Much love & thanks,
5j

That’s a WRAP!

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Well everyone,

WE DID IT!!!  When we launched this Kickstarter Campaign, our goal was a solid 10k.  Thanks to all of you, and your incredible generosity, we were able to hop over that and land at an unbelievable 13.5K!  We are so incredibly humbled and grateful for all of the help and support that you have given us through this campaign.  We will be keeping you all in the loop about the going on’s as far as the release of our upcoming album, as well as the planning of our very first tour!!

Also, we are now in a PRIME position to get some incredibly valuable time with the PR team as we put together our album and tour.  This is so unbelievably important to us, as this could give us the chance to get our music out there much farther than we can do ourselves.  To get more and more folks out to the shows and aware of who we are!  It also makes it easier for us to focus on more important things like writing and creating art that will challenge, inspire, and flat out entertain those who are willing to listen.

Endless love and gratitude to all of you, and Happy New Year!  We hope to see you in 2014!

With love and endless thanks,

5j Barrow

-Kickstarter 2013-

 Big News!!!

We’ve launched a KIckstarter Campaign!

5j Barrow has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception two years ago, from a duo playing coffee shops to a 6-piece band tearing it up at NYC venues like: Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1&2, The Bitter End, The Living Room, Fontana’s, and Bowery Electric.  As our band has grown,  so have our ambitions and with that a few key things that we need to get done before we can take on the world. That’s where you guys come in!

First, we need an album.  We have an EP that we recorded a year or so ago, and while we’re very proud of those songs we didn’t have the full band assembled when it was recorded.  So this past summer and fall we went to Four Legs Records to put together our debut album as a full band.  Our mission for this record was to be as creative as we possibly could be with recording approaches both instrumentally and vocally. To find a way to transfer the energy we bring in our live shows and package it in a way that could be exciting for both you, our friends who’ve been so supportive in this journey, and for those out there that have yet to experience us live. The mission was a success! Even though the album is still yet to be mixed and mastered, from what we’ve heard of the rough recordings we believe that it truly represents everything we are as a band. Our longing to be honest, to be thought provoking, and to be just flat out a joy to listen to. It’s all there. We cannot wait to share it with you!

Secondly, we need to go out on tour and bring our music to you! 5j Barrow’s live show has always been our greatest asset, so our plan to help promote the album is to put together an east coast tour in the late spring/early summer and do what we do best, play shows!  If you’ve been dying to catch a 5j Barrow show but haven’t been able to make it to NYC, here’s your chance friends! 

Obviously these goals will require some serious funds.  Recording, mixing/mastering, renting a van, hotels, gas, these are all considerable costs that we’ll need to cover in order to get our music into as many ears as possible.  It’s a high bar to clear, but we’re confident that with your help we’ll be able to take this band to the next level and continue creating and performing music that is passionate, creative, and inspiring.-

- 5j Barrow (Eryn, Jason, Mike, Eric, Ian, and Hayden)

P.S.  We should mention that if we do manage to make it past our 10K goal with enough time to spare, there’s an extra special flex goal we’d love to reach.  A few months back we were approached by Effective Immediately PR, a professional publicity firm based here in NYC.  We’ve been keeping in touch and they’d very much like to work with us, so if we manage to raise an additional $2K above our goal we can afford to hire them to help us promote our album release tour!  Which would be HUGE.  Promotion is a big part of ensuring a successful tour and having a professional publicity firm on our side would be an immense asset.

Sophmore Album!!!

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5j just finished recording our sophomore album in upstate New York at Four Legs Records with Steve Goldman!  This record is a huge milestone for all of us here, being that it is the very first time we’ve been given the opportunity to capture what the six of us band members have been creating for the past two years.

Our mission for this record was to be as creative as we possibly could be with recording approaches both instrumentally and vocally. To find a way to transfer the energy we bring in our live shows and package it in a way that could be exciting for both you, our friends who’ve been so supportive in this journey, and for those out there that have yet to experience us live.

The mission was a success!  Even though the album is still yet to be mixed and mastered, from what we’ve heard of the rough recording we believe that it truly represents everything we are as a band.  Our longing to be honest, to be thought provoking, and to be just flat out a joy to listen to.  It’s all there.  We cannot wait to share it with you! So be on the look out for that, as well as our first Kickstarter Campaign to help us fund this album, and get us out on the road for our very first tour to share our live show and album with the east coast, mid-west, south and beyond!

As always, thank you so very much for your energy and support these last two years.  This next year is going to be an exciting one!

Cheers,

5j Barrow