Earth-Loving Kombucha-Drinking Androgynous Electrorock Band (my band) Seeks Environmentalists

Alex’s Team Pick

Hey guys! So… I’m in a band.

While ordinarily I wouldn’t expect any of you to give a hoot, I mention it now only because we are attempting to raise money for something that is more than just our band and our music. It’s about going green and well, it’s my birthday today and I co-founded this website dammit, so I’ll cry if I want to!

Let me explain a little:
Our singer, Michael, is a crafty dude because he took a old broken-down school bus and converted it into our beloved “Cool Bus” – it has beds, a desk/office area, a kitchenette (running water!), etc. and it’s really just quite impressive. It’s what we use to tour in! Everything is very DIY in the land of Hell and Lula.

Hell and Lula Cool Bus

Unfortunately, our beloved Cool Bus runs on diesel fuel. Expensive, shitty diesel fuel.

We’ve decided to take on the task of converting our engine to run on waste vegetable oil. A task that requires thousands of dollars. But we feel it’s worth it to be able to travel around with as low of a carbon footprint as possible. We’re DIY-ing it and are doing the conversion ourselves, but the system itself is expensive. And that’s where we need help and that’s where you come in.

Here’s an infographic I made about it:

Hell and Lula Cool Bus Infographic

We have only 8 days left and we’re just under 80% of our goal.

If you’d like to support this endeavor, you would not only be contributing to greenify our bus and to Falling Whistles (see below) but you can also get some cool stuff in return, for example:
a whistle from Falling Whistles,
custom screen printed shirts,
and even items made by us like graphic design (from me) or homebrewed kombucha!

Check it out:

Alex’s band’s ‘Green-ify The Cool Bus Campaign‘ on

Also, this is our official Pledge video… where I may or may not be rapping:

Additionally, our band actively supports Falling Whistles (promotes peace in Congo and rehabilitates women and children affected by the war) at every show by selling whistles and telling their story.

20% of the money we raise after our goal will go straight to Falling Whistles. So there’s a lot of shit going on here. I hope you guys can forgive the shameless self-promotion. Both Falling Whistles and greenify-ing our bus are important issues to me and, like I said, it’s my birthday… so shhhhh.

And also – thanks in advance to anyone who pledges, passes it along via social media, or is still in fact reading this post.

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Hell&Lula’s ‘Greenify the Cool Bus’ Campaign on PledgeMusic
Get us to 90% and we’ll release the rest of this video
Hell and Lula on Facebook
‘Set the World on Fire’ Music Video
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Cofounder and Design Director of Autostraddle. Professional web/graphic designer. Whiskey enthusiast. Drumming hobbyist. A past speaker at the 2010 BlogHer Conference ("Good Blog Design: The Role of Layout in an Online Medium"), 2013 Salon LGBTQ Conference ("Innovative Best Practices for Brand-Blogger Campaigns") and featured in the Los Angeles Edition of Refinery29's 30 Under 30 in 2013. Co-owns and manages Tully's Training, a dog training company in Los Angeles. Twitter: @a_ex Instagram: alexxxvegaaa

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  1. this post – and the video and your band and its bus and its ethos – makes me very happy. or maybe it’s just the sight of a;ex rapping. :D cookies for all. happy birthday!

    • Thank you :) It means a lot to have you guys’ (our readers’) support. Whether it’s verbal or otherwise. Your compliments made my day!

  2. Donated! Great tunes, great cause. Alex, can you sing us campfire songs at A-Camp?!

    Also, DANG that bus sounds rad. HAPPY BRITHDAY.

  3. love the video! this is a very neat idea … when I find my effing credit card I’ll support it (probs with a very tiny amount of money.student;yknow)

    also somehow I think I knew this band before.well at least I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a live video or sth.
    but it was just is that?

    • Hey Lia — the music video was shot last year when they still had their first drummer, an awesome guy by the name of Taylor. I joined them this past September :)

  4. I think the most telling part of that being an Alex Vega original is that it says “BAM!” next to the bus on the right.

    I support this effort. Rest assured, you will be helping them spread really great music to the masses. Oh, and it’s good for the environment. Those are my priorities. I stand behind them.

    • Nah, I play the drum-a-lums. I am not in that video because I hadn’t yet joined the band :)

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