City of Women humbly asks friends & fans to act as surrogate indie label. Candlelight dinner may be included.
City of Women...old fashioned rock n roll from the future
Alwyn Quebido, former guitarist of San Francisco's Boshuda and Saint of Killers...Charlie King, former drummer of LA's Pom Pom Diary...M. Nero Nava, former vocalist/guitarist of San Francisco's barbarasteele...
...three veterans of our local music scenes...three men who thought we no longer had the resolve to endure the much-less-than-affluent life of musicians who write and perform original music, who plays show after show of the same songs over and over again to wild card audiences who could easily roar in approval or spit in disgust or (even worse) half-listen in indifference...
Circa 2007...Nero and Alwyn, whose respective bands barbarasteele and Boshuda shared many a bill in San Francisco venues, were band-less, and talked about finally putting something together...but just "for fun", as the sting from the demises of their previous bands was still fresh. Around the same time, Charlie, after doing a year at the Los Angeles Music Academy and giving a good run with the local music scene, ran from Los Angeles and ended up in San Francisco. He met Nero while working at Amoeba Music, and in time joined Alwyn and Nero in their rock/soul band Enne Enne.
A few back-up singers and bassists later, we exorcised the ghosts of our past musical lives and moved forward into the sound we have today: old-fashioned futuristic rock-n-roll, inspired by our love for the grandiose bombast and shimmery swing of our rock and alternative forefathers and mothers, the style and swagger of Hollywood's ages past, and love...lust...longing.
In short, what started off as a project slowly but surely morphed into a band...one that plays music we believe in, songs that we love so much we want to play them night after night, in a show that we feel is undeniably infectious, irresistible...and we want the world to hear us. That, dear reader, is where you come in.
We are in the final stages of tracking, with mixing and mastering coming soon...then pressing the records...then ordering posters, t-shirts, candles and other limited edition merchandise...planning a tour (looking at spring/summer of next year)...talking to a publicist (which will most likely be the costliest thing, that and the gas money, rent, et al)...producing our first music video...all of these things take a lot of effort and time, but they also take a decent amount of money to bring to fruition. Our current projection to cover the bare minimum of these costs is $9000, but as in any venture more funds couldn't hurt! Our goal here is to not only complete and produce our first album of original music but also to simulate having a tiny indie label support us on an album cycle, which entails recording and releasing an album, manufacturing merchandise, and going on tour to promote and sell said album and merch. We're also in a race against time...we're playing a show at renowned San Francisco venue Bottom Of The Hill on October 13th, and we'd love to make that our official record release party. Without your help this would seem like an impossible goal, but as a wise music and life mentor of mine says, "The impossible is possible".
For more live footage check out our City of Women youtube channel:
...check out the video for "Beaufriend", performed at our Halloween show last year:
Here's a rough mix of "Séance":
And here's a live recording of "Séance" from last year's Halloween show:
Like loving (and possibly overconfident) parents watching their children grow, we love and believe in our music so much that we think many others will as well...they just have to hear it, or even better, experience us live. Help us cruise the possible roads that can be traveled, rock the houses that should be rocked, melt the faces that need melting, weaken the knees that could be weakened...help real rock-n-roll live again.
Thank you for your support.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Aug 31, 2012 - Sep 27, 2012 (27 days)
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Digital download of our debut albumEstimated delivery: Oct 2012
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A signed vinyl copy (in a beautiful gatefold package) and a digital download of our debut albumEstimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Signed vinyl record, digital download, and signed City of Women posterEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Signed vinyl record, digital download, signed City of Women poster, and City of Women "Zelda" t-shirtEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"Séance" : All of the above PLUS a City of Women candleEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"Séance"...PLUS your very own City of Women commentary track for a film of your choice. From "La Dolce Vita" to "Troll 2"...we'll do it!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"Longing" : "Séance"...PLUS a set of City of Women postcards AND the recording of our record release show which will be happening at renowned San Francisco venue Bottom Of The Hill on October 13Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"Chartreuse" : "Longing"...PLUS the ultra-limited edition City of Women Cookbook, which will not only have our very own favorite recipes (like Nero's puerco pibil, Charlie's green bean casserole, and Alwyn's Sexual Chicken), but will also include lyrics, photos, short stories, and guitar lessonsEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"This Heart" : "Longing"...PLUS two City of Women limited edition t-shirts. There will currently be six different limited designs, each with it's own unique yet related twist on the City of Women themeEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"Beaufriend" : "Chartreuse"...PLUS dinner with City of Women. We'll cook a few recipes of your choice from our cookbook for you and your household/family/roommates at your residence (as you may see in our video, City of Women Headquarters is a bit tight for a proper dinner party!). If you live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area we will have a dinner party with you when we swing by your town on tour. And yes, you will LOVE IT.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"The Choosing" : "This Heart"...PLUS one guitar lesson with Alwyn AND one boxing lesson with former amatuer boxer (and City of Women vocalist/guitarist/lyricist) Nero. This reward is available only to generous souls who reside in or near the San Francisco Bay Area.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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"Pretty" : "This Heart"...PLUS the City of Women Golden Ticket, i.e. be on our guest list for LIFE! Whether it's at The Knockout or Madison Square Garden, all you have to do is let us know you'll be there and you're in.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"Asa & Rose" : "Chartreuse"...PLUS all six limited edition City of Women t-shirts AND a show in your area. We'll play your basement or backyard (disclosure: we won't be held responsible for any show stoppages due to noise complaints and/or cops), or if there's a venue in your area that you could line up for a private or semi-private party, we'll be there and we...will...rock you. For those outside the continental United States...just pay transportation and lodging costs and we'll take care of the rest.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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"Crime/Love" : "Pretty"...PLUS Alwyn's "AQ" Frankenstein guitar (ESP neck, original-paint-stripped-n-gouged-n-red painted Ibanez RG body, fixed bridge, killswitch, skull volume knob, 24 frets, Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck, JB in the bridge, "AQ" logo painted on headstock) AND 5 guitar lessons with Alwyn, in person or via Skype.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012