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With touch-guitar, cello, drums, the personal stories of monsters, plus comedy, plus you, we are recording our first album!
With touch-guitar, cello, drums, the personal stories of monsters, plus comedy, plus you, we are recording our first album!
64 backers pledged $5,570 to help bring this project to life.

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The Monster Songs Album

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Listen to the home demo of "The Ballad of Johnny Roller and the Bones" above!

We're Dr. Dour & Peach, and we sing songs about monsters.  We are ready to record an EP with 6 songs from our repertoire. The selection covers a stylistic range from silly to poignant, from the soulful croon of a mummy in love, to a waltz with downbeats the size of Godzilla's footsteps. All this with Dr. Dour on the 10-string touch-guitar and vocals, accompanied by Peach on the cello and banjo.    

We need to raise $4,000 in order to fully realize the project. We are investing our own resources too, so if we don't reach the goal, we will still record the songs, but they'll be done more simply and for a digital release only. Together with your help, we can make the EP awesome, with full percussion, get it out to a wider audience on a physical CD and create beautiful album artwork.  You'll cover the percussionist, studio, mixing, mastering, album illustrator, and CD production/distribution

Every dollar counts. Whether you contribute $5, $15, or $500, you become a part of The Monster Songs.  Best of all, you can help just by sharing the link with other monster-lovers.

If we surpass our goal, we will add strings and piano to the tracks that are really screaming for it (Johnny Roller and the Bones, being a western ballad, definitely wants a fiddle!). We have big ideas for where to go next too, if we really blow through the goal. There are at least 10 more monsters songs vying to get onto this recording if they can!

Thank you!

Dr. Dour & Peach

Risks and challenges

We've already got our studio, artist, and musicians lined up, but if one of those deals falls through, we've got second options waiting; it'll just push our timetable back some. We'll send you photo and video updates from the studio as we record. If things go wrong, we'll let you know. If things go well, you'll know that too!

We did our best to calculate the project expenses. We also did research and made spreadsheets to estimate the time commitment and dollars needed to fulfill all those fun rewards. We feel prepared! But this is our first Kickstarter campaign and we know that there may be surprises. Stay tuned for updates and if you have questions, please send us a note!

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    THE ANT-LION: Early-Release Track

    A track from the EP, downloadable by you, our incredible backers, as soon as it is ready. You, like the Ant-Lions of old, are as brave as lions and as industrious as ants!

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    THE GREMLIN: Digital Download

    You'll get the full album for digital download as soon as it's ready. And we're not responsible if you let the gremlins listen to it after midnight.
    + The Early-Release Track

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    THE ZOMBIES: Autographed CD

    The CD, lovingly autographed by Dr. Dour and Peach! And mailed to you by flesh-eating zombies! Who will lick the envelopes themselves so just be careful about that.
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    THE DRAGON: T-shirt and Button

    You get the merchandise hoard! The Monster Songs t-shirt and button along with all the previous goodies! (Sizes available for humans only).
    + Autographed CD
    + Digital Download
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    THE GHOSTS: 2 Autographed CD's

    Got a pesky ghost living upstairs? Give him our CD to to stay out of your hair for a while!
    + Digital Download
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    THE KELPIE:
    A Doodled Lyrics Sheet

    During the long studio hours when she doesn't get to play, Peach likes to decorate the lyrics sheets with monsters and plant-life and ponies. She'll sign one with a personal message to you, stick it in an envelope sealed with zombie saliva and send it your way!
    + T-shirt and Button
    + Autographed CD
    + Digital Download
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    THE THING IN THE CLOSET:
    A Lightswitch Cover Painted by Peach

    A uniquely painted lightswitch cover, infused with Peach's own enthusiasm and whimsy. Guaranteed to turn the most bloodthirsty boogeyman into your friend.
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    THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN:
    A Dance Performance Video by Peach

    Peach will create an original dance piece to a song of your choosing which she will video for your entertainment! Naturally, she will force Dr. Dour to be in it as well.
    + T-shirt and Button
    + Autographed CD
    + Digital Download
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    THE SEVEN-HEADED HYDRA:
    An Original Commission and Your Name in the Liner Notes

    You pick the theme! Dr. Dour will write a short song, record it, and send it to you on a CD and as an mp3. Your very own Monster Song single!

    AND You will be listed in the liner notes of the album as a special "Thank you" for being our patron.

    AND, of course, these 5 things!
    + T-shirt
    + Button
    + Autographed CD
    + Digital Download
    + Early-Release Track

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    THE KAIJU:
    A House Concert

    Dr. Dour and Peach will perform a concert in your home for as many of your friends as your home will fit! Only open to locations within a day's drive of Washington, DC. If the drive is more than three hours, overnight accommodations and gas reimbursement will be required.
    + Liner-Notes "Thank You"
    + T-shirt and Button
    + Autographed CD
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Funding period

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