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The Bellwether Syndicate (William Faith & Sarah Rose Faith) are preparing to enter the studio to begin work on a brand new album! ∞
The Bellwether Syndicate (William Faith & Sarah Rose Faith) are preparing to enter the studio to begin work on a brand new album! ∞
347 backers pledged $14,323 to help bring this project to life.

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THE BELLWETHER SYNDICATE is the musical project of William Faith (of March Violets, Faith and the Muse, formerly of Christian Death, Shadow Project, Mephisto Walz, Sex Gang Children, etc.) and Sarah Rose Faith (aka DJ Scary Lady Sarah).

In March of 2012, we launched our first Kickstarter to produce our debut EP The Night Watch. The Kickstarter was a major success for us, reaching our stretch goal of $11,000. The EP came out in February of 2013, and was followed by shows and touring in the U.S., as well as appearances in the UK and Germany. It was a blast.

For quite some time now (years, actually), many of you have been asking when we would be doing a new album. We've always believed in producing music only when we have something to say. Now is that time -- and It's time to step it up.

We're ready to do a new album. There are a few pieces of gear we want to add to our studio rig to make the recording better, and we're currently looking at a few different engineers to mix the album. We're excited by the new song ideas we have and can't wait to share them with you (including small runs of vinyl and CDs).

We also want to back it up with some proper touring here at home, in Europe, Central and South America and beyond. We have a whole new show we want to take out on the road -- there's nothing we love more than connecting with you directly by playing live. It's why we do what we do.

Our sincere thanks and deepest gratitude for your support -- you are the ones who make all this possible!

All the love,

William & Sarah

P.S. - If you have any questions about any of the rewards, please contact us at info@thebellwethersyndicate.com

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What does your pledge go toward?

• Gear: A few pieces of studio equipment to put the polish on our recording.

• Mixing: We are currently looking at a few different options, but will ultimately select the person we feel can best express the ideas behind the songs.

• Mastering: The album will be mastered by the best in the business, Joe Gastwirt in Oak Park, CA.

• Artwork: Again, examining several options, but will go with the person who truly understands what we're conveying with this album.

• Vinyl Pressing/Compact Disc duplication: Manufacture of short-run vinyl and CDs of album.

• T-Shirts/Buttons/Stickers: Manufacture of merchandise.

• Beyond... If we are fortunate enough to meet our goal, anything above and beyond that amount will go toward promotion of the album as well as further development of our live show and more touring.

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TIMELINE:

• Friday, May 5: Our Kickstarter deadline hits.

• May - December, 2017: We are in the studio working on this new album.

• December 25, 2017: Everyone who pledged to our Kickstarter receives a digital download of the album, nearly 2 months ahead of the album release date of February 14, 2018

• December 31, 2017: We perform a New Year's Eve concert event here in Chicago, IL.

• January, 2018: All physical product rewards go out, a month or more ahead of the album release date of February 14, 2018.

• February 14, 2018: Official street/release date of our new album. Touring and events to follow.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges associated with this project are minimal. As we have our own studio to produce the work in, we have no concerns about being able to complete the album. The only challenges we can imagine are related to delivery timeline, but we feel we have left ourselves enough time to do this within the specified window (this is our second Kickstarter campaign). If we run into any delays or issues, we will let you know immediately.

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    Download the digital edition of the album, containing all tracks and digital booklet with your name in the credits.

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    Vinyl/T-Shirt/Button & Sticker Pack

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    The Whole Shebang

    CD, Vinyl *and* digital edition of album with your name in the credits, plus album art T-Shirt and button/sticker pack.

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    New Year's Eve Concert Event (Bundle)

    All Access Pass to the New Year's Eve performance of The Bellwether Syndicate on Sunday, December 31 in Chicago, IL, PLUS all the other stuff below.

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    • All Access Pass to New Year's Eve concert in Chicago (12/31/17)
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    The Whole Shebang + NYE Concert (Bundle)

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    Skype with Pujo

    A 10 minute Skype session with our surly calico cat, Pujo. And maybe William and Sarah as well. PLUS all the other stuff below.

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    MC: You

    Introduce the band LIVE onstage at the New Year's Eve performance of The Bellwether Syndicate on Sunday, December 31 in Chicago, IL, PLUS all the other stuff below.

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    • Introduce the band LIVE onstage in Chicago on 12/31/17
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    Guitar Lesson

    Guitar Lesson: William Faith will sit down with you for 90 min. and teach you anything from basic guitar through to gear choices and working with effects (winner provides travel and accommodation outside of IL, WI and IN), PLUS all the other stuff below (physical product delivered in January, guitar lesson to be scheduled according to availability).

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    • Guitar Lesson w/ William Faith (90 min)
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    Pandora's Box

    A mysterious box of treasures that may contain musical rarities, collectibles, beloved personal items, photos and tasty vegan treats, PLUS all the other stuff below.

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    • All Access Pass to New Year's Eve concert in Chicago (12/31/17)
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    A Night Out

    A night out on the town with The Bellwether Syndicate in Chicago, IL (incl. vegan dinner, libations and nightclub entry), PLUS all the other stuff below (physical product delivered in January, night out to be scheduled according to availability).

    Includes:
    • A Night Out: a night out on the town in Chicago w/the band
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    12 Months of Darkness

    1-year FREE entry to all American Gothic Productions events, which include Nocturna (Chicago's longest-running dark alternative club night, hosted by DJ Scary Lady Sarah), Back to the Grave and Noctronica, PLUS all the other stuff below.

    Includes:
    • 12 Months of Darkness: Free entry to all AGP events for 1 year
    • All Access Pass to New Year's Eve concert in Chicago (12/31/17)
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    The Pirate Twins: at your door

    DJ Scary Lady Sarah and William Faith will spin at your event (winner provides travel and accommodation outside of IL, WI and IN), PLUS all the other stuff below (physical product delivered in January, night out to be scheduled according to availability).

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    • The Pirate Twins: at your door
    • All Access Pass to New Year's Eve concert in Chicago (12/31/17)
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    William Faith: Remix

    William Faith will remix a song for your band/project, PLUS all the other stuff below (physical product delivered in January, remix to be scheduled according to availability).

    Includes:
    • William Faith: Remix (1 song)
    • All Access Pass to New Year's Eve concert in Chicago (12/31/17)
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    William Faith produces your project

    William Faith will work with you to produce 2 songs for your band/project, contributing guitars and/or backing vocals if desired, PLUS all the other stuff below (physical product delivered in January, studio work to be scheduled according to availability).

    Includes:
    • William Faith: Music Production (2 songs)
    • All Access Pass to New Year's Eve concert in Chicago (12/31/17)
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    Private Concert (mainland US only)

    The Bellwether Syndicate will come to YOU and perform a private show for you and as many friends as you care to invite at a location of your choosing, PLUS all the other stuff below (physical product ships in January, private concert to be scheduled according to availability).

    Includes:
    • Private Concert (mainland US only)
    • All Access Pass to New Year's Eve concert in Chicago (12/31/17)
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    Private Concert (Rest of World)

    The Bellwether Syndicate will come to YOU and perform a private show for you and as many friends as you care to invite at a location of your choosing, PLUS all the other stuff below (physical product ships in January, private concert to be scheduled according to availability).

    Includes:
    • Private Concert (Rest of World)
    • All Access Pass to New Year's Eve concert in Chicago (12/31/17)
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Funding period

- (28 days)