THE BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT
Michale Graves created “Backroads” as an acoustic CD that extended the voice that he first created with “Vagabond Acoustic” in 2013 and then evolved with “Wanderer Acoustic” in 2015. The songs on “Backroads” weave a story of care, adventure and hope. The song "Night" tells an adventurous tale of intrigue. "I Believe" is an anthem for truth and strength. "Condemned to Love" defines overcoming struggle and strife. "Am I Nothing At All?" is a plea for compassion.
To support the CD Michale went on the “Backroads” tour in March of 2017 and the songs were incredibly well received by the audiences that attended 50+ shows nationally. Since it’s release in February “Backroads” has gone on to become Michale’s fastest selling acoustic CD ever!
Based on the reception of the CD and live performances we have decided to create a full band version of the songs featured on “Backroads”. The new CD is titled “The World Turned Upside Down” and features cover art that takes the “Backroads” art and reverses the color and flips the image orientation. We felt that worked perfect with the name of the project.
“THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN” CD
When we decided to make this CD we were committed to creating a new dimension and sound with each song. So we have taken the material and have crafted a distinctly new sound and feel to the texture that will result in the full band CD "The World Turned Upside Down". Included on the CD will be the songs:
- Am I Nothing At All?
- Fields, Towns and Folks
- I Believe
- All the Troubles
- Condemned to Love
- The World Turned Upside Down
- Worst Day of My Life
Here are some demo clips that we have been working on:
"All The Troubles"
"Condemned to Love"
"The World Turned Upside Down"
"Worst Day of My Life"
THE “I BELIEVE” SHORT FILM
With several of our projects we have created short films to highlight one of the songs on the album – all written and directed by Mark Allen Stuart and starring Michale. The 5 short films we have done include Zombie (Lost Skeleton Returns). Half Human (Supernatural), Zombies (Zombies Unite), Wanderer (Wanderer) and Ripper (Revenge of the Zombies).
For the “The Worlds Turned Upside Down” project we are going to produce the short film “I Believe”. The short film that Mark is writing will feature Michale as a passive conspiracy theory buff who spends too much time “chasing stories down the rabbit hole” on internet video sites. This will be our best production yet and we have included a pledge level for you to be in the actual production. The project will be shot in late June or July and will be filmed on location at the secret HE field laboratory near Clear Spring Maryland. The DVD will feature a commentary track by Mark and Michale as well as bloopers, B-roll and other surprises.
We have included several pledge levels for this project that include the most asked for levels as well as some new offerings as well:
- Signed and unsigned copies of the “The World Turned Upside Down” CD
- CD and "I Believe" DVD combos
- We have several original studio written and used original lyrics sheets of songs from the CD
- VIP Blobfest meet/greet and screening
- The ultimate compilation! We have a pledge level where you select 10 songs from any CD that Michale has done on any Hydraulic Entertainment produced CD. Michale will sign and number your CD 1/1
- We have a level where you will act and receive a screen credit in the “I Believe” short film
- Michale paints an original and one of a kind monster picture for you
- Private in-home performances that we offer exclusively through Kickstarter
- Michale’s personal TAGIMA T 737 guitar
Risks and challenges
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