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Based on the success of the acoustic CD "Backroads" Michale Graves is releasing the full band version "When The Turns Upside Down"
Based on the success of the acoustic CD "Backroads" Michale Graves is releasing the full band version "When The Turns Upside Down"
116 backers pledged $8,186 to help bring this project to life.

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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

CD cover art
CD cover art

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  
  • Neverland  
  • All the Troubles  
  • Night  
  • Condemned to Love  
  • The World Turned Upside Down  
  • Worst Day of My Life  
  • Backroads

Here are some demo clips that we have been working on:

"All The Troubles"

"Condemned to Love"

"I Believe"

"Night"

"The World Turned Upside Down"

"Worst Day of My Life"

THE “I BELIEVE” SHORT FILM  

The new short film "I Believe" cover art
The new short film "I Believe" cover art

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.

PLEDGE LEVELS

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
The World Turned Upside Down CD
The World Turned Upside Down CD

 

Original Monster Artwork
Original Monster Artwork

 

Michale's personal Tagima t 737 Guitar
Michale's personal Tagima t 737 Guitar

 

Michale's personal Tagima t 737 Guitar detail
Michale's personal Tagima t 737 Guitar detail

 

Michale's personal Tagima t 737 Guitar back view
Michale's personal Tagima t 737 Guitar back view

 

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    "THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN" CD

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    "THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN" - INKED

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    CD AND DVD SET

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    SIGNED CD AND DVD

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    YOUR OWN COMPILATION CD

    We are only offering 10 of this pledge level. You will pick 12 songs from any CD from Michale's Hydraulic Entertainment project or Legacy Collection and Michale will create a 1 of 1 compilation CD for you. Michale will signed the CD and number it 1/1. You will also get signed copy of "The World Turned Upside Down" CD.

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    LTD EDITION "I BELIEVE" POSTER SIGNED

    With this pledge you will receive a signed 24 inch by 36 inch movie poster of the "I Believe" short film signed by Michale, Mark and the entire cast and crew. We will only have a few of these available. You will also get a signed copy of the "The World Turned Upside Down" CD and a signed copy of the "I Believe" DVD.

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    ANY SONG YOU WANT - IN HIS OWN HAND.

    This pledge level will receive hand written lyrics for any song of Michale's you select - hand written by Michale just for you. You will also get the signed "The World Turned Upside Down" CD.

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    BLOBFEST VIP

    This is a very special pledge level - only 3 available. Michale and Mark will be guests at this years Blobfest at the Colonial theater in Phoenixville PA on July 16th. Mark will be hosting a screening of his film "Lost Skeleton Returns Again" as a double feature with "The Blob" and Michale will be playing a monster acoustic set between the 2 screenings. You and a guest will have a special meet and greet with M & M and then sit with them during the screening and performance. You will also get a signed copy of the "The World Turned Upside Down CD and "I Believe" DVD. https://thecolonialtheatre.com/programs/the-blob-and-the-lost-skeleton-returns-again/

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    YOUR "I BELIEVE" SHORT FILM CLIP

    This pledge is for those who want to be in the "I Believe" short film but cant make the trip. We will send you a script with a speaking part and you will send us an audio recording of your voice speaking the script dialogue. We will then edit it and you will get screen time, screen credit and a credit on IMDB.com along with a copy of the DVD and "The World Turned Upside Down" CD.

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    IN HIS OWN HAND - "NEVERLAND" 1 of 1

    You will receive the original and one of a kind hand written lyrics Michale will create and use during the Backroads recording session for the new song "Neverland". This isn't just a re-write of the lyrics - this will be the ORIGINAL hand written lyric sheet for the session. You will also get a signed copy of the "The World Turned Upside Down" CD.

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    IN HIS OWN HAND - "NIGHT" 1 of 1

    You will receive the original and one of a kind hand written lyrics Michale will create and use during the Backroads recording session for the new song "Night". This isn't just a re-write of the lyrics - this will be the ORIGINAL hand written lyric sheet for the session. You will also get a signed copy of the "The World Turned Upside Down" CD.

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    ORIGINAL MONSTER ART

    With this level you will send Michale a picture of your favorite backroad (or monster) and he will paint an original picture for you. The art work will measure 11x17 and be done in acrylic. You will also get a signed copy of the "The World Turned Upside Down" CD.

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    IN HIS OWN HAND - "I BELIEVE" 1 of 1

    You will receive the original and one of a kind hand written lyrics Michale will create and use during the Backroads recording session for the new song "Night". This isn't just a re-write of the lyrics - this will be the ORIGINAL hand written lyric sheet for the session. You will also get a signed copy of the "The World Turned Upside Down" CDVD plus a signed copy of the "I Believe" DVD. If you are interested in more than one pledge level just message us and we will make sure you get whatever you are interested in via pledges.

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    YOU ARE THE STAR

    We are doing a short film - DVD based on the song "I Believe". Michale plays a conspiracy buff who has a close encounter of his own. You will be on screen with a speaking part and will have a screen credit and a credit on IMDB.com. You provide travel to the location (MD) and filming will occur late June or July 2017 near Clear Spring MD. You will also be invited to a "wrap party" that will take place after the last scene is filmed. You will receive a signed copy of "The World Turned Upside Down" CD and "I Believe" DVD as well.

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    "THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN" LIVE

    Michale performs a private "Backroads Live" acoustic” concert for you and a small group of friends (up to 10 people) in a private residence of your choice (this is a private not public performance). This is Michale and his guitar. Travel (and hotel if needed) to your location for Michale and 1 support person to be provided by the person making the pledge. Recording or distribution rights of the performance are not including in the package. Michale will also sign up to 10 items. Once you make the pledge we will contact you to add travel expense based on your location as well as plan the date of your event.You will also receive a signed copy of the new "The World Turned Upside Down CD.

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    MG's "WORLD UPSIDE DOWN" GUITAR

    This pledge level includes one of Michale's personal guitars - his Tagima t 737 Guitar. Originally acquired in 2008 Michale has used this guitar to both compose songs and perform live for the last 9 years. Most recently he worked out the arrangements for "The World Turned Upside Down" on this very guitar. This is a very rare and special piece of Grave's memorabilia. This is a 1 of 1. Here are the spec's for the guitar: NECK MATERIAL - Maple, BODY MATERIAL - Selected cedar, FINGERBOARD - Rosewood with 22 Gotoh frets and abalone dots, NUT - Bone, DIMENSION / 43 mm, PICKUPS - 3 Seymour Duncan singel coils SSL-1 vintage sound with alnico magnets, CONTROLS - Pickup switching 5 position, 1 Master Volume, 2 Tone, BRIDGE - Vintage Chromed tremolo by Gotoh MACHINE HEADS - Gotoh Locking tuner, sealed and chromed, COLORS - Sunburst, PICKGUARD - Tortoise, pickups and bottom in black. You will also get a copy of the "The World Turned Upside Down" CD.

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