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Based on the success of the LSR and VA, Michale is merging the 2 genres and creating the first “Monster Acoustic” album "Supernatural"
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Project by Michale Graves, Mark Allen Stuart and Hydraulic Entertainment 

“The ultimate Graves Fusion - that is what you have here” 

The origin of the idea

Saying it in the simplest way - we love Halloween. We want it to go on every day of the year, not just 10/31, so the goal of this album is to create a night of haunting horror stories – to tell tales of fright and fear in a format that creates an entertaining eerie experience each time you listen to the album. And here is how it was created…. Stanhope House, August 28th, 2013, 8:45pm EST. Michale and business partner/collaborator Mark were in the green room before a “Vagabond Acoustic” one man show. The house was packed and what a house it is - Stanhope House www.stanhopehouse.com is an American treasure the country’s oldest operating road house - Michale has an incredible relationship with the house (Michale had played there 2 times earlier in the year with 2 more performances set for October and December).

 While tuning his guitar Michale and Mark talked and the topics, as usual, ranged from music to film to events of the day. One topic that came up was an upcoming private performance set in October. As the 2 discussed that upcoming performance, Mark stated that the folk-rock “Vagabond Acoustic” set would not be appropriate for the “all horror” audience. Then Mark asked a simple yet important question, “Hey Michale have you ever sung “Forbidden Planet” acoustically? With that Michale began to play, and after a bit of tweaking – he worked it out and it worked incredibly well. The next challenge was, Zombie” and then “Lost Skeleton”, Forbidden Planet, Night of the Living Dead” and then the ultimate cross over “Something Wicked”. The final LSR song to be worked was “Last Man on Earth” and it flowed easily into an acoustic rhythm - because Michale originally wrote that piece as a slower moving horror story. Each song needed a bit of re-tooling to secure the proper pace and tempo for an acoustic performance, but Michale worked them into the right place.

Each song flowed with an eerie haunting sensibility, and at that point Mark said “I have an idea……what if the next album we do is a combination of two music dimensions: Monster rock and acoustic – and Michale smiled that wry smile of his and “Supernatural” was born. Mark wrote out the song list for the proposed album (offered on one of the pledge levels here) and that night Michale included several of the songs into his “Vagabond Acoustic” set, to the unknowing but delighted crowd – none of whom were conscience that they were part of the first public acoustic performance of those songs, and part the validation for the new album. After the performance Mark and Michale laughed and said, “Well that worked…. “Supernatural” here we go. 

The components of a monster-piece 

The boys are finalizing the tracks to complete the ultimate “Supernatural” experience. Each song will add a unique sense of chill to the album. Cuts being considered for the "Supernatural” album include:

     • Last Man on Earth

     • Night of the Living Dead 

     • Earth vs Spider 

     • Dawn of the Dead 

     • Something Wicked 

     • Zombie 

     • Lost Skeleton 

     • Forbidden Planet 

     • Half Human - new song 

     • Straight Jacket – new song 

     • Ghost (tentative) - new song

"Straight Jacket" (Tentative) Music Video Shoot

We are also planning to shoot a music video while we are recording the album. The music video will be for one of the new songs Michale is writing for the album - and we are set to film in a building said by some to be haunted.... 

Extremely Limited Edition “Supernatural” CD set to be released 2/25/14 

“Supernatural” is a very limited edition project with only 444 total CD’s being produced. 

The heart of this project is the “Supernatural” CD. There will a limited number of unsigned CD’s at the $25 level and Michale is offering something special for his friends and fans at the $50 pledge level - an ULTRA limited number of autographed and number “Supernatural” CD’s. 

Also being offered are several ONE OF A KIND ITEMS – each comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. 

      • The original hand written lyrics to the song “Zombie”. This is a one of a kind hand written lyric sheet that Michale finished hours before recording the song for the “Lost Skeleton Returns” album. This is the first representation of the song in its final form ever. 
      • The original hand written lyrics to the song "Forbidden Planet”. This is a one of a kind hand written lyric sheet that Michale finished hours before recording the song for the “Lost Skeleton Returns” album. This is the first representation of the song in its final form ever.
      • The original hand written lyrics to the song “Night of the Living Dead”. This is a one of a kind hand written lyric sheet that Michale finished hours before recording the song for the “Lost Skeleton Returns” album. This is the first representation of the song in its final form ever.
      • The original hand written song list created the night MA was conceived
      • The base drum skin used on both of the “Lost Skeleton Returns” tours
      • And being true to the origin of all of our Kickstarter projects there are 2 levels of acoustic performances being offered: an in-home event for up to 10 people for $500 plus travel, an in-home performance for up to 20 people for $750 plus travel. But there will only be a total of 7 acoustic performances offered with this project – set to be performed during December 2013 through February 2014 timeframe. 
      • Also we have 2  pledge levels for the music video for "Straight Jacket" (tentative title) set to be shot near PA/NJ this November. 

Why Kick Starter 

This is Michale’s forth Kickstarter project – each one has been a complete success from all angles – especially the involvement and interaction of fan’s and supporters. Whether a new fan or someone who has been there along the way – including fan’s in this project adds the right chemistry to a really cool concept.

Hydraulic Entertainment 

Hydraulic Entertainment, headed by CEO Mark Allen Stuart, is a creator, producer and promoter of eclectic film, video, music and entertainment properties. Accessing the finest talent in the business, Hydraulic Entertainment is a vertically integrated company that is comprised of 11 artist/business people throughout the organization. 

About Michale Graves 

Michale entered the music scene in 1995 in a huge way – as lead singer for The Misfits. Michale rapidly shifted the band’s music from the Horror Punk style that it originated in 1977 into an Anthem Rock vibe that the band is most recognized for throughout the world. After a successful run with the band, Michale separated from The Misfits in 2001, and he counts that time as a gift that he will always cherish with love and respect, for the band and all of the fans that experienced the electrifying in concert musical experiences the band created. 

 After the Misfits, Michale formed several bands including Graves, Gotham Road and his current bands, Michale Graves and Michale Graves and The Chamber of Horrors Band. During this time Michale has toured the world and played nearly 1000 live performances – delighted crowds with each musical set.

In March of 2012 Michale meet Mark Allen Stuart and after several months of planning formed a partnership in August of that year. In that time, a short 14 months, the two have produced 4 albums (“Vagabond”, “Lost Skeleton Returns”, “Vagabond Acoustic” and Lost Skeleton Returns Instrumental” ) in addition to the highly acclaimed short film music video “Zombie”, along with 4 tours and several special fan based events. 

A Note from Michale

“The idea of telling a series of haunted stories through "Supernatural" makes my heart pound. I think this will be a fright-fest of music and the combination of all that I love the most in both sides of my voice – "Supernatural…… “ 

 Michale

"Supernatural" CD cover (draft)
"Supernatural" CD cover (draft)
LAST MAN ON EARTH ORIGINAL HAND WRITTEN LYRICS
LAST MAN ON EARTH ORIGINAL HAND WRITTEN LYRICS
"Lost Skeleton Returns" Bass Drum Skin - Stage Used
"Lost Skeleton Returns" Bass Drum Skin - Stage Used
"Lost Skeleton Returns Instrumental" one of 4 remaining
"Lost Skeleton Returns Instrumental" one of 4 remaining
Original handwritten "Zombie" lyrics
Original handwritten "Zombie" lyrics
Original "Night of the Living Dead" lyrics
Original "Night of the Living Dead" lyrics
Original "Forbidden Planet" lyrics
Original "Forbidden Planet" lyrics
LSRI CD (CD only - no art work at this level)
LSRI CD (CD only - no art work at this level)

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges:

We have a risk of booking quality studio time but we have a tentative hold with the studio where we cording the 4 other projects this year - we fell our relationship will hold that facility. There is also a concern that we wont gain awareness for this project so we are going to use the newsletter, our facebook pages, our websites and the current LS tour to spread the word. We are also going to access our WORLD CLASS 200+ MEMBER STREET TEAM to drive awareness of this project.

Beyond that, the other major risks are:

1) Supernatural entities shut down the recording studio.

2) Ghosts, creatures and the like decide that Punk Rock really is dead.

3) Michale changes his musical genre to the up and coming category or Druid-Raggae

4) Zombies take over the internet (it could happen)

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    "SUPERNATURAL" THE CD - GRAB A CANDLE AND GET READY– You will receive a copy of the limited edition MONSTER ACOUSTIC album “Supernatural”.

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    BACK TO THE FUTURE – You will receive a limited edition copy of the original “Lost Skeleton Returns” full band album signed and renumbered “LSR Supernatural 1 through 20” by Michale. You will also get a copy of the DVD music video of the full band version of "Zombie" as well.

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    GRAB A CANDLE GRAB A SHARPIE - You will receive a signed and numbered copy of the MONSTER ACOUSTIC Supernatural" CD! You will also get a signed copy of the DVD music video full band version of "Zombie".

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    MONSTER 2-FER - This pledge level idea came from a fan! You will receive a copy of the "Lost Skeleton Returns" CD along with a copy of the "Supernatural" CD. 2 Monster CD's and we will include a copy of the "Zombie" full band music video mini movie DVD as a bonus!!!

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    FROM MICHALES PRIVATE STOCK – When we created "Lost Skeleton Returns Instrumental" we created 44 CD/art sets. We had a hand full of extra CD's duplicated for my collection and the company's archive. We are offering a very few of these with this project. This pledge is for the signed CD only (not art nor video). Each is signed by Michale stating it is from his "private collection 1 - 16". We only made 16 extra copies of the CD and we are offering 12 here based on requests from you.

    We will not be duplicating any more of these - period.

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    HOLD ON I’M ON THE PHONE – You will receive a call (or Skype if you are outdside the US) from Michale along with a signed Supernatural CD.

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    SIGNED MONSTER 2-FER - This pledge level idea came from a fan! You will receive a signed copy of the "Lost Skeleton Returns" CD along with a signed copy of the "Supernatural" CD. 2 Monster CD's and we will include a signed copy of the "Zombie" full band music video mini movie DVD as a bonus!!!

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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 "Supernatural" CD as well. Michale has never offed this before now. We will also include a LSR sticker and lyric book - both signed!!!

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    THE RAREST ELEMENT ON THE PLANET - You will receive one of the last four of the 44 original “Lost Skeleton Returns Instrumental” HAND SIGNED AND NUMBERED album and original artwork sets – these are the last ones alive.THERE ARE ONLY 4 SETS REMAINING AND THEN THEY ARE GONE.

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    A MONSTER IS BORN - You will receive the actual origin concept page that turned into “Supernatural”. This includes the original set list that was developed when the album was created. Signed by Michale and album creator and Exec Produce Mark Allen Stuart. You will also get a signed "Supernatural" CD as well!

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    A STAR ~ ONE AT A TIME - You (1 person) appear in the “Straight Jacket” music video (tentative title) as an extra with guaranteed screen time and a mention in the credits. We will be filming in the PA/NJ area - this November - in what has been said is a haunted buidling - so each person pledging at this level pays for their own travel and lodging. You will also receive a signed Supernatural CD as well

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    5 ACES - You will recieve a set of all 5 CD's that Michale and Mark have created including "Vagabond", "Lost Skeleton Returns", "Vagabond Acoustic", "Lost Skeleton Returns Instrumental" and "Supernatural". Each will be signed and number "5 Aces set " 1 thru 4. ONLY 4 SETS WILL EXIST IN THIS SERIES

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    IN HIS OWN HAND – ‘ZOMBIE” – You will receive the actual hand written final lyrics to the hit song “Zombie”. This was hand written by Michale during the actual recording sessions and represents the first rendition of the final lyrics of the song. It just doesn’t get rarer than this….You will also get a signed Supernatural CD as well!

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    IN HIS OWN HAND – “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” – You will receive the actual hand written final lyrics to the hit song “Zombie”. This was hand written by Michale during the actual recording sessions and represents the first rendition of the final lyrics of the song. It just doesn't get rarer than this….You will also get a signed Supernatural CD as well!

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    YOU BOTH ARE IN IT - You and a friend (2 people) appear in the “Straight Jacket” music video (tentative title) as an extra with guaranteed screen time and a mention in the credits. We will be filming near the recording studio in the NJ/PA area this November - in what has been said is a haunted buidling - so each person pledging at this level pays for their own travel and lodging. You will also receive a signed Supernatural CD as well

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    IN HIS OWN HAND – LAST MAN ON EARTH” – You will receive the actual hand written final lyrics to the hit song “Last man of Earth”. This was hand written by Michale during the actual recording sessions and represents the first rendition of the final lyrics of the song. As you can see this sheet has 2 earlier drafts and then the final lyric set at the bottom. In studio written minutes before the song was recorded. It just doesn’t get rarer than this….You will also get a signed Supernatural CD as well!

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    IT’S ONLY SKIN DEEP – You will receive the actual bass “LSR” drum head skin used during the 2013 “Lost Skeleton Returns” full band tour – signed by all band members. You will also get a signed Supernatural CD as well!

    Sorry due to size we can only ship this to US addresses – unless you want to come to the states and pick it up!

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    TURN DOWN THE LIGHTS – ITS SHOW TIME – Michale performs a private “Monster 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. You will also receive a signed CD as well.

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    MORE THE SCARIER – Michale performs a private “Monster Acoustic” acoustic concert for you and a large group of friends (up to 20 people) in a private residence of your choice (this is a private not public performance). 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 20 items (anything you want him the sign). You will also receive a signed CD as well.

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    YOU’RE THE PROMOTER – Michale will perform a “Supernatural" concert at a venue of your choice. You will be the promoter, manage the door and venue and retain all revenue generate by the concert. You coordinate the under card, warm-up bands and performance timing. Michale and his guitar make the music. 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. You will also receive 5 signed "Supernatural" CD’s. We will set the shows sometime between Dec 2013 and March 2014.

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