“Our journey together is continuing with the full band Wanderer album”
The origin of the idea
When we were in the studio recording “Vagabond” it became evident that the sound being created was very different from the Monster Rock voice that defines Michale’s origins as an artist. In the middle of the session Michale and Mark agreed that “Vagabond” should be followed up with a companion project. While reviewing the final tracks of “Vagabond” the concept for “Wanderer” was born. It should be noted that “Vagabond” has become the largest selling album of Michale’s solo career.
Telling the Story of “Wanderer”
Musically “Wanderer” is much more than just a continuance of “Vagabond” – it is the evolution and development of a very unique sound, inspired by “Vagabond” but with a quality and sharpness all its own. As we see it, Michale Graves is the original vagabond. Webster’s dictionary defines the word vagabond as follows:
….moving from place to place without a fixed home : a wanderer
And as is true to the definition Michale, the wanderer, is a traveling showman who has toured the world performing on 6 continents along the way (still waiting to hear from the dude with that road house in Antarctica). He has made many of these trips in solitude and while traveling, always becoming a student of the part of the world he was in and learning from and being enriched by the fans of each particular region he was playing.
So this essence of wandering, studying, enrichment and enlightenment is the guiding light behind the new album. And the album will be recorded with drums, lead guitar, base guitar and vocals.
We are planning to have 12 brand new full band songs on “Wanderer”. The following lists the working draft song list.
- Never A Day
- Just beginning
- The Mystery of The North
- She's The Owl
- Go Down
- Jacobs' Ladder
- Western Cross
- Life Without Soul
- Get Out
We are still early in the development stage but here are a few very rough glimpses into the new material. These tunes have a smokey sharpness that fuels our “wanderer” spirit.
Life Without Soul
She’s the Owl
Never a day
“Wanderer” short film
In support of the “Wanderer” album, Mark will be writing and directing a short film project (think “Zombie” and Half Human” without the monsters) that will feature a song (to be selected) from the “Wanderer” album. The project will be filmed on location in the PA/NJ area. In line with our fan centric mindset there will be 2 pledge levels offering you the ability to act as an extra in the short film.
Extremely Limited Edition “Wanderer” CD set to be released 6/24/14
We have created several pledge levels for this project ranging from a $25 “Wanderer” album to a $1,500 public performance where you are the producer. The heart of this project is the “Wanderer” CD. There will only be 400 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 “Wanderer” CD’s. THERE WILL ONLY BE 100 SIGNED AND NUMBERED “Wanderer” CD’s.
We have also included several unique pledge levels – each level below will receive a signed “Wanderer” CD in addition to the other components of the pledge:
- For a $100 pledge Michale will call and say thank you for the support. There will also be a $200 level where Michale plays 4 songs via a Skype call to you
- Also for $100 Michale will do your homework (accuracy not guaranteed)
- The are several levels that include signed combo packs of Michales recent album releases
- There will be 2 levels that will include the original hand written lyrics of 2 of the new songs - We are offering the original hat used during the 2013 Vagabond tour and on photo shoots
- Michale will create a handmade pair of “duct tape and safety pin” pants to your size - You will even get a video of Michale making these pants for you
- We are including a level where Michale comes to your organization and gives an inspirational speech
- One person will have the chance to spend a day hanging out with Michale before and after a show
Michale is also creating a level that will include his original microphone – the one he has used since 1995 to record all demo songs he has written, from the Misfits through Vagabond this is ONE OF A KIND.
There is a level for the hat Michale wore on the Vagabond tour and for many photo opps. Only one alive!
One pledge level offers the glasses used by Michale in the "Half Human" short film.
We have also created 3 levels of personal performances being offered: an in-home event for up to 10 people for $500 plus travel, an in-home performance for up to 25 people for $750 plus travel and a public performance that you promote for $1,500 plus travel.
Here he is... the OLD MAN
Why Kick Starter
The heart of Michale’s studio, film and in-person performances has always been fan centered. We feel that Kickstarter will provide a direct and easy to use path for Michale and his fans to connect. Several other fan based websites have contacted us but we feel that we are creating the best entertainment around – and that deserves union with the best fan funding site around. Nuff said.
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 artist/business people throughout the organization. www.hydraulic-entertainment.com
About Michale Graves
Michale entered the music scene in 1995 in a huge way – as lead singer for legendary rock band The Misfits. 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 and performed solo throughout the US. With each phase in his career Michale has evolved his voice and the musical experiences that he creates. At the center of his music is the consistent tour of venues in the US and throughout the world. Performing for, entertaining and interacting with fans has always been the driving factor for Michale as a performer. That consistent drive has resulting in over 600 in-person performances over the last 6 years.
In August of 2012 Michale joined Hydraulic Entertainment and with business partner and CEO/Executive Producer Mark Allen Stuart, have teamed to create several successful projects including the albums “Vagabond”, “Lost Skeleton Returns”, “Vagabond Acoustic” and the recently released “Supernatural” monster acoustic project along with 2 short films “Zombie” and “Half Human”.
A Note from Michale
“When we were in the studio recording “Vagabond” Mark came up with the idea of making this project a multi-album concept. The next step in this revolution is the album “Wanderer”. As I approached the writing of this album I used the experiences over the last year along with the emotion from “Vagabond” to create a new path in my folk rock journey”…
Risks and challenges
1) We are unable to secure studio time to record. We will be working with our friends at Soundmine Studio - they have never let use down.
2) Michale's fans aren't interested in a new album. We announced the new album 1 day ago on Facebook to incredibly strong support and excitement.
3) We will not be able to generate enough awareness for the Kickstarter project. 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 300+ MEMBER STREET TEAM to drive awareness of this project.
4) The Y2K thing is real, just really late. Then Michale will grab his guitar and make more live music.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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