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Our second album: new songs about spies, ancient mythology, occult practices, gypsy abduction, vampires, the end of the world, & more!
Our second album: new songs about spies, ancient mythology, occult practices, vampires, the end of the world, & more!
Our second album: new songs about spies, ancient mythology, occult practices, vampires, the end of the world, & more!
230 backers pledged $7,430 to help bring this project to life.

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Since releasing our debut album, Love, Crime & Other Trouble, in 2015, we've been incredibly fortunate to connect with an audience all over the world who enjoy dark yet entertaining story songs about death, crime, the supernatural, ancient mythology, and paranormal romance.

Our listeners never cease to amaze us with their generosity and active engagement – you guys are the greatest. You’ve created original artwork and videos inspired by our music, you email us to request copies of the chord chart for “Ghost Story,” and you blow us away every time you pay more than the minimum to download our music on bandcamp. We are truly grateful for your support, and it continually inspires us to dig deeper, work harder, and create more music.

SO! We are excited to announce that we have just started the process of recording our second album: CAUTIONARY TALES. We've been working on this collection of songs for the past year, writing and practicing and touring, and now we’re cooking up something really special for you.

Our recording session scrapbook
Our recording session scrapbook

 

       

CAUTIONARY TALES includes songs about such topics as:

  • Ancient Greek mythology
  • The end of the world, Viking style
  • Ensorcelled animals
  • Faerie abduction
  • Gypsy abduction
  • The inevitable decay of all things
  • Secret double agents
  • Vampires
  • Voodoo, séances, & other occult rituals
  • And more! You will learn so many useful lessons!

We're launching this Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our album recording and release. Crowdfunding our production costs means that future sales of the album will immediately go toward bigger & better projects, such as total world domination. 

Total World Domination Plan step 1: shoot a music video for "Snake Bit" with director Charles Schneider
Total World Domination Plan step 1: shoot a music video for "Snake Bit" with director Charles Schneider

Our budget includes:

  • Recording and mixing with Don Godwin, the amazing engineer who produced Love, Crime & Other Trouble
  • Paying the guest musicians we’ve roped into this process
  • Digital distribution to iTunes, Amazon, Google, etc.
  • Physical production of CDs and lyric books

If we exceed our funding goal, additional amounts will help pay for other project-related expenses like:

  • Professional mastering
  • Music video production
  • Album cover / promo photo shoot
  • Commissioning original artwork for the album cover and/or new merch
  • Hiring professional help for publicity, booking, etc.
  • Producing new merch (t-shirts, tote bags, magnificent hats...?)
  • Touring expenses

We've come up with some fun ways to express our appreciation for your support -- check out the dazzling array of rewards we've concocted for you and see for yourself. Thank you so much for being out there listening, and thanks in advance for helping us bring CAUTIONARY TALES to life! We think you're really going to dig the new album.

Love,

Ellia & Jeff

Charming Disaster

in the studio at Airshow in Takoma Park, MD
in the studio at Airshow in Takoma Park, MD

 

Our producer: the amazing Don Godwin
Our producer: the amazing Don Godwin

 

Hard at work in the research department
Hard at work in the research department

 

UPDATE 9/09/16: Announcing our $7,000 stretch goal!

If we reach the $7,000 mark, we are excited to announce we'll be commissioning original album cover art by the incredible artist Magda Boreysza. She creates haunting drawings and prints of fairy tale-inspired animals, feral children, and other artifacts of her mesmerizing imagination, and we are SO EXCITED that she's interested in collaborating with us to create new work specifically for our music. 

(click for more details)
(click for more details)

 

As an additional thank you, if we cross the $7,000 mark, all of our backers will also receive 2 bonus tracks: one from Jeff's other band, Kotorino, and one from Ellia's other band, Sweet Soubrette. (If you like Charming Disaster, you'll like them too!)

 

UPDATE 9/08/16: We reached our $6,000 stretch goal!

We reached the $6,000 mark! Everyone who donates to our project gets a free PDF download of the super cool steampunk comic Arcane Sally and Mr. Steam, issues #1 and #2, on top of the rewards already listed. Yes, it's true!

Risks and challenges

Risks & challenges include: mysterious enchantments, imprisonment, madness, hauntings, amnesia, venomous reptiles, the Evil Eye, extreme weather events, Machiavellian power plays by our enemies. Rest assured we are fully equipped with the appropriate antivenin, counterspies, counterspells, lock picks, lotions, potions, and other preventative measures.

Truly, though: we could encounter delays due to musician/producer scheduling availability, and worldwide economics could affect some of our costs or timing for physical production. But we are fully committed to making this album, have already begun in fact, and are doing most of the heavy lifting ourselves so there shouldn't be too much unpredictability in terms of personnel. We've made one album together already (plus at least five more individually for Kotorino and Sweet Soubrette), and we're confident this one will also get made, come Hell, high water, or any other disaster.

Then again, the world could end...

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    A Cautionary Note

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    Cautionary Note + SECRETS

    A selection of secret early demo recordings of Charming Disaster songs, PLUS a single track from the new album.

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    A selection of secret photo shoot outtakes, PLUS secret demo recordings, PLUS a single track from the new album.

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    "Cautionary Tales" Album Download

    a digital download of the new album, from us to you through the aether, like a phantom!

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    "Cautionary Tales" CD

    a corporeal version of the new album that exists on the physical plane!

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    "Cautionary Tales" Digital Package

    A digital download of the new album & a lyrics e-book for your non-corporeal convenience! Includes bonus secret recordings & pix!

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    "Cautionary Tales" Physical Package

    Physical objects to enhance your earthly existence: a CD AND a printed lyrics book AND an autographed photo print! Includes digital download and ebook too, plus bonus secret recordings & pix.

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    • "Cautionary Tales" album download
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    Sartorial Splendor Package

    A handsome new Charming Disaster T-shirt featuring a mesmerizing new design! A printed lyrics book & a CD! An autographed print! Also includes digital versions & bonus secret recordings & pix.

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    Famous Death Scenes Video Dedication

    We will reenact a famous death scene and dedicate the video to you or the recipient of your choosing. What better way to impress your beloved? A marble statue? Flowers? Come on. Includes album download and other digital swag.

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    Your Name in the Album Credits

    A classic route to immortality: your name in the album credits. 100 years from now when the robots open our time capsule, your name will flash across their optical sensors. Other physical + digital swag included also.

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    Cover Song Video Dedication

    We will learn a cover song of your choosing (please choose wisely!) and post a video of us performing it, dedicating it to you or the recipient of your choosing. Includes album download and other digital swag.

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    Private Webcast Concert

    We will webcast a private interactive live virtual concert for you, through the aether, over the airwaves, at a date and time to be determined together, sometime between fall 2016 and spring 2017. It will be as if you've captured us in a small box for your own amusement! Includes all other digital swag.

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    Private House Concert (US East Coast)

    We will come over and play a house concert for you and your friends in your living room, secret lair, family crypt, or other location!* You get all the other swag too. Date to be determined together, sometime between fall 2016 and spring 2017.

    *Please note this pledge level applies to East Coast / Mid-Atlantic United States locations only! If you have questions or would like to discuss other potential locations, drop us a line and we'll talk: secretary@charmingdisaster.com

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    Custom Charming Disaster Song

    We will write and record a song just for you, based on the subject of your choosing! And you get all the other swag too, of course.

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