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Chris Bathgate is a Michigan based Songwriter.  Chris and his band want to tour green.  They need a veggie oil powered tour vehicle.
Chris Bathgate is a Michigan based Songwriter. Chris and his band want to tour green. They need a veggie oil powered tour vehicle.
173 backers pledged $12,736 to help bring this project to life.

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After a year riddled with automotive disaster, Chris and his band are in need of a touring vehicle to keep them on the road.  They want to do it right.  They want to tour green, and they need your help.

What we need:

A safe, large diesel vehicle 
An extra tank for vegetable oil
A fuel line and filter system
An external pump to transfer vegetable oil into our tank

What we will do:

We will purchase a large diesel vehicle.  We‘ll tune it up. We will install an extra vegetable oil tank, and a separate fuel line, filter system, and pump to convert it to run off  vegetable oil. We will tour till the proverbial wheels fall off.

How much are you going to need to do that?

$10,000

What are the benefits of a  Vegetable Oil fueled Vehicle?

Touring bands burn a lot of gas.  Chris alone this year has needed over 700 gallons this year for touring. Waste vegetable oil powered vehicles still require a small amount of diesel to operate, but significantly less. Gas is Chris' biggest expense on the road. So decreasing the overhead for touring means a more reasonable wage for him and his band, a more sustainable career, and the ability to fund other projects like recording, creative packaging, and an overall higher quality of life on the road.

Environmentally speaking, using a waste vegetable oil powered vehicle has a significant impact.  It decreases Chris and his band's dependency on foreign oil, it has fewer polluting emissions, and uses what was to be trash as fuel.

All of these factors play into a safe happy touring band with a softer impact on the environment. That’s our goal, but we need your help.

So take a look at some of the incentives we’ve listed below. Many items here are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign, others are one of kind, all are offered with great appreciation.  Thanks for reading, listening and helping us reach our fans in a sustainable way.  

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    You will receive a digital copy of the song "Iron Gate Purple Wood" featured in our Kickstarter video. This song is only available through this Kickstarter.

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    You will receive a DIGITAL copy of "Oneiro EP". This EP is a collection of music written during Chris' time spent in Cyprus. He was there creating music for a production of A Mid Summer Night's Dream. You can read more about here: www.chrisbathgate.org.

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    You will receive a PHYSICAL copy of "Oneiro EP" in addition to a digital download of "Iron Gate Purple Wood". This compact disc is hand block printed on recycled paperboard, signed and numbered by Chris. [International Backers Please Add $5]

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    My friends Mostly Midwest have offered up a Mini-Movie of highlights and unseen footage of the Salt Tour. Filmed over a 10 show stint in Michigan, you'll see behind the scenes footage, as well as many of the songs off of 'Salt Year' performed live. In addition to this 30+ minute film backers will also receive the digital copy of 'Oneiro EP', as well as 'Iron Gate Purple Wood'.

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    We will hand paint your portrait on the ceiling of our tour vehicle, Sistine Chapel style, so you'll always be with us. This is in addition to digital copies of both "Oneiro EP" and "Iron Gate Purple Wood". (Limit 20)

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    You will receive a Chris Bathgate T-shirt, your choice of 3 designs. In addition to a digital copy of "Oneiro EP" and "Iron Gate Purple Wood". [International Backers Please Add $5]

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    Both Chris Bathgate and Quite Scientific will listen to any demo or recording of you, or your friends music and provide you with one page (each) of hand written feedback. This is in addition to a digital copy of "Oneiro EP" and "Iron Gate Purple Wood".

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    You will receive a digital bundle of "Lost Songs". This is a collection of 30+ tracks including Chris' first record "Silence if for Suckers", "a detailed account of 3 dreams (ep)", and 20 songs originally released (9 copies) in a 6 minidisc box set as "all that you contain is all that will remain". This is in addition to a T-shirt, a digital "Oneiro EP", and "Iron Gate Purple Wood". [International Backers Please Add $10]

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    You will receive one of the 10 original vinyl test pressings of "Salt Year", in addition to the "Lost Songs" bundle, "Oneiro EP", a T-shirt, and "Iron Gate Purple Wood". [International Backers Please Add $10]

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    You will receive a hand silk screened Chris Bathgate poster, in addition to the "Lost Songs" bundle, "Oneiro EP", a T-shirt, and "Iron Gate Purple Wood". [International Backers Please Add $10]

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    You will receive a hand bound copy of Orchard , a collection of Chris' poetry. You'll also receive the poster, the "Lost Songs" Bundle, a T-shirt, "Oneiro EP", and "Iron Gate Purple Wood". [International Backers Please Add $10]

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    You'll get to pick out one of Chris' vintage pearl snap button shirts, you'll have a lot to choose from. You'll also receive the poster, the "Lost Songs" Bundle, a T-shirt, "Oneiro EP", and "Iron Gate Purple Wood". [International Backers Please Add $10]

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    You'll receive a lifetime subscription to Chris' music. That means you'll receive a digital download of every record/song Chris releases until either the end of his time, or your time. We'll even fill in your back catalog. This includes Orchard, the poster, Lost Songs, the T-shirt, "Oneiro EP", and "Iron Gate Purple Wood". [International Backers Please Add $10]

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    You will receive the orginal Fostex MR- 8 track that Throatsleep was recorded on.

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    You'll receive the lamp featured on the cover of Throatsleep.

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    You will receive the original framed artwork from A Cork Tale Wake.

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    You'll get to name the van, and we will play a benefit show in any town you wish (including our hometown), for a non profit of your choosing. [Within The US Only]

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    Chris and the crew will play a benefit show in any town you wish (including our hometown), for a non profit of your choosing. [Within The US Only]. In addition to this benefit show you will receive a basket of baked goods, including a selection of miniature pies. Chris is renowned among his friends for his baking, especially his pie. Feel free to savor this armada of treats for yourself, or auction this item off at your benefit concert.

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    Chris Bathgate and crew will record, produce, and mix 4 songs of your band/project.

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    You will receive a signed 2000 Saturn SW2 Station Wagon with 160,000 miles on it. This is Chris Bathgate's actual car. It comes with a hand made box set containing physical copies of everything Chris has released to date, including a one of a kind physical copy of "lost songs", and other goodies. [Within The US Only, Will Personally Drop-Off If Located Anywhere East Of The Mississippi & North Of The Mason-Dixon - Pick-Up Only For Those Beyond]

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    We will construct a shrine containing your likeness, and it will be on stage with us for every show we play for the entire life of the vehicle.

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Funding period

- (30 days)