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Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys are releasing their 3rd studio album. Preorder it & get info on MUSIC, Videos & other goodies!
Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys are releasing their 3rd studio album. Preorder it & get info on MUSIC, Videos & other goodies!
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Hello Toy Chest Lovelies!

Welcome to the COME BLACK MAGIC (#ComeBlackMagic) Kickstarter!

Get yourself comfortable by the cauldron while we entreat you for your help getting our wonderful new multimedia album Come Black Magic into your hot little hands and tender ear-holes! This particular potion requires your peculiar manna as alchemy of this sort is not possible without the combined magics of our WIREFOREST community.

Photo by Liza Voll Photography
Photo by Liza Voll Photography

Since our last studio album Soft Time Traveler, our diverse and growing band family has been making music, theatre, and visual art to fight for love, tentacles and the SteamCRUNK way. We've formed an eccentric and inclusive community of misfits who have been working hard putting out FREE MUSIC (at least one free album every year!), staging EPIC SHOWS and doing AWESOME THEATRE of which all of you have been an integral part! We don’t just perform for you, we perform on you, in you, with you! You make the spells come to breathe, our enchantments brought to the steam-ether.

We have saved up money and were able to fund lots of lovely projects like MORE MUSIC THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT, nearly UNENDING AMOUNTS OF ART and an AWESOME PLAY

Shockheaded Peter Art Book by Walter Sickert
Shockheaded Peter Art Book by Walter Sickert

But now it's time to turn our attention to beautiful NEW songs that we can make widely available to EVERYONE EVERYWHERE!

LIVE
LIVE

LET’S MAKE A STUDIO ALBUM!

Though we are doing a Kickstarter to help defray some of the production costs, all of the money thus far has come from our own shows, some lovely patrons, and art/music sales over the last two years!

But that money only got us through some of the studio recording phase – now we need to mix, master and manufacture this musical steam wizardry!

The REAL goal of the album is lofty! We’d like to release not only the gorgeous music (in a beautiful one-of-a-kind package for both CD and VINYL), but also to accompany each and every track with unique art conceived of and executed by Walter.

Photos  by Jon Beckley
Photos by Jon Beckley

We'd also like to do a couple of beautiful videos to go along with the songs - we've conjured some ideas and have some madly talented people lined up to work on them! AND WE WANT TO TOUR! We'd like to take this album and the band on the road TO YOU with an AWESOME (but SECRET FOR NOW) band from the UK and duo from the US on an EPIC tour filled with spectacles of divination and steamCRUNK shenanigans unlike those seen before!

Live!
Live!

Budget

Even operating with the lowest possible expenses and all of the art work completed by the Walter (in his unpaid art sweatshop) , Come Black Magic will cost roughly $20,000 to complete. None of this money will go to the band, but will instead cover the following estimated costs:

  • Recording/Mixing/Mastering = $9,000
  • Physical CD + digital distribution = $3,000
  • Vinyl = $2,000
  • Rewards Production = $2,000
  • Packaging + Shipping = $1,000
  • Kickstarter/Bank fees = $1,000
  • Marketing = $2,000

Total with all expenses *GULP* = $20,000

jojo & Mary Widow
jojo & Mary Widow

Our 1st Single is OUT NOW!

Where's Your Ghost was released on Halloween to correspond with the start of this campaign. We wanted to give you a taste of what the music and art will be like for this project!

See the video here:https://youtu.be/0I37V2IflAs

and download the track here: https://armyoftoys.bandcamp.com/track/wheres-your-ghost

Where's Your Ghost - Track Art - by Walter Sickert
Where's Your Ghost - Track Art - by Walter Sickert

~~PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST BY BEING OUR HUMAN MICROPHONE ~~

As soon as you support this Kickstarter, PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU'VE DONE IT, AND SPREAD THE LINK FAR AND WIDE!

This effort is all about COMMUNITY and will only succeed with YOUR HELP!

Our hashtag is #ComeBlackMagic

& we're @WalterSickert & @armyoftoys on Twitter

& @WalterSickert@armyoftoys on Instagram

& don't forget FaceBook!

and thank you, thank you, thank you!

Love & Tentacles

Walter Sickert

& the ARmy of BRoken TOys

PS: GRAB OUR RELEASED MUSIC on our BANDCAMP

Risks and challenges

There are risks and challenges to every large scale project - since we are already well into production and have successfully completed several recording projects, our only real challenge is gathering enough $$$$ to complete the spell and cast it far and wide. But should anything odd arise, we'll keep everyone informed!

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    NOVICE

    {Title Track - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    Digital download of the title track with bonus art & Kickstarter-exclusive content

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    ANOINTED ONE

    {Title Track - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ETHER ART CARD}

    Digital download of the title track...with bonus art & kickstarter-exclusive content and a DIGITAL ART CARD

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    ETHEREAL ALTAR

    {Album - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ETHER ART CARD}

    Digital download of the entire album...with bonus art, kickstarter-exclusive content and a DIGITAL ART CARD

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    DON'T DREAM IT - BE IT

    {LIMITED EDITION InkDrip, Cover Song + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    Walter has created a very special Rocky Horror Picture Show themed InkDrip called "The Last Supper". (See update #6 for an image).

    You will get an 8x10 Limited Edition, Signed, Numbered print of this beautiful archival quality giclée, (SENT OUT BY December 15th to those that pledge in time) as well as a SECRET COVER song made available ONLY TO YOU (This song will not be on the deluxe digital download!).

    "Give yourself over to absolute pleasure
    Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh
    Erotic nightmares beyond any measure
    And sensual daydreams to treasure forever
    Can't you just see it?

    Don't dream it - be it."

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    ETHEREAL ALTAR MAJORA

    {DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    You get the ALBUM + extra music downloads (covers! demos!) PLUS a giant custom-sewn digital PDF of all the lyrics, band photos, handwritten stuff, extra artwork & naked pictures!

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    CLAVIS

    {Skeleton Key Necklace +DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    A beautiful custom, handmade, skeleton key necklace plus the Deluxe Digital Download.

    Wear it as a reminder that you have the means to open and close your own secret doors, and keep your dreams safe.

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    ALTAR RELIQUARY

    {LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD}

    Beautifully packaged CD. PLUS DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & one-of-a-kind thank you ART Card singed by the band

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    VINYL ALTAR ARTIFACTS

    {SPECIAL EDITION VINYL + DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    A stunning VINYL ONLY version of the album on 180 gram colored records in a full colour jacket.
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    Includes TOTALLY DIFFERENT ART than what is on the CD!!!. Yes, the VINYL comes with the DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package!
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    ADD $40 to ANY PACKAGE and get the VINYL as a special add on!!!!

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    TJ - SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL

    {Special TJ MUSIC VIDEO + LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    Armed with an iPhone and iMovie - TJ will make a music video for ANY SONG OF YOUR CHOOSING!

    TJ will send you the video on a USB stick and fill that stick with extra goodies!

    If you live within a 40 mile radius of Boston, and you want to be in the video, he will travel to you and set up a $0 budget shoot!

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    MAJOR ARCANA

    {MAJOR ARCANA DECK + LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    Custom major arcana deck illustrated by Walter Sickert

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    ROOM 237

    {ROOM 237 key chain + ART + PHYSICAL CD}

    ONLY 10 keys to Room 237 exist and you could have one of them!
    Each package contains a key chain bearing the Name and Address of the Overlook Hotel.

    Plus you will receive a one-of-10 limited edition art cards illustrated especially for this package and the PHYSICAL CD PLUS DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & one-of-a-kind thank you ART Card singed by the band

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    ALCHEMY

    {Bespoke cocktail recipes + LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD + Deluxe Digital Download and ART Card}

    Meff, who has been crafting delicious cocktails for shows all over the greater Boston area, will create cocktail (and mocktail) recipes for your next party, event, show, or night at home!

    Just provide them with your favorite booze and flavors, and they'll conjure up 3 cocktail recipes for you!

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    jojo - LA MAGIE

    {Special jojo ITEMS + LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    In addition to the CD & digital download you get:

    1 Ukulele lesson with jojo (virtual or IRL near Boston!) includes video homework helper

    1 Piece of art (portrait painting, whatever you like!) OR a commissioned poem (your topic/choice!)

    1 Hand knitted steam-beanie or animal ear'd hat OR a piece of Buddhist/hippy bling beaded mala necklace/prayer beads

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    Rachel - La Photomaton Magique

    {Special Rachel styled photo shoot + LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    In addition to the CD & digital download you get to:

    Throw on your best steamCRUNK swag and get dolled up with Rachel! She'll help with styling your outfit, hair, and makeup, and we’ll have a toys-certified photographer shoot you both!

    You’ll receive the best of the digital images and one 8x10 print of the shot of your choice!

    (Note: this is a Boston based reward unless you'd like to fly Rachel to you, which we totally encourage)

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    COVER OMEN

    {COVER SONG + PHYSICAL CD + DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package}

    The band will cover ANY SONG that pushes your fancy button; from Abba to Zappa and anything in-between (we'll even cover a song YOU WROTE!).
    We'll record it LIVE in the WIREFOREST studio and send it to you in the ETHER along with the DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package.
    We will ALSO SEND YOU the PHYSICAL CD right in the old mail!

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    COME PLAY WITH US

    {YOU PLAY and RECORD a SONG with US + PHYSICAL CD + DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package}

    WELCOME into the WIREFORST studio where you will tune in, turn on and drop into recording a song of your choosing WITH THE BAND!
    Bring your instrument and hang out for dinner, then we'll retire to the studio where we will rehearse and record your song LIVE!
    We'll mix/master it all pretty and then send it to you in the ETHER along with the DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package. We will ALSO GIVE YOU the PHYSICAL CD.

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    NUMINOUS INKDRIP

    {YOU illustrated by Walter Sickert}

    Become your own piece of art - Walter Sickert will illustrate a portrait of YOU (or anyone of your choosing) in all of your glory.
    The archival, matted, signed ONE-OF-A-KIND art print will be mailed to you (we will also send you a digital copy) and comes with the LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD package (and of course I'll stuff your box full of other goodies - I'm good like that)

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    COME PLAY WITH US + INKDRIP

    {The COVER song AND YOU illustrated by Walter Sickert all in ONE PACKAGE!}

    WHY CHOOSE when you can do it all! Come record with us, or have us do a cover of your choosing AND get a custom one-of-a-kind piece of art!

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    Rachel - Un Point à Temps

    {Special bespoke dress handmade by Rachel + an InkDrip Portrait by Walter + LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    Rachel will make you one of her strange and beautiful geometric dresses! (See update #12 for pictures). And Walter will draw a portrait of you in the garment!

    Rachel personally chooses the fabric and assembles the custom made garment. These dresses are perfect for every occasion, from everyday grocery shopping to a special event and anything in between.

    Only one other person (a Soft Time Traveler Kickstarter backer) has been lucky enough to receive one of Rachel's dresses in the past, and now you could have one too!

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    Rachel - Un Point à Temps II

    {Special bespoke dress handmade by Rachel + an InkDrip Portrait by Walter + LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    Rachel will make you one of her strange and beautiful geometric dresses! (See update #12 for pictures). And Walter will draw a portrait of you in the garment!

    Rachel personally chooses the fabric and assembles the custom made garment. These dresses are perfect for every occasion, from everyday grocery shopping to a special event and anything in between.

    Only one other person (a Soft Time Traveler Kickstarter backer) has been lucky enough to receive one of Rachel's dresses in the past, and now you could have one too!

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    RITUAL MURDER MYSTERY DINNER

    {INTERACTIVE PLAY + Gourmet 3 Course DINNER + LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL CD & DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD}

    Was it Ms. Titty Galore in the Pantry with a shillelagh or Mr. Seymour Mustache In the Studio with a guitar string?
    Come find out during this interactive dinner theatre experience where you'll be part of the action!
    Expect YUMMY food, luxurious LIBATIONS and a mystery to solve - WHO DID IT? Maybe YOU!

    (note that dietary restrictions will be respected!)

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    THE POWER OF SPIRIT

    {EVERYTHING + the Kitchen Sink}

    Includes EVERYTHING from EVERY package above (except special band member items) AND every merch item from SHOCKHEADED PETER (a $300 value).
    PLUS the band will throw an IN PERSON (or streaming, depending on your location) PRIVATE concert FOR YOU and whomever you want to invite!

    We will even throw in high-fives, hugs, libations and ****Walter Sickert will SCORE YOUR FILM!****

    You will also receive EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the album!

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