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The moon dripped onto the lake and the lake melted into a sound. We assembled a studio in a nearby cabin to record it's songs for you.

Everything that's going to happen is going to happen. Cats will catch mice. Trees will grow tall. Songs will float in over the lake and haunt the ones who hear them til they're sung into microphones and squeezed through wires. Moon Lake is Heavy Duty Super Ego's debut album in-the-making and with your help, it will be released on Record Store Day, April 20th, 2013.

tracking with Eamonn Vaughan
tracking with Eamonn Vaughan

While previous EPs emphasized the bands garage-rock live feel, the new album leaves behind the grimy garage for a dusty, moonlit cabin on the water. After a year of songwriting on the lake, Heavy Duty Super Ego is joined by producer Eamonn Vaughan who disassembled his recording studio The Lion's Den and re-assembled it inside the cabin to capture an authentic recording of an authentic experience. Progress on the underway Moon Lake delivers natural melodies with heart-felt harmonies singing out strangled sentiments and stoned poems over dream-sequence-drippy guitar tones and shuffle-strut polyrhythms. Listen to two new tracks from the album at heavydutysuperego.com

photo by Stephen LaMarche
photo by Stephen LaMarche

We couldn't be more proud of the sounds coming from our studio/cabin right now, however, production costs add a hurdle between our music and you. Studio time, disc replication, audio mastering, distribution fees, album art, packaging, skins, tubes, strings, stands... the actual cost of making a full-length album is prohibitive for us independent artistfolk. We dove into this project head-first, it's up to you to help us see it through.

We're always grateful to have an audience to play music for and eternally thankful for any funding you can pledge. If we don't reach our goal, than we receive none of the pledged dollars, but we have faith in supporters of independent music like you. Choose from the donation rewards to the right and we will see you at the next show!

-Josh, Joe, James, Theresa, & Bud

album art & poster print - photo by Jen Storch
album art & poster print - photo by Jen Storch
Butterface t shirt reward
Butterface t shirt reward

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Studio costs and production costs are our biggest challenges. After we've raised funding for those, the next challenge is to get the word out on the awesome album we made together. We have confidence in the supporters of independent artists that we can overcome these challenges.

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    DIGITAL SINGLE: Download "Eva Bakes a Cake", a new track from our new album. Enjoy on repeat or as often as necessary. (DRM-free)

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    ADVANCE DIGITAL ALBUM: Download the new album two weeks before the official release date. You're pretty much time-travelling. (plus the first reward)

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    PHYSICAL ALBUM: The actual CD appears in your actual mailbox. Clear a spot in the CD book. (plus both previous rewards)

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    CD + LTD. EDITION POSTER PRINT: Your CD arrives with a hand-numbered 14" x 14" album art poster-print from a short run of 100 pieces. (plus all previous rewards)

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    T-SHIRT: Our first ever shirt, only available here, illustrated by Jen Storch (view the design below). Pants sold separately. (plus all previous rewards)

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    IN GRATITUDE: For supporting the album, Heavy Duty Super Ego would like to say "thank you", so your name is added to the "Thank You" section in the liner notes. Thank you! (plus all previous rewards)

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    SEASON PASS: You're on the guest list for 2013. Come to any or all live Heavy Duty Super Ego shows this year and a free ticket will be waiting for you. (plus all previous rewards)

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    HOUSE BAND: Heavy Duty Super Ego performs lively live music at your house party, Bat Mitzvah, aquarium, or anywhere really. You provide the space and we provide the sound system. If you're outside the 5 boroughs or Long Island, you'll also need to cover additional travel expenses. (plus all previous rewards)

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    RECORD YOUR SONG: Heavy Duty Super Ego is your backing band for the day at Suffolk Recording Studios. We rehearse & track your original song while Eamonn Vaughan lends his producing prowess to deliver an awesome recording. (plus all previous rewards except HOUSE BAND)

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