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We need your help to finish "Shelf Life", our second album. Now is your chance to buy early and be a part of the project.

We've been working on our second album "Shelf Life" for over a year and we're almost there. But we need a little help from you to make it amazing. All the songs are almost tracked and ready to mix, but the expenses of mixing, mastering and getting vinyl pressed and packaged has become a difficult obstacle for us.

I'm sure you know that CDs are a dime and dozen. But along with the convenience and low cost of CDs, Hearts of Darkness has always been committed to producing quality recordings on archival formats in exceptional packaging. If you're one of over 300 people who purchased our debut album "Hearts of Darkness" on 180g vinyl in a premium gatefold jacket, then you already know we put out a really nice, collectable product. For the rest of you, if you can help us out today, we promise you an album every bit as unique and exciting as our live show.

We're trying to raise $7,500 to cover the remaining expenses of putting out the album. This Kickstarter is an attempt to "pre-sell" copies of this album at a fair price as well offer you an opportunity to pick up all sorts of other bonus rewards. For instance, you can have your name included on the thank-you credits in the liner notes, take a trip to Chicago with some of us to see the vinyl being cut, or even sponsor your own private party or concert with the band. 

Many of the sponsorship levels include tickets to our scheduled "Shelf Life" Album Release Party to be held Saturday August 25 at Knuckleheads, one of our favorite outdoor venues. This show will also feature our good friends, The Good Foot, so you can bet it's going to be a great time.

We hope you'll consider making a pledge now to help us get this album finished, especially if you think you'll purchase the album any time in the future. We promise that you won't be disappointed with the finished product.

Thank you for your time and attention,
Alex, Andrew, Bob, Brad, Brandy, Chris, Erica, Hermon, Jolan, Josh, Ken, Les, Mark, Miko, Pete, Phil, Rachel, Richard, Sam, Sean, Shawn
Hearts of Darkness

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    Digital download of "Shelf Life" and our gratitude.

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    One CD copy of "Shelf Life" delivered to your doorstep as soon as it's ready and our thanks.

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    THE FASHIONISTA: A CD copy of "Shelf Life" and your choice of one of our two new t-shirt designs in sex and size of your choice.

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    LP COPY OF "SHELF LIFE": As soon as it's finished, we'll ship you a copy of "Shelf Life" (with digital download included). You will recieve your copy prior to the official August 25, 2012 release date.

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    DELUXE LP PACKAGE: Your name in the liner notes, and as soon as it's finished, we'll ship you an LP copy of "Shelf Life" (with digital download included). Your name shall live forever upon dusty shelves of record collectors the world around.

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    VINYL COLLECTOR PACKAGE: An autographed vinyl copy of "Shelf Life", an LP copy of our debut album "Hearts of Darkness" AND our 7" split-single, "Numeration / Bad Way" we released with The Good Foot earlier this year. PLUS, your name in the liner notes!

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    BASIC RELEASE PARTY PACKAGE: Two tickets to the Record Release Concert and a CD copy of "Shelf Life".

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    LP RELEASE PARTY PACKAGE: Two tickets to the Record Release Concert and an autographed copy of the "Shelf Life" LP (digital download included) with your name in the liner notes.

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    I WANT IT ALL PACKAGE: You get one of everything! One "Numeration" T-shirt and one "Unplug Yourself" T-shirt (size and sex of your choice- mix or match); 2 HOD can coozies; A CD and LP copy of our debut album "Hearts of Darkness"; a copy of our 7" vinyl split-single released earlier this year; AND both a CD and an autographed LP copy of "Shelf Life"; AND your name in the liner notes.

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    BACKSTAGE LP RELEASE PARTY PACKAGE: See how the sausage is made as you hang out with Hearts of Darkness like a rock star. Includes an autographed copy of the "Shelf Life" LP (digital download included) with your name in the liner notes. Two tickets to the Record Release Concert with backstage access to all the glory of our green room.

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    RECORD COLLECTOR'S TREASURE: A pre-release set of "test pressings" of the album from Bill Smith Custom Records with hand-lettered labels and production stamps. The factory makes a test pressing before running the production so that the artist can approve the final product. You will get one of only 10 of these. Someday your children may be able to retire off of its sale. Includes an autographed copy of the LP (with digital download) and your name in the liner notes, and two tickets to the Release Concert.

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    PRE-RELEASE LISTENING PARTY: Be one of the first to hear the finished record at a semi-private party with members of HOD and up to 15 of your friends at our luxury practice space in the West Bottoms in early July. Includes an autographed copy of the LP, your name in the liner notes, and two tickets to the Release Concert.

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    RECORD COLLECTOR'S JACKPOT: The "dub plate" lacquer master, right off of the cutting lathe. There will be only one of these made and you will own it after we've finished with it. To make a record, the grooves must be cut into a smooth lacquer disk by a liquid-cooled sapphire needle on a "cutting lathe". Chicago Mastering Service will cut two copies- One will be sent to the plant to make the stamping plates (a process which destroys the master) and the other will be sent to you. Includes an autographed copy of the LP with your name in the credits, a copy of the test-pressing, an invite to the pre-release listening party (see above for details) and two tickets to the Release Concert.

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    PRODUCTION ENTHUSIAST PACKAGE: Join us in studio with our engineer Chad Meise during a mixing session. In approximately the middle of June, you'll travel with Bob and Chad to Chicago and sit in on a mastering session with Colin Jordan of Boiler Room Mastering. Then witness the lathe cutting the final lacquer master plate at Chicago Mastering Service. Trip dates approximately middle of June, most likely three days and two nights. Travel (most likely by train) for one and your own hotel room will be paid as will a delicious luncheon at the world famous Hot Doug's Encased Meats Emporium and Sausage Superstore and Bobby will no doubt buy you lots of cocktails to celebrate. Trip will likely be three days and two nights. This package also includes an autographed copy of the LP, your name in the credits, and two tickets to the Release Concert.

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    BENEFIT CONCERT: HOD will play a 90 minute set at the venue or location of your choosing (PA, Stage, Lighting and Production not included).

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    "OUR WINGED ANGEL" PACAKGE: Sit back and bask in the glory of knowing you are a distinguished benefactor of this endeavor while Hearts of Darkness plays a private concert for you and up 75 of your closest friends at our secret practice space / event headquarters. Includes an autographed copy of the LP, your name in the credits, and two tickets to the Release Concert.

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