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Help Sledge Leather make the follow-up cd to our debut "Imagine Me Alive."

Hey METALHEADS and other people of the Earth:

Your money can save our lives.  It's true! We can't live without expressing ourselves musically. And we're counting on you to care about that.

(Let's just cut to the Frequently Asked Questions section)
FAQ:

1. Q. Why? Why would I care about you, Sledge and Leather?
     A. Because we're nice people and if you help us make the follow up to our successful debut cd "Imagine Me Alive" (available on Metal Up records) (Yes, that's us) you won't have to endure us ranting in the streets.  Which we've been known to do before.

Sledge got her nickname in college from the way she hits the snare
Sledge got her nickname in college from the way she hits the snare


2. Q. If your first album "Imagine Me Alive" was so successful, why weren't you picked up by (insert metal record label name here)?
     A.  Good question!  We used our savings to record, release and distribute our first cd "Imagine Me Alive". 
But even after it hit #19 with a bullet on the CMJ radio chart the metal labels told us: You already put it out on your own so we don't want to touch it.
    B.
And for this new work they said they didn't want to "develop" us.
    Our rebuttal:  Leather put out 5 classic metal albums with the band Chastain in the 80's and 90's, and the Malibu Barbi record that Sledge and Leather did is a collector's item.  Sledge and Leather are well known for creating Rude Girl, one of the pioneering all female heavy metal bands of the 80's. This project "Sledge Leather" is to finish what we started with Rude Girl. 
We got yer development.                                                                    C.  We really have no idea why. Maybe it's the state of the music industry. The record got great reviews. But even though we had good press and radio play, we still aren't making enough to produce this new work on our own. That's why we're appealing to you.

You can get the t-shirt on the left but we're keeping the body
You can get the t-shirt on the left but we're keeping the body


3. Q. What if I don't have a job?  I can't make a pledge but I want to help!
     A. Sledge would like you to come over and mow her lawn while we're making the record. She will feed you.

4.  Q.   What if I don't LIKE metal?
      A.   Put your ear up to this montage for "Imagine Me Alive."  You do now, don't you?  *wink* 

Would you like to find a metal present under your tree\bush\altar picked for you, from us, Sledge Leather, as thanx for helping fund the cd?
Would you like to find a metal present under your tree\bush\altar picked for you, from us, Sledge Leather, as thanx for helping fund the cd?
The DVD.  Click to go to youtube for a sample look at it
The DVD. Click to go to youtube for a sample look at it


5.   Q.  How did you come up with the name "Sledge Leather"
      A.  It's Sledge, who plays the drums, piano, and songwrites, with Leather, who sings the songs and songwrites.  S+L= Sledge Leather. We don't know what else to say about that.

6.    Q.  Who's playing on the record?
       A.  Leather-  Vocals,   Sledge-  Drums, Piano,    Scott Warren-   Keyboards, Orchestrations,   Rick Lambert-  Guitar,    Jimmy Bain-  Bass.      And various Special Guests.

Scott Warren will kill it again and Sledge will hammer on the new record
Scott Warren will kill it again and Sledge will hammer on the new record


7.   Q. Cool, just like the last record. How special are these guests?
      A.  Well, we like them.  You may recognize a few of the names.  Honestly, we have ideas and goals as to whom we want, but the amount of money we raise will determine if Rob Halford will even take our call.


8.  Q. Wait a minute, speaking of guitars, who's this Rick Lambert on guitar? Didn't you have a different guitarist on IMA?
      A. We loved the sound on IMA but think we can go a little further with Rick.  We know you'll like him as much as we do.

Rick Lambert. You're going to like his sound as much as we do.
Rick Lambert. You're going to like his sound as much as we do.

9.  Q.  Will it be recorded at Trident Studios like "Imagine Me Alive" was?
      A.   Yes! We plan to do drums, some vocals, and the guitars there.

10.  Q. Who's producing the new record?
       A.  We did IMA ourselves. Is it cool with you guys if we do the new one? (email: sledgeleather@gmail.com)

11.   Q. IMA was a concept album, will this new one be also?
       A.   It will!!!!
11.5  Q.  Will it be "full length?" (ie. Longer than IMA)
         A.   Yes.  We know you wanted IMA to go on longer. We applaud your attention span, unlike ours, so we'll take our ADHD meds and really get focused.

12.   Q.  Ok, what's the concept of the new album?
        A.  We want to tell you, but we're here to raise the money to make the album, so we made that the first 'reward.'
        Hint:  The record will be dealing and delving in our past. Items will come up from there.  Hints of older melodies. A song that Sledge wrote after the tragic and unnecessary death of Rude Girl's founding bassist, Delphine. New melodic ideas that Sledge and Leather got while revisiting the haunted streets where we "grew up."  And ghosty stuff.

14.  Q.  So, then there will be Rude Girl songs on this new album?
        A.  We feel like every song we write is a Rude Girl song. We didn't think to name this band Rude Girl because... we were stupid.  Doh!

Sledge says she named the band "Malibu Barbi" as a joke. If you choose this "Rude Girl" reward laugh as you PLAY IT LOUD
Sledge says she named the band "Malibu Barbi" as a joke. If you choose this "Rude Girl" reward laugh as you PLAY IT LOUD


15.   Q.  Sounds cool!! When can we expect the record at our doorsteps?!
         A.  If this Kickstarter thing works out, Spring 2013!!!

Leather's watchful eye over her lyrical creation that could hang on your wall
Leather's watchful eye over her lyrical creation that could hang on your wall


16.   Q. One more question, I'm an accountant. How exactly will you use the money you raise?
         A.  Please see the "Risks and Challenges" section below. In general, the money we raise here will go to pay for the recording studio, engineer, musicians (other than Leather and Sledge), mixing, mastering, replicating, artwork and promotion for the new cd, and the pledge awards. 10% of that goes to Kickstarter and Amazon.

17.  Our turn to ask you a question. Actually it's more of a request. Please look at the pledges to the right and pick one, or *four.                               We pledge to give it our all.

THANK YOU for your support!!!!

\m/
Leather and Sledge.    Sledge and Leather.    Whatever.  It's both of us.  And the band. You get the idea.     Metal Up!!!

In this fan photo from KIT in 2011, Leather is wearing the leather jacket that you can own with your pledge
In this fan photo from KIT in 2011, Leather is wearing the leather jacket that you can own with your pledge

Here are some of the reviews for "Imagine Me Alive":

Respected industry friends Mike Varney and Monte Conner comment on SLEDGE LEATHER:
"Sledge and Leather are the most powerful team of female rockers on the metal scene today," says Mike Varney, founder of Shrapnel Records.               
"Leather sounds as great as she ever did and kicks even more ass than she did in the '80s!,” says Monte Conner of Roadrunner Records.

"With a name like this, you had better rock the f*ck out of a disc... Sledge Leather does exactly that. ...real metal - Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Dio - this is the disc for you. Sit back, turn it up, get your horns ready, and rock out."     http://www.therockpit.net/news.php?readmore=1744

"All in all, this is a classic heavy metal album in an old-fashioned way! It has the attitude and passion of the 80's, the necessary screams, a double ass-kickin' drumming, loud guitars and some tunes that will make every single fan of heavy metal sound proud!!!" http://heavyparadise.blogspot.gr/2012/06/sledge-leather-imagine-me-alive-2012.html

"...While neither artist became a household name during the 80s metal onslaught or the first coming of Bay Area thrash, they are both well revered as two of the best kept secrets from those eras." http://www.metalforcesmagazine.com/site/album-review-sledge-leather-imagine-me-alive/

Great music guys \m/ you are in rotation on HHR
www.hardnheavyradio.com

First of all I must state up front that I am a huge Leather Leone fan. As far as I am concerned if you are talking about women of rock and metal then she is one of the all time greats. In fact you could argue that she is quite possibly the best female heavy metal vocalist of all time. Let's hope that Sledge Leather keeps at it ... "we want more!". http://metalmark.blogspot.com/search?q=Sledge+Leather-Imagine+Me+Alive+

Here's a little interview and live clip from our show at the House Of Blues Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles this summer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy-In8dJVeU

    Thank you for caring about us and THANK YOU FOR KEEPING MUSIC ALIVE!!!!!!!!!

KICKSTARTER STYLE TWEAKS:

*WHAT IF I WANT TO GET MORE THAN ONE REWARD?
  • We just learned that you can only make one pledge, so if you want more than one reward, just add the extra cost of the extra items when you check out and specify what items you want in a message to us through Kickstarter.  We will respond right away to confirm we got your list.
  • But If you have already bought a reward and later decide that you want another, you can INCREASE YOUR PLEDGE AMOUNT.  Just go to the "Manage Your Pledge" tab.  Then send us a message specifying what extra rewards you would like included in your order.

If you get a reward that comes with the new cd, we'll send you the reward asap and then the new cd when it's complete.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We work hard to be organized. One metal step leads to another. So, since you're now a part of it, here's our plan:

Step 1: Get inspired: Check out the ideas that've been building up for new songs. Discover the concept. Assemble the team. Writing team, Graphics, Sound Engineers, Promotion, Replication, Packaging. Set a timeline. (Done!)

Step 2: Get Funding: Put together the Kickstarter project without exhausting resources. Arrange for promotion of the Kickstarter. (check!)

Step 3: Get Creative: Complete writing of the full length album. (90% done!)

Step 4: Get Moving: Complete rough demos of the album. (Starts this week)

Step 5: Get Booking: Use some of the Kickstarter funds to secure and book the recording studios and engineers.

Step 6: Get Loud: Start writing keyboards. Record live drums, bass, guitars at Trident studio.

Step 7: Get Shred: Record more guitars..

Step 8: Get The Voice: Record vocals at Trident and Studio D.

Step 9: Get Large: Write and lay in the final keyboard parts. Record live strings.

Step 10: Get Style: Assemble the inter-sfx and voiceover.

Step 11: Get Blend: Mix it! Edit track points. Master it!

Step 12: Get Complete: Use the rest of the Kickstarter funds to pay for the studio overage, mastering, completed graphics packaging, extra musicians, final assembly. Pay replication, promotion, credit carded travel bills.

Step 13 & 14: Get Metal!: Buy padded envelopes. Ship it to you!

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    Get a mystery Christmas, Channakuh, or Kwanza present from Sledge Leather. It'll come to your house in time for the holidays to sit under your tree\bush\altar wrapped and festive and with a tag from us. It won't be anything that's offered here, and it'll be something we think is cool! NOT clothes. And the advance copy of the new cd before it goes on sale or to press for reviews. And, we'll autograph it to you personally. And The name and concept of the new record, like we said in the video, delivered to your door in Leather's handwriting. Except not. Because no one can READ Leather's handwriting, we'll email it to you! And we'll update you on the cd's progress as we go along.

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    We'll send you the Malibu Barbi CD. This cd is the second run from the 1\4" master and the first cd's ever made of the Malibu Barbi EP, which has only been released on 12" vinyl. And the Sledge Leather Alive! 2011 DVD of our show at the Keep It True Festival in Germany. It looked like there were 3000 of you singing along and it inspired us to keep going and put everything we have into Sledge Leather. Featured on the 45 minute dvd are some Chastain classics, one of our favorite's from Rude Girl, and a burner from Malibu Barbi. And Our first cd, "Imagine Me Alive." And the Sledge Leather original logo t-shirt. It's metal. It's heavy. It's pre-shrunk cotton. And black. When we play in your town if we see you in the shirt, we'll autograph it and give you a huge hug of thanks. And you get the advance copy of the new cd before it goes on sale or to press for reviews. And, we'll autograph it to you personally. And the name and concept of the new record, like we said in the video, delivered to your door in Leather's handwriting. Except not. Because no one can READ Leather's handwriting, we'll email it to you! And we'll update you on the cd's progress as we go along.

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    We'll call ya! We'll give you a Happy Birthday (or other holiday of your choice) phone call from Sledge and Leather. Yes! The Voice of the Cult will call you, or anyone you choose, on any date you choose, with holiday wishes. We can't promise that she'll sing to you but....she usually never opens her mouth without a little song escaping. Sledge will play some kind of drumbeat in the background and make sure it's a hell of a birthday (or any day) to remember.

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    You get Leather's Shockwaves solo cd, Mystery of Illusion and Ruler of the Wasteland (with Chastain) cd's. These are her favorites so she'll autograph them with her metal blood (but it might look like red ink.) We got that guy David to sign them too. It'll look like it says "David T. Chastain" cause it is. The new cd when it's completed and shipped to the public. And The name and concept of the new record, like we said in the video, delivered to your door in Leather's handwriting. Except not. Because no one can READ Leather's handwriting, we'll email it to you! And we'll update you on the cd's progress as we go along.

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    The Autographed "Bundle." We, Leather and Sledge, will sign all of the cd's and dvd's below. And you'll get our personal Thank You for helping us make our new cd. We'll send you the Malibu Barbi CD. This cd is the second run from the 1\4" master and the first cd's ever made of the Malibu Barbi EP, which has only been released on 12" vinyl. And the Sledge Leather Alive! 2011 DVD of our show at the Keep It True Festival in Germany. It looked like there were 3000 of you singing along and it inspired us to keep going and put everything we have into Sledge Leather. Featured on the 45 minute dvd are some Chastain classics, one of our favorite's from Rude Girl, and a burner from Malibu Barbi. And Our first cd, "Imagine Me Alive." And the Sledge Leather original logo t-shirt. It's metal. It's heavy. It's pre-shrunk cotton. And black. When we play in your town if we see you in the shirt, we'll autograph it and give you a huge hug of thanks. And you get the advance copy of the new cd before it goes on sale or to press for reviews. And the name and concept of the new record, like we said in the video, delivered to your door in Leather's handwriting. Except not. Because no one can READ Leather's handwriting, we'll email it to you! And we'll update you on the cd's progress as we go along.

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    You get the ORIGINAL and VERY limited Malibu Barbi 12" vinyl EP. Unopened and in mint condition from Sledge's private stock. There's only a few left. And we'll autograph it. And the new cd when it's completed and shipped to the public. And The name and concept of the new record, like we said in the video, delivered to your door in Leather's handwriting. Except not. Because no one can READ Leather's handwriting, we'll email it to you! And we'll update you on the cd's progress as we go along.

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    Your full name featured in the credits of the new cd. And you get the advance copy of the new cd before it goes on sale or to press for reviews. And, we'll autograph it to you personally. And the name and concept of the new record, like we said in the video, delivered to your door in Leather's handwriting. Except not. Because no one can READ Leather's handwriting, we'll email it to you! And we'll update you on the cd's progress as we go along.

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    We'll give you our original handwritten lyrics to one of any of our songs of your choice, beautifully framed. It has to be a song that either Sledge or Leather, or both, has recorded and released commercially. We'll sign it and make sure it's legible. And we'll send you our new cd, signed.

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    You'll get US on the music of your choice. Got a song? Need a singer? Need a drummer? Or maybe you've always wanted to hear a particular cover song sung by Leather with piano or guitar. We'll record an acoustic style version of any song that you pick and send it to you as a digital download.* But we're not doing "Freebird"! And we really can't do anything over 6 minutes. And please don't ask us to do country. That would just be bad for metal. And the new cd when it's completed and shipped to the public. And the name and concept of the new record, like we said in the video, delivered to your door in Leather's handwriting. Except not. Because no one can READ Leather's handwriting, we'll email it to you! And we'll update you on the cd's progress as we go along. (*Of course you know that the song can't be made for resale or released commercially.)

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    You get to spend a day in the studio while the Vocals or Drums are being recorded for the new record. We love it. You'll need to arrange your own travel and stay in California. We'll take care of food for the day including dinner after recording, with just us and you. You can bring a 'plus 1' if you want to. The new cd when it's completed and shipped to the public. And The name and concept of the new record, like we said in the video, delivered to your door in Leather's handwriting. Except not. Because no one can READ Leather's handwriting, we'll email it to you! And we'll update you on the cd's progress as we go along.

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    Leather's leather jacket. This thing has history dating back to the Rude Girl days in San Francisco. She's worn it everywhere, including on tours and on stage. We'll pulling it out of her cold dead hands* but she's happy to pass it to a true metal fan. It's the one seen here in the picture of Leather and Sledge at the 2011 Keep It True festival in Germany. *Note: She's not really dead. And she'll autograph it to you if you want her to.

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    We want to come play for you. We'll bring Sledge, our guitarist, and The Voice Of The Cult (Leather!) We'll come to your living room, basement, attic...wherever you aren't charging anyone to get in. We'll let you select the playlist from our collective catalogue and we will METAL UP your place for 2 (two) hours. (Travel costs not included.) And we'll bring 25 copies of our new cd for you to share with everyone. We'll send you the name and concept of the new record, like we said in the video, delivered to your door in Leather's handwriting. Except not. Because no one can READ Leather's handwriting, we'll email it to you! And we'll update you on the cd's progress as we go alo

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    Leather's personal apology, to you, for disappearing from music for 20 years.

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    Become a partner in Metal Up Records for 2013. Ironic, huh?

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