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Folk Noir duo specializing in redemptive revelry. Join the Society and help us crumble the facades that separate us.
Folk Noir duo specializing in redemptive revelry. Join the Society and help us crumble the facades that separate us.
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We're going for a STRETCH GOAL — which means more music for all backers!!

Because you guys are so DAMN AWESOME, we reached our fundraising goal on Day 16, so we're adding a stretch goal. If you read our "about" section all the way through, you know that we made our original goal lower than what we anticipate we'll need because, well, because we were a bit nervous with our first all-or-nothing crowdfunded project. But now that we're funded, we're adding a stretch goal, to try to make it to $9000. Yes, it's a big leap, but we are ALMOST THERE. If we can get make that goal, not only will we get these songs into the hands of more people, not only will we be able to add more promotion and advertising and perhaps another video, we will also offer the reward of a digital EP OF UNRECORDED SONGS for all of our backers! So please pledge if you haven't done so and share if you have!! Big love to all of you!

Join the Society and give the new record wings!

We are Lauryn Shapter and Dennis James, collectively known as Society of Broken Souls, and we're getting ready to release our latest album, Midnight and The Pale. While this is our fifth collaboration, it's our very first crowd-funded project and we are so excited to invite you to join us in getting this record out into the world. These songs have connected us to countless would-be strangers and allowed us to bridge gaps we might have otherwise not tried to bridge. We love how they have come to life in the recording studio and can't wait to get them to YOU.

Rewards, rewards, rewards...

We’re offering a wide range of rewards for our pledgers, from a simple digital download to handwritten lyrics to one-of-a-kind polaroids sent from the road to a full production of one of your own songs, and more — so definitely check out the details. And all pledgers will have their names written on our Gratitude Wall in the studio — a space front and center to always remind us of the connections made through music.

Why we do what we do

If you're just getting to know us, we're a husband-and-wife songwriting duo, both of us multi-instrumentalists and both of us absolutely in love with the way words and music have the power to transform lives, to heal scars, to crumble facades, to offer strength, to give people the chance to see the world from a new vantage point, to celebrate our very humanity. Music has so often saved our lives, individually and collectively, and in writing and creating our own songs, our yearning comes down to simply this: to offer solace and camaraderie and redemptive revelry to all the gorgeous but sometimes broken souls out there. To let our listeners know that they are not alone.

At Lefty's in Des Moines, IA (photo by Liz Brown)
At Lefty's in Des Moines, IA (photo by Liz Brown)

Why we're launching this campaign

We are a 100% DIY operation. With the exception of our first album, all of our recordings (plus a film soundtrack) have been recorded in our home recording studio (aka the attic). Over the years we have added, little by little, to the gear and knowledge necessary to accomplish the task of bringing our songs to life. With each new album, we get more and more excited about what we can accomplish together. 

This project is our most ambitious yet, with us doing everything — writing and producing every song, playing every part, and engineering, mixing, and mastering. Besides the work in the studio, we also have acted as our own booking agent and done all of our own publicity. (And accounting. But Lauryn doesn't really like to talk about that because it stresses her out.)

In 2017, we made the leap to being full-time-no-backup-plan musicians and subsequently put 22,000 miles on our 22 year old RV, performing nearly 100 shows in 18 states. We love the DIY work ethic, but now we're acknowledging that if we’re going to make this thing work, we’re going to need some help.

Enter Kickstarter. Instead of self-funding as we’ve done in the past, we’re hoping to offset the cost of producing, replicating, releasing, and promoting the album so that we when hit the road for another 100+ shows this year, we will be right at the starting gate instead of a few miles back. Honestly, the idea of crowdfunding makes us kind of giddy and kind of terrified, all at the same time, but a big part of being an independent artist is knowing when to ask for help. 

How we are planning to use the funds

The funds you help us raise will go towards launching Midnight and The Pale out into the world: photography, videography, graphic design, replication, distribution, and publicity. In other words, the people who have knowledge that we don’t, so we can focus on what we do best.

Since Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform — if we don’t hit our goal, we don’t get any of the pledges — we have set our goal somewhat lower than the actual cost of getting this album out there. We're hoping, with your help, that we can blow past that and perhaps even add some additional rewards.

THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for taking the time to read and learn about our project. We're so grateful for every pledge of support we receive, every high five, every single last "you got this". Thanks for being part of our Society. We really are all in this together.

At Wild Rose Moon in Plymouth, IN (photo by Amanda Jo Boener)
At Wild Rose Moon in Plymouth, IN (photo by Amanda Jo Boener)

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for this record is likely behind us, in that the entire album is recorded and currently exists in ones and zeros in our computer. We don't see any risk to pledgers receiving their rewards or the album being delivered on time, since it is already finished and we have prepared for replication and distribution. The biggest challenge is really a personal one: whether we are given the blessing of starting our album tour free and clear or whether we pack some debt, along with our gear and the dog, into our touring rig.

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    You're Awesome!

    Pre-release digital download version of the new album, plus our love and gratitude — and your name on our Gratitude Wall!

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    Yeah, we're old-fashioned too.

    A signed CD (includes a bonus track only available on the physical CD), plus:
    * a SoBS sticker
    * a handwritten thank you note
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    Share the love!

    Two signed copies of the CD (with bonus track), plus:
    * two SoBS stickers
    * a handwritten thank you note
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    For pen and paper lovers

    Handwritten lyrics — one song from each of us, your choice or we'll pick for you, plus:
    * a signed copy of the CD (with bonus track)
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    * a handwritten thank you note
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    Who says film is dead?

    A one-of-a-kind signed Polaroid from the studio or the road, plus:
    * handwritten lyrics — one song from each of us, your choice or we'll pick for you
    * a signed copy of the CD (with bonus track)
    * a SoBS sticker
    * a handwritten thank you note
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    Photographs and Memories

    Six one-of-a-kind signed Polaroids sent once a month-ish from the road in 2018, plus:
    * handwritten lyrics — one song from each of us, your choice or we'll pick for you
    * a signed copy of the CD (with bonus track)
    * a SoBS sticker
    * a handwritten thank you note
    * pre-release digital download version
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    Take cover!

    We'll learn and record a demo of your favorite cover song (or one of our unrecorded songs), Society of Broken Souls style, plus:
    * six one-of-a-kind signed Polaroids sent once a month-ish from the road in 2018
    * a signed copy of the CD (with bonus track)
    * a SoBS sticker
    * a handwritten thank you note
    * pre-release digital download version
    * our love and gratitude — your name on our Gratitude Wall!

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    Your very own song

    We'll write and record a demo song written just for you, based on ideas you give us, plus:
    * six one-of-a-kind signed Polaroids sent once a month-ish from the road in 2018
    * a signed copy of the CD (with bonus track)
    * a SoBS sticker
    * a handwritten thank you note
    * pre-release digital download version
    * our love and gratitude — and your name on our Gratitude Wall!

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    Private House Concert (regional)

    A private concert for you and your friends, within 250 miles of Fairfield, Iowa, plus:
    * two signed CDs
    * SoBS stickers for you and your guests
    * a one-of-a-kind signed Polaroid
    * pre-release digital download version
    * our love and gratitude — and your name on our Gratitude Wall!

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    Private House Concert (U.S.)

    A private concert for you and your friends (outside 250 mile radius of Fairfield, Iowa), plus:
    * two signed CDs
    * SoBS stickers for you and your guests
    * a one-of-a-kind signed Polaroid
    * pre-release digital download version
    * our love and gratitude — and your name on our Gratitude Wall!

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    We'll produce your song!

    Send us your demo and we'll produce it for you, laying down drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, and violin or viola. Record with us or we'll send you a backing band track for you to add your own vocals, plus:
    * a signed copy of the CD (with bonus track)
    * a SoBS sticker
    * a one-of-a-kind signed Polaroid
    * a handwritten thank you note
    * pre-release digital download version
    * our love and gratitude — and your name on our Gratitude Wall!

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