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Our new album is finished & ready for primetime: help us print a limited edition, 180 gram vinyl record with all the sweetest fixings.
Our new album is finished & ready for primetime: help us print a limited edition, 180 gram vinyl record with all the sweetest fixings.
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277 backers pledged $11,098 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to you, we reached our initial funding in 30 hours! 

When we were planning out the album packaging, there were a handful of top-drawer options we didn't include because we never dreamed we'd be able to afford them. Here's some of them: 

  • full-color card stock dust sleeves
  • option for super-limited run of colored vinyl
  • separate lyric sheet / liner notes
  • high gloss cover finish

But now, these bonus perks are within reach! 

Every dollar of additional funding will go towards beefing up what is already slated to be a super-deluxe album package. We're going ALL OUT!!

We hope you'll consider further funding our project and sharing it with your friends and enemies. 

THANK YOU

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Hey there! Thanks for checking out our project!

We're Swale, a three piece rock band from Burlington, Vermont. We played our first show on September 28, 2002. Since then, we've released 2 EPs (Verdigris and Waterlanding) and a full length CD (A Small Arrival).

We recently finished our new album, The Next Instead -- 12 songs we're super proud of. You can hear a snippet from each track in the video above. We spent a little over a year recording and mixing it with Ryan Power at our favorite little studio in Vermont, Stu Stu Studio. We also benefited from some additional mixing mojo from our old friend, Daryl Rabidoux, who recorded our last 3 releases. These guys are the best.

We were also lucky to have some great musicians collaborate on a few of the songs: Michael Chorney wrote a killer string arrangement which was performed by Nelson Caldwell and Caleb Elder; Amy Patrick played a bit of french horn; Tyler Bolles represented on standup bass; and Katie Trautz brought the heat on fiddle. 

The Next Instead is currently being mastered for maximum aural awesomeness by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering. Once that's finished, our album will be pressed to vinyl by the wizards at Furnace Manufacturing. We're really excited to be working with them as they've been responsible for so many albums that we love. Check it out:

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN 

With your help, this campaign will allow us to follow through on what we set out to make: a musical object that is as pleasurable to listen to as it is to hold in your hands. We're running this Kickstarter essentially like a pre-order, only it's a pre-order with loads of sweet amenities. It's a pre-order on steroids.

We're going to knock it out of the park on this one: The Next Instead is going to be pressed to 180 gram audiophile vinyl and be housed in an ultra-heavy (24pt) gatefold sleeve. There's even going to be a locked groove on this thing. Yes, that kind of locked groove.

"Wait a minute -- what about liner notes and lyrics and stuff?" you may ask. Rest assured: not only will there be lyrics and liner notes, but if you pledge $25 or more, your name will be printed in the liner notes

"That's great and all, but what if I want MP3s of the songs? How am I going to listen to this thing on the subway?" Never fear: every LP comes with a digital download card. Heck, you could get a record that has your name printed in it and enjoy all the music on it without even needing to own a record player!

At this very moment, our pal Dale Donaldson is finishing up the eye-popping album art, and the inside gatefold is, for lack of a better word, epic. Here's a little video of him hard at work on the cover. 

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Thanks to your support, The Next Instead is really going to be a sight and sound to behold.

Details worth noting:

  • Digital artwork is included in all downloads
  • Domestic shipping is included in all pledge amounts
  • Supporters in the Burlington, VT area can opt to have their rewards handed to them in person followed by a handshake &/or hug

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What's Swaleoke?

Swale + Karaoke = SWALEOKE

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What's the Swale Rock & Soul Revue?

It sort of looks like this:

 And likes to sound like this:

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What's in the Swale Sticker Set?

Stickers manufactured by Sticker Mule.

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What do the T-shirts look like?

We don't know yet because Dale hasn't created the art for them yet. But here's some things we know:

  • they'll be printed on American Apparel 2001 Fine Jersey Short Sleeve T-Shirts (100% fine ring-spun combed cotton)
  • Swale will be screen-printing the shirts alongside the good people of the Iskra Print Collective
  • they're going to look as awesome as everything else Dale creates
  • they'll be ready by the time the record is ready

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What do the posters look like?

We don't know yet because Dale hasn't created the art for them yet. But here's some things we know:

  • they'll be signed and numbered editions printed on gorgeous paper from the French Paper Company
  • Swale will be screen-printing the posters at the Iskra Print Collective
  • they're going to look as awesome as everything else Dale creates
  • you'll want to frame it and hang it on your wall
  • they'll be ready by the time the record is ready

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Does Swale have any other music videos?

Risks and challenges

Considering the fact that we've already recorded and mixed the record and that the mastering and album art will be finished shortly after this campaign kicks off, it's safe to say that we've minimized potential obstacles and mishaps that could delay this project. We've also chosen one of the most reputable and respected vinyl pressing companies around, so chances are pretty slim that things would go awry in that department. With all that said, we would be dumber than we look if we told you that we were certain that nothing will go wrong.

What we are certain of is that (a) if anything happens to slow down the process we'll tell you immediately, and (b) if this campaign gets funded, this thing is happening NO MATTER WHAT.

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    • DIGITAL APPETIZER • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ Digital downloads of our first 2 EPs, Verdigris (2004) and Waterlanding (2006).

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    • DIGITAL DIMEDROP • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ Digital download of our debut full length album, A Small Arrival (2012) + digital downloads of our 2 EPs.

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    • DIGITAL ROCK BLOCK • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ Digital download of our brand new album, THE NEXT INSTEAD + digital downloads of our debut album and 2 EPs + Swale Sticker Set.

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    •• VINYL DESTINATION •• ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ ** THE RECORD!! ** Vinyl and digital copies of our new album, THE NEXT INSTEAD + you will be acknowledged by name in the liner notes for the patron saint you are + Swale Sticker Set.

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    • VINYL TAP • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ Our new record with your name in the liner notes + CD of our first album, A Small Arrival, in a limited edition cover lovingly screen-printed by hand + digital downloads of our 2 EPs + Swale Sticker Set.

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    • THE TEE BIRD • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ T-shirt (American Apparel) screen-printed by Swale + our new record with your name in the liner notes + our first CD + digital downloads of our 2 EPs + Swale Sticker Set.

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    • SCREENPRINTERS DELIGHT • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ Numbered edition poster screen-printed and signed by Swale + T-shirt + our new record with your name in the liner notes + our first CD + digital downloads of our 2 EPs + Swale Sticker Set.

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    • BEANS AND NICE • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ A pound of Swale Roast Coffee: a limited run of quality beans selected, roasted, and packaged by drummer and master roaster, Jeremy Frederick + poster + T-shirt + our new record with your name in the liner notes + our first CD + digital downloads of our 2 EPs + Swale Sticker Set.

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    • THE VINYL SCORE • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ 1 of only 10 vinyl TEST PRESSINGS of the new album + pound of Swale Roast Coffee + poster + T-shirt + our new record with your name in the liner notes + our first CD + digital downloads of our 2 EPs + Swale Sticker Set.

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    • THE SWALEOKE SPECIAL • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ We come to you with a boatload of covers for you to sing to and throw a Swaleoke party (see info on left) + pound of Swale Roast Coffee + poster + T-shirt + our new record with your name in the liner notes + our first CD + digital downloads of our 2 EPs + Swale Sticker Set. ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ *must be within hour's drive of Burlington, VT

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    • THE WEDDING SLINGER • ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ We get the Swale Rock and Soul Revue back together (7 piece band with horn section) and play your wedding with all the class and swagger you've always wanted from a wedding band (see info on left) + pound of Swale Roast Coffee + poster + T-shirt + our new record with your name in the liner notes + our first CD + digital downloads of our 2 EPs + Swale Sticker Set. ╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴╴ *limited to the New England area

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