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Swearing At Motorists to release new album, While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth. PRE-ORDER now w/ Kickstarter Only incentives!

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Swearing At Motorists' 1st new album since 2006, "While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth" to be self-released in March 2014, with your support.  

WE DID IT!

I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH!
BUT WE HAVE 26 HOURS LEFT! SO I HAVE AN IDEA!

If we reach $17,000, i'll write and record a song for download
EXCLUSIVELY FOR ALL BACKERS!
If we reach $18,000  i'll press it on 7" vinyl and give it away
EXCLUSIVELY TO ALL BACKERS!

Yes, we have reached our goal! But keep in mind, this is a Pre-Order for the record and many of these items will sell out. Let's run these numbers up!

we still have some pretty special rewards available:

HANDWRITTEN LYRIC SHEET i will hand write the lyrics and autograph any Swearing At Motorists song you choose. Plus your choice of WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL or CD 3 of 10 left

LIMITED EDITION COLORED 180 GRAM VINYL with HAND-SCREENED COVER ART NUMBERED & SIGNED BY WILLIAM SCHAFF 41 of 50 left

3 SONG VIDEO CONCERT i'll record 3 songs of your choosing, with personal greetings and post them to YouTube and Vimeo. includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE 2/4 left

FLYING PIZZA PARTY i'll take you and 4 friends out to Flying Pizza for lunch, give you each WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL and then will play a solo set for you in their parking garage. 1 of 2 left

Original Cover Artwork by WILLIAM SCHAFF that's right, you can own William's original drawing of the album cover! Plus WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL or CD 1 of 1 left

THANKS AGAIN FOR GETTING INVOLVED!

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you can watch the 2nd video from the new album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth here:

you can watch the 1st video from the new album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth here:

you can stream Groundhog Day (Damn The Piper), the 1st single from the new album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth, here:

you can listen the 2nd single from the new album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth, here:

  • Tracklist:

Side 1

I Don't Need Anyone 00:34
Groundhog Day (Damn The Piper) 03:32
Forever 01:27
Academy Award For Best Actor In A Supporting Role 01:12
Friend Of Mine 02:47
Famous Orange Sweatshirt 02:11
Time And Distance 02:39   
17th Last Cigarette (thinkin' bout drinkin') 02:16
Wrote You A Letter 02:02

Side 2

The Darkest September 02:46
Great Actress 02:50
I Love You (liar) 01:49
Adjectives 02:30   
Don't Want To Dream (About You) 01:50
I Likes Your Style 02:30   
Wasting Your Time 02:13
It's Love That Chooses You 02:07

I've been trying to make this record for years, I really have. I got sidetracked, for reasons good and bad, but now here it is, recorded, mixed, mastered and ready to be manufactured. All it needs now is your involvement.

One of the good distractions was the birth of my son. When he came along in 2007, I decided that in order to be a good father, I needed to make some major adjustments to my life. Chose to take a break from focusing on my music full time, and devote my time and energy to raising this cool little person.

me and my best friend
me and my best friend

I wanted to spend as much time as possible with him, so that when the time was right to resume working as a touring musician, he would know how much I loved him, and hopefully understand why I had to go on the road for a few weeks at a time.

Now the time is right to finally resume my music career, but I can't use the same model as before. Times have changed, and the old cycle of record, release, and tour when the label was able to promote us, just won't work for my personal situation. Since my 1st priority is now my son, I need to be able to work around our schedule, not that of a record label. I must be able to release albums and go on tour when it's right for my family. And to do that, I need your help.

I'm extremely proud of this album. It was the hardest and most honest one I have ever made. For a few years, I was using my son as an excuse not to write and record. Was extremely depressed and unhappy unless we were together, because when we were apart I was afraid to make music. Subconsciously, I knew that starting an album was the first step to leaving home, which I was terrified of doing. While my relationship with my son grew strong, slowly I lost an important part of myself. It took a long time to realize that I couldn't be what I wanted to be for my son, if I ignored who I was to my self. So I started writing again.

7 years, 3 studios, and 2 engineers later, the album While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth, is finished. It was produced by myself & the amazing Rick McPhail (Tocotronic/Glacier of Maine) at the Upper Room in Hamburg in 4 weeks of afternoons, with additional recording at my home studio Cardboard Skyline (1st in Berlin then in Hamburg)

my favorite microphone at the Upper Room
my favorite microphone at the Upper Room
vocal overdubs at the Upper Room
vocal overdubs at the Upper Room
vocal overdubs at Carboard Skyline
vocal overdubs at Carboard Skyline
mixing at the Upper Room
mixing at the Upper Room

The cover art was designed by William Schaff

The album is mixed and mastered, and only needs to be manufactured. Before, these costs would have been covered by the record label, but this time I am footing the bill. Only with your support via Pre-Orders will I be able to release this album.

I believe I've come up with some cool rewards packages, but feel free to make suggestions. I want to get the album to you and into record stores in March 2014. I'm ready to start playing shows to support the album. But I need your help!

PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS VIA YOUR FACEBOOK, TWITTER, TUMBLR, INSTAGRAM, BLOGS, ETC 

Risks and challenges

I guess the biggest risk is that my feelings will be hurt and my ego severely bruised if this campaign is not successful.

But seriously folks, the album has already been recorded, mixed and mastered and only needs to be manufactured.

Therefore, there is no risk, as Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture.

If your Pre-Orders make this a successfully funded project, the album will immediately go into production, which usually takes 4-6 weeks.

The Digital Download Reward links will be emailed immediately, and as soon as the vinyl, cds and tshirts are manufactured, they will be bundled and shipped.

Of course the phone calls will commence the day the campaign ends.

The challenge of course will be making all those phone calls,
but I really hope i get to call a few thousand of you.

If you have questions, you can email me directly at motoristsmerch@gmail.com

I thank you for your support, and hope our paths cross sooner than later...

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    LIVE AT HASENSCHAUKEL -
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    WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on CD
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    SWEARING AT MOTORISTS
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    pays tribute to both the geographic inspirations for S@M's music and the traditional Association Football fan's most universal symbol.
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    WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH - 180 gram VINYL, cover art by William Schaff
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    HANDWRITTEN LYRIC SHEET
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    WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH - LIMITED EDITION COLORED 180 GRAM VINYL with HAND-SCREENED COVER ART NUMBERED & SIGNED BY WILLIAM SCHAFF
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    THE SECRETLY CANADIAN YEARS CD - all 4 albums: More Songs From The Mellow Struggle, Number Seven Uptown, This Flag Signals Goodbye, Last Night Becomes This Morning on CD Plus WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on CD Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE And I WILL CALL YOU TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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    Plus William Schaff cover art TSHIRT
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    THE SECRETLY CANADIAN YEARS VINYL all 3 vinyl albums: Number Seven Uptown, This Flag Signals Goodbye, Last Night Becomes This Morning
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    THE SECRETLY CANADIAN YEARS DELUXE-
    all 4 albums (on cd):
    More Songs From The Mellow Struggle,
    Number Seven Uptown,
    This Flag Signals Goodbye,
    Last Night Becomes This Morning
    and 2 eps (on cd):
    Burnt Orange Heresy,
    Along The Inclined Plane
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    WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH TEST PRESSING - with handwritten tracklist and liner notes. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE And I WILL CALL YOU TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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    3 SONG VIDEO CONCERT
    i'll record 3 songs of your choosing, with personal greetings and post them to YouTube and Vimeo.
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    PRE-SHOW TEA PARTY (US/Canada)
    you and a friend will come hangout at soundcheck and drink tea with me! help me write the setlist for the show. we can look at photos of your kids, dogs, cats. you can tell me all about your town. Includes 2 guest list spots and 2 copies of WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL. and of course DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE
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    PRE-SHOW TEA PARTY (UK/Europe)
    you and a friend will come hangout at soundcheck and drink tea with me! help me write the setlist for the show. we can look at photos of your kids, dogs, cats. you can tell me all about your town. Includes 2 guest list spots and 2 copies of WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL. and of course DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE
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    AFTER-SHOW PARTY (US/Canada)
    you and a friend will come hangout backstage after a show. perhaps we will go to your favorite bar, maybe your friends will invite us to a party? No matter what, this includes 2 guest list spots and 2 copies of WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL. and of course DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE
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    AFTER-SHOW PARTY (UK/Europe)
    you and a friend will come hangout backstage after a show. perhaps we will go to your favorite bar, maybe your friends will invite us to a party? No matter what, this includes 2 guest list spots and 2 copies of WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL. and of course DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE
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    SWEARING AT MOTORISTS SKYPE CONCERT
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    FLYING PIZZA PARTY
    i'll take you and 4 friends out to Flying Pizza for lunch, give you each WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL and then will play a solo set for you in their parking garage.
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    Original Cover Artwork by WILLIAM SCHAFF
    that's right, you can own William's original drawing of the album cover!
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    SWEARING AT MOTORISTS HOUSE SHOW USA
    i'll come play a solo set at your place AND give you 10 copies of WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on 180 gram VINYL to share with your friends!
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    SWEARING AT MOTORISTS HOUSE SHOW UK/EU
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    you've always wanted to be in the music business, and now's your chance! Your generous support will get your name in the Album Credits and 10 copies of WHILE LAUGHING THE JOKER TELLS THE TRUTH on either cd or vinyl to share with your friends. Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE And I WILL CALL YOU TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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    RECORD AN ALBUM AT THE UPPER ROOM in Hamburg
    i'll produce it, and even sing and play guitar/keyboards if you want.
    (travel and accommodations not included)
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    I'll finally shave my mustache after 22 years.
    (now's your chance Grandma!)
    YOU can wield the razor if you'd like.
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