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Beneath the Brine is an orchestral rock album by The Family Crest, a band with a mission to encourage artistic collaboration by all.
Beneath the Brine is an orchestral rock album by The Family Crest, a band with a mission to encourage artistic collaboration by all.
324 backers pledged $21,767 to help bring this project to life.

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Introducing our first three 'Cousins'

24 days and $11,210 to go. Thanks to all of you who have been sharing the link to this project. Word of mouth is crucial to grassroots campaigns, and we appreciate you for helping us spread the word. If each you tell one friend about this Kickstarter, and they pledge $35, we'll be over $5,000 closer to reaching our goal. Speaking of our $35 reward, we have an update about Cousins!

We are happy to announce that local artists Avi Vinocur (of Goodnight, Texas), Debbie Neigher and Roem Baur are contributing tracks to Cousins, an EP that will feature our awesome musician friends covering our songs. Read on for more information about Avi, Debbie and Roem, and be sure to check out their music.

Avi Vinocur of Goodnight, Texas (covering The Valley Below)

The ghost town of Goodnight, Texas sits halfway between the homes of San Francisco's Avi Vinocur and North Carolina's Patrick Dyer Wolf, whose transcontinental collaboration has taken on the name of its geographic midpoint. After meeting in San Francisco and learning each other's melodies, the pair of songwriters found their stylistic midpoint amidst old wooden instruments and a vision of late nineteenth century blue collar America - a grittier, simpler, more mysterious world full of raw pain and beauty.                                                                                                 Recommended listening: Maggie's Farm


Debbie Neigher (covering The Bells)
Debbie Neigher is not another polite female songwriter sitting behind a piano; her provocative songwriting and years of classical training command the force of a full band on the keys. Her nuanced, jazz-infused vocals are testaments to a life lived beyond her 25 years, narrating topics ranging from deeply personal to dark to whimsical. Since its release in July 2011, Neigher’s self-titled debut has been featured on AOL Spinner, Under the Radar, and the San Francisco Chronicle hails it as “…a lush, beautifully scored album on par with those of her personal icons Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple.”
Recommended listening: What Say You Now 


Roem Baur (covering Got Soul)
Roem Baur is a San Francisco based singer-songwriter with a "stirring vocal range and a passion for his music" (Nina Ragonese, WMATT) that proves to be worthy of the unusual distinction of his epithet (which came to his young, single mother in a dream shortly before he was born). A classically trained tenor with a four octave range and award-winning singer (MAMA and Elly Awards), Baur has begun to distinguish himself in the San Francisco scene with his unconventional takes on blues, soul and folk music coupled with the wit and energy he brings to his live performances. Baur's song work also draws inspiration from 60's folk music, his early operatic training and touring internationally in choirs. As he takes the leap from performing singer-songwriter to a fuller, more realized sound, Baur's band will include organ, guitar, drums and the conceptual bass horn section, with tuba and bass trombone.
Recommended listening: Paper Man (live at Yoshi's)

29 days to go, 40% funded!

We'd like to thank each and every one of you who have contributed to this project over the past month. Your support represents much more to us than you may know. As an independent band, the support of fans, friends, and family is crucial, not only so that we can keep producing music, but we are able to produce our music the way we envision it. This album is bold (some might even say risky), but that's what music is about - pushing boundaries. By contributing to this campaign, you are putting your faith in young artists and the visions that we are trying to bring to life through music. And we thank you for believing in us.

We still have a long way to go - we have almost $12,000 to raise in less than a month. So if you haven't had a chance to share the link to this Kickstarter, please do. We are counting on as many people as possible spreading the word. Just telling five friends makes a huge difference. So share www.beneaththebrine.com and let's get this album funded!

Another way to share is to get social with us! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for pictures, updates, upcoming show information, and of course some Kickstarter tidbits.

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Album Update and Song Preview #2

Slowly but surely, we're piecing Beneath the Brine together, one instrument at a time. We've been building this album from the foundation up - drums and bass first, and then layers of instruments to create a rich sonic landscape. Just this past week alone, we've recorded several string quartets, hand bells, piano, and finished up trombone tracking. Up next: more strings, woodwinds, auxiliary percussion, and choirs.

We are so grateful to those of you who have contributed thus far. At this point, we are 7 days away from the halfway mark of this campaign, and we are hoping to raise $10,000 (or 50% of our funding goal) by next Tuesday. Help us reach this goal by continuing to share our project link  or www.beneaththebrine.com with your friends and family in any way you can. Every dollar helps, and the more micro-donations we get the better. Remember, for $20, you can get a copy of Beneath the Brine, which is an offer we are only extending to our Kickstarter backers!

As promised, we have a rough track of a new song preview for you to hear. This one is called She Knows My Name. We love hearing your feedback, so please comment away! And if you like what you hear, share this post so that your friends get a sneak peek as well.

A million thanks for your support thus far - let's get this album made!

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Preview the title track of Beneath the Brine!

Thank you.

We're two weeks in and Beneath the Brine is just $7 away from being 25% funded! As a thank you for your support, we are excited to give you a sneak peek of Beneath the Brine's title track. In the clip, you'll be hearing a rough mix of the instruments we've recorded thus far for the song - violins, violas, cellos, flute, drums, bass, and guitar. We'd love to hear your reactions to the music, so please feel free to comment.

Liam's birthday challenge!

Liam's birthday wish this year is to get 200 backers by his birthday on October 9 at 11:59PM. If we reach that number, then every backer will get a free digital download of our first EP, Songs from the Valley Below. So please keep sharing (either the Kickstarter link or www.beneaththebrine.com) and spreading the word - this album is such a huge departure from our first EP, and it needs to be heard! We can't do this without you, and your support means the world to us.

To hear Beneath the Brine, watch the video below. 

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20% of the way there - thank you!

We're so grateful for all of you who contributed to this project in its first week! Thanks to your pledges, Beneath the Brine is 20% funded which is a truly wonderful and encouraging way to start off the campaign. We still have a long way to go, so if you believe in the album and what we're doing, please help us spread the word by directing people to this page. With your help, we can reach far beyond our circles and make this Kickstarter a true crowdfunding success!

Stay tuned for an album progress update, and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.

With many thanks,

Laura, Liam, John, Charlie, Lucas, and Owen

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