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Walk Among UsBy Walk Among Us
First created
Walk Among UsBy Walk Among Us
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$3,820
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 15 2018 7:38 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Hello Boys and Ghouls! 

Welcome to our first Kickstarter project! We are Walk Among Us, The ONLY Punk Rock Piano Tribute to the Misfits, and we are FINALLY making our first E.P.!

ABOUT THE BAND

Our band is a 3-piece group hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, and currently our repetoire contains the entire catalog of Glenn Danzig's Misfits (54 songs, 1977-1983) plus some choice Danzig songs as well. Our unique sound is made using drums, vocals, and two pianos, one that is full-sized and played "clean" (the traditional piano sound) and one that is smaller and played "dirty" (hooked up to a guitar pedal for a fuzzy/dirty sound). The three of us--Sara, Nate, and Veronica--all share a love for Glenn Danzig's music and for old-school ways of doing things. And despite our piano-heavy style, we play fast and loud, and with a passion for being ourselves in the music we are playing while respecting the original intent of the songs. It's all about the live energy we create together while playing the music of an artist that we genuinely respect. 

Veronica Evans, our lead vocalist and player of "dirty" piano, is a classically trained opera singer with several stage credits and has played piano her whole life. Nate Phillips, our drummer and backup vocalist, is a self-taught drummer but plays many instruments and has played in bands since he was a teenager. Sara VanLaningham, our lead pianist ("clean" piano) and other backup vocalist, has been "doing music" her entire life. She is a classically trained pianist with a bachelor's degree in music composition, teacher of piano and music arrangement, and assists the local symphony with orchestra librarian work. Her style of playing in this group, which has been dubbed "punk rock piano", comes from a lifelong love of old rock-and-roll, the music and attitude of the great Jerry Lee Lewis, and a desire to expand what traditional piano playing can be in the context of a punk band in this current era. We thrive on minimalism and using the skills we have to the best of our abilities. The old idea of taking something you love and making it your own is what we are all about. 

Brass Rail - Ft. Wayne, IN 10/13/17
Brass Rail - Ft. Wayne, IN 10/13/17

WHY SUN STUDIO?

Rock-and-roll carries with it a long tradition of making cover songs. It has been said many times by many people that to create a great cover song one must put something special into it, something that is uniquely from the point-of-view of the artist but also pays tribute to the original. So, in the spirit of that tradition, we want to give you the best of what we have to offer, something truly special. Our band is located only a 7-hour road trip away from Memphis, Tennessee, home of the LEGENDARY Sun Studio, and we want to record our music LIVE in the same room that all those rock-and-roll greats did. And by rock-and-roll greats, we mean some of the ORIGINATORS of the genre in the 1950s, such as B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Carl Perkins, Howlin' Wolf, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley to name a few. You should DEFINITELY look up Sun Studio online and check out some of the documentaries made about its founder Sam Phillips if you want to know more about this historic space, which, by the way, we have visited before! 

Several years ago, the three of us took a road trip together down to Oxford, Mississippi. On a whim we decided to travel up through Memphis on the way home, truthfully so Nate could eat ribs at Jerry the King Lawler's BBQ place on Beale Street. After eating, we decided to head down the road and take the Sun Studio tour. With all sincerity, this became the most unexpected spiritual journey we have taken together so far. Ask anyone who has been there and they'll tell ya, it is ONE SPOOKY PLACE! There is an ENERGY in those walls, and all three of us felt it there. We did not go in expecting anything but a tour of a historic building and maybe a few souvenirs, and we left with (not to sound too romantic) tears in our eyes and a burning desire to return and capture whatever THAT was. Needless to say, it is the PERFECT location to record some horror punk songs, especially considering you can only book studio time there at night! 

Sun Studio (Photo by Jim Beletti)
Sun Studio (Photo by Jim Beletti)

ABOUT THE E.P.

We here at Walk Among Us LOVE the idea of curating our creations and making them extra special, as we are all collectors ourselves. Firstly, you should know the songs we chose and why we chose them! The tracklisting will be as follows:

Side One: 

1. She 

2. London Dungeon

Side Two: 

3. Earth A.D. 

4. Cough/Cool

Album Concept Art (Acrylic/Ink Painting by Sara VanLaningham - Digital Design by Nate Phillips)
Album Concept Art (Acrylic/Ink Painting by Sara VanLaningham - Digital Design by Nate Phillips)

These tracks were chosen with the theme of "origins" in mind. The songs "Cough/Cool" and "She" were the first songs released by The Misfits, the A and B sides respectively of their very first single released in 1977. The song "Earth A.D." is the title track from the album "Earth A.D." and represents one of the original hardcore punk albums, released in 1983. And "London Dungeon" carries with it one of our favorite origin stories involving Glenn Danzig, Bobby Steele, and a UK prison (the story is out there online, it's an interesting read!). 

Now, no session at a historic 1950s recording studio would be complete without a vinyl record at the end! This E.P. will be released digitally, of course, and available in several lossless quality formats and .mp3 (it IS 2018 after all...). HOWEVER, a first limited run of 333 will be pressed on to a purple 7-inch vinyl record! It will be packaged in a full color jacket and included will be a special insert with a list of EVERY PERSON'S NAME who backs this Kickstarter! We NEED your support to make this project a reality, and every dollar counts. So, REGARDLESS of your contribution amount you will receive credit as a VIP who helped make this happen for us! Each record will be hand-numbered out of 333 pressings and will be SIGNED by the band. This LIMITED FIRST PRESSING will ONLY be available on Kickstarter! As in, TRULY LIMITED to 333. We will never make this E.P. in purple vinyl in future re-releases, so get it while you can! 

Also worth mentioning, rather than using the digital piano that she plays live, Sara will be playing an acoustic piano for this recording for a more traditional, old-school sound. And rather than piecing these songs together, we will be making this recording in a live way, all playing together at the same time, in order to capture the energy we strive to create at our live shows (and maybe capture the ghostly energy in the room too!).

Along with the actual music, the merch we are creating to go along with it will be EXCLUSIVE to this release on Kickstarter! Again, as in TRULY LIMITED fashion, we will not be making any of it available outside of this campaign. The high-quality, all-weather stickers will be limited to 500, the 8x10 signed art prints will be limited to 250, and the enamel pins will be packaged on a small card and limited to 100. Each item will be hand-numbered and, again, ONLY AVAILABLE ON KICKSTARTER!  (We told you, we love to curate things!)

OUR FINANCIAL GOAL AND TIMELINE

Our budget of $8311 for this project takes into consideration all costs of production for the physical vinyl 7-inch record and jacket/inserts, travel for 3 musicians and gear from Chicago-Memphis and back, recording studio expenses, licensing fees for 4 songs, and for the production and shipping of exclusive merch. 

Oh yeah...did we mention we have already purchased and procured our licensing on these four tracks? WELL WE DID!! Here is the link to our licenses if you would like to view it! PROOF OF LICENSING 

THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

We will keep everyone updated as we create with pictures and videos. Studio time will be booked upon successful completion of our campaign, so our release date will vary based on how soon we can book studio time and what the turnaround time is after our session is done for mastering and making the records. We are hopeful that we can get this release done and ready to ship in the first quarter of 2019. Again, you will all be kept up to date regularly on our progress!

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    This package includes MOST of the "TIME is MONEY Tier 2" rewards, but instead of 6 months of lessons and a Skype call/local meet up (NOT included here) you get the BEST of us as a band--A PRIVATE LIVE WALK AMONG US SHOW FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS! Since the three of us live around Chicago, this reward is ONLY available in places between Chicago and Memphis (although, if you donate enough money to cover travel/lodging expenses then we are willing to travel further of course...). We can play at a venue in your town (or close by), OR we can play a private space/party of your choosing! The show can be as big or small as you want, and we can play full on and loud as a 3-piece with drums and dirty keys OR acoustic style with piano and vocals for a more intimate gathering of fiends. NOTE: Some gear, such as a P.A., required for a successful 3-piece show. Invite only your chosen guests, or bill it as a public free show, whatever you want! And, of course, YOU get to choose the Misfits set list!

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