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Punk-Swing pioneer Wolfgang Parker and his band are offering you an all-access view into the making of their new 5-song album "Father of the Black Cat, Pt. I."  

Over the last 16 years, Wolfgang Parker founded the Dieselpunk genre with his 1998 debut album “Hep City Swing,” and went on to release 3 additional albums, “Octoboure” (2000), “Room Nienteen” (2007), and “Petty Standards” (2010).  “Father of the Black Cat, Pt. I” is the first batch of all-original music the band has recorded in 10 years. 

“Father of the Black Cat, Part I” offers not just new music, but a new approach to music all together.  By embracing the independent fundraising platform of Kickstarter, Wolfgang and his band will give an all-access view into the creation of the album as well as Wolfgang’s personal insight into the songs themselves; songs Parker says are the most honest, and personally revealing he has ever written.  Videos will be shot by the band as they rehearse, track, and hear the final mixes for the first time.   

Backers can choose rewards ranging from .mp3 files of the songs to a hardcopy CD autographed by the entire band, hand written lyric sheets, and more.  A few backers will have the chance to snag ultra-rare copies of Wolfgang’s early albums, “Hep Ciy Swing,” “Octoboure,” and the American edition of “Room Nineteen” autographed by the band to the individual backer. 

The album will be recorded at Sonic Lounge studio in Grove City, Ohio, just a stone’s throw from where Wolfgang spent his childhood.  All tracks will be mixed by Tim Schuldt at 4-CN studio in Hamburg, Germany, and mastered by Brian Lucey of Columbus, Ohio, who won a Grammy for his mastering of the Black Keys’ 2010 “Brothers” album. 

Recording process will begin on November 14th and end in late December.  Mixing and mastering will wrap in mid to late January.  All backers receive .mp3 files via email of the finished songs as soon as the mastering has been approved.  Hardcopy CDs will be shipped to backers by late February to early March depending on pressing plant and studio schedules.

*To pledge you need an Amazon.com account.  If you do not have one it only takes a few minutes to get one.  

**All music featured in video are excerpts from demo recordings of  songs that will appear on the album.

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