Pre-orders Are Up! Plus Other Updates!

Pre-Order Store is Open

Missed the Kickstarter? Head on over to our pre-order store, where you can pre-order the album and a couple of other nice things. 

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Fill Out Your Surveys and Get Your Add-ons Now

If you backed the Kickstarter, the BackerKit surveys have been sent and should be in your inbox! These surveys will help us get you exactly the rewards you want, including Add-on rewards!

If you backed the Kickstarter but can't find the survey link in your email, just go here to have your link re-sent.

Surveys are due 6 p.m. EDT June 10. This will ensure we get you your rewards on time (or early), because after the surveys are all done we have to order all the merch, have it shipped to us, sort it, get it ready to ship, etc., which all takes some time. We really appreciate your quick responses!

Album Update

We've finished the mixing process, and the album is now being mastered. We expect to send it to the printer this week! Holy sh**!

Drunken Postcards Shenanigans

We're planning to livestream our silly selves drinking and writing postcards for our $100+ level backers on Friday, June 21, around 7 or 8 p.m. EDT. More details forthcoming - stay tuned.

Launch Party Scheduled

If you're in the DelMarVa area, join us at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Md. July 10 to celebrate the new album. We're in the process of planning the event, which will include a full concert and the opportunity to pick up your Kickstarter rewards in person.

Rewards Shipping Timeline

If you're an international backer or outside the DelMarVa area, your rewards should be shipped July 8-10.

If you're local to the DelMarVa area, you can pick up your rewards at our July 10 release party. If you don't pick them up there, they will be shipped to you July 11-13.

This means if you're in the United States, expect to see your rewards by the end of July. Friends in other parts of the world can expect to see their rewards late July or August.

That's it for now! Go fill out those surveys!

TWENTY. THOUSAND. DOLLARS.

So uh...the Kickstarter ended last night, and y'all came through in a big big way. That final stretch goal that will allow us to make a pro music video with Laser from the Doubleclicks? F***ing CRUSHED.

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We are (literally) FLOORED. And we had a ball watching the final numbers come in - you can watch the shenanigans here if you missed the livestream. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who supported the campaign, at any point, both monetarily and by helping us spread the word. We are so f**king gobsmacked by the groundswell of support. We cannot thank you enough.

So...What Comes Next?

  • Expect surveys from BackerKit before the end of the month - HOPEFULLY next week, because we'd like to get pre-orders set up before our Doubleclicks shows. (Tickets are still available for both shows, BTW.) Surveys will be up no longer than two weeks, because we are hoping to have all rewards physically in hand by mid-June to begin the process of fulfillment. So when you get the survey, please fill it out IMMEDIATELY so we know how much stuff to order.

  • The CD should be sent to the duplication service before the end of the month, too. We're in the final stages of fixing little things on the mixes, and hope to have the album mastered and sent to the printer in the next couple of weeks.

  • The early-release single should be released this month. Keep an eye out.

  • For those who are local-ish, we'll be planning an album launch party in June or July. Stay tuned. Much like with our previous albums, this will be a way you can pick up your rewards in person.

Paying It Forward

We've mentioned these fine folx a few times now, but our band BFFs the PDX Broadsides have a couple weeks left on their Kickstarter and could use your support. Here are a few reasons they deserve your love:

  • The anti-catcalling song "Smile!" we perform on "Swearing is Caring"? They wrote it and performed it on their album "Something's Rotten." 

  • They have delightfully nerdy songs about science, feelings, Welcome to Nightvale, Bitch Planet, Studio Ghibli, Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian, and Steven Universe, among other things.

  • If their Kickstarter funds, they'll be touring the East Coast and performing gigs with us! You KNOW you want to see what kind of hilarious shenanigans ensue when that happens.

  • They just released this rad music video, officially called "Winter is Coming," unofficially called "Arya Stark Is Over Your S**t." It's a song from the album they are Kickstarting right now. Take a listen - it's musically complex, lyrically fierce, and GORGEOUS. 

So please back the PDX Broadsides "Relatable Content" Kickstarter. And if you're tapped out financially, please tell your friends about it. It would mean a lot to us.

Again, we can't thank you enough for your support. Have an amazing weekend and we'll check back in with you when surveys are set up.

Behind the Music: "I Wanna Make Out With You at Cons"

By “Lucky” Annie LeBlanc

Buy the song on our second album, “Sloppy Seconds!”

1. This is the first original I've written that was actually performed! My friend Phoebe helped me with the uke chord progression and I practiced it for months before I nervously brought it to the band. I was so excited that they liked it and wanted to perform it.

2. I have a bit of a... history? reputation? for developing crushes on cosplayers at fandom cons. In a few, shining cases, those crushes have evolved into makeout buddies. More often, they have resulted in either me failing to work up the courage to ask them, me being unavailable for casual makeouts, or asking and embarrassing myself.

3. The best improv banter we've ever had for this song was at Dragon Con 2018:

Me: "This song is NOT based on a true story."
Saber: "Maybe someday you'll be able to say that with a straight face."
Me: "Oh honey, I am FAR too queer to do anything with a straight face."

Fun postscript: a dude came up to me after the show to tell me he thought I was awesome, but "it's too bad you're gay!" I paused, and said something like, "I'm pansexual, not gay - I like all genders, but I'm taken right now" and he was like, "Oh," and walked away.

4. The breakdown, with "I finally worked up the courage to ask you, but then my heart just broke because your Facebook status changed to 'in a relationship'" is based on a true personal experience, and is actually the incident that fueled me to write this song in the first place. So thank you, dude who ended up being taken off the market. I think the song was worth the rejection, and I'm pretty happy with my current relationship situation. Everybody wins!

5. It's always a thrill when we perform this live at the point where, just before the final chorus, I yell, "Everyone!" and people sing along. I want to bottle that feeling.

Album 3 Kickstarter launches April 11

We are full of SQUEE because our final preparations are coming together and we're very happy to announce that the Kickstarter for our third album is launching April 11!

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We have diabolical plans for the launch, and will be unveiling several surprises over the next couple weeks. If you want to be in the know AND get handy reminders from everyone's favorite evil social media overlord, RSVP for this Facebook event.

Behind the Music: "Bunnies in My Brain"

By “Lucky” Annie LeBlanc

1. It took me the better part of a year to write this one. Who knew it would be so hard to write about something that I deal with every single day of my life? I ultimately had to set a hard deadline for myself to get it done.

2. When I only had a couple fragments of lyrics, this one started in my head sounding like a big-bandish, loungey sort of classic swing song. One of the things about writing music, though, is that you have to write the type of music your band can actually perform - and a song in that style wouldn't sound right without several instruments backing it up, and we just don't have that, unfortunately. Not only that, I wasn't sure my range/vocal talents were up to the task of a big, rich, sweeping jazz song.

3. Unfortunately, I couldn't think of another melody that would work with the song, and with my self-imposed deadline looming, I decided to make it a parody instead. I looked around for folk songs that had a frenetic pace, and I remembered performing "Chicken on a Raft" with Pirates for Sail. Once I figured that out, the lyrics came together pretty quickly. (I find lyrics a lot easier to write when I have a rhythm in mind first.)

4. The concept of this song is that the song itself is a long, anxious overthink of a concept - in this case, being in love with someone who tends to ease your anxiety when they're around, but being conscious of the fact that you can't rely on them to ease your anxiety (co-dependence is never a solution, kids!). As someone pointed out, sometimes being in love increases your anxiety, and that's VERY true, but I decided not to work that into the song because I didn't think it was as interesting or complex as the idea that sometimes you have people in your life who decrease your anxiety just by being around, but knowing you can't get dependent upon that effect, that you have to manage your own mental health and be able to do it independently.

5. I did a songwriting stream on Twitch for this song - the first and only time I've done that. It was really fun and I want to do that again sometime.

6. The song was written by the end of June 2018, but we didn't actually start rehearsing it until early 2019. One of the delays was the need to learn a couple of new songs that were written specifically for Dragon Con, and then we focused on other music we had to prep for studio recording first, and then we had a bit of a holdup where we were trying to find a version of "Chicken on a Raft" we wanted to emulate for the purposes of building harmonies.

7. I wish we had a good recording of us performing this at the Limerick Pub a couple weeks ago - Saber added the cajone (drum) to it, and it makes the song even better.

8. Yes, the song will be on the new album coming out this year (and it will include the cajone).

Behind the Music: "Bibliophilia"

By “Lucky” Annie LeBlanc

"Bibliophilia" is my favorite song I've ever written (and I love the photo below that Saber took for the cover art!). I'm so psyched everyone can now buy it as a single.

Some background on the song:
1. My mom is awesome and took me to the Rochester Public Library, pretty much weekly, from a very young age (I think my earliest memories of it were when I was 3 years old or so). We also visited the Bookmobile every other week when it came to my neighborhood, though I preferred the main library because they had a dollhouse that changed seasonally, and puppets you could check out! I've had a library card of my own as long as I can remember (and now I have cards for three different county systems, whaaaat).

2. I've always been in awe of libraries - even more so today, recognizing that in our consumer-driven culture, libraries are one of the only places you can go without having to spend a single cent, and you can come away with education or entertainment. You don't even have to physically GO to the library to gain its benefits - through services like Overdrive (which is name-dropped in the song), you can get ebooks and audiobooks delivered to your electronic devices for free. And there's usually a reference librarian available by phone or email to help you answer questions, which is phenomenal.

3. I was inspired to write this song as I was getting ready to go volunteer at a local library for a day. I was flirting with my boyfriend and we started coming up with terrible and wonderful library and book-themed double-entendres and puns, and...well.

4. The song originally had a completely different melody, but when I sang it at rehearsal, it clearly wasn't working. I went back to the drawing board, and came up with the melody you hear today.

5. I do not advocate having sex in libraries. Consent is mandatory, and that includes the consent of people around you in a public place who might hear you, see you, or have to clean up after you. And note that the punchline of the song is that we are actually singing about reading erotica in the library.

6. I had to change one of the lyrics after we'd started performing the song (and after the YouTube video of it was released). Originally we said "I'll meet you in 649.65" because when I Googled "Dewey decimal sex education books," that's what came up. Repeatedly. Buuuut then when I was looking around at my library I realized that section is embedded within child psychology, and consists of books intended to teach very young children about where babies come from, and I was kinda horrified. Not the vibe I was going for at all. So we've since changed the lyric to "Shelf 306.7's where I feel alive," which is the adult sex education book section, my original intention.

7. One final note as a pitch for libraries: libraries may be taxpayer-funded, but have been subjected to massive budget cuts over recent decades. Most libraries have a foundation you can donate to, and sometimes there are special perks for being a monthly contributor. And if you're trying to de-clutter, most libraries accept donations of new and used books for their Friends of the Library program, and possibly for their collections. One of my habits to support my favorite authors and libraries is to pre-order hardcovers from my favorite authors, then donate them to the library as soon as they arrive. The benefit is threefold: 1. The library gets a new release they can either throw into their collection or sell for a decent amount at their Friends bookstore, 2. I'm helping my author friends boost their sales numbers (since hardcover orders count more than ebook orders, and I always order the ebook too), and 3. If it's added to the collection, it can help my favorite authors find new audiences, especially if the library hadn't already ordered a copy.

Video Submissions Due 2/28!

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Just a friendly reminder that your Kickstarter video submissions are due Feb. 28!

We’re looking for very short (a few seconds) videos from as many folx as possible! Details are below.

How to Submit a Video:

  1. Read the logistical notes below!

  2. Take a 5-15 second video of you saying:

    1. Why you like the Misbehavin’ Maidens OR why you’re excited for the new album (or both!)

    2. Your favorite swear word (this probably won’t be on the Kickstarter itself because of content restrictions, but we’d like to make a compilation video for YouTube) (this part is optional)

  3. Send us the video, via google drive or dropbox, to: misbehavinmaidens@gmail.com by Feb. 28.

  4. Fill out this form to give us your name and permission: https://goo.gl/forms/tBFAGxq2KtPcPoHN2

LOGISTICAL NOTES:

  • MOST IMPORTANT ONE: Please turn your phone sideways! You can film this video with a camera, a phone, whatever (high quality is great within reason)—but PLEASE make sure it’s horizontal, like a movie, not vertical, like a selfie.

  • Look for the best possible lighting—brighter is better!

  • Make sure there’s a minimum of background noise.

  • Acceptable formats: 3GP, AVI, MP4 and Quicktime. And don’t make the final over a gig, for the sake of our precious hard drive space.

  • If you’re using Dropbox, please send us a link to the FILE, not the FOLDER, that makes it easier!! Make sure it’s got open permissions.

  • CONSENT is mandatory. Don’t take a video of someone who doesn’t know what’s happening! Please!

  • Don’t send us multiple takes or options, just pick your favorite for each person/group! We trust your judgment!

  • Don’t overthink it! We just want to see your face and hear you talk. You don’t need to launch a full-scale film production. A selfie video of just your face is fine!


(BTW thanks to The Doubleclicks for having this process down to a science so we knew what to ask for and how to ask for it. Go tell them they’re awesome on Twitter.)

Love Libraries? Get “Bibliophilia” (new single!)

As a Valentine's Day surprise for y'all, we've released a single FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. "Bibliophilia" in all its professionally-recorded-and-mixed glory is yours to own as of TODAY!

It’s available on Bandcamp now. We've submitted it for distribution on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Pandora, but it can take up to a couple of weeks to be available on all platforms. So if you prefer to buy on those avenues, keep checking back and it should be there soon! (Update 2/21: the single is now available from: Bandcamp | iTunes | Amazon | Google Play | YouTube Music | Spotify !)

It WILL be included on our forthcoming album, but, uh, we’re impatient, and thought you might be, too. So you can enjoy this little “taste” of album 3 early!

Also, remember: you still have until Feb. 28, 2019 to submit a video for our 3rd CD Kickstarter campaign! Details are in our previous blog post.

Oh and in case you missed it, we posted on YouTube a video of a song we just started performing in January. It’s all about having anxiety and being in love:

CD 3 is Coming, and You Can Help Make It Awesome

If you were one of the lucky folks at our MarsCon shows this weekend, you heard our big news: We’re making a third album! HOLY SHIT!

Many diabolical plots are happening behind the scenes right now, but here’s what we can tell you, to start:

  1. Recording is IN PROCESS. Thanks to all you wonderful folx buying merch and being so supportive, we’ve been able to hoard enough funds to start the recording process early. You are AWESOME.

  2. To whet your insatiable appetites, a new single will be released SOON on Bandcamp. Keep an eye out!

  3. We’ll be launching the Kickstarter in a few months (April-ish). The Kickstarter will be raising money to print the actual CDs and get you some really cool new swag!

  4. We’re planning to have the album released before September of this year (maybe sooner!).

We’d love you to be a part of this amazing process! Here are some ways you can do that!

  1. Sign up for our e-mail list! As anyone with a brand presence on social media will tell you, the algorithms (the evil robots that decide what content you see) have been getting worse and worse over the last few years. The mailing list is the way you can ensure you’ll know when we launch our Kickstarter and when the CD is released. (We promise not to spam you. We only use the mailing list for Really Important Stuff.)

  2. Tell us what kind of rewards you’d like to see!

  3. Send us a video! For our Kickstarter video, we’d like to include our amazing fans! We’re looking for very short (a few seconds) videos from as many folx as possible! Details are below - deadline is Feb. 28.

How to Submit a Video:

  1. Read the logistical notes below!

  2. Take a 5-15 second video of you saying:

    1. Why you like the Misbehavin’ Maidens OR why you’re excited for the new album (or both!)

    2. Your favorite swear word (this probably won’t be on the Kickstarter itself because of content restrictions, but we’d like to make a compilation video for YouTube) (this part is optional)

  3. Send us the video, via google drive or dropbox, to: misbehavinmaidens@gmail.com by Feb. 28.

  4. Fill out this form to give us your name and permission: https://goo.gl/forms/tBFAGxq2KtPcPoHN2

LOGISTICAL NOTES:

  • MOST IMPORTANT ONE: Please turn your phone sideways! You can film this video with a camera, a phone, whatever (high quality is great within reason)—but PLEASE make sure it’s horizontal, like a movie, not vertical, like a selfie.

  • Look for the best possible lighting—brighter is better!

  • Make sure there’s a minimum of background noise.

  • Acceptable formats: 3GP, AVI, MP4 and Quicktime. And don’t make the final over a gig, for the sake of our precious hard drive space.

  • If you’re using Dropbox, please send us a link to the FILE, not the FOLDER, that makes it easier!! Make sure it’s got open permissions.

  • CONSENT is mandatory. Don’t take a video of someone who doesn’t know what’s happening! Please!

  • Don’t send us multiple takes or options, just pick your favorite for each person/group! We trust your judgment!

  • Don’t overthink it! We just want to see your face and hear you talk. You don’t need to launch a full-scale film production. A selfie video of just your face is fine!


(BTW thanks to The Doubleclicks for having this process down to a science so we knew what to ask for and how to ask for it. Go tell them they’re awesome on Twitter.)

O Hai, 2019!

We’re pleased to announce the dates for several local shows we’ve confirmed for 2019! For those who like to plan waaaaay ahead, here’s where you’ll find us next year:

We’re still confirming some convention dates as well, so stay tuned for those!

Want to book us for a show? Fill out our handy contact form.

Can’t wait to see y’all!

We're Gonna Be Part of the Doubleclicks' October Online Show!

We’re super excited to be special guests on the Doubleclicks’ October Online Show October 18!

We’ll be singing a few of our G-rated songs (yes, we have those, please don’t spread that around) and chatting with Laser and Aubrey. It’s a hangout, it’s a concert, it’s a party you can join from the comfort of your own home, in pajamas (or whatever - we don’t judge).

The link to the livestream will be posted in this Facebook event the day of the concert, so RSVP to stay in the loop!

ALSO! We are stoked to be the special guests for Lysistrata and Other Burlesque Tales of Rage at the Black Cat November 2! Tickets are $15 and available now.

Get your Maidens logo gear!

We've heard the cries from near and far - people want more Maidens merch, and they want to be able to order it from all over the world. So we have launched a brand-new shop on RedBubble with all kinds of print-on-demand Maidens logo merch - shirts, dresses, leggings, throw pillows, phone cases, backpacks, and more.

(For those far away who want our dice, coasters, etc. - stay tuned. We're investigating the possibility of being able to ship some of our "gig merch" in the future. No promises, but we are giving it some thought and exploring how it might be do-able.)

Our DragonCon Schedule is Up

At long last, we can announce a bunch of DragonCon 2018 wonderfulness!

Schedule

First, our schedule is up! You can RSVP for individual events on Facebook, but here's the list:

(All events listed here are in the Hanover F/G room of the Hyatt (Exhibit Level).)

11:30 PM Friday, 8/31/18: CONCERT! We'll be singing nerdy and dirty delights!

7:00 PM Saturday, 9/1/18: GROUP SING! Join us, and many other amazing performers for "The World Of Harry Potter" group sing!

2:30 PM Sunday, 9/2/18: PANEL! We'll be discussing how to Kickstart an album with none other than The Doubleclicks!

10 PM Sunday, 9/2/18: ANOTHER CONCERT! More nerdy! More dirty! Don't miss it!

You will also be able to find us throughout the event at our merch table in the Marriott concourse, and possibly here and there at meet and greets, and open filk events (more on the filk track here)! COME SAY HI!

Our Sibs From Another Crib Will Be There!

We're beyond giddy that the PDX Broadsides, another nerdy, feminist, sex-positive, amazing band from the West coast, will be performing at DragonCon as well. Please give them some love and buy a lot of their merch so they don't have to bring it home on the plane!

Get Hype and Hear Us Squee on the ESO Podcast

Flint and Saber stopped by Earth Station One and recorded a podcast talking about DragonCon. Go give it a listen!

Hey DragonCon: We're Baaa-aack!

We're super excited to announce we'll be performing at DragonCon this September! We first performed at DragonCon in 2015, so we're super stoked to be back (especially since HOPEFULLY this time Lucky won't be in the damn hospital and can actually join us!). When the event gets closer, we should have some schedule details to share, but for now, know that we'll be there, performing and selling our wares!

While we're talking cons, we're also excited to announce we'll be performing at MarsCon (Virginia) for the first time this coming January!

Gigs and Kickstarters and New Music Videos, Oh My!

Greetings!

We've got a couple gigs coming up, two Kickstarters we'd like you to support, and a new music video in the works!

Gigs

Our next performances will be:

You'll note we are on a brief hiatus May-June due to Virginia Renaissance Faire, but that's a great opportunity to see our Saber's other band, Scales and Crosstones, perform!

Kickstarters to Support

Speaking of Scales and Crosstones, they are just about to launch a Kickstarter for their fourth album! You can be notified when it launches by RSVPing for this Facebook event.

We're also super excited to announce that we'll be part of the lineup of a brand-new, Richmond-based geek music festival called RavenConcert in September! But because it's brand-new, it needs your support to make sure it happens. Go back the Kickstarter today!

New Music Video Coming Soon

We recently recorded a new music video for our song "Bibliophilia." We had fun broadcasting the process on our new Twitch channel last week. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don't miss it when it goes live!