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!

 #MuppetFlail

 #MuppetFlail

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.

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.)

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.)

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!

Kickstarter Success!

I just keep reading this sentence: 

355 backers pledged $10,520 to help bring this project to life.

355 of you! That's absolutely incredible. There aren't enough thank you's in the world. We are so humbled by your support. We can't wait to bring you an absolutely stellar album.

During the final hour of the campaign, we hosted a Facebook Live event from the studio. If you missed it, never fear, you can still watch! It's split into two events - you can watch here and here. (Lucky accidentally hit the wrong button 10 minutes from the end, and we had to start a separate recording.)

These are our "We just raised $10,520 on Kickstarter!" faces.

These are our "We just raised $10,520 on Kickstarter!" faces.

We're going to keep you posted as the album progresses. So far, the studio time has been incredibly productive, so we're anticipating having recording complete by early March, then do mixing and fixing in March and early April, and then send the CD off to the printer in early May.

Vote 4 Maidens!

If you have a moment, we'd love it if you could vote for us as Best Local Original Band in the Washington City Paper's "Best of DC." It only takes 30 seconds!

Thank you all, again, so much, for your generosity, for spreading the word, for the excitement that kept us going throughout this campaign. You are amazing!

Kickstarter Update: Whoaaaa, we're halfway there!

Greetings and salutations!

Greetings and salutations!

As I write this update (from the studio! with all Maidens present for the first time since we started recording this thing!), we're on Day 16 of our 30-day campaign - just over the halfway mark. Thanks to all of you, we have a little over $8,200 pledged so far!

Remember, if we reach $9,000, everyone who pledged $18+ will receive a set of 4 coasters and a digital-exclusive blooper reel in addition to the bonus magnet and other rewards you've selected! (We're also in the process of coming up with a $10,000 stretch goal - stay tuned!)

As mentioned in a previous update...

More money raised through Kickstarter = 
Less we have to spend from our savings = 
More opportunities for us to perform at cons, more cushion to cope with the unexpected, and more new merch available to sell at our shows!

So please keep spreading the word!

Stu-stu-studio

Today is our fourth studio recording session, and as I type this, Flint is recording the principal vocals for "Rummer, the Rumrunner." It's so cool to hear her finally record this song, after I've been performing it with her for 6 years between two different bands! It sounds so fecking awesome, y'all. I can't wait for you to hear it. 

At this point, we've laid down partial recordings for every song on the album, which is a huge milestone.

Here's a glimpse behind the curtain for organization geeks (like me). We're using an app called Trello to track the progress of each song as it goes through the process.

Each song is represented by a little card that can be dragged between lists labeled "To Do," "Recording in Process," "Ready to Mix," "Mixing & Cleanup," and "Ready for CD." Since each person's part gets recorded separately (so we can make sure everyone sounds good on every part of every track), each card also expands to show a tiny checklist of the parts that have been recorded and still need to be recorded, like so:

We're slightly ahead of our plan at this point, which is fantastic. The experience from recording our first album is paying off, and our friends at Asparagus Media Studios are bloody efficient.

People We <3

I gushed in a previous update about Amanda F'ing Palmer retweeting a link to our campaign, and Earth Station One featuring us on their podcast, which were both awesome, but I wanted to give some love to a few more of our favorite musicians, writers, and performers who have been kind enough to promote the campaign, too:

GIANT THANKS to all of you, and to anyone we may have inadvertently missed in this list! And thanks again to absolutely everyone who has backed the project and continued to share the link with friends and online groups.

Until next time, keep circulating the tapes - er, keep sharing the link!

-"Lucky" Annie

2nd album Kickstarter is LIVE

We're super excited to announce the launch of our Kickstarter to fund our second album!

We'd love it if you could:

  1. Contribute
  2. Share the link to the Kickstarter with your friends and tell them to contribute (you can use misbehavinmaidens.com/kickstarter if that's easier)

Keep sharing, even if we reach our initial goal. Our $5,000 initial goal will get us to a 10-song album, but we'd love to do a 12-song album, which will require additional funding. We have a couple of stretch goals set up that will get you more tracks and more merch, so stay tuned!

Kickstarter Launching Jan. 3: Back Us on Day One!

On January 3, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, we will be launching the Kickstarter to fund our second album. 

To help make this Kickstarter a success, we have one simple goal: 

***Get as many people as possible to back us on the FIRST day of the campaign.***

WHY?

Kickstarter is more likely to feature our project on their homepage if we get a large number of people backing us right out of the gate. And if we make it to the homepage, we'll get even more backers (and new fans!). This worked fantastically well for us in 2015, so we're hoping to replicate that success.

BUT WHAT IF I'M BROKE?

The total amount RAISED on the first day doesn't matter - just the total number of backers. So, yes, even $1 helps! Remember that you can change your pledge level any time between Jan. 3 and when the campaign ends Feb. 2, and your credit card won't be charged until after the campaign ends in February.

WHAT IF I WANT TO DO MORE TO HELP?

♥ ♥ ♥ You rock. You can help by spreading the word:
1. RSVP and invite your friends to our Day One Backers event on Facebook.
2. Tweet/Facebook post about how excited you are for our second album with our Official Campaign Hashtag, #MoreMaidens
3. Ask your friends, individually, to back the campaign. People are more likely to give if asked personally!
4. Know someone with a podcast or blog that would be interested in us? Tell them! We'd love to spread the word through some new channels. They can reach us at misbehavinmaidens@gmail.com. Or if you have a blog or podcast, invite people to back us at www.misbehavinmaidens.com/kickstarter. Once the campaign launches, that link will point right to it.

I'M STILL CONFUSED. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ON JANUARY 3?

We want you to go to our Kickstarter (link will be posted on launch day) and pledge at least $1 to back the campaign on January 3. 

WAIT, WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?

Kickstarter is an online platform on which people can raise money for projects. The biggest thing setting Kickstarter apart from other fundraising platforms is that if we don't reach our initial goal ($5,000 for a full-length album), we get NOTHING. So it's very, very important that we hit that goal. Learn more about Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/about