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Hello, and welcome to the 7shades indoctrination programme.
The purpose of this programme will be to part you from your money, so it might be best for you to get yourself a stiff drink before continuing with the programme.
Info-nugget 1 – 7shades is a brand new musical project from myself, Neil Spragg (aka ‘Sir Real’) intended to be a very direct tribute to Tim Smith and the music of Cardiacs, and related works. The music will all be original, but aims to be obviously informed by the sound and style of Tim Smith’s work, and associated projects.
Info-nugget 2 – This Pledge Music project aims to raise money for two purposes. Firstly, and most importantly, for Tim Smith. In 2008 he suffered a devastating heart attack and stroke, and has been left with all mental faculties intact, but unable to control his body as he would like. Hence he requires full-time care, and this is an expensive business, so with this campaign I hope to raise a minimum of £1,000 towards that. Secondly, you will be pledging to enable the recording and release of the 7shades album. I am hoping that this album will appeal to most people who like Cardiacs, and if you need an incentive to donate to Tim’s cause, then receiving a nice shiny new CD of Cardiacs-influenced music in your hand might be one. There are also a myriad of other ways that we hope to part you from your cash which you can find at the bottom of your screen, just below this blurb…
Info-nugget 3 – Pledge Music is a very valuable resource for the modern musician, enabling artists to remain independent from the scum-sucking corporate music business. Any money that you pledge directly enables things to happen, and making things happen should make you happy. The more you pledge, the happier you will be, it’s a simple equation!
Info-nugget 4 – Our promise to you is that if the Pledge target of £2,000 is reached, Tim will receive at least £1,000, and you will receive all the goodies and experiences that you have pledged for. If the target is exceeded, all money raised will go 100% to Tim, so quite simply the more you pledge, the more money Tim gets. I hope your wallets and purses are being prepared as you read this…
Info-nugget 5 – By pledging and becoming part of this campaign, you will not only be gaining the rosey glow that you are helping Tim, and helping the project to happen, you will also gain access to a myriad of exclusive ‘pledgers only’ titbits to be released during the course of the campaign – which may include exclusive tracks, video of us during the recording process being ‘wacky’, scrawls on bits of paper, compromising photos, ‘in jokes’, that kind of thing. Whatever happens you can expect to be kept fully up to date with progress.
If you’ve made it this far, then I thank you. Now, finish that stiff drink and get pledging – you are all worthy of laudation ☺
An album containing 13 tracks of music most definitely influenced and informed by the wondrous work of Tim Smith, Cardiacs, and related projects.
A gloriously shiny compact disc of the 7shades album, which includes your name printed in the credits in the booklet, and on the web!
Exclusive to Pledge Music, this is a CD of the original demos of all of the tunes that made it onto the album, and a couple that didn’t!
The album, signed by all the musicians that participated in the recording.
Both the album and the ‘demos’ CD, signed, and with a personal note saying how much we love you!
Some nice paper on which I will scrawl all of the lyrics from the album, and maybe some crap jokes, doodles, and general abuse. And because we love you so much, we’ll throw in a signed copy of the album!
A pair of VIP tickets to the album launch gig, or subsequent gig of your choosing. Meet the band and have a drink with us backstage (we’re buying!). And because we love you so much, we’ll throw in a signed copy of the album!
Ludicrously limited hand pressed 12" clear or black vinyl in a beautiful custom made sleeve, signed by the band. Each unique vinyl will feature up to 6 tracks from the album, that you can specify! A maximum of 50 of these will EVER be made, and they will be exclusive to Pledge Music. Price includes the full album on CD!
A limited 12" print of the back album cover, in an edition of 30, hand-numbered and signed by the band, complete with certificate of authenticity. Taken from the original by Brent Riley.
A limited 12" print of the album cover, in an edition of 30, hand-numbered and signed by the band, complete with certificate of authenticity. Taken from the original 36″ × 36″ oil painting by John Spragg.
Send us your name (or any other content) and we will hand-craft an exclusive 20 second ringtone just for you! And because we love you so much, we’ll throw in a signed copy of the album!
Take a starring role in the very first 7shades video, to be shot early 2015. We guarantee you will (probably) only be slightly humiliated, but we will get you drunk enough not to worry. 18+ only. Travel costs not included.
Become immortalised in song, with your name in the lyrics of one of the songs on the album! Price includes a signed copy of the album.
Come and play poker with us, this pledge includes £20 of poker chips. We’ll feed you and get you drunk too, if you like, but can’t promise not to fleece you! And because we love you so much, we’ll throw in a signed copy of the album!
A VIP guestlist for you and a friend for every gig we ever do, into the future, in perpetuity. And because we love you so much, we’ll throw in a signed copy of the album!
For the connoisseur, this is the deluxe package of merchandise, with a hand-written note saying how much we love you. Includes: limited vinyl record, signed CD album, demos CD album, lyric sheet, pair of gig tickets, artwork print by John Spragg.
Invite your friends, feed us booze, and we’ll play at a party in your house / shed / garage. This will be noisy, so only those with tolerant neighbours need apply! Includes travel costs (UK ONLY). And because we love you so much, we’ll throw in a signed copy of the album!
We will perform a 7shades gig anywhere in the UK, from which all of the profits will go directly to Tim!
Send us the audio stems from your own song (in any common digital format), and we will remix and/or re-interpret it ‘7shades’-style! And because we love you so much, we’ll throw in a signed copy of the album!
We will perform a 7shades gig anywhere in Europe, from which all of the profits will go directly to Tim!
We will perform a 7shades gig anywhere in the world, from which all of the profits will go directly to Tim!