What Is Vagus Nerve?
Vagus Nerve is a brand new hard rock band featuring Doc Coyle, formerly of metal band God Forbid. This is his first creative output since leaving God Forbid, and this Kickstarter campaign is being launched to introduce the band to the world. Instead of describing the music, check out the song "Do You Know Who I Am" from the band's forthcoming Visceral EP.
The philosophy behind the band is focused solely on artistic integrity, devoid of any commercial ulterior motives. It's just a few guys who love hanging out, laughing, and making music together: no egos, no bullshit. Despite 3,000 miles separating half the members, releasing this EP is all that matters. They want to share their music in the most organic way possible, with no labels, managers or handlers to muddy the waters.
Meet The Band
Doc began writing the material that would become Vagus Nerve with vocalist, Ravi Orr, in 2011. Doc discovered Ravi through his YouTube page and his solo outfit, Phyllotaxis. Ravi is an accomplished singer/songwriter in his own right, producing and playing all of the instruments on both Phyllotaxis records.
As the material developed, Ravi and Doc decided to put a full band together. Ravi brought in his good friend, Aden Oxenreider, to play bass guitar. Aden is a multi-instrumentalist with a bachelor's degree in music, who specializes in electronic music.
The next member on board was drummer, Maurice Watson. Maurice or "Moe" got his start playing gospel in church, but would stretch his abilities playing in a multitude of bands and styles from post-hardcore, rock, deathcore, pop, r&b, and is currently touring with metalcore legends, Shai Hulud. Moe is also a professional music instructor with School of Rock in New Jersey.
The last piece of the puzzle was finding a 2nd guitarist. After sifting through dozens of submissions and several auditions, the band was blown away by Mike Gowen, who also plays for NYC rock band, Mother. Mike's tone, improvisational adventurousness, penchant for melody, and easy going attitude solidified the band's chemistry.
Why Are We Raising Money?
Once the Vagus Nerve line-up was solidified, the band decided to record an EP in 2014. Upon completing principle tracking, the band sought an elite producer to mix the recording. Australian producer, Forrester Savell, submitted a fantastic test mix for "Do You Know Who I Am", and the band launched this Kickstarter to fund the EP mixing. Forrester is most known for producing Australian prog-rock standouts like The Butterfly Effect, Dead Letter Circus, and Karnivool.
Forrester will also be mastering the EP. Paying his fees will cost around $2,500 of our goal. The rest goes towards Kickstarter's percentage, art fees, manufacturing, and shipping costs. The more they make, the more the band can do: recoup recording fees, shoot videos, and possibly play some shows. "We don't know where this road will take us, but one thing we do know is the more support we get from backers, the further this story will continue." - Doc Coyle
What's In It For You?
The rewards are simple, and practical to what we thought people want from a brand new band. All of the logos, symbols, album art and merch designs were done masterfully by Gustavo Sazes. God Forbid fans may be familiar with his work as he designed the artwork for Earthsblood and Equilibrium. His work for Visceral is some of the most impressive of his career.
Listed below are all of the available rewards. All domestic shipping is included. International shipping is extra:
Risks and challenges
There is very little risk. Our goal is very modest. Our rewards are very simple. The EP is recorded, we have a timeline from our mixer. The designs are done, we have our manufacturers lined up, and have a plan in order for executing the orders. Ravi has experience crowdfunding his solo album and fulfilling reward orders. The planning going into the project has been meticulous, and developed over many months.
The only real risk is that the Kickstarter would go so well that fulfilling orders would become a greater undertaking than we anticipated, but that would count as a very good problem to have. We'll be crossing our fingers that we received that type of support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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