"Our Own Devices" is the alternate history of a highly plausible future... one that could very well become our own! This story contains a strong warning of what may happen if we turn our backs on the importance of Arts, Music, Humanities, and Spirituality in our society.
Envisioning a broken and bleak dystopian society, Arabella Vash is on a mission to awaken and enlighten a world gone wrong. Her message will shake humanity to its very core.
What is Mindcage?
The New Wave of Progressive Metal.
Jeff Hignite - vocals • Dietrick Hardwick - guitars
Brian Howell - bass • Craig Nudo - drums
The band's debut release entitled "Encapsulation" garnered critical acclaim worldwide and established Mindcage as the "New Wave of American Progressive Metal".
Progressive Metal has become one of the most successful markets on the metal scene in recent years, growing exponentially from a small underground to a thriving worldwide phenomenon.
MIndcage is poised to introduce a new musical culture.
"Our Own Devices" pushes Mindcage to their creative limit as they unleash upon the world what can only be termed as Steam-Prog.
Steam-Prog is a new musical concept pioneered by Mindcage which combines elements of melodic and progressive rock opera music with Victorian era ethos and technology.
This metal form of music associated with Steampunk is a sub-culture within itself, expanding beyond music, encompassing fashion, art, attitude, etc. Literally spawning a new culture of fandom with tremendous promise for bands, festivals, merchandise and more to exploit such a fascinating and infinitely creative space.
We think that Steampunk is largely undiscovered country and has a very broad appeal.
Simply stated, we believe the day of Steampunk has arrived and will enjoy this same explosion into a subculture of epic potential and importance as Goth has.
By way of comparison, the Goth movement has been an enduring romance with elements of Gothic era horror, mythology, literature and dark imagery. It enjoys a vast range of musical forms, comics, movies, festivals and more as a very thriving subculture.
Because there is very little music associated with Steampunk. We have always likened our band chemistry and sound to that of an H.G. Wells or Jules Verne type of mechanism. It has the clockwork precision intricacy and often cantankerous and visceral "in your face" appeal.
But it is not all just whirring gears and mechanics. It also has the elements of elegant classical invention and is how we might imagine progressive metal music would sound today if the world had evolved under power of steam and guiding Victorian finery and ideals.
So, this is precisely why we feel Mindcage is the perfect band to spearhead the Steam-Prog movement, and we would like you to join us on this fun and fascinating voyage!
Support Arabella, Support the Arts.
Supporting and preserving the arts, education, and works is a very important cause, wouldn't you say? This is part of Arabella's mission, and now it can be part of yours too! Please take a look at these incredible organization we have right here in NW Florida, the exhibits, youth and educational programs, lectures and events they have are just fantastic. And the exhibitions support very important local, as well as national and international artists!
Contact me via the phone number or email at the bottom of page, or through KS message, to find out what we will be doing to support these organizations if our project is successfully funded.
Mindcage is an exquisite machine that demands exquisite production!
Our goal is to create an amazing concept CD that not only introduces the world to a revolutionary new sound, but also brings to life the Queen of Steam-Prog herself, Arabella Vash.
We are already planning a limited edition beautiful box set, with a stunning graphic novel of the story. Plans are to also include a special bonus disc, signed and numbered artwork, Arabella and band posters.
Legendary Rock Producer Michael Wagener has agreed to produce the lead vocals and guitar solos as well as mix and master the album at his state-of-the-art facility, WireWorld Studios just outside of Nashville!
Mindcage feels that Michael Wagener is the perfect producer to help us bring our vision of the Steam-Prog culture to the world through the story of Arabella Vash.
Michael Wagener is an icon in the recording industry, well known for the phenomenal and classic sounds of his work.
He has recorded, produced and/or mixed platinum-selling albums by Mötley Crüe, W.A.S.P., Overkill, Accept, Great White, Stryper, Poison, Keel, Alice Cooper, Extreme, Megadeth, Janet Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne, Dokken, Metallica, White Lion, and Skid Row.
We are asking for your help to raise the funds that we need to travel and stay in Nashville and work with Michael Wagener to complete our vision. Your kind contributions along with what we have already saved will make it possible for us to bring Arabella Vash to life and introduce the world to our revolutionary new sound, Steam-Prog!
We believe that by working together we can make this happen. So we've created several different ways for you all to get involved. Maybe you can only give a dollar, but every dollar helps!
You can also help a lot by sharing this page on facebook and twitter, send it around by email!
What is in it for you?
Be a part of something BIG, play a role in "Our Own Devices".
You will be a part of our success no matter what amount you contribute and we will be eternally grateful. A Pledge at every level makes you a permanent member of our Mindcage family, giving you exclusive opportunities, such as access to new music, show passes, limited edition merch, and more.
By becoming a part of our crowning achievement you will be responsible for spearheading the revolutionary new form of music - "Steam-Prog".
"Our Own Devices" will be independently and internationally distributed by Steamworks Music to all markets. Plans include a worldwide press campaign as well as an expansive, theatrical tour production.
It is our genuine hope to meet and personally thank each and every one of you for your contribution!
We appreciate your time, consideration, and can't thank you enough for any pledge you can commit to us in helping reach our goal.
On behalf of the members of Mindcage and the entire Steam-Prog culture, I want to send you a heartfelt "THANK YOU!"
Kind Regards & Progressive Visions;
fon: (850) 736-6406
email: dietrick DOT Hardwick AT yahoo DOT com
Risks and challenges
There are always a myriad of challenges with releasing and distributing a CD.
The biggest challenge for this project is keeping the scheduling on track and getting the work done in a short amount of time. We have hired a great management team, and together we are confident we have the skills to overcome this challenge.
We ask for your help as we face these challenges and promise to put our hearts, souls, expertise, and hard work into making this CD a success.
The rest is in the hands of something much greater than us all and that we all can be a part of!
You will be part of the Mindcage family and receive a personal thank-you note from the band that includes access to our news blasts and exclusive opportunities such as show passes, limited edition merchandise, and more!
A personalized thank-you note from the band that includes access to our news blasts and exclusive opportunities such as show passes, limited edition merchandise, PLUS you will receive a digital download of Mindcage: "Our Own Devices" and a limited edition "Who is Arabella Vash?" button or magnet
A personalized recorded thank-you message from the band that includes access to our news blasts and exclusive opportunities such as show passes, limited edition merchandise, etc., A limited edition "Who is Arabella Vash?" button or magnet, PLUS Your choice of a digital download or physical CD of Mindcage "Our Own Devices" as well as a digital download of our debut CD, "Encapsulation".
A personalized recorded thank-you message from the band that includes access to news blasts and exclusive opportunities such as show passes, merchandise, etc.,a limited edition "Who is Arabella Vash?" button or magnet, your choice of a digital download or physical CD of both Mindcage: "Our Own Devices" CD and of our debut, CD, "Encapsulation". PLUS a very cool limited edition "Our Own Devices" t-shirt exclusive to this campaign only
A personal thank-you note from the band that includes access to news blasts exclusive opportunities like invites to early releases, passes, limited edition merchandise, etc., limited edition "Who is Arabella Vash?" button or magnet, and cool "Our Own Devices" t-shirt exclusive to this campaign PLUS you will receive a hand printed original Haiku composed personally for you by Dietrick Hardwick! Autographed copies of both the Mindcage "Our Own Devices" CD and our debut CD, "Encapsulation" and an 11" x 17" 'Our Own Devices' poster featuring the CD artwork of Mattias Norén, Progart Media
A personal thank-you note from the band with access to our news blasts and exclusive opportunities, etc., limited edition "Who is Arabella Vash?" button or magnet, exclusive "Our Own Devices" t-shirt, a hand printed original Haiku composed for you by Dietrick Hardwick, the autographed copies of Mindcage "Our Own Devices" CD and "Encapsulation", the autographed 11" x 17" poster, 2 private SKYPE guitar lessons with Dietrick AND a steampunked cymbal with a personal message of appreciation to you on it from the band!
You get of all above, PLUS will receive an exclusive Mindcage Inner Circle VIP package that includes a 'night on the town' complete with dinner and a movie AND We will add you to the Liner Notes of our new CD with a very special "Thank You." Your role in making this happen is appreciated and you will be remembered and recognized as a part of the Mindcage Team that came together to help us make this record...
Everything from above including a set of framed Liner Notes from the actual writing sessions from 'Our Own Devices," including The VIP Tour of the band's favorite hangouts, including dinner and movie, PLUS a very exclusive signed/numbered 'Our Own Devices CD Art Print by Mattias Norén [Progart Media]. These beautiful prints measure 70cm X 100cm
All the above, PLUS you will get a framed set of actual lyric notes from the writing sessions of this record, signed on the bottom with a personal dedication from the band and autographed copy of Mindcage's previously released CD, "Encapsulation" AND a private Steam-Prog Mindcage live show and House Party within 100 miles of Pensacola, FL. If you do not live within 100 miles of Pensacola, FL you may choose 10 Skype Guitar Lessons from Dietrick Hardwick... AND A Custom Steampunk Bass Guitar made by Marshall Hammett Steamwright Guitars! Built one at a time, each one of these beautiful basses are hand crafted, unique, and a fully functional work of art.
You will not only receive all of the above, including the private Mindcage house concert (within 100 miles of Pensacola, FL). but you will get to hear the record before it is released and you will get a personal dedication for your favorite song on the CD and at every live performance you attend! PLUS a Customized 1987 Vintage Explorer with brushed steel pickguard, custom designed silver fretboard inlay, Leo Quan Bad-Ass Bridge, and EMG 85n/81b pickups. Heavily Battleworn from extensive performing and recording. Very sentimental and Dietrick's main axe since 1989. A very personal thank you for your generous contribution...
You are invited to hang with Mindcage and be King for the Day in Nashville, take pictures together, you get to hear the progress and contribute your input, visit historic downtown Music City of Nashville and have Sushi or BBQ dinner with the band. We will also do Karaoke, ride the mechanical bull, visit Coyote Ugly or something else fun and famous in Nashville! The band not only will cover your dinner expenses, but will contribute $150 towards your travel and accommodations.
You will also get all the goodies listed above [*excluding Explorer guitar] and you will also have exclusive access to recording sessions, one-on-one communications with Mindcage band members via Skype Updates, and preview access to listen as we record the CD. You will also receive autographed copy of Mindcage's previously released CD, "Encapsulation" + "Our Own Devices" + the next CD that Mindcage produces!