Vestascension

FAQ

Here are the DETAILED answers to some questions that have been repeatedly showing up in our inboxes. Have a look and see if we've answered your question here before emailing us. If you still can't find the answer you're looking for or you think there should be some other information we should be providing here feel free to drop us a line at Vestascension@gmail.com

Q : Is your music REALLY free? Why? What's the catch?

A : There isn't any. YES! It's REALLY free. No bullshit. No email you have to enter first (even though we are ecstatic if you do enter one for our mailing list!). If you'd like to do this there will be a prompt before you reach our BandCamp page if you click on the BandCamp link on this website. You can also join our mailing list via the signup box at the top right of this page you're currently on. As for the music, just download it. Enjoy it. Pass it along!

If you'd like to help out a little more than you DO have the option to donate money to the project via the PayPal donation links on this website.

Q: I'm not familiar with BandCamp and would like to know more about it. How does it work? Are there different formats available? What's the best way to get your music?

A : BandCamp is DEFINITELY the best place to pick up our music. We do also offer the tracks via the standard online retailers. Some people use just those sites and we don't want them to not have access to our music. Unfortunately we have to charge the price they set on each of those sites-it's beyond our control.

For formats, BandCamp offers every format you could possibly want. You will have the option to select whichever you'd prefer when you go to download the track. From MP3 to FLAC the choice is yours!

Lastly, we do have physical CD's available in our store for those that would like them.

Q: What if I don't have my own computer? The internet? A way to burn CD's??? No money to buy a copy?!

A : If you absolutely don't have any way at all to obtain the tracks online and don't have enough money to purchase a physical copy, send me your address and I'll personally send you a burned CD-R of the track at no charge. I only ask that you PLEASE try to obtain the track online first before emailing us as sending out CD-Rs can quickly become very expensive if there are lots of requests for them. We're not only covering the CD price, but the cost of a mailing package and the postage, as well as the time it takes to make the CD itself and get it to the post office. The CD that is sent will just be a regular CD-R you can pick up from any store such as Walmart so you are NOT missing out on anything special by not getting the album in this manner. Having said that if you'd like a burned CD of the album, just send a request here with your name and address and I'll get it out to you A.S.A.P.: Vestascension@gmail.com

Q : Is there a way I can help spread the word about this band?

A: Yes and thank you soooooo much for wanting to do so! BandCamp offers many easy tools to share our songs with your friends via all the social networking sites as well as email. We also place all of our tracks on YouTube in their highest quality so they're easy to listen to and share! Feel free to post our site/song links via your social networking status updates, bulletins, blogs, or even just plain old emails. We greatly encourage this and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing so! If you want to get even more creative and make your own video for the track, or post them on your profile or a fan page or anything in the same vein as this, we ABSOLUTELY give you permission to do so.

Q : Is there anyway I can actually contribute money to the band?

A: Yes there is! And THANK YOU for wanting to do that-you're awesome! You can donate money to us via PayPal by clicking on one of the many donation buttons on our website, or simply by CLICKING HERE. So go ahead and send us $1,000,000,000 and we'll write a whole album entirely about you and your awesomeness!! We really would! Or we'd just be really happy to get a nice shiny quarter too :) We greatly appreciate your donation and promise it will absolutely go towards future studio time, or any other costs related to Vestascension, and nothing else-not even Nates creatine powder!

Q : There are multiple versions of the same song floating around out there, why?

A: This is correct. As the band has grown over the years, we've released music at different points in time with different members in the band. To be exact, we released 3 songs in 2006 with our original singer, then 8 songs in 2011 with two different singers, one of whom we parted ways with at the end of 2011. Our 2014 album contains the 8 songs from 2011, but reworked to include our new singer. As much as we've tried to keep just the current version of the songs out there, it's inevitable that people will continue to upload/share older versions of said songs. We're proud of where we came from and honor our beginnings, but it does create an issue where there could be some confusion to fans that may stumble upon the old versions first. It happens though, it's just the nature of the beast. With that said, anything released through our official sites is the most current version that we support.

Q: Ok, the album's out, what about more new music after that?

A: It's coming sooner than you think. We're aiming for an early 2015 release date for our next release.

Q: Where can I find the lyrics? How about guitar tabs?

A: There aren't lyrics available anywhere and there may never be. We're all fans of bands that leave that stuff open to interpretation so each individual listener can make that song be whatever they think it should be. A lot of thought has gone into the lyrics and there are a ton of double meanings and metaphors weaved into most of the songs-we don't want to ruin it! Come on, don't you HATE when you've been singing the chorus to your favorite song for a year then the band releases the lyrics and you realize you never were even close and not only are you like WTF, but the lyrics you loved so much that held so much meaning to you aren't even in the song anymore?!?!! That's the worst!!!

As for guitar tabs some Guitar Pro files will probably see the light of day at some point, if there's enough demand for it.

Q : Your BIO is shit, where's a real one? What is the history of the band? And W.T.F. is a Vestascension???

A : Take a deep breath, it'll be ok. We've received a bit of flack over the years for not having an in depth bio, but it is what it is. We don't give a shit about telling the whole back story or pumping up each member to make them stand out. It's the same as every other band really. We were born. Started loving music. Got instruments. Were in many bands that didn't work out. Played embarrassing shows and sucked time and time again. Eventually met people that were like minded musically and VIOLA, a band was created. That's honestly pretty much the whole story. We just want to make music and have that be the focus.

As for the name, picking a band name is fucking hard! Every single proper word in the English language is essentially in a band name somewhere right at this very moment. Trying for months to come up with a band pissed us off to the point where we started making shit up. Of course most of it was really stupid haha…and I guess Vestascension still is?! It basically came to be when an old member of the band just started reading off every single word in an astrology book he had. I (Justin) heard Vesta and really liked it and then further down the list heard Ascension and really liked that too. It literally snapped together in my head within .01 seconds. VESTASCENSION! The major downside was discovered when we realized it seemed to be impossible for people to spell it correctly. From marquees to flyers to interviews to advertisements we got it all from Vestacension all the way to Vestascrusionsiise.

In reality though-to be completely honest/serious-it really became about marketing and the more I've read into the subject the more the band name just continued to make complete sense to me. The harder you make your band/business to find online the worst off you are. Using regular words to form a name usually does nothing for you for sticking out on the web. Look at a band that's even as huge as Tool. You get about 378,000,000 HITS when when you Google the word "Tool". How many of those hits that come up are actually related to physical tools and not the band?! Know what I'm saying? Try it with ANY band that uses real words in their name and you'll get the idea. Now obviously Tool is a huge band and is doing just fine BUT they didn't build their success during a time where the industry is the way it is now with internet access playing a key role in your success/failure-they succeed via the old business model.

Soooo to wrap it up-if you Google "Vestascension" all you get is stuff related to the band and nothing more!! Same is true on YouTube and any other site you can imagine. The name is trademarked-it's ours! This means there will be no confusion in the future either. We also own every social networking site as XXXX.com/Vestascension. Shit like this is important. If we had to have the website be "vestascensionband.com" and the myspace be "/vestascensionmusic" and the Twitter be "/vestascensionrocks" it'd just be even more confusing and harder for potential fans to find. Even if you do have all your social networking sites registered under the same name how many of you have exclusive use of your name on Google?!!?

We have a VERY RARE ownership in regards to our little corner of the web that we consume. Exclusivity at it's finest!! I hope this long drawn out explanation makes complete sense now and everyone understands the meaning and importance of the name to us :)

AND THE MOST ASKED ONE QUESTION BY FAR:

Q : When are you guys playing a live show/touring?

A : It's something we're working on right now. We're very excited at the prospect of playing live shows, so it'll definitely happen at some point.

In closing I hope this F.A.Q. page has helped shed some light into Vestascensions operating procedure. Thank you for your interest in the band and for taking the time to read this. If there is anything else you'd like to know please feel free to drop us a line by clicking HERE