MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, SC -- Marines living aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort have probably heard a noise coming from the barracks that sounds like rock. The people behind the mayhem are a band of five Marines and two civilians who call themselves Nine Sense.
The band, started by Cpl. Eric Vogt, lead vocals, and Lance Cpl. George Uvalle, guitar, recently had their first public performance at the “E” Barracks duty hut, June 4.
The band had not always had a full ensemble. It started with jamming in the barracks and a dream, according to Uvalle.
“It started when Vogt and I would play in our rooms,” Uvalle said. “The-one day Vogt told me he could sing like the guy from Slipknot. I didn’t really believe him, but he blew me away. He sounded just like him.”
With a singer and a guitarist the band was not complete, they still needed a rhythm section.
“At first I would record beats on a drum machine and play along with it while Vogt sang into a headphone into a stereo,” Uvalle said. “After a while we found (Cpl. Mike Farmer, drummer) and he started playing with us.”
The trio started a band called Project Mayhem.
“We had a few other guys with us,” Vogt said. “We played in Beaufort, Hilton Head and Savannah. We are much better prepared now since then.”
After a few personnel changes, Nine Sense plans on making their mark in the Lowcountry.
“All but one of us gets out of the Marine Corps by December,” Vogt said. “We all plan on staying in the local area and seeing if we can make it work.”
Before the band members all get out, they still have requirements while in the Marine Corps that slow down the process.
“One of our guys has a deployment coming up,” Vogt said. “It’s only for a couple of months so when he gets back we’ll start playing a lot more.”
Nine Sense is traveling a not so unfamiliar path for bands with ties to the Air Station.
“Souls Harbor is a band that started on the Air Station,” Vogt said. “They were all guys who worked in Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 and now they’ve got a pretty decent local following. We aren’t copying their music, just their path.”
With Nine Sense’s drive and determination, they should be on their way to making it in the music industry, according to Uvalle.
“I don’t pick guys for the band who can play a bunch of songs on their guitar and call it a day,” Vogt said. “ I pick guys who are passionate about the music and will play for hours just for the enjoyment of playing.”