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Neurotica was a heavy metal band, started around 1995 by singer Kelly Schaefer (formerly of progressive death metal band Atheist) and guitarist Shawn Bowen.[1] Performances in local clubs brought the band to the attention of AC/DC singer and Sarasota resident Brian Johnson, who helped them find a management deal and produced their debut album, Seed.[1] The album was not a success, but the follow-up, Living in Dog Years, also produced by Johnson, and now featuring bassist Migwell Przybyl, was more impressive and earned the band a major-label deal with the WWF's SmackDown! Records.[1]

OriginSarasota, Florida, United States
GenresHeavy metal, speed metal, hard rock, nu metal
Years activec.1995–2002
LabelsNewtown Music, Koch Records/E1 Music, SmackDown! Records
Associated actsAtheist
Past membersKelly Shaefer
Shawn Bowen
Louis Polito
G.J. Gosman
Clay Yeagley
Migwell Przybyl
Chris Rollo
Jason West

After further line-up changes and a move towards nu metal, the band's third album, Neurotica, was issued in 2002, composed mainly of updated versions of tracks from their debut.[1] In the same year the band was included on the Ozzfest tour.[1] They split up later that year after being dropped by SmackDown! Records.[2] Schaefer subsequently auditioned for Drowning Pool as a replacement for Dave Williams,[2] but would form a new band, Starrfactory, in 2003, before reforming Atheist in 2006.[3] Schaefer also auditioned for Velvet Revolver, but ultimately lost the gig to Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.


  • Seed (1998) Newtown Music
  • Living in Dog Years (1999) Newtown Music
  • Neurotica (2002) Smackdown/Koch International


  1. ^ a b c d e Rivadavia, Eduardo "Neurotica Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  2. ^ a b "Former NEUROTICA Singer Auditions For DROWNING POOL",, 7 April 2003
  3. ^ "Former NEUROTICA Frontman Unveils New Band",, 10 September 2003