Actual Villains

Actual Villains

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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We are Actual Villains, formed in late 2015 from the ashes of Cincinnati, OH post hardcore band Close to Home (Razor&tie records/ Artery recordings 2010-2015). This hard hitting upbeat 4 piece blends elements of Pop punk & heavy metal. For fans of Taking back Sunday, Mayday Parade, A Day to Remember & Bring me the horizon. Our Debut self titled EP is set to release worldwide on April 1st. our single "Cave-In" is out now!

Biography

We are Actual Villains a new project written and recorded by Andrew DeNeef & Jj Cooper the driving force behind Close to Home (Razor & tie records/ Artery Recordings 2010-2015).  As their song writing matured they turned away from breakdowns & screaming vocals and turned their focus toward writing their catchiest, most real songs yet. This hard hitting upbeat 4-piece has written a very diverse but cohesive self titled EP set to release April 1st 2016. Our material combines elements of pop punk and an active rock/radio rock sound. For fans of Taking back Sunday, Mayday Parade, The red jumpsuit apparatus, Papa Roach, A Day to Remember, and Bring me the horizon.

It is our goal to find a great team that shares our big vision for these new songs and will provide us the opportunities to put them in front of a large audience through extensive touring and PR. The members of Actual Villains are all music industry veterans with international touring experience and know the kind of hard work that awaits us. we look forward to hearing from you! ^v


Lyrics

Cave in

Written By: andrew deneef

This wedge between us
seems like its growing by the day,
I know you’re sick of hearing
These empty words & living this way.

But Don’t give up on us
Don’t you dare give up on me
I’m still the one you swore you loved
And you’d never leave

I hate who I've become
Ever since you left I've been
picking up pieces & falling apart
But you'll be the reason I cave in
You'll be the reason

everything I was has been stripped down
I’m just a shell of who I once was now
I can barely breathe, I can barely see
Oh my god, what’s becoming of me

Will I find my way back out
Or will I stay here & never grow
Will I learn to stand on my own
Or burn out in this house alone

I hate who I've become
Ever since you left I've been
picking up pieces & falling apart
But you'll be the reason I cave in
You'll be the reason

You say you barely know me now
I’m never home
I’m never there at all
We’ve been clinging to what we used to be
And I know it isn’t fair
I can’t expect you still to care

I hate who I've become
Ever since you left I've been
picking up pieces & falling apart
But you'll be the reason I cave in
You'll be the reason

Lie to me

Written By: andrew deneef,jj cooper

Lie to me

I m always justifying choices
Always seconding guessing myself
its gotten harder each time I leave now,
why do I put myself through this hell.

How much more can you expect me to give.
I put my life on the line for this.
i'd give so much more, if only I could
but I've given my heart and my soul as it is, so

Lie to me Lie to me
Tell me everything Will be ok
Cause I can't handle the truth
Anyway
Lie to me Lie to me
Tell me that you won't give
Up on me
Cuz I believe every wordThat You say

Can anyone even hear me?
I've been screaming at the top of my lungs.
I've gone blue in the face but you won't turn away
And Im holding back what I've wanted to say

How much more can you expect me to give.
I put my life on the line for this
And id give so much more ,
if only I could
but I've given my heart and my soul as it is, so

Lie to me Lie to me
Tell me everything
Will be ok
Cause I can't handle the truth
Anyway
Lie to me Lie to me
Tell me that you won't give
Up on me
Cause I believe every word
That You say

Everything i know

Written By: andrew deneef,jj cooper

No I won't give up til in have the life I know I want
And I won't let go, holding onto everything I know

I've been hanging on for what feels like a lifetime
But with every step I took, and all the strength I could gather
I still felt like I was failing

I'm still a disaster
Still the same ol kid that never would grow up
But I knew that I was meant for more so I kept singing

No I won't give up until in have the life I know I want
And I won't let go, holding onto everything I know

It Feels like I have to run so far away
To escape mistakes that I made from yesterday
You could say

I'm still a disaster
Still the same ol kid that never would grow up
But I knew that I was meant for so much more so I kept singing

I won't let you stop me
This is everything
I won't let you stop me
I'll find a way again

No I won't give up til in have the life I know I want
And I won't let go, holding onto everything I know

To whom it may concern

Written By: andrew deneef

You always said I could be anything
So I followed my dreams
But you couldn't understand
Couldn't see past what it seemed
Your perspective is twisted
You only see what you know
Never looking past the struggle
To see the ways I've grown

Now all I've worked for
has come to fruition
You stand in my way
like I need your permission.

You're two faced and a fake
you only stood in my way
But I'll be fine, Im ok
I never needed you anyway
I've given everything
To live out this dream
To end up with nothing but memories

You never showed you believed,
Never listened when I told you
This is not Just a dream
And I won't let you control me

The only family I needs
is the one I make for me,
full of people who believe and appreciate me

this is my warning,
my final goodbye,
cause when I leave you'll never see me again
and now you'll know why.

You're two faced and a fake
you only stood in my way
But I'll be fine, Im ok
I never needed you anyway
I've given everything
To live out this dream
To end up with nothing but memories

If I could make you see
Why I give up everything
You wouldn't turn your back on me

The worst part

Written By: andrew deneef

You're moving further away
Going down a road
I just can't take

I wish that I could say
I didn't need this change
But I needed this break from you
To see

That the worst part of me was always you
I can't believe all the things I've
let you put me through.
And all the times I let your shitty mood Affect my outlook too
The best thing I've done for me was
Letting go of you

You're only pushing me away
I don't care about your reasons
I'm Over you

I wish that I could say
I didn't need this change
But I needed this break from you
To see

That the worst part of me was always you
I can't believe all the things I've
let you put me through.
And all the times I let your shitty mood Affect my outlook too
The best thing I've done for me
was
Letting go of you

I've had enough for a lifetime
Of your negative attitude
I need a break for my sanity
I need to stay away from you

I wish that I could say
I didn't need this change
But I needed this break from you
To see the truth

the worst part of me was always you
I can't believe all the things I've
let you put me through.
And all the times I let your shitty mood Affect my outlook too
The best thing I've done for me was
Letting go of you

Wasted youth

Written By: andrew deneef

How long can i carry on like this.
Hiding in clouds of smoke. Where is the real you?
Where is the courage to face these days
without putting my mind in a cloudy haze?
We all need an escape from time to time
But I've been running forever,
So I'm drawing a line.
Starting to to ask myself
Why?

Why do I have to get high just to feel normal?
I hit the bottle cuz it helps me to get by
I drown my sorrows cause it's easier than staring down my demons but
I'm running out of excuses
I'm running out of reasons

Shot after shot you go straight from the bottle
The world can wait while, you poison your mind.
You stumble around like there will be no tomorrow
Cause each day's harder than the one before

Some drink for approval
and some to forget.
But it's been weeks since you've been sober
And you're starting to sweat

Why do I have to get high just to feel normal?
I hit the bottle cuz it helps me to get by
I drown my sorrows cause it's easier than staring down my demons
But I'm running out of excuses
I'm running out of reasons

You're facing the truth,
and its harder to swallow.
The consequence
of being selfish & shallow.(x2)

Feels like ive wasted another day
Another night out getting wasted
another day stuck in this room
not wanting to leave my bed
Ive got a Head filled with drugs,
a Heart filled with hate
I need to change my ways
Before it's too late

Why do I have to get high Just to feel normal
I hit the bottle cause it helps me to get by
I drown my sorrows cause it's easier
than staring down my demons
But I'm running out of excuses,
running out of reasons

Stay tonight

Written By: andrew deneef

It's been a lifetime since I've seen you.
forever since I've felt free
So many things I never told you.
That might've changed our history.

I'm just getting by now
just living day to day
You're the comfort that I hate
But I keep coming back to you

There's so much I never told you
So much I need to say
I know I made mistakes
i wish you hadn't walked away.

You know that I'm not perfect,
not everything you need.
I'm no price charming but You're everything to me.

You know this isn't healthy
The way we lead each other on
I want to cut you off But
this is better than being alone

I can't keep doing this
All you do is walk all over me
This isn't what I missed

You know that I'm not perfect,
not everything you need.
I'm no price charming but You're everything to me.
I know it's late, but I don't want you to leave.
I'm not asking for forever, just stay tonight with me.

It's been a lifetime since I've seen you.
It's been forever since I've felt free
So many things I never told you.
That could've changed our history

You know that I'm not perfect,
not everything you need.
I'm no price charming but You're everything to me.
I know it's late, but I don't want you to leave.
I'm not asking for forever, just stay tonight with me.

Discography

Cave in (single) released 12/18/2015

Set List

stay tonight

Lie to me

Cave in

to whom it may concern

the worst part

wasted youth

everything i know