Amneja Vu

Amneja Vu

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Amneja Vu is a rock band with a tinge of prog-rock overtones. Our music is built on the foundation of greats such as Pink Floyd, Queen, Mars Volta, Dream Theater, Yes, and Queensryche - delivering thoughtful, pounding rock and roll to your ears!

Biography

We are Marc Sherman, Dan Milone, Jeff Pongonis and Rob Nemetz - collectively known as Amneja Vu. Coming from different musical backgrounds as well as different parts of the state of Massachusetts, Amneja Vu is something that was born out of our involvement in the Boston-based band Pennyred. The 2005 release of Pennyred’s CD “The Citystate Falls” saw us playing all over New England, as well as the MidPoint Music Conference in Cincinnati and John Hopkins University in Maryland. What started out as a “side project," Amneja Vu quickly turned full-time. We felt a desire to write and record more progressive rock music, in the vein of Dream Theater, Yes, Queensryche, the Mars Volta, King Crimson, and Rush, among others. This has always been our passion, to be able to put forth rock music with an edge, and with something that will leave the listener hearing something new each time. In August of 2007, we released our debut CD "Amneja Vu presents The Factory". "The Factory" is a grand concept album, hoping to follow in the footsteps of greats such as "The Wall", "Operation: Mindcrime" and "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway". This journey was written and recorded throughout 2006 and early 2007, and it's story is as follows...

“Attention all employees! There will be a mandatory meeting in the distribution center in ten minutes! ALL MUST ATTEND!”

What follows is a story within a story. A world inside a body. A reason, a purpose, an answer! We follow the breakdown of a man; a sudden, unexplainable breakdown. Once vibrant and full of life, he is now void of all the above – on the outside. He lays in a hospital bed all day, as visitors come and go. No one can seem to figure out why this has happened. His doctors are stumped! If we look a little closer though, deep down inside, we see clearly!

The factory which controls this human being is run by one man. Day after day, he has come to work and punched the clock. Day after day, he and his loyal employees keep things running properly. Things run without a hitch. Until one day, the owner decides he has grown tired of the 9-5 lifestyle, and must see what is outside the walls of his factory. Year after year of the “same old” has made him tired. There MUST be something more than this. He decides that on Monday morning, he will inform his employees of his decision to close shop. Not an easy decision, but one that he feels must be done.

And so it begins! What seems like a normal day to a factory full of hard workers will turn out to be anything but that. An interruption in their work day informs them of a meeting that will be taking place in ten minutes in the distribution center – the heart of it all. But what for? Why the sudden announcement? Judging by the tone of the announcement, it sounds like something important. But what?

Upon informing them of his decision, his employees don’t take the news very well. They feel he is being selfish, shallow, and unfair to them. They plead with him to not go forward with his plans, but he sympathetically tells them that it must be done. Furious, his employees protest! But at this point, the owner is on his way back to his office to clean it out. Upon entry, he stumbles upon a file cabinet he has never noticed before. Curious, he opens it!

What has happened? Where is he? This world is not familiar! The cabinet has thrown our friend into some sort of otherworld, some alternate reality of sorts. Discoveries upon discoveries, dreams like never before, answers that have been sought for thousands of years! Everything makes sense now! Everything is clear! How did he get here, and how did he come to these conclusions? Regardless of how, he is ecstatic!! His life has a purpose again. He realizes that he must share this information with his friends, his employees. He’s made a mistake, and must correct it. The factory shall rise again! But he must hurry, for time is short.

Shorter than he had expected, apparently. How could they do this to him? This is HIS place! Then it hits him; he has done this to himself. He not been betrayed, he HAS betrayed. Locked out of his own life, and the life he has controlled all these years. The answers sometimes aren’t so kind.

Lyrics

Searching Black Holes

Written By: Marc Sherman, Dan Milone

And the dimness allows the faint light to cast shadows upon me
The long faces and places of you are now but a mere memory
And although it’s self serving I’m searching black holes for the treasure
If I fail to reach the epiphany I will have failed

(spoken)
I can’t be just another
In a line of faceless but well-meaning souls
The backs of their heads blend in seamlessly
With the frowns of upside down men

The glow that once hid inside
Has all but burned out and died
If you’ll allow me
I’ll show – you – where – I…

Hide the keys to the cabinet, lock up the doors while I die
I will keep this a secret unless I have come back alive
Pull the shades, tint the glass, do not let anybody inside
The door to the office is closing for good – bye bye

(spoken)
So much searching to do
Of the soul, of the mind, of the who’s who
Abundance of files and weakening smiles
The tunnel is now open – go through!

Violently shove me inside
Shatter this mask where I hide
I will allow you
To pull – me – deep – in…

Side by side on the journey to parallels of you and I
Feel me deep, closing in, dreams abound all around through black sky
Tantalize, mesmerize, truth from lies sorted out in the ether
The atomic explosion and random corrosion

Show me away
To dreams in the dark
A fly on the wall
Of castles that talk
The will of good men
Has shifted to dark
The long, lonely road
On which I embark

Here I am! (repeat)

The Courtship of an Answer

Written By: Marc Sherman, Dan Milone

Can I?

Can I?

Can I begin to leave?

I'm fast asleep and in far too deep

Stop me

Save me

Shut eyes can never see

Halfway to the other side of me

And lately I've began to cease

(What's wrong, what's wrong, can you hear me?)

The answer I will never see

(All clear, all clear, stand back, end near)

Fading quickly, and the beam of light gets brighter still

(Goodnight, goodbye)

And the feeling's overwhelming

(Goodnight, goodbye)

And the future is beginning

(I'm far away)

To find the alluding answer

(Goodnight, goodbye)

I'll see you when you get here

Further

Further

Further from my home

Wandering 'round the toolbox of the gods

I'm here

I'm gone

A thousand miles away

Glimpse of the inner workings of a miracle

And the courtship of an answer goes away with god

Fading quickly as the beam of light is getting brighter still

The Rush of Your Life

Written By: Marc Sherman, Dan Milone

Keep your eye on the green light, go go go, non-stop to the edge of your brave new world
The tunnel flows from the depths of reality, overflowing sanity, jumping from the entity
Much more than I ever knew seeping from the inside, leaking into blind eyes, realize
Time slows down when you’re already late, you’re making ‘em wait, the Mad Hatter’s closing the gate

“Welcome to the rush of your life, you fool”

No one, cause the fresh-paved universal skyway leads you to the doors of your old home
Speed back to the dark side, open up the blind eyes, giving everyone a brand new hope

“All hail the return of the hidden jewel
Welcome to the end of the life you knew”

In a time when anything is possible
Your mind sinks deep enough to find…

Another way home, just another dead-end, dead-on straight to the heart of the start of the end
Phase two of the lifestyle, just another long mile, take another right at the unending bend
Information, facts are in formation, taken from the journey, discover me discovery
What’s this, what’s this? If ignorance is bliss I refuse to believe, could me eyes be deceived?

“Welcome to the rush of your life, you’ve fooled”

Everyone for the last time, ink on the dotted line, signed by the boy and his pet wolf
Howl out at the dark sky, unexpected shut-eye, ever-after quietly waits for you

In a time when anything is possible
Your mind sinks deep enough, you’ll find
Time makes no one unstoppable
And I’ve found reasons to cross the line

I have not lost
I’ve only gained
I am not different
Though not quite the same
I can still feel
I can still see
I can’t explain
Experience me
I have crossed sides
I have crossed lines
I’ve received sight
From the blindest of blind
I have seen you
You have seen me
All in a dream
Or what seems to be?

In a time when anything is possible
Your mind sinks deep enough, you’ll find
Time makes no one unstoppable
And I’ve found the answer ends my time

Can't Die In A Dream

Written By: Marc Sherman, Dan Milone

Is what I’m seeing real?
Worlds I can’t explain
Is it in my head?
Possibly insane?
On a journey to the make believe
Sleep has taken me
To the other side
Awake and still alive?
Vivid dreams of youth
Back to once upon a time

It was believed
That you could not die in a dream
But how can I be sure
That my own eyes have been deceived?

Standing eye to eye
What I think is you
A figment of my mind
A dream within the truth
You exist only to me
Because I want you to
Because it suits my need
The thirst of filling voids
A basic human need
I can dream it all away

It was believed
That you could not die in a dream
A myth, a fabled lie
A snapshot in time, triggers the mind

I’ve got some explaining to do
Pull up a memory or two
For I am the one that feeds into your mind
Without me your existence would die
You'd die!

Discography

Amneja Vu presents The Factory (2007)

Set List

Monday Mourning
The Ascent of Descent
Abort
Squeal
Searching Black Holes
The Courtship of an Answer
Ouroboros
Cabinet of Curiosities
Can't Die In A Dream
Rain and Shine
The Rush of Your Life
The Answer?