Charles S. McVey

Charles S. McVey

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Charles S. McVey writes melancholy pop songs with soul searching lyrics and haunting melodies. Sometimes sassy, sometimes blue, and always open; he grinds on the piano stool when he performs.

Biography

Charles S. McVey is a singer/songwriter who uses the medium of music as a backdrop for discussing a wide range of emotional experiences with regard to the human condition. His upfront lyrics allow him to remain frank and open while addressing subjects such as sexuality, suffering, and religious dogmas. His 2007 release, “Modern Living” received critical praise and resulted in over 75 regional performances to promote the album. Recently, McVey contributed to the score of Steve Balderson's acclaimed documentary “Wamego: Ultimatum” and has performed with national acts such as They Might Be Giants and Ian Moore.

McVey’s newest release, “ANIMAL,” is a nine track exploration into the loss of one’s faith. Casually labeled as a “spiritual break-up” record, the songs meander through such concepts as sexual repression, doubt, and divine abandonment. The recordings are melodically saturated while remaining emotionally bare, exposing the raw nerves and the disconcerting reflections of a man who wants to believe in God – but doesn’t. The album’s erotic artwork features adult film star Scott Campbell, and mixes Maplethorpe-esque photography with religious imagery to create a sexy and confrontational package. Within an hour the “edited for content” version of the cover was reported and removed from McVey’s MySpace page.

“ANIMAL” features the same line-up as “Modern Living” with McVey on piano and vocals, Erik Kessinger on drums, and Max Paley on bass. Lawrence musicians Dan Kozak (saxophone, This is My Condition), Josh Atkinson (guitar, Kelpie), and Clark Jamison (percussion, Lila, 11:11) also contributed to the recording. Colin Mahoney (engineering, Split Lip Rayfield) mastered the final product.

The arrangement of the tracks is a conceptual downslide ending in spiritual independence or emptiness, depending on the listener’s view of the world. “ANIMAL” does not present an alternative theology, nor is its intent to offer answers or explanations, but merely to raise questions. The listener is encouraged to explore its content with curiosity and an open mind. “ANIMAL” is the culmination of a year’s worth of work based on a lifetime’s contemplation and it is Charles S. McVey at his most refined.

Lyrics

Shelter Me

Written By: Charles S. McVey

Beautiful lover
I am hypnotized,
Each time I discover,
The colors in your eyes,
And maybe I'm crazy,
But that's old news,
Because I'm so lost in,
And in love with you,

Beautiful lover,
How can you say "Goodbye?"
Each time that we fuck boy,
We make angels cry,
They weep from the heavens,
To the earth below,
It's the rain on our window,
And the love that we know,

And it keeps us,
Going back and forth around the room,
Spinning dizzy, I come into you,
Now all of this matters much more than it did,
Shelter me boy, shelter me,

Beautiful lover,
Don't walk away,
It's the pain that I'm lovin',
But it won't make you stay,
And it's such a sad case,
When all you've got left,
Is the mistakes that you made,
And the things never said,

And it keeps us,
Going back and forth around the room,
Spinning dizzy, I come into you,
Now all of this matters much more than it did,
Shelter me boy, shelter me,
Oh yeah,
Shelter me, shelter me.

MySpace

Written By: Charles S. McVey

Is my space crowding your space from two-thousand miles away,
An airline ticket has put me in my place,
And I watch you now over a computer screen,
Each flex in data is like watching you breathe,
It's like watching you breathe,
Even though it's hard now,
I know there's another day in the garden for Bones and D,

Was my space crowding your space when your body lied next to me,
How can we understand what was the chemistry,
But my fears failed to falter my curse back in place,
And now I must wait here and I count the days,
How I count the days,
Even though it's hard now,
I know there's another day in the garden for Bones and D,

So I read your posts and I scope your friends,
I'm just looking for some kind of connection,
And I touch the screen to touch your face,
This is all I have left of you, left of you in my space

Even though it's hard now,
I know there's another day in the garden for Bones and D,
And it will be our space.

Sir

Written By: Charles S. McVey

I beat down Billy gettin' to the cellar door,
My studded leather collar shined brightly,
As you laid me on the cement floor,
You piss on me when you know I've been good,
And you show me the world's secrets,
Everything else is meaningless,

And it's a matter of fact,
We want what we lack,

And you make me feel,
Like dancing in the rain,
Like every old cliché,
Oh "Yes, Sir,"
If you beat me down,
You know I'll be back for more,
'Cause I'm my Daddy's whore,
And I want to please you,

Before we met I never knew what to do,
Now I sleep on your dungeon floor,
Comforted only by the moon,
When I close my eyes I dream I'm next to you,
Fucking me in the tool shed,
Or tied up underneath your bed,

And I don't regret a thing,
'Cause even in my dreams,

You make me feel,
Like dancing in the rain,
Like every old cliché,
Oh "Yes, Sir,"
If you beat me down,
You know I'll be back for more,
'Cause I'm my Daddy's whore,
And I want to please you,

You - Ooo, Ooo, Ooo,

And you know I'm having fun,
When you won't let me cum,

And you make me feel,
Like dancing in the rain,
Like every old cliché,
Oh "Yes, Sir."

Discography

"ANIMAL" - April 2009
"The 'Sir' Mixes - July 2008
"Modern Living" EP - Aug. 2007
"Transition" EP - Nov. 2003
"Swallow" LP - March 2003
"Lackluster" EP - Jan. 2000
"Someplace Better Than This" LP - Oct. 1999

Set List

Sets are mainly composed of original material and range between 45 minutes and 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Set List from Auntie Mae's 9/26/08 (Approx: 1 hr 20 min)
SOLO SET:
D
Pony
Three
Scarecrow
Local Romeo
Someplace Better Than This

BAND SET:
Lonely Life
PrayerSong
Tug
Judas
Believer
MySpace
Sir
Toby
Animal
Shelter Me
Pride
The End of Us

Setlist from Ritual Cafe (solo) 7/31/08 (Approx: 50 min)
PrayerSong
MySpace
Lonely Life
Pony
Tug
Father Figure (cover)
Scarecrow
Sir
Toby
Shelter Me
Like a Virgin (cover)