Jacob Vanags

Jacob Vanags

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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Jacob Vanags (and company) exemplifies a unique and solid piano rock sound. Songs are filled with emotion from the get-go while the chorus will hook you instantly and the bridge will take you somewhere new. With a lyrical depth and a musical high in every song, his music will be sure to move you!

Biography

Whether he is hiking in the Andes, roofing a house, break dancing, or couch surfing around the world, piano-rocker Jacob Vanags is always eager to try something new. This desire to step outside the box, break it down, and recycle it into something original defines the personality of his music.

Following the 2008 solo EP, The Come On! Collection, and his 2009 full band EP, Pulses are Pluses, (which offers the fearless storyline of “Speak Up Now,” the epic orchestration of “Antarctica,” and the unifying illustration of “Jonah’s Dream”) Vanags reaches new heights with his 2010 summer singles.

“Madeline” is as funky-fresh as its lyrics suggest and has been deemed “the song of the summer” by fans. However, Jacob’s ability to create unforgettable melodies is not done without substance. He proves that he is able to cater to the detailed listener with “Public Transit” by weaving harmonies with orchestral instruments, creating a refreshing soundtrack for everyday life.

Comparable to the piano work of Ben Folds, the vocals of Jason Mraz, the orchestration of Sufjan Stevens, and the pulse of Snow Patrol, Jacob Vanags still brings a unique mix of talent, hope and confidence to an otherwise stagnant industry.

The Jacob Vanags Band has headlined the Lyrikplatz stage at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, The Bitter End in NYC, The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, and with an extensive line-up of shows this fall including Crash Mansion in November, there is no excuse to miss this talented trio that just might change your perception of piano rock.

Step outside the box, break it down, and recycle it into something new.

Lyrics

All That You Have

Written By: Jacob Vanags

I got the sun, I got the dirt, and oh it feels good to wear a comfortable shirt
Because I know, I know it’s all I need
And I’d love to hear your stories but to be honest, they’re getting a little bit old
‘cause it feels like July in my mind, and I’m sick of being buried in your six feet of snow

If these are the worst things that have happened to you, ohhh
Then I must be leaving because I believe that that is weak

Don’t drag me into that hole
That you’ve been digging with your backwards state of mind
I know it must be dark down there
Baby, when you realize that
You have all that you have
Then maybe I will care a little more

Listen, okay? I love you for the reasons that I know you can display
And I know we would love to see those once again
And the problems you have, I’ll work with you to fix because they aren’t beyond repair
And I know some people who would love to take yours over theirs, over theirs

If these are the worst things that have happened to you, ohhh
Then I must be leaving because I believe that that is weak

Don’t drag me into that hole
That you’ve been digging with your backwards state of mind
I know it must be dark down there
Baby, when you realize that
You have all that you have
Then maybe I will care a little more

Whoa, Whoa….

I believe in you, I believe in you, I believe in you
I believe in you, I believe in you, I believe in you

Don’t drag me into that hole
That you’ve been digging with your backwards state of mind
I know it must be dark down there
Baby, when you realize that
You have all that you have
Then maybe I will care a little more (repeat)

Toss UP

Written By: Jacob Vanags

Now does it seem a little cliché
that I just can’t stop leaning that way
To where men once dug for their gold
and up-and-coming hopefuls, they plan on being sold
or is just another move for me to look bold
or is just another move for me to look bold

And I am going to toss up a prayer
Like everybody else and hope that what I need can be found over there

Just to make it clear to you I love you all to death and the
Chances are that I will find my way back here yes but
Being a wanderer only seems to make sense because
How can I look for it if I’m still and I don’t plan to move, move
Ohhh

I’m starting to get a little bit nervous that this is too far in advance
And by this time next year I’ll call these all stupid plans
Or maybe when I get there I’ll start to miss the cold
Or the temptation of sand will grow a little old
or is just another move for me to look bold
or is just another move for me to look bold

And I am going to toss up a prayer
Like everybody else and hope that what I need can be found over there

Just to make it clear to you I love you all to death and the
Chances are that I will find my way back here yes but
Being a wanderer only seems to make sense because
How can I look for it if I’m still and I don’t plan to move, move
Ohhh

And I watch as the people walk by
And I hope that one of those is mine
But until I know for sure
I might as well get up and go look for her

Antarctica

Written By: Jacob Vanags

I head as far south I as I can surely go
Leave behind me all that I know
I stop, I stop when up is the only way
Back to the place from which I just came

I shout, I shout out nothing will hear the sound
It is swallowed by the silence, it rings so loud
I open my eyes and what I see is free
A blank slate and a white majestic scene

I stand upright and upside down
At the same time to shake my thoughts out
For I’ve escaped to this beautiful and barren place
I’ve got to show you

And when the lights turn off and the sun runs from the cold
And you stand still and watch as the universe unfolds
You will know that you belong with your heart opened up
At home in Antarctica, at home in Antarctica

I beg, I plead please isolate me now
From the fury that pins all of us down
But when the winds sweep and the glaciers break
That’s when I realize I need to see your face

I stand upright and upside down
At the same time to shake my thoughts out
For I’ve escaped to this beautiful and barren place
I’ve got to show you

And when the lights turn off and the sun runs from the cold
You will stand still and watch as the universe unfolds
You will know that you belong with your heart opened up
At home in Antarctica, at home in Antarctica

And when the winter comes around
Will you inject some red love into this cold ground
And I don’t think I can do this alone
But if you were here we surely could keep ourselves warm

And we will build a home
And we’ll fuel this furnace with our love alone
And plant those seeds of wisdom
And we’ll watch how quickly they will grow
And when the lights turn off and the sun runs from the cold
And you stand still and watch as the universe unfolds
You will know that you belong with your heart opened up
At home in Antarctica, at home in Antarctica

Stuck

Written By: Jacob Vanags

Take your heart into your hand and hold it to your ear, baby
What does it tell you, you want?
Is it waking in the morning craving coffee in your cup
Just so, just so you can wake up

Oh I see the world is weighing oh heavy on your soul
But you don’t know which way to, to go
So listen to me child you’re gonna be here for awhile
So why don’t you step back and take it slow

Take your time, don’t have to make up your mind
I just believe that you don’t want to become stuck
Oh I feel it too, but I am trying, I am trying to shake it loose
And I just believe that you don’t want to become stuck
Oh so free yourself before you sink in and I have to throw you a line

Take a ride to outer space and watch the world light up your face
Don’t have to stick to one pushpin
Jump in a plane, a train, a car that will take you from where you are
To any place you can imagine

Oh I see the world is weighing oh heavy on your soul
But you don’t know which way to, to go
So listen to me child you’re gonna be here for awhile
So why don’t you step back and take it slow

Take your time, don’t have to make up your mind
I just believe that you don’t want to become stuck
Oh I feel it too, but I am trying, I am trying to shake it loose
And I just believe that you don’t want to become stuck
Oh so free yourself before you sink in and I have to throw you a line

Don’t want to be an addict with the emphatics
Of the automatic, systematic, bop it, turn it, twist it, scrap it
Hanging on a caffeine machine, keep it in pristine routine marine
Because there’s no stopping in between
To be free, to be fresh, to waking with a willing wonder
Keeping you from going under the time that it takes you
To get up, get out tick, tick, tick, tick, tick

Take your heart into your hand and hold it to your ear, baby
What does it tell you, you want?
Is it waking in the morning craving coffee in your cup
Just so, just so you can wake up
Oh I see the world is weighing oh heavy on your soul
But you don’t know which way to, to go
So listen to me child you’re gonna be here for awhile
So why don’t you step back and take it slow

Take your time, don’t have to make up your mind
I just believe that you don’t want to become stuck
Oh I feel it too, but I am trying, I am trying to shake it loose
And I just believe that you don’t want to become stuck
Oh so free yourself before you sink in and I have to throw you a line

Speak Up Now

Written By: Jacob Vanags

Speak up now
It’s okay to make yourself proud
Oh……….
Oh………. you know

Turn up the blinds love
And Let that light in
Inhale the fresh air
And breathe some life into your skin

I will see you in gray
Until you figure out
How to color yourself in
And show what you’re about

And if your thoughts get in the way
You’re not thinking so clear
And it’s really up to you
Where you’re going from here

Speak up now
It’s okay to make yourself proud
Oh……….
Oh………. you know

I look over
And you are sitting still
Not a word, not a motion
But I know your lungs are filled

It doesn’t matter what you think
‘cause I don’t really care
I can see it in your face
And I believe there’s something there

And if your thoughts get in the way
You’re not thinking so clear
And it’s really up to you
Where you’re going from here

Speak up now
It’s okay to make yourself proud
Oh……….
Oh………. you know that

This is it
Enough of this holding it all in
Oh……….
Oh………. you know

I think we should take a ride
And flip a coin to choose left or right
We will not know where we’ll go
Discover new and retrace old

And I put my favorite music on
And all of a sudden she sings that song!

Sing out loud!
It’s okay to make yourself proud
Oh……….
Oh………. you know that

This is it
Enough of this holding it all in
Oh……….
Oh………. you know

Jonah's Dream

Written By: Jacob Vanags

Jonah turns out the lights
And he says his goodnights
But before he falls asleep
He opens his eyes and only his mind can see

An aura fills up the room
As he projects onto
An invisible black screen
Of what he believes, of what he believes this world can be

Oh…
Jonah dreams of an astronaut that draws a map from space
And it reveals no lines
To keep us from giving high fives across the borders that once
Kept us in divide
Oh unite…

Oh, front door ocean shores are also backyard swimming holes
You can visit mine if I can go and visit yours
Where we can swim across the water and fly right through the air
And walk over the land where we walk hand in—

Hand over your pride so that nations can debate
How we can share what we have before its too late
And gather all the troops so that we
Can fight the alien scum we see on movie screens
And call on the scientists to figure out
How we can save this planet from ourselves
And send in the spies without disguise
So they can try and dig up where all our love lies
Where all our love lies, where all our love lies, where all our love lies

An arrow is shot through the dark wounding our hearts
Can we bleed out the hate, the hate, the hate
When all that is left is our love
We wonder how we could make such a mistake, a mistake, a mistake
So we sing out in revelation
I am my brother’s keeper, keeper
We sing out in revelation
I am my brother’s keeper, keeper

Alleluia….

Of what he believes this world could be, of what he believes this world could be

Nothing's Changed

Written By: Jacob Vanags

I believed that, I believed that
When I was a child
If I could jump off a wooden table in my room
And prayed for flight
I would fly before I'd fall
And it seems like nothing's really changed at all

So forgive me, so forgive me
If I fail, but you know
That I've got to try to put all of everything
Into who and what
I love instead of who and what I am supposed to need

If I, If I crash and burn
I'll smile 'cause 'cause I'd do it in style
And rise and dust off the light
'cause I know we can get this right

I see you, I see you standing
In your summer dress
and I must admit I, I must admit
I've never done a thing like this
If I might be so blessed that you might jump with me
And we'll hope for the best

If we, If we crash and burn
We'll smile 'cause 'cause we'd do it in style
And rise and dust off the light
'cause I know we can get this right

If one more thing breaks
Then I'm broken
But I have no problem
Spring-boarding off my hopes and
You may call this reckless
But I'd like to say its trying harder
To regret... less

If we, If we crash and burn
We'll smile 'cause 'cause we'd do it in style
And rise and dust off the light
'cause I know we can get this--

Public Transit

Written By: Jacob Vanags

If I could just close my eyes
And wake up on a private line
Where I am my only guide
I'll criss-cross the countryside

And dig out my own tunnels
And run all the red stoplights
And I'll pilot the turbulence
To find you tonight

And when I am on public transit
The tracks don't seem to end
Because I rock asleep and dream of
Where I can go instead
The city can't keep us all in
If there's no limitation
And I will find a way
To love you where we stand face to face

'Cause I'll cruise from coast to coast
All the way to California 'cause I'll make it our most
And I hope that your packing your bag
'Cause I'm picking you up along the way

Dive under the Pacific Rim
Take a nap and wake up in a different nation
And circumnavigate the globe
And make our way back to Penn Station

And when I am on public transit
The tracks don't seem to end
Because I rock asleep and dream of
Where I can go instead
The city can't keep us all in
If there's no limitation
And I will find a way
To love you where we stand face to face

And I rock asleep, asleep
And I rock, and I rock
And I rock asleep, asleep
And I rock, and I rock

I rock asleep, asleep
I rock, I rock....

1, 2, 3!

And when I open up my eyes
I'll criss-cross the countryside

la da-da da....

Madeline

Written By: Jacob Vanags

She's so funky-fresh to death
Speaks with sweetness on her breath
An addicting style flows
From her mix-matched clothes

This is how it feels
This is how it feels
To be with you, my love
You're so, oh, real

Can I hold your hand tonight, oh oh, because
You're such a clever design, Madeline
And I, I don't know if I could ever find another one like you
and the way that you shake me up inside

And her ginger shows
The nature of her soul
Once you get caught up in it
You won't want to forget it

This is how it feels
This is how it feels
To be with you, my love
You're so, oh, real

Can I hold your hand tonight, oh oh, because
You're such a clever design, Madeline
And I, I don't know if I could ever find another one like you
oh the way that you shake me up inside

If you want to find someone who compares
I will probably stop you because it won't be fair
And I, I don't know if I could ever find another one like you

Can I hold your hand tonight, oh oh, because
You're such a clever design, Madeline
And I, I don't know if I could ever find another one like you
and the way that you shake me up inside

Discography

2010 Singles
- "Madeline"
- "Public Transit"
- "Nothing's Changed"
Pulses are Pluses
The Come On! Collection

Set List

45 minute set:
Public Transit
Madeline
Nothing's Changed
Toss Up
All That You Have
Speak Up Now
Manhattan and Me
Stuck
Familiar Faces

45+ minute sets add:
Antarctica
Jonah's Dream
Shoebox
Chest Out, Chin Up
What We Have Here
Hailey
Honestly, Olivia
Mainstream Medley - Various Artists
Grow Old With Me - John Lennon/Postal Service
Ode to Chicago or Ode to New York (if applicable)
I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
The Luckiest - Ben Folds
Let Go - Frou Frou
Green Eyes - Coldplay