The Hydrothermal Vents

The Hydrothermal Vents

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN
BandPopPost-punk

Sometimes you have to die to become alive.
Johnny Alive is the singer and dancer for the Hydrothermal Vents, a 5 piece band which could be described as punk influenced art-pop. In his past life as John Tielli, he has worked with members of the the Arcade Fire, Wooden Stars and Hilotrons among others. Get ready for some geothermal joy from Johnny Alive, Jonny Arms, Jonny Child, Jonny Who and Hanz Morrissey! Special guest female vocalists too!

Biography

The Hydrothermal Vents


[Hydrothermal vents are deep-sea openings that erupt with super-heated, chemically rich water from within the earth's crust. There is a whole ecosystem of creatures that live down there that don't live off the energy of the sun, but lives off the energy of the earth itself.]

Sometimes you have to die to become alive. That happened to Johnny Alive, singer and dancer for The Hydrothermal Vents. After going through a dark age, John Tielli emerged a changed human in October 2016, suddenly enlightened by a new understanding of how to live fearlessly and happily. With this new found life, John Tielli became Johnny Volution, trying out different names until finally arriving at Johnny Alive, and also adopted the title of ARTIFIST; an agent of the deep that aims to expose our artifice and hypocrisy through his art.

The Hydrothermal Vents started as a duo in 2012, with John and Tessa Kautzman performing live along to backing tracks. While this afforded Tielli a degree of control over the sound of performance, it also eventually left him unsatisfied and the band went on an extended hiatus after a month long tour of the US and Canada in 2014, the same year of the release of their critically acclaimed debut album “Secrets of the Deep”. During This hiatus, Tessa Kautzman had moved on to focus on her own project Loon and to play in other bands such as Sam Patch and more recently, the Dears.

Johnny Alive is the creator and songwriter for the Hydrothermal Vents which could be described as punk influenced art-pop. In his past life as John Tielli, he has worked with members of the the Arcade Fire, Wooden Stars and Hilotrons among others. He has fronted previous bands including Metal Kites (Toronto, Montreal), and Clark the band (Ottawa, Toronto). Mr. Alive is a multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer as well. He is also a theremin player and has accompanied artists such as Laura Barrett, The Phonemes and his brother, Martin Tielli on that instrument.

Now, with the birth of Johnny Alive; the ARTIFIST, comes the new, full 5 piece band version of the Hydrothermal Vents! This version of the band recently had an explosive first concert opening for the Rheostatics in Toronto on May 27th, 2017 with guest vocalist Donna Linklater.


Lyrics

Hydrothermal Vents

Written By: John Tielli

We like your eyes
We are your friends
Your simple gaze;
It does amaze
It does!

And its all so red, now that all the fish are dead
We will all crowd together near the hydrothermal vents
In a sense (innocence)

And then you said
We can't pretend
To know the truth,
The how and when
...The end!

And it's all so grand in our subgalactic tank
And it bleeds a little pressure near the hydrothermal vents
In a sense (innocence)

If the innocent survive will the practical provide
Provide!
survive
Provide!
survive
Will the innocent survive?
It keeps all of us alive.
Survive

Inside A Movie

Written By: John Tielli

You want to be
A diamond tree
You're crazy
And you're wanted now

You're written by that unsigned author
You'll write me in and I'll sing that line
You played the frog
I play the serpent
We roamed the set
After everyone would leave

We took the wigs
We took the costumes
Threw them in the fire
So no one knew the mess that we had been
And no one knew the joy that it could bring
No one knew the joy that it would bring
The coroner would laugh as we would sing

....inside unseen places
You lift me up and I'll sing that line

They called the cops
I stole a ruby
Threw it in the fire
So one knew the damage it could bring
Sparkles drew the fire from deep within
Sparkles drew the fire from deep withing
The coroner would laugh as we would sing

You want to be
A diamond tree
You're crazy
And you're wanted now

I got lost
Inside a movie
We roamed the set
Through the cardboard cut-out trees

I got lost
Inside a movie
Where everybody wins
And no one loses faith in anything
No one loses faith in anything
No one loses faith in any king
No one loses faith in anything at all

You lift me up and I'll make you a wager

You want to be
A diamond tree
You're crazy
And you're wanted now
(Don't tell me how to sing that line)

Don't tell me how to untie my laces
Don't tell me

I'll write you in and I'll sing that line

You want to be
A diamond tree
You're crazy
And you're wanted now

Discography

Secrets of the Deep!
released July 2014