Vacuity

Vacuity

 Kitchener, Ontario, CAN
BandAlternativeRock

High-jacked crescendo. Allegory. A starry-eyed post head-banging reverie. Like a flash-bulb echo on the eye of the lifeless. What could have been.

Biography


Rob McFee (guitar and vox), Paul McGough (bass), Greg Osborn (lead guitar) and Emeri Schweigert (percussion) of Kitchener, Ontario are the founding members the alt-rock force Vacuity. Their music is lyrically compelling, conscientious and provocative, fused with entrancing and danceable post-grunge rhythm, eloquent guitar and mixed-media percussion. Cinematographer Jamie Usas regularly contributes an innovative visual component to Vacuity's performances, projecting live digital video of the band in sequence with haunting images inspired by their music.

For their debut release, The Middle Ground [2004], Vacuity toured Maritime Canada with Pilot Speed and garnered the support of Maple Music. Soon after their first tour, the band played by invitation at the Umbrella Music Anniversary show at Toronto's Rivoli Night Club. Vacuity continues to perform at high profile events like NxNE, Canadian Music Magazine's 25th Anniversary party, COCA and the North Bay Heritage Festival.

Vacuity has shared the stage with such acts as Alannah Miles, Hugh Dillon and the Redemption Choir, Howie Beck, The Junction, God Made Me Funky, Will Currie & The Country French, The Meligrove Band and Spirits. Vacuity's 2006 EP, Come On Get Real, was produced by Tod Cutler (Pilot Speed, The Trews, Sarah Slean). To promote their current album, At the Command of the Blanket Sky [2008], the band toured extensively across Western Canada in 2008 and 2009.

Vacuity is currently recording the much anticipated follow-up album, The Black Hour. Release and tour dates are to be announced in early 2012.

Lyrics

Tamer Than Anything

Written By: Vacuity

a voice
a direction
a persuasive hand
saying stay between the lines we draw
saying clearly you don't understand

a shadow
a ghost that claims to know the way
a firm grasp of what you're supposed to be thinking
a strong hand for not to lead the way

never made a mark
never wore a sole
had no thirst for it
was there any doubt you could have been at all
what you're hoping for, not a free ride
proletariat underscore
always on the weekends
were you working hard?
were you working toward anything?
gas in the car again
money and movies
and tamer than anything

a breeze
it beckons like a warning call
it speaks not from sight but fear
it claims to really know the path
when it's only really been right here

never made a mark
never wore a sole
had no thirst for it
was there any doubt you could have been at all
what you're hoping for, not a free ride
proletariat underscore
always on the weekends
were you working hard?
were you working toward anything?
gas in the car again
money and movies
and tamer than anything

In Your Bones

Written By: Vacuity

drink the wine and champagne from the better years
eat the choice cuts of steak as you choke back the fright
smoke the best of the cigars in the humidor
tap the rest of the kegs 'cause the ale flows tonight

fuck for the joy and the taste of it
feed for the flavour not for your appetite
choke back the tears and get on with it
'cause the gates to the underworld open tonight

its in your bones

the souls and the corpses hang banners up
with the paths to the cities congested and tight
oh the square gets prepared for the festival
the blood will get fried while the yolks they turn white

the dancing will go to the counting down
with the cheering and waving all waking the night
the moon climbs its way to the zenith
as the true and the brave launch the missiles a flight

its in your bones

we found love in the dance of our days

Farsight

Written By: Vacuity

reaching out to a farsight
taking a leap of faith
don't mean that you land on your feet

reaching out to a lifeline
don't mean that you'll be saved
once you're dry and you're clean again

that's no way to live
just a way to be when inside you're dying
just a way to be when inside you're dying

I can't watch
its off the track
its through the crowd
it jokes like a heart attack

taking the careful way
if it means that you never live
never tucks all your fears away

never going for what you want
only leaves you with what you've got
so make sure that you're happy then

'cause that's no way to live
just a way to be when inside you're dying
just a way to be when inside you're dying

Discography

The Middle Ground (2004)
Come On Get Real (2006)
At the Command of the Blanket Sky (2008)

Set List

usually 1x45-60 minute set:

wind waves and sea
beckoning
the 5th of november
test pit
wolves
they dont exist
sirens
tamer than anything
the raft
my body is a void
the worst thing
escaping your touch
the effect is night
snowsqualls
enjoy your stay
sparkcatcher
live fast and just for money
bound
france
the black hour
we own the moon
ghosts in the pavement
never look back again
got you
candle
we're golden
in your bones
farsight
the relics in the sea