Vanek

Vanek

BandAlternativeRock

We are an alternative indie rock band out of Oak Ridges Ontario. The main influence is Pearl Jam. The music is a combination of Pearl Jam, Neil Young and early Arctic Monkeys. Vanek plays as a tight acousic act as well as a 4 man electric powerhouse.

Biography

In 1999, Mark Pezzelato began to create and record music for Vanek. Since those early beginnings, he has written over 100 songs, played all instruments (drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and vocals) on 3 full length albums; "Vanek Self-titled Debut", "Open Arms (Acoustic Ablum)", and "Beyond Recognition" and played over 30 shows. The development of Vanek has seen many changes, one of those is becoming a full 5 piece band including two drummers. Noteably, 2009, was a monumental year for Vanek with much growth and success happening very rapidly.

In February, Mike Crombez joined Vanek and became an instant fit. Cody Rosenstein, (a former co-op student at Pezmosis Music Productions) was brought onboard in late March 2009.

A short time later, the trio found themselves beginning to play shows in the Newmarket, Ontario area.

Kieran Fay came to meet Pezzelato also as a co-op student at Pezmosis. He joined Vanek in June 2009. Fay began to master the music of Vanek so the band could play as a 4 piece for a show in Ottawa that was only about a month away from the time he joined. As the final member of Vanek, Mike Capobianco joined the ensemble in October 2009, with the intention of being background percussion, that soon evolved into being a full time second drummer. Vanek now plays to capacity crowds at many venues throughout the GTA.

The band has just recently finished recording an EP with producer Simon Head. Recording took place at Pezmosis Music Productions, consisting of the tracks: 6 Feet, Bodies, and Without Fail.

The main influence for Vanek's music is Pearl Jam. The musical sound of Vanek is a combination of Neil Young, Frank Sinatra, and early Arctic Monkeys. It is from early days in 1918 when Jesse Vanek opened a corner store in Oak Ridges, Ontario. With the help of her family, Jesse went on to operate a summer camp for kids on Lake Wilcox. It is from this mission of love and respect that the music of Vanek lives.

Lyrics

6 Feet

Written By: M. Pezzalato

By living I incorporate my mind today
By living I tolerate, co-operate
By living I incorporate my mind today
By living I tolerate, co-operate

And If I told you it was true
Everything gone that’s precious to you
Lost and found
6 feet, underground

By living I incorporate my mind today
By living I tolerate, co-operate
By living I incorporate my mind today
By living I tolerate, co-operate

We could buy a house for two
Get married because we’re supposed to
In our home town
6 feet, underground

By living I incorporate my mind today
By living I tolerate, co-operate
By living I incorporate my mind today
By living I tolerate, co-operate

By living I tolerate my mind today
By living I incorporate, I propagate
By living I tolerate my mind today
By living I incorporate, I propagate

Bodies

Written By: M. Pezzalato

Our days are numbered
Yet so many are not ready
They are troubled, they are worried
Your time is short
Soon the days of time, will be over

Bodies are the vessels
Bodies are restriction
Body is our gift, cherish what is given

We will go together, but they will stay
Here earthbound
Learn there are no limitations
Create appreciation

Bodies are the vessels
Bodies are restriction
Body is our gift, cherish what is given
Bodies are the vessels
Bodies are restriction
Body is our gift, cherish what is given

I am

Without Fail

Written By: M. Pezzalato

There are words, there is heart
There are chances to start
Forever now, be it true
Sincere in love, always you

There I go, without fail
Where I know, I will prevail
Pay the toll, make the sale
There I go, without fail

And in the end, it will clear
The fog will fade, the answers near
The words were said, they were true
Sincere in love, always you

There I go, without fail
Where I know, I will prevail
Pay the toll, make the sale
There I go, without fail

Without Fail (x4)

Discography

Vanek - Self-titled Debut (November 2005)
Open Arms (Acoustic Album January 2008)
Beyond Recognition (March 31 2009)
Love and Respect EP (November 25 2009)

We have music streaming at www.vanektheband.com as well as www.reverbnation.com/vanek

Set List

Our typical set list contains anywhere from 15 to 20 songs depending on the length of the set. If needed we have enough music in our repitoire to cover over 2 hours.

Song List:
You
6 Feet
Real Eyes
Born Hero
Rather
Torn
Spend
Think
Subsided
Gone
Bodies
Without Fail
Stand
Workin' Man
Innocent
Tryin'
More
- as well as several more
Some Covers:
Bad Fish - Sublime
Keep on Rocking in the Free World - Neil Young
Old Yellow Bricks - The Arctic Monkeys
Courdaroy - Pearl Jam