Vesica Pisces

Vesica Pisces

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Combining great songwriting with powerful live performances, Vesica Pisces debut album won them 2000 Los Angels Music Award for best AC artist. Halfway To Naked has garnished 2 nominations for 2003 LAMAs.

Biography

Big 3 Records struck gold when their already seasoned pop-rock band, Vesica Pisces, combined talents with legendary Grammy Award winning producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick) to create their highly anticipated sophomore album, "Halfway To Naked." After four months of recording at an abandoned restaurant with a remote truck – what Douglas calls guerilla recording – and at Big3's St. Petersburg, FL studios, the result has stirred up an industry buzz and yielded one of the most promising albums of 2003.

Vesica Pisces (winners of the 2000 Los Angeles Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Artist) has come a long way from their start as club band. "We were making a living as musicians," explains Kelly Fitzgerald, the foursomes' leading lady, who's soulful, sultry voice could be heard over 200 nights a year in clubs around the world. "We did whatever it took." And they're still doing whatever it takes with a feel good sound as creative as their name – vesica pisces is the almond shape middle of two overlapping circles – band mates Brian Pother (guitar), Adam Nicol Roach (drums), Brian Nussle (bass) and Kelly Fitzgerald (vocals) are making their musical dreams come true.

Vesica Pisces is currently touring as the opening act for veteran rockers (and label mates) Cheap Trick in support of their Big3 Records release “Halfway To Naked” in conjunction with a Borders Books acoustic tour, both slated to take them through the rest of 2003.

“Halfway To Naked” consists of fourteen classic American rock tunes, produced by Douglas and written by Kelly and Brian with additional creative input from core member
Adam and former bass player Bill Bieschke (with the exception of the Wayne Kramer song "No Easy Way Out" and co-writing credits going to Mark Radice for "Single" and Doug Lunn for "Something To Hold Onto"). "The best songs really come from life experiences," says Adam, explaining their writing process. "Most of the songs start with an acoustic sound and grow from there." Packed with soulful melodies and a strong guitar presence, the album host an array of possible chart topping singles including the bluesy title track "Halfway To Naked," and the upbeat anthem, "Single," that positively questions, "What's so bad about being single?"

The presence of veteran producer Jack Douglas can definitely be heard on Halfway To Naked. The group was meeting with various producers to work on the album when a friend gave Douglas Vesica Pisces' demo. He flew to Florida to meet with the band and the connection was magic. "He is someone that you want to perform for," says Adam about working with Douglas. "He wanted our personalities to come out on tape, and they did." "Jack made everybody feel really comfortable and brought out the best in all of us," adds Kelly.

Vesica Pisces was born when Salem, MA natives Kelly and Brian met in high school. Both had an intense passion for music. Brian started playing the saxophone at age eight and switched to guitar by age twelve. He played with local bands while studying electronic and classical composition in school. Kelly, who comes from a musical family, says she's "never, ever wanted to do anything else." Exposed to music at an early age, Kelly sang in local clubs while still attending high school. After graduation the duo hit the road and started touring, spending two years in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., then back to New England. They continued touring dividing their time between the Caribbean and several east coast venues.

The pair later moved to Los Angeles, CA where they met Adam, a local Californian, who started playing the trumpet in grade school because his teacher told him there were too many drummers. That didn't stop him or his fascination with the drums. Adam quickly picked up his drumsticks and hasn't stopped playing since. "My friend called me up and said you've got to go see this band, they're really cool and they're really talented, and they need a drummer," recalls Adam. "I went down that night and met them. The next day I was in the band."

After playing with several bass players, the trio hooked up in early 2003 with Brian Nussle (Nuss). Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia he moved to Southern California and made the east coast to west coast music switch. “In my Virginian basement, I’d ride my skateboard in circles for hours and hours listening to my dad’s record collection. I never got dizzy… just more infatuated with music.”

Influenced by rock legends Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Aerosmith, along with traditional and non-traditional rock, rhythm & blues, and folk music, Vesica Pisces discovered their own voice and recorded it on their self-produced, self-titled debut album. The band sold the album as they continued touring and creating a huge grass roots following. That album earned them the Los Angeles Music Award for Best A/C artist in 2000. The same year they traveled to Bosnia and throughout the Balkan Islan

Lyrics

No One Compares

Written By: Fitzgerald, Pothier

No one compares to my baby
And makes me feel like you do
No one compares to my baby
Baby there’s no one like you

I took my shape from inside these walls around me
And through the glass was the same view
Now all the clouds are no longer a distraction
I’ve got nothing but attraction
To the sun that’s bursting through

Chorus

All the roads that have seldom changed direction
Have led me to where I belong
Because I took a turn and longed for a connection
We were dying for affection
And we waited for so long

No one compares to my baby

Bridge

After a long cold winter
Baby you’re the spring
If I once had nothing
Now I’ve got everything

Now all the corners have a light shinning upon them
I’m no longer at the bottom
Of a long stairway to you

Chorus

Something To Hold Onto

Written By: Fitzgerald, Lunn, Pothier

There's a house with your name written in the sand out front
And if the wind picks up you could be homeless
There's a beautiful woman with her face in your hands
And if you lose your grip you could be staring at your own reflection
Blowing bubbles into the air
Trying to catch a feather from a Ferris wheel chair

Lord, give me something that I can hold onto

Marking your territory with a white picket fence
Counting down from one hundred while the others run and hide
I'm turning on the TV just to turn off how the day went
Wearing the pants or the skirt in the family, I'm still trying to decide
I've got a map of this parallel town
And I'm setting up the pins just to knock them all down

Lord, give me something that I can hold onto

We get a little too drunk a little too much
It puts a silence between us
She'll tear out his heart just to take a look inside
Because she knows he's onto something
But he's not ready for the ride

In the name of some faith I know I must have
A small donation is all I can afford
So many friends I've made but every friend gone bad
Feels like I'm fighting in a phone booth with a sword
Passing out that credit card number
Yeah, well who will pay the debt when we're more than six feet under

Lord, give me something that I can hold onto

Single

Written By: Fitzgerald, Radice, Pothier

It's noon already but I'm not late
I'm all alone and it feels just great
To know there's nobody lying in wait
Just to tell me they've had enough

Happy couples in public display
With rose colored glasses to block the rays
More often than not, they'll change their ways
And be hating each other's guts

And when I go out all alone
Somebody's bound to show concern 'cause I'm on my own

OOOhhh...What's so bad?
I'm feeling just fine, why you looking so sad?
OOOhhh...What's so bad?
What's so bad about being single?

I don't miss that feeling at all
Of the knot in my stomach waiting for your call
Or relatives backing me up against the wall
To ask when the big day's near

Endless hours of useless talkin'
Got tired of all that eggshell walkin'
I can do whatever I want
Don't have to check if the coast is clear

I'll send myself a valentine
And inside it I'll promise to be forever mine

OOOhhh...What's so bad?
You're looking at me like I've just gone mad
OOOhhh...What's so bad?
What's so bad about being single?

Never the bride right now I'm fine to only be the bridesmaid
I'll take my time, I'll set the mood, it doesn't have to take two
To complete me

I can toss and turn all night
Fall asleep on the left and walk up on the right side

OOOhhh...What's so bad?
I'm feeling just fine why you looking so sad?
OOOhhh...What's so bad?
What's so bad about being single?
OOOhhh...What's so bad?
You're looking at me like I've just gone mad
OOOhhh...What's so bad?
What's so bad about being single?

Discography

Vesica Pisces '98
Halfway To Naked '03

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Set List

In & Out
Groovytown
Halfway To Naked
Settlesville
No One Compares
Something To Hold Onto
No Easy Way Out
Cringe
Glass Ceiling