This week, my newest obsession are The Vacancies. I happened to be listening to BWC radio for about 5 minutes on Monday and came across the local stinger of the hour which was “Below Merlot”. I wish I had heard these guys earlier. Here’s a video for “Save Yourself” a track off their last album.
I have a confession to make – I’m somewhat uncomfortable with the “real” punk scene in Cleveland. I don’t take the risk and go and see bands that I’m not at all familiar with because I feel awkward, like I don’t necessarily fit into the mix, and I’m always afraid of the stares and snubs that occur in a smaller venue. And I’m small and I don’t like to get beat up and thrown around so I tend to shy away from the floor at most shows – which is kinda hard to do in some of these venues. Besides, let’s face it – “punks” can be elitists. If you don’t look the part and run the regular circuit you may get some funny looks showing up at a show and, at some times, people may get down-right hostile. This has always bothered me because it seems to go against what the truest form of the movement should be. More often than not, “punks” just wind up being part of the herd. It may be a different herd than the suburban ganstas and the pop princesses, but it’s a herd nonetheless. And it bugs me. Because of that hang up I’ve been hesitant in certain situations and probably missed a lot of things and that’s my own problem.
I’m a professional mom, who happens to love a whole lot of different things and as much as I’d love to – I can’t run around with blue hair right now. Sometimes it sucks, but most of the time I’m ok with that. I’m happy with who I’m and where I am right now. The problem is that most kids (Yes, I said kids. Now, get off my lawn! And turn that music down!) don’t realize this and look at people like me like we’re crazy and honing in our their scene. That’s what I did at that age – it’s normal. But I never felt like I fit in completely in high school and still carry around baggage as a result and have an ever-present fear of standing out and not fitting in. I do realize that if I was 100% comfortable with myself I wouldn’t care, and I’m really working on it. I think this year’s Warped Tour was a test for that and it was fun and I felt secure in myself and, blah, blah, blah.
So, self-conscious rant aside, I am absolutely going to put all of this behind me and make sure that I am at the next Vacancies show. I can’t wait. Since they’re local, I think I’ll have a good chance of catching them before too long. I love their stuff! Go to www.thevacanciesmusic.com to check out three tracks off of the latest album. THEY’RE ALL GOOD.