Vertical Horizon

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Vertical Horizon is a 1991 American Alternative Rock band, initially formed by Matthew Scannell and Keith Kane while they were students at Georgetown University, and later joined at various periods by several members in different roles. The band is attached to the Outfall Records label, and is best known for its singles "You're A God," "Everything You Want," and "Best I Ever Had," all on its 1999 Everything You Want album.

The Other Wiki has a fully detailed page. Also, the band has its own webpage, which can be found here.

The current line-up:

  • Matthew Scannell (lead vocals, lead guitar) - 1991-present
  • Ron La Vella (drums) - 2009-present
  • Eric Holden (bass guitar, backing vocals) - 2009-present
  • Steve Fekete (guitar, backing vocals) - 2010-present

Past members:

  • Keith Kane (vocals, backing vocals, guitars) 1991-2010
  • Ed Toth (drums, percussion) 1996 - 2005
  • Sean Hurley (bass guitar, vocals) 1998 - 2009
  • Jason Sutter (drums; currently in studio and touring ) 2009 - 2010
  • Corey Mc Cormick (bass guitar; currently touring ) 2009 - 2010
  • There and Back Again (1992)
  • Running On Ice (1995)
  • Everything You Want (1999)
  • Go (2003)
  • Burning the Days (2009)
Vertical Horizon provides examples of the following tropes:
  • Fading Into the Next Song: A number of their songs do this. "Everything You Want" and "Finding Me" are two examples from Everything You Want.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: One version of the story goes that while Keith Kane was writing down a list of possible names, he wrote the word "vertical" then drew a horizontal line along the bottom of the word. The rest, as they say, is history.
  • New Sound Album: There And Back Again and Running On Ice consist largely of songs recorded to a soft guitar rhythm with almost no percussion accompaniment. Then you listen to "We Are," the first song on the Everything You Want album, which has plenty of percussion and louder guitar sounds. From there on out it's a mix of the old and new.
  • Not Christian Rock: Explained in greater detail here.
  • Poor Communication Kills: According to Matt Scannell in a 1997 MTV interview (for which part of the transcript is seen here), this is part of the underlying message behind "We Are."
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Sung about in "Everything You Want."
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Hinted at in "The Man Who Would Be Santa." Matt Scannell indicated that he wrote the song after an argument with his father.