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The answer is musical ability, substance, originality, songwriting...the question? What has modern/alternative rock been lacking in recent years? It seems to be becoming less and less rewarding for bands who put forth their best effort to break the mold and strive for originality at all costs. Waiting In Vain is one of those bands.
Waiting In Vain’s chemistry is somewhat of an anomaly, being that they all found each other through internet classified postings. Chuck Mahoney (drums) and Mike Perillo (guitar) were the first two to meet in late ‘05, followed shortly by Nate Jensen (vocals/guitar) and lastly Chris Vines (bass). They come from all ends of the Bay Area to meet at their rehearsal studio in Oakland, California. The band recorded a 5 song EP in Winter of ’06, and took to the stage Spring of the same year, and since then have been relentlessly playing live shows, followed up with their newest EP in Spring of ‘07
Although one might not pick it up upon first listen, Waiting In Vain’s songs bring in the listener with under- lying themes of hope. The lyrics are enigmatic enough that a listener can use them to paint their own picture of what the songs are about. Whether you’re looking to find deeper meaning, or just a good song to listen to, this band has something to bring to the table.