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Boston, United States (1990 – present)

The acoustic rock band Vertical Horizon was formed in 1990 by Georgetown University undergrads Matthew Scannell and Keith Kane; after graduation in 1991 the duo relocated to Boston and, in 1992, self-released their debut album There and Back Again. There and Back Again was recorded in Matt’s old high school over a period of a few days, and Matt and Keith together played all the instruments appearing on the album, though they both mostly played acoustic guitar. Both also contributed to writing all the songs, and both sang.

Matt and Keith toured for several years after this, mostly appearing with similar bands such as Jackopierce. By 1995, they were ready to record again. The resulting album, Running on Ice, again had Matt and Keith playing acoustic guitar and singing, but with the addition of other guest musicians to play other instruments. Guests included members of Jackopierce, as well as Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band on drums.

More touring followed, and soon Matt and Keith were joined by Ed Toth on drums. In 1997, a live album, Live Stages, was released. This featured Matt, Keith, and Ed, as well as Ryan Fisher on bass. Live Stages signaled a departure from the original acoustic guitar-based music, and featured heavy emphasis on electric guitar. Also, by this time, the band was explicit in their intent to find a major record label; band members have said that it was no accident that the first track of Live Stages opens with the sounds of a large cheering audience. Their wishes came true, and the band was signed to RCA Records.


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  • FreakWithinMe

    Just listened to these for the first time this evening and I really like them, voice is sweet and it's easy listening when your just relaxing :)

    11 Aug 9:49pm Reply
  • BrightEnix

    Matt Scannel just knows how to capture lightening in a bottle.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Nothing new but the details are the thing. Much better and much more elaborate than the previous one, actually ~80% of the songs here are just great, some of them get to you from the very first listen and stay for good.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • KnightFury

    new one makes me shiver

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Diab44

    С точки зрения музыки и лирики альбом ничего нового не принес, но вот их сочетание вышло поистине отличным. И вот как раз «Evermore», не смотря на ее имя, я бы назвал титульной песней, задающей настроение всей пластинки.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • alven77

    "Echoes From The Underground" is probably the best album i've heard in 2013 so far. Completely awesome.

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • aleromero

    Who would say that VH could make their best album after 20 years of career. Echoes From the Underground is a masterpiece.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • conneticutx3

    The new album is really really special, absolutely brilliant!

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Celebrar

    Hi! Like "Song of the Day" for a new not-that-popular song (almost)everyday!

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Agata_Prelec

    Wash Away <3 <3

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • b-b_t

    ♥ We Are ♥

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • alexandremore

    Goodbye Again <3

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • vivianegv

    ♥ Miracle ♥ Even Now

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • xxangelchanxx

    Billy looks like the pussiest one of the three lol (albeit the most talented one)

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • Echos_Myron

    90's shaved head hierarchy: Billy Corgan > Singer from Live > Singer from Vertical Horizon

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MissisAn

    I've just discovered them... and they are great!!!

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • nextposition

    Like alternative rock, check out this new band:

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • FanOf25

    @NicilasErwin I agree with you, Pandora helps you find so many bands you never would of found without. On a side not, thier singer sounds sometimes to sound like Michael Stipe some songs.

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • NicholasErwin

    I heard some of these songs before.. but just figured out the band's name from Pandora.. and wow I love these guys! So good. I love finding new music. Pandora works great for that.

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Danny_sky2010

    great song and nice message: "everything you want is not everything you need"

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
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