The Vacancies have been described as “exactly what the music industry is missing right now – raw, solid powerful bass lines and riffs combined with lyrics that are infectious, unpretentious and completely relatable.” Catchy melodies, fierce guitars and a driving backbeat give them a sound that is reminiscent and fresh at the same time. The band bring a mix of influences to the writing table, ranging from classic punk/hardcore, 50's rock, 70's glam, reggae and blues to the writing table.The band's influences range from The Ramones, The Clash, The Stooges and The Dead Boys to The Beatles. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, The Vacancies music and live performances give the listener an honest and profound punk rock that is magnified by their high energy, high powered shows. From Billy Crooked's incredible performances on lead vocals, to Michael James' driving guitar, coupled with Bo's powerful bass, this band is a must see to believe. The Vacancies have shared stages with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Buzzcocks, The Hives, Stiff Little Fingers, The Casualties, Rise Against, The Dwarves, Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, The Adolescents, Street Dogs, along with stops on The Warped Tour and the Bamboozle Festival to name a few. Their debut record “Gutpunch” was released on indie Smog Veil Records. Their sophmore album, A Beat Missing or a Silence Added, produced by Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna was released on Blackheart Records.
The Vacancies are:
Billy Crooked –Vocals
Michael James – Guitar & Backing Vocals
Bo – Bass & Backing Vocals
Kevin Hopkins – Drums
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