Written by Chris Boyle, email@example.com Saturday, 26 April 2014 00:00
Local rock band Vigil Antics has only been together a couple of years, but they’ve already honed their style into a successful blend of hard-hitting genres, while successfully enduring the typical growing pains that have torn lesser groups as under.
“We’ve been through hell and back with each other. We fight all the time,” said Conor Larkin, Vigil Antics’ lead singer and guitarist. “But at the end of the day, we have to realize that there’s a bigger picture than just us. It’s for the good of the band. We all still love each other, even if we do fight.”
In addition to Larkin, a junior at Hicksville High School and front-man for the group, the remainder of Vigil Antics is comprised of three Massapequa High School juniors — Matt “Fish” Fischetti on guitar and backing vocals, Nick Reip playing bass, and Julie Kapuvari on the drums. The band has been making a name for themselves in the local live music scene and is currently in the midst of the 2014 Break Contest, a local band competition being held at The Revolution bar and music hall in Amityville.
Vigil Antics was co-founded a little less than two years ago by Larkin and Kapuvari. At first, Larkin played guitar in the band, but after their original lead singer left, was convinced by Kapuvari to also take on the position of lead vocalist.
Fischetti said that the diversity that the separate members bring to the band has only served to create a more intense, unique sound; one that represents the expansion of each individual’s personal musical frontiers.
“Everyone in the band comes from a different musical background,” Fischetti said. “The root of the songs comes from Conor. His writing is very influenced by bands like Seether and A Perfect Circle. Me, I’m into heavier, edgier stuff like Avenged Sevenfold and Slipknot. Nick is into Slipknot and Alice In Chains, and Julie is more pop/punk. We start off with Conor’s style, then Nick and I throw in our styles, and Julie is there making funky beats on the drums. It just flows all together and becomes a new genre. We’re not trying to sound like anyone else, we use our influences to create a new kind of music.”
“We started out as just a rock band, but we’ve been getting heavier and heavier,” Larkin added regarding the band’s evolution. “One of our earlier songs, ‘AM/FM,’ was really pop-oriented, but then we did ‘Butterfly Effect’ which was much darker and centered around Nick’s bass guitar. Since then we’ve been getting progressively darker, such as on our newest song, ‘Heaven Can Wait.’ That song really emphasizes us fusing with our sound.”
Reip, who in addition to his bass duties also supplies backing vocals, noted that Larkin's use of the phrase “fuse” really epitomizes the core philosophy that defines Vigil Antics; four people coming together to form one cohesive, hard-rocking unit.
“We fused together really well,” Reip said. “Everything became locked in really tight as far as our playing style went. And ever since then, everything’s just been really good, our songs have just flowed.”
“It’s a lot of work because you really have to get to know each other,” Larkin said of the bond that a successful band needs to forge amongst its members. “I know these people inside and out.”
Larkin handles Vigil Antics’ lyric-writing duties, and admits that early on, he took a pretty lackadaisical approach to it before realizing the potential emotional outlet it afforded him.
“I used to just write random things that didn’t make sense and those would be the lyrics. However, with the past few songs I’ve been putting meaning behind the words,” he said. “I’ve got a lot that goes on in my head, and I need to find a way to channel it and get it out.”
Reip noted that the band is concentrating on doing their best at the Break Contest on April 27, where they could win up to $2,500, studio time, and a chance to have their music featured on an app. Once the contest is over, they hope to eventually go into the recording studio so they can release their work to the masses.
“Our main focus is writing more music and fully record an EP or an album,” Reip said. “We currently have a four-track demo we’re passing out at live shows, and we really want to get our name out there, so we’re going to try to get everything going that we can, because the next show that we play could be the one that really gets us noticed.”
Fischetti echoed his band mate’s sentiment, stating that despite the raw intensity that has become the trademarks of Vigil Antics, the local rock scene hasn’t seen anything yet like what’s still to come.
“We really just want to lock ourselves in and write music,” he said. “Surprisingly, we really do have a lot of people who know our songs and know the sets we play for our shows, so we want to write new stuff so people don’t hear the same set list every time. Plus, our writing method has changed and our last few songs have matured a lot. We all sat down and really worked on them, because we wanted them to be the best we could possibly make them. And I personally think we kicked butt on them.”
Visit Vigil Antics on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WAIT4ITBAND
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, beads, and paint. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fund raising event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island and allows artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends, family members and others to use originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease. All are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor.
Fran Mulholland from Hicksville along with her friend Emilia Goncalves decorated a bra for last year’s Creative Cups. Their bra was themed “Celebrating Another Birthday.”
Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:15
Linda Doyle knows how to make a good hot dog. And she doesn’t need a big fancy kitchen or shiny barbeque grill to do it. Rather, Doyle’s famous franks are served out of a small trailer on the side of S. Broadway.
For the past 16 years, passers-by coming along S. Broadway looking for a delicious, cheap bite to eat for lunch or a pre-dinner snack have been stopping by Linda’s Hot Dog Boutique, a simple white trailer adorned by a flag, yellow umbrella and two signs.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:41
Hicksville High School senior Kyle Carroll recently participated in the prestigious Blue Grey Super Combine in Canton OH. Over 7,000 high school football players are invited to combines sponsored by Blue Grey Football throughout the country. Carroll was recognized for his overall scores and abilities during the one on one drills and was honored to have been chosen as one of 140 athletes invited to the Super Combine at the Football Hall of Fame. From there, a select few will be invited to play in the Blue Grey All-America Bowls in December in Texas and in January in Florida.
The Super Combine in Canton took place on Fawcett Field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The combine featured some of the top football prospects from around the country. Carroll fit seamlessly into the drills as he displayed impressive work with fast feet and hip turns as well as skilled ball handling ability.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.
Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.