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What More Else...

by Vast Capital

Well crafted original songs with harmony, a positive message, and a refreshing sound.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Smile
3:47 album only
2. Ending to Another Day
2:55 album only
3. Real as it Feels
3:47 album only
4. What More Else
4:30 album only
5. Easily
4:26 album only
6. Blue Skies
4:27 album only
7. She's Leaving (Complacent shelter)
3:38 album only
8. Lump of Clay
3:49 album only
9. Remembrance
3:39 album only
10. Since you've been Gone
7:38 album only
11. Thank You
3:51 album only


Album Notes
Formed originally during the summer of 1998, Vast Capital, formerly "A Bird of Passage," became one of the most engaging live acts in Seattle and in the Western half of the country. Over the last three years, the band performed at clubs, colleges and festivals not only in their native Washington state but also in California, Arizona and Colorado, among others.

In February of 2003, the newly named "Vast Capital" began pre-production on a third album and spent the better part of the next 10 months finishing up recording, mixing and mastering their latest release "What More Else", due out late March of 2004. The album, which features 11 stellar original songs was produced by Jon Blackstone (past sessions include work with Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson "Elton John" and co-writing sessions with famed Nashville writers Troy Seals and Margaret Becker. Engineered by Neal Cappellino (Nickel Creek, Alison Krause). String arranger/ composer John Mark Painter (Ben Folds, Sixpence None the Richer) and mastering by Steven Marcussen (Paul McCartney, Tom Petty).

HISTORY. In 1998, The three original members, Ethan Anderson, Levi Ware and Daryl Kikuchi, began writing and performing original compositions under the name "A Bird of Passage". Playing mostly coffee houses and outdoor festivals, the group had modest success in the local area, including a Tuesday night show at The Showbox in Seattle and an opening slot with The Posies at 92.9FM's Ambrosia Festival in Mount Vernon, WA.

In the summer of 1999, the group, which by that time had added a drummer, released their first full-length LP, "Mood Change of Season" and began performing in support of their release. Later that year, "A Bird of Passage" became members of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), a college music and entertainment organization, and also began to perform out of state. The group performed in 2000 at colleges and universities such as the University of San Francisco, University of Arizona, Carroll Collage in Helena, Montana and many others.

At the same time they began to acquire a solid following in the greater Seattle area, performing at clubs such as the OK Hotel and the Central. In March of that year, ABOP opened up for Heart and the Spin Doctors' Chris Barron during the Heart of the City Concerts in Everett, WA.

The band received some great news from across the country in early 2001, as "Mood Change of Season" received national acclaim: a nomination for 2000 Album of the Year by Rolling Stone writer PJ Gach in New York City's Village Voice Paz and Jop poll.

December of 2001, the band was asked to Help kick off the West Coast promotion of the now Nationally recognized and critically acclaimed XM Digital Radio. This recorded performance took place at Experience Music Project in Seattle Washington, and can still be heard on the XM archives.

Over the next year and a half, ABOP changed drummers, adding current drummer Steve Barci, and began to hone its sound during gigs at increasingly better venues locally and out of state. During the span, the band performed at colleges and universities around the western half of the U.S. as members of NACA. In 2002 alone, they played at Cal-State University at Long Beach, University of Redlands (CA), University of San Francisco and Northwest College (Powell, Wy.).

"A Bird of Passage" released its second full-length LP in November of 2002, titled "Real As It Feels" and promoted it locally before beginning work on their latest album. Track 3 on Real As it Feels, "Good Afternoon," was featured on the Q-13 (KCPQ TV, Seattle) Morning News, previewing the group's show at the Experience Music Project.



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Jason O'Tyner

I love this CD! Haven't heard from these guys for a while (they used to be called A Bird of Passage) but I found them again as Vast Capital. This album has the same feel as the old Passage stuff - but so much better! It's so amazing! Buy this album and see for yourself!


This CD is Nothing Short of Spectacular
What More Else is very impressive. This album has well written and produced songs. If you ever see these guys live, it's even better. I really like the variety of ditties. There are upbeat songs like Ending to Another Day, which I recently heard in rotation as background music at PF Chang's restaurant - crazy! There are also more sad songs like Rememberance and Since You've Been Gone. All in all, I feel like a lot of thought went into this album. Well done VC!

Shai Berry

This CD is VERY, VERY Cool!
This CD has a really great vibe! And it's got a lot of depth. I bought this disk at a show and have had to buy it for all my friends to give out as gifts. It is music for all ages. I'm just really impressed with this album, the music soothes - kind of a mix between Travis, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Sublime. GREAT STUFF!


a good thing for dan-fans
sometime even better than some "originals"...if you like the music of becker & fagen you will like this´s no cover but has the feeling inside...

McCready is my Jeff Buckley

The next best thing!!!
Vast Capital not only tries, but succeeds in blending beautiful harmonies, tight guitar licks and meaninful lyrics on their debut album. Those that know and love them will tell you that this not, in fact, their debut album but their third (the first two released under their former name, A Bird Of Passage). Levi Ware (guitar, bass, vocals), Ethan Anderson (guitar, bass, vocals and a variety of other instruments) and Daryl Kikuchi (guitar, bass, vocals) all have amazing song writing ability, and as you might notice, all contribute greatly to the sound that is Vast Capital. Let's not forget the man with the beat, Steve Barci on drums. Barci ignites energy to the VC sound that reminds this reviewer of Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam and the late Soundgarden). VC might not have that staple Seattle sound like the former, but rest assured, they have all the elements of a great band. VC successfully blend 70's funk, traditional blues, rock n roll and handful of old Motown groove. Stand out songs on What More Else include Smile, Ending to Another Day, Easily, Blue Skies and the funk infused Real as it Feels. Since You've Been Gone is a bonafied ballad about a missing a loved one that's sure to bring a tear to the driest of eyes. The final track, Thank You, might best demonstrate the vocal ability and range of Ware, Anderson and Kukuchi as they harmonize (CSNY come to mind) through lyrics like, "don't ever be complacent, for in this lack of action your spirit is forsaken...". What More Else is a must have of any music lover in the Northwest. I suggest catching these guys at your local club venue before the rest of the country takes notice. Vast Capital are bound for greatness.