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''Vertical Horizon'' is an American AlternativeRock band, initially formed by Matthew Scannell and Keith Kane in 1991 while they were students at Georgetown University in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, and later joined at various periods by several members in different roles. The band is best known for its singles "You're A God," "Everything You Want," and "Best I Ever Had," all on its 1999 ''Everything You Want'' album.

The current line-up:
* Matthew Scannell (lead vocals, lead guitar) - 1991-present
* Ron La Vella (drums) - 2009-present
* Donovan White (guitar, backing vocals) - 2012-present
* Mark Pacificar (bass, backing vocals) - 2016-present

Past members:
* Keith Kane (vocals, backing vocals, guitars) 1991-2010
* Ed Toth (drums, percussion) 1996 - 2005
* Sean Hurley (bass guitar, vocals) 1998 - 2009
* Jason Sutter (drums; currently in studio and touring ) 2009 - 2010
* Corey [=McCormick=] (bass guitar; currently touring ) 2009 - 2010
* Eric Holden (bass guitar, backing vocals) - 2009-2011
* Steve Fekete (guitar, backing vocals) - 2009-2012
* Cedric [=LeMoyne=] (bass guitar, backing vocals) - 2011-2012

Releases:
* ''There and Back Again'' (1992)
* ''Running On Ice'' (1995)
* ''Everything You Want'' (1999)
* ''Go'' (2003)
* ''Burning the Days'' (2009)
* ''Echoes from the Underground'' (2013)
* ''The Lost Mile'' (2018)

Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertical_Horizon a fully detailed page]]. Also, the band has its own webpage, which can be found [[http://www.verticalhorizon.com/ here]].

!!Vertical Horizon's music provides examples of:
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: According to Matt Scannell, "I'm Gonna Save You" provides this.
--> '''Matt Scannell:''' Sometimes complete disregard for reality and the absolute faith in oneís ability to overcome adversity can be unfounded, but also wonderful. This song comes from this place--thinking, "Thereís no question in my mind that I will absolutely take care of you."
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Running On Ice'' takes its name from a line in the song "Falling Down," ''Burning The Days'' from lines in the songs "I Believe In You" and "Carrying On," and ''Echoes from the Underground'' from the song "Evermore".
* TheAlcoholic: The first verse of "Wash Away" portrays an old man who "drinks 'till he can't see, all night, all night." The third verse showcases a family where the father is likewise an alcoholic.
* AllAbusersAreMale: Played straight in "Wash Away." Averted in "All is Said and Done" and "Back to You," where the man is the one being abused.
* AlliterativeName: Keith Kane.
* BeautifulDreamer: "More" starts with a man and his lover in this position.
--> He pushes your hair back, just like you like it; he watches you sleeping until you wake up, wake up...
* BetterAsFriends: "Sunrays and Saturdays" has the narrator wishing his lover well as they end their relationship, while he says they'll still keep in touch.
* BigRockEnding: A number of their songs employ this. "We Are" and "Shackled," for example.
* BilingualBonus: "Japan" on the ''Running On Ice'' album has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Japanese speech]] in the last verse.
* BreakupSong: "Shackled," the last track on the ''Everything You Want'' album, was written [[RealLifeWritesThePlot while Keith Kane was going through a relationship breakup.]] "Sunrays and Saturdays," from the ''Running on Ice'' album, tells of a fairly amicable, though still painful, break-up of two people who find they're just not compatible with each other.
* ControlFreak: "All Is Said and Done" is [[WordOfGod stated to be]] [[http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=16596 a commentary on these kinds of people]].
* DeclarationOfProtection: "I'm Gonna Save You" is the It's Just That Simple variety.
* TheDitherer: "The Middle Ground" is a plea for the narrator's love interest to make a decision whether to take their relationship head-on or to break up.
* TheDogBitesBack: In "Back To You," the narrator does this to someone who's been physically abusing him.
--> All of your hatred that you hold so sacred, I am elated to give it back to you.
* DoggedNiceGuy: The narrator of "Everything You Want" is revealed to be this in the final chorus.
* DomesticAbuse: "All Is Said and Done" and "Back To You" have Matt taking the role of a man who has been or is being subjected to this by his partner. "Wash Away" implies this is the situation with the husband and wife in the third verse, what with the husband being an alcoholic.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: The song "Even Now" uses the title phrase both as a description of time ("even now, after all these years...") and as a description of the current state of the relationship between the protagonist and his ex ("I guess we're even now").
* DualMeaningChorus: "Inside" on the ''Go'' album:
--> [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Hold me inside you, 'cause I want to be inside you, inside you..."]]
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: A number of their songs do this. "Everything You Want" and "Finding Me" are two examples from ''Everything You Want.''
* GrowingUpSucks: "Lines Upon Your Face" tells the tale of a group of boys who grow up from childhood to meet the difficult realities of adulthood.
* HeroicResolve: "I'm Gonna Save You."
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In "Sunrays and Saturdays," the narrator and his lover break up because he wants this for her.
* {{Irony}}: The idea behind "You're a God," which is stated to be based on the level of power others have over a person or vice-versa.
--> '''Matt Scannell:''' Really, the title is ironic: you're a god and I am not--well, that's actually not true anymore, because now you're ''not'' a god.
* KnightInShiningArmor: "I'm Gonna Save You" embodies this concept, according to Matt.
--> '''Matt Scannell:''' Itís very much a knight in shining armor idea and sometimes that drives me crazy. Other times I think itíd be nice for someone to just come in and save the day.
* LighterAndSofter: ''The Lost Mile,'' kind of. It's at least acknowledged by Matt Scannell to be more idealistic than its predecessors.
* TheLostLenore: Implied in "On The Sea."
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Their songs run anywhere between Levels 1 to 3.
* MoodSwinger: Matt, by his own admission.
--> '''Matt Scannell:''' (His girlfriend) understands the mercurial changes in mood and gets that if Iím standing, staring out the window, Iím probably working. That can be a hard thing to get.
* NeverSayGoodbye: The message behind "Forever."
--> '''Matt Scannell:''' You just need to mourn it, you need to shoulder it for a while and kind of move through it until you can get back up straight again and move on, or at least not let it go. That's what this song is about, it's about not letting go, but not letting it stop you.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''There And Back Again'' and ''Running On Ice'' consist largely of songs recorded to a soft guitar rhythm with almost no percussion accompaniment. Then you listen to "We Are," the first song on the ''Everything You Want'' album, which has plenty of percussion and louder guitar sounds. From there on out it's a mix of the old and new...and then there's ''The Lost Mile,'' which veers away from the rock-guitar style in favor of the style of old records and artistes who inspired the band's early days.
* NotChristianRock: Explained in greater detail [[http://verticalhorizonfaq.tripod.com/ here]].
* PerpetualFrowner: Matt Scannell has been identified as this. Lampshaded during [[http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/matt_scannell_of_vertical_horizon/ this interview]].
--> '''Matt Scannell:''' ''(to the interviewer)'' You're not the first person who's asked me that. I think my mom was the first. She says, "Why are you always so grumpy?" I don't know.
* PoorCommunicationKills: According to Matt Scannell in a 1997 MTV interview (for which part of the transcript is seen [[http://verticalhorizonfaq.tripod.com/songs.htm here]]), this is part of the underlying message behind "We Are."
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "All Is Said and Done" is basically the narrator telling off an abusive lover.
--> I'm not going to bend now, you're not going to break me, you'll never be hard enough to scratch my face.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Sung about in "Everything You Want."
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Discussed in [[https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8212025/vertical-horizon-new-album-the-lost-mile-matt-scannell-interview this interview]] concerning the band's album ''The Lost Mile,'' which is noted to be much more optimistic than the albums that came before it.
--> '''Matt Scannell:''' I have an inherent dislike for snappy, happy, the-world-is-great songs because I think reality is never black or white--itís always a shade of gray. So, if you tell me everythingís perfect, Iíll call you on it, and I donít want to be the guy who then turns around and makes a shiny, happy record. But at the same time, Iíve learned not to manufacture the emotions that inspire my songs and that if Iím in a good place, to honor that. If Iím not heartbroken, I donít want to artificially insert myself into that place.
* SplitScreen: Utilized in the video for "Forever," to showcase different angles of the band's playing or to showcase scenes where Matt is walking along a city street or hillside with different aspects of the scenery being shown, or to juxtapose Matt's wandering with the band's playing at the same time.
* StarCrossedLovers: "Liberty" tells the tale of the narrator pining after his lover, who's in a relationship with another man.
* SweetieGraffiti: In the video for "Forever," at one point while walking through the woods, Matt stands next to a tree that has quite a few names carved into its trunk.
* TeenPregnancy: The second verse of "Wash Away" tells the tale of a young woman (explicitly described in the lyrics as "a young girl") with a six-month-old baby, who's on welfare and lamenting her missed opportunities.
* TitleTrack: "Everything You Want."
* TrueCompanions: Sung about in "The Mountain Song."
--> What you've done for me is more that I could hope for; oh you are my friend. And I'll be there for you through happiness and sad times; oh our love will pull us through.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Hinted at in "The Man Who Would Be Santa." Matt Scannell indicated that he wrote the song after an argument with his father.
* WhamLine: In "Everything You Want", the POV character switching "''he'' is everything you want" to "''I'' am everything you want".
* WordSaladTitle: One version of [[http://verticalhorizonfaq.tripod.com/#q17 the story behind the band's name]] goes that while Keith Kane was writing down a list of possible names, he wrote the word "vertical" then drew a horizontal line along the bottom of the word. The rest, as they say, is history.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: "I Believe In You."
* YouAreNotAlone: "A Song For Someone" is basically written for anyone out there who may be going through their own challenges, with the very first line going "This is a song for someone all alone."
--> "This is a song for someone I don't know; may your days get brighter as you go."
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