Despite the frigid weather, Spacebar was nice and toasty Feb. 20 thanks to the warm bodies packed together to see Columbus’ own and OSU alumni Playing To Vapors.
The venue even had to turn away fans when it filled to capacity.
On stage, bassist Zach Cramp is locked in with drummer Josiah DePaso, while guitarists Mike Stokes and Daron DiSabato fill in the song with smart riffs and flowing textures.
Tying it all together is lead singer and keyboardist Lucas Harris, whose angelic voice perpetually soars overhead, telling stories through his lyrics, some of which are inspired by real experiences.
Playing To Vapors has been playing together with the current lineup since December 2012, and the hours spent carefully crafting and rehearsing songs pay off in a live setting.
“We practice three times a week, so that gives us the time to make sure no little mistakes get swept under the rug,” Cramp said. “We try to have the discipline to make sure everything is exactly the way we want it to be before we take it to the stage.”
The band’s most recent release is the single “Ghost Hunter,” which features a groovy, moody beat and a stylish music video.
“‘Ghost Hunter” is like a storybook song, where it’s about a guy trying to make it as a musician, and in the song he goes into bars that are described as filthy, and he ends up losing his wife over it, but he still wants to do it,” Harris said.
But for all of the thought that goes into the band’s songs, a clear goal remains.
“At the end of the day, we just want to make people feel something, and be moved by the music we make,” said DiSabato.
Playing To Vapors is set to release its next EP “Glitch In A Void” mid-April.
Photo by Shannon Mitchell