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Renaissance Punks 

The Vacancies dabble in the fine arts too.

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The Vacancies have a busy summer ahead of them. The local punk band begins a month-long nationwide tour with the Street Dogs and Adolescents next week in support of its latest album, A Beat Missing or a Silence Added. It's prepping material for a new CD, which it hopes to release by the end of the year. And four guys recently exhibited their paintings, photographs, and other works for an art show at the 14th Street Gallery. "We wanted to show people that we do more than play live and make records," says singer Billy Crooked.

A Beat Missing was released last fall on Joan Jett's Blackheart Records. Since then, the band has stockpiled songs about "blue-collar workingmen," says Crooked. "We write what we know. It's hard to write about anything other than that and what we see on the news." But, he says, the Vacancies are not a political band. "We write more from a moral standpoint."
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