As an admirer of British pop culture, ANDPOP’s Rebecca Mattina jumped at the opportunity to live in the United Kingdom for five months. While there, she’ll be writing about all the amazing things we’re missing out on from across the pond.
The U.K. has become a breeding ground for some of the best bands. From The Beatles to One Direction and everything in between, we’ve been blessed with hoards of charming and talented British boys. And if you’re anything like me, you’re already itching for the next big band.
Easily playing their way into my heart, pop-rock band The Vamps is one band that should be on your radar.
Bradley Simpson (lead singer and guitar), James McVey (guitar and vocals), Connor Ball (bass guitar and vocals), and Tristan Evans (drums and vocals) were signed to Mercury Records shortly after they formed in 2012. In the same year, they released their debut single, “Can We Dance,” a song that I’ve been listening to all week.
Since then, they’ve quickly worked their way up the musical food chain, opening for an impressive list of established stars, including Taylor Swift, Little Mix, and JLS. They most recently joined The Wanted during the U.K. leg of the boy band’s Word of Mouth tour last month.
I was lucky enough to catch the Vamps’ Bournemouth show last week and I have to admit I was blown away by their performance. They had a striking amount of energy and the vocal chops to match. It’s no wonder why the Vamps are quickly winning over teenage hearts everywhere (and the proud boy band-loving twenty-somethings like me). They have an undeniable charm and charisma that promises a successful career on our side of the pond.
They’ve previously listed bands like Hot Chelle Rae, The Kooks, and Blink 182 as influences, and it’s evident in their unique mix of pop, indie, and rock. It’s almost impossible not to want to sing along when listening to their songs.
They had a striking amount of energy and the vocal chops to match. It’s no wonder why the Vamps are quickly winning over teenage hearts everywhere (and the proud boy band-loving twenty-somethings like me).
It probably doesn’t hurt that they got some writing help from the boys of McFly for a track their debut studio album, Meet The Vamps. Titled “High Hopes,” the McFly-assisted track has a wondrous laidback pop melody I can’t get enough of.
But honestly, what’s better than cute and talented musicians? Ones with charitable hearts, of course. They played a free show last week where they encouraged fans to donate to the charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, instead of buying tickets.
Their debut album has hit the U.K. shelves, which means there’s plenty of streaming options for North American fans until the album becomes officially available. In the meantime, the boys will travel across North America with Austin Mahone as he hits the road for his summer tour.
I can’t wait to see what else these boys do.
Their latest single “Last Night” is officially out now. Check it out!