enters the Billboard chart this week at #40
Spotify online listen
not yet rated by allmusic
1st studio album
the pic says it all
big in the UK
artist website - http://www.thevamps.net/home
Bio - from allmusic
In 2012, guitarist James McVey decided to take the more unusual route of searching for talent on YouTube when he wanted to start a band. First
he approached singer/songwriter Bradley Simpson via his own YouTube channel, and after writing a few songs together, the pair recruited drummer
Tristan Evans and bassist Connor Ball to complete the lineup. Uploading cover versions to their YouTube channel, the four-piece quickly gained a
following, and at the tail-end of 2012, they signed a deal with Mercury Records. Earning a support slot with pop outfit McFly on their 2013
Memory Lane Tour -- a band with whom The Vamps share a similar sound -- the band's fan base quickly swelled and the release of their first
self-penned material followed. The debut single, Can We Dance, was first aired via the group's spiritual home, YouTube, and notched up over a
million views within the first two weeks. Officially released in October 2013, Can We Dance debuted at number two on the Official U.K. Singles
Chart. In April 2014 the group released their debut album, Meet the Vamps, amid a whirlwind of press engagements. The single, Last Night -- the
third to be taken from the album and released just a week before -- scored the outfit their third consecutive U.K. Top Ten single, entering the
charts at number two.
Album Review - from alterthepress
Trust us when we say you are literally going to want to meet The Vamps by the time you're through giving their debut album a listen. The band,
who got their start about a year and a half ago posting covers to YouTube, have successfully made the leap from covers to original songs with
some of the catchiest songs that 2014 may see. Meet The Vamps is the epitome of sugary pop-rock, and it has been released just in time to make
it a summer playlist must.
Opening with their second single, ‘Wild Heart,’ the four Brits introduce themselves in a way that will certainly catch attention, and certainly
the affections of teenaged girls around the world. Playing up the banjo infused pop that has become quite popular these days, the lead track is
the perfect example of what listeners have ahead of them in this release. What lies ahead is an hour of music practically made for a day at the
Shortly following ‘Wild Heart’ is the lead single from the album, ‘Can We Dance.’ Co-written by Bruno Mars, it is certainly a standout. (Though,
mind you, it is quite hard to choose a standout amongst the tracks given how good they all are.) With trumpet, a quick tempo and some slightly
edgy lyrics given their fan base-- “I talk a lot of sh- when I’m drinking baby”-- if there is a song that’s going to get stuck in your head,
this is the one.
Another one of our favorite moments comes in the form of the sixth and seventh tracks, ‘Risk It All’ and ‘Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)’
respectively. The prior is a big mid-tempo track that is reminiscent of Fun.’s ‘We Are Young’ and is also the first track to pull back on the
reins a bit and break up the upbeat songs. Of course, it doesn’t last long before it slips into ‘Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart),’ a favorite
because it samples Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Cecilia.’ It’s within these two songs that we get a taste of the diversity of The Vamps’ influences,
and for what it’s worth, we think it’s pretty damn cool, even if most listeners probably won’t get the reference in the latter.
What's most notable about the debut release from the British quartet is its sincerity. Of the 15 tracks-- 18 if you have the deluxe edition -
the boys have writing credits on 12 of them. (On the deluxe edition, they have 15 writing credits.) And it shows. Each song is fun, light, and
nowhere near as serious as so many teenaged artists are shooting for now and days. They sing about having fun, not settling down for forever.
They sing about just wanting to dance and even their songs about having their heartbroken and trying to get the girl back are upbeat.
The only fault of Meet The Vamps, if we are forced to choose one, is that it does seem to be a bit on the long side. While every song is good,
they could have managed to drop a few of the just good ones and kept all the great ones. We'll forgive them, though, because it's still going to
be on repeat.
several singles have been released
none of which I like
I do like this though:
1. Can We Dance
2. Somebody to You
3. Last Night
4. Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)
5. Girls on TV
6. Risk It All
8. Wild Heart
9. Another World
10. Move My Way
11. She Was the One