Fans of boyband-type British pop will be pleased to find out that the new kids on the block who go by their moniker The Vamps, are everything that 2014 needs in a boyband. I mean, the lads, Brad Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans, who hail from the UK, are suave, young (a bit too young...jailbait alert!) and wield their own instruments and write their own songs. Having been support acts for their predecessors and my ultimate fave McFly, as well as the likes of Taylor Swift and Lawson, The Vamps are no strangers to bright lights and the fast life. It's almost as if they are seasoned performers, although they only formed in 2012 and just released their debut offering Meet The Vamps.
It's a YouTube match made in heaven, as these boys found each other via the social media channel and various other online mediums, and started recording and writing together, the result of their efforts - a debut album that is really quite charming and memorable. Wild Heart, the opening number, is a Mumford & Sons-turned-pop/rock take on teenage love, with an anthemic, finger-snapping chorus. This hearty number leads into the next few singles, Last Night and Can We Dance, which are equally catchy and captures the essence of adolescence. It's no wonder they managed to garner such a large fanbase in such a short timespan.
Girls on TV however, falters in its blandness and cultural references that honestly, nobody cares about in this reality TV era. Taking a leaf out of The Wanted's Walks Like Rihanna, the song blatantly states, "She's got legs like Beyoncé, give me the eye like Rihanna, I wanna put her on camera, Cause she drives me crazy, crazy, crazy". Not their best, even though the peculiar, Caribbean melody sort of makes it a little better.
Risk It All is another crowd rousing number that is a winner in my books. It's innocent in its message and something that we'd all like to believe in, but coupled with their harmonies and Simpson's vocals that are a tad throaty and accented, it's more than a fangirl could ask for. Shout About It, is that ballad that sounds like Harry Styles from One Direction would give a lock of his luscious curls for. It's worth a listen, even though Simpson sounds like a bit like he's trying too hard to imitate Styles' charismatic deeper croons. However, I find it soothing and mesmerising if I overlook that previous fact.
Their biggest influencers, McFly, are also involved in High Hopes, having co-written this bright little ditty that sounds a lot like their ukulele-strumming, folk-ish, feel-good inspirations of late. They also manage to throw in a little wry Brit humour in the lyrics to a girl they just met yesterday, "I can move in with you, and we could get married too, go on our honeymoon, maybe we should finish this coffee first". Isn't it the cutest, or am I just biased?
All in all a great album to introduce to the world what The Vamps are capable of accomplishing, and honestly, I've got high hopes!
Track Cuts: High Hopes, Can We Dance, Wild Heart, Dangerous, Risk It All, Shout About It.