It’s time for The Vamps fans to get excited, ‘cos our fave baben’ Brits are back with a fresh track and a brand new album on the way!
Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey and Brad Simpson are gearing up to drop Cherry Blossom, their fifth album and the newest release since their Missing You in April 2019.
In the space of just six years, The Vamps have evidently morphed from being a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed boyband with instruments into a proper fully-pledged band crafting arena-sized hits.
Away from the frantic release schedules, world tours and award shows, it truly seems that The Vamps have now been given the time to properly, well, blossom.
We had a chance to chat with the guys about how they were all dealing with lockdown amid the global COVID pandemic, their hotly-anticipated forthcoming album, as well as their top tips for keeping your mental health in check during these weird times.
Cherry Blossom is set to drop via Capitol Records on October 16, 2020.
Check out ‘Married in Vegas’ by The Vamps:
DBU: Hey guys! What have you guys been up to in quarantine?
V: Well for about four months I think we were properly locked down and we had just finished the album, so we had to find ways to get things done and get it all finalised, but it was actually quite good in the sense it gave us something to focus on.
DBU: You guys dropped your new single ‘Married in Vegas’, which was the first time you guys have released new music in a while. Were you nervous?
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V: It was definitely scary – But then we’ve been working on bringing this out for a while. So it’s been kind of so long in the making – about two years – and it’s just nice to have it out there. Our feelings are a mix of being a bit anxious and a bit nervous. I think we’re genuinely so proud of this album because we just feel it’s a step in a direction for us that we really, really want to go in.
DBU: Your new album is called Cherry Blossom, which symbolises rebirth. How do you think you’ve grown and changed since the last album?
V: The last album came out two years ago, but was written probably three-plus years ago. I think that the difference between our early-20s, mid-20s, and late-20s is that so much happens during that timeframe. We now all live in London, we’re very close to each other, and we weren’t in that place years ago.
We’ve also come such a long way with the production side of things, too. We all have the studio set up at home and everything is now very hands-on from our end. It’s come from us thinking around this whole theme of rebirth and rejuvenation. That put us in a very different position to where we were three years ago.
DBU: With the pandemic going on artists have had to find creative ways to reach fans, how have you guys been navigating that?
V: We’ve kind of been out of the world of social media because we haven’t had a release for so long. I’m out of the loop, MySpace was my peak! But now that the music’s out I think it’s so interesting to see how engaged the fans are and how their experience has been throughout their lockdown.
We’re excited to hear their stories, to see how they’re reacting to the songs – even things like the sending in videos of singing and dancing to our songs is just such a nice thing and is so rewarding. Music’s purpose throughout all of this is going to be one of bringing joy and kind of bring in a sense of relief throughout quite strange time, so the fact that we can do that for our fans is a very nice thing.
DBU: For those who might be struggling mentally during this time, what advice would you give?
V: We find exercise to be a really, really big thing and quite cathartic. We do a lot as a band, like, I know each of us use apps like Headspace and Calm, which are kind of like meditation. I think that grounding and centring yourself is really, really important.
There’s also conversations; always have a chat with someone when you feel you need to. I think that when you’re in that dark place, it can be a lonely place to be and it feels like there’s no one else who’s going through it, or has gone through it, but everyone goes through those periods of time.
Then you speak to someone they go, ‘Yeah, I know exactly how you feel,’ when you always thought they were a pillar of positive mental energy. Then once you open up to someone, you speak to someone and you realise, ‘Oh, shit, they go through that as well.’
We’ve had that in the band like it’s been moments where we’ve sat down and spoken to each other, and I think that’s critical for your mental health.