Meet The Vamps.
The young group from the UK is on the cusp of taking the American pop scene by storm.
Along with their Australian counterpart, 5 Seconds of Summer, the lads are another example of a growing revival in pop music: boy bands that actually play instruments. The trend is a throwback to a time a decade ago that ’90s kids will remember fondly, when groups like Blink-182, Sum 41, and Green Day ruled that charts. And just like their fellow “American Idiot” countrymen, The Vamps found chart success in the U.K. before taking their act abroad.
Their first studio album, Meet the Vamps, was released on April 14 and debuted at No. 2 in the U.K. — a pretty impressive feat for a band comprised of members all between the ages of 18 and 20. The group quickly took their success abroad and released their debut EP Somebody to You in the U.S. on August 4. It landed at an impressive No. 10 on the Billboard 200 in its first week. It’s only the fifth extended play ever to debut in the top ten on the chart.
But unlike what the pop-rock acts of TRL‘s golden era were able to do, The Vamps have used their social media channels to cultivate a legion of loyal fans.
With over 70 million views on their Vevo account, 3 million likes on Facebook, and 5 million followers across their personal and band Twitter accounts, the group has quickly assembled a rabid fan army that feeds off their oh-so-catchy tunes and fresh-faced, energetic personalities.
Here six things you need to know about your newest obsession, The Vamps.
Brad Simpson: 19, lead vocals and guitar
Connor Ball: 18, bass guitar and vocals
James McVey: 20, lead guitar and vocals
Tristan Evans: 20, drums and vocals
In 2012, James discovered then 16-year-old Bradley playing Ed Sheeran and Arctic Monkeys covers on YouTube. The two got together and made a couple of early demos. Tristan saw the duo’s new videos on YouTube and messaged James. Are you following along so far? Brad and James liked Tristan’s videos, so they were like, ah huh, yup, you’re in. Tristan came along later and the dream team was born. Woo! Done.
The Vamps then recorded a series of covers of popular songs and posted them on YouTube. Their covers of “She Looks So Perfect” and “Sweater Weather” made it on their debut EP Somebody to You.
3. The song that will get you hooked: “Can We Dance”
This feel-good summer jam is a good intro into the group’s signature acoustic-guitar-pop sound that is sure to put you in a good mood. The song debuted in October 2013 and landed at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.
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4. Thousands of teenage girls are already obsessed with them (as evidenced by the first 20 mind-numbing seconds of this video), so why not get on board?
5. Your favorite Youtuber, Tyler Oakley, fully endorses them, so what’s not to love?
6. Where to see them live!
Head to England. The Vamps just wrapped up a summer tour opening for Austin Mahone, in which they got their fill of quality bonding time with fellow tour mates Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, and Alex Angelo. The boys are heading home to headline the Meet the Vamps 2014 Tour. If you happen to be galavanting around Europe this fall, you can catch them beginning Sep. 23 in Sheffield, England.
What’s your favorite thing about The Vamps?