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London rockers VANT released their debut album DUMB BLOOD via Parlophone today…and it’s something to be excited about for sure.
The 4 piece fronted by Mattie Vant — whom the bands name comes from — have been paving away over the past couple of years, making a name for themselves through a combination of live touring and promotional singles, establishing quite the fan base, leaving them eager for more material.
Accruing over 30k combined followers on Facebook and Twitter, VANT have succeeded in leaving their names on the lips of the likes of Annie Mac and their singles have made appearances on her “Hottest Record in the World” show time and time again. That’s just mentioning their tracks though, their live performances are something else completely.
DUMB BLOOD showcases 13 solid edgy alternative rock tracks which will blow your speakers. It’s a 41 minute roller coaster through the eyes of an eco friendly Mackem. Mattie’s lyrics are very topical and lines such as “We need another term not another Afghanistan,” as seen in THE ANSWER are sure to get people talking politics.
In a nutshell, the album is Fuck You punk rock in its newest form. It’s not a complete racket, the lyrics are audible and it probably has songs on it that your mam and dad cant help put tap their feet to. In terms of genre, the album doesn’t stay on the same level throughout but varies from song to song. Apart from the very distinct voice, you wouldn’t think that some of the tracks were performed by the same band — Time & Money, for example, is on a complete different wavelength to Parasite, which holds heavy similarities to an old-school Misfits or Ramones track.
They say that variety is the spice of life and as cliché as it sounds, VANT prove that with this record. With not one single throwaway present, (a rarity for most artists who are just starting out due to lack of experience) the album is worth every penny. If you’re looking for a revolutionary punk rock band, you’ve found them.
The release is also available as a deluxe, jam packed with extra songs for those who can’t get enough.
Off the back of supporting Youmeatsix across the country last October, VANT set off their own headline tour later this month. You’d be mental to miss them.
Tickets are available at http://www.wearevant.com/
For fans of: Sundara Karma, Ash, Darlia, Circa Waves, Kings of Leon.