Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crank Up the Noise as the Vamps Head North; What's on Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Tristan Evans from the Vamps, Who Are at the Metro Radio Arena on Monday

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crank Up the Noise as the Vamps Head North; What's on Editor GORDON BARR Chats to Tristan Evans from the Vamps, Who Are at the Metro Radio Arena on Monday

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Byline: Bodg writes

THE Vamps are relatively new kids on the music block, but that hasn't stopped them nurturing new talent.

In fact, they will be supported at their Metro Radio Arena gig on Monday by the first act they have signed up to their own label.

Earlier this year The Vamps announced they were launching their own record label, a joint venture with EMI/Universal.

The foursome will be responsible for A&R - discovering and developing new talent, signing them, and working closely with the artist to write and produce their music and will be taking their acts on tour and supporting them in social media.

Their first signing to the label is American teen guitar band The Tide, who are aged between 17 and 18 years old and are based in Los Angeles.

"Geordie fans are very rowdy and awesome. The more north you go the louder and rowdier they get," The Vamps drummer Tristan Evans tells me. "So we can't wait.

"It should be a cracking night. We invited Union J to tour with us as we toured with them before. They are great guys, so we asked them to join us on this. And we have The Tide, the band we recently signed to our record label supporting us as well. It should be fun."

I catch up with Tristan just hours before the start of their UK arena tour in Glasgow. "We've been rehearsing for two weeks but we musically direct all of our stuff so we've been doing that since January.

"It's awesome, we love playing arenas, it is one of our favourite things. It's loud and gives us more of a chance to get to know our fans, so it's a great opportunity for us.

"We're playing a couple of different songs and there is a lot more pyro and stages that go up and down, so it will be different from our theatre tour late last year."

The Vamps first gained fame in late 2012 with cover songs uploaded to YouTube. They cracked America before the UK, but are now one of our biggest home-grown boy bands.

"The past year has been something of a super rollercoaster for us. It's been awesome but we have been keeping grounded and taking it steady. We're just loving it.

"The downside to it all would be the fact you are not home at all really so you don't see the family that much. The positives outweigh the negatives a lot though.

"Cracking America was all down to the power of social media and YouTube. Before we released anything here the statistics showed we were bigger in America than in the UK, so that was weird.

"We are about halfway through recording the next album. It's a bit different so we can't wait for everyone to hear it," adds Tristan. "We are doing some of it ourselves and we're doing it in London, LA and New York. There's definitely a different sound to it."

The Vamps are at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, on Monday. …

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