The Vanities are an indie/punk band hailing from Glasgow. They released their debut single ‘Half a Hunner, Still a Stunner’ last month. Taking inspiration from bands like The Clash and The Libertines the track is refreshingly energetic. The boys will be playing at King Tut’s New Year’s Revolution on the 14th January in support of Paisley band, Sway.
Radar got the opportunity to ask the band about their music:
Who are your musical heroes/inspirations?
Alan – Our inspirations are The Clash and The Libertines. We are inspired and take a great deal from any first wave punk with melodies and big choruses like the Buzzcocks, The Ramones, The Jam. And, of course, the Beatles. Always.
How would you describe your musical style?
A – Brash, energetic, punk music, fused with a sort of garage vice and some modern influences.
How did the band get together?
Robin – Well it kind of started deal slowly in the first few months. Just me and Alan going to the studio and doing covers and showing wee riffs we had and then we started to have our own music. Craig replied to an ad we had up and Craig knew Lewis, so it all fell into place.
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
R- That’s quite a hard question but for me, I’d say making, actually, knowing something which is our sound and that we’ve created in the studio is probably the best thing for me. Like knowing that we have our own songs is class man, also the nights out and the gigs. Everyone always comes out afterwards and its just a proper good night which is kind of hard these days.
What’s next for the band?
A -Well, we are hoping to release a new single in January before King Tut’s on January the 14th. Tickets are selling pretty fast! Should be a stormer.
R- As for the long term, well, we’re not going to say we are the next Beatles or we’re going to change the world, too many bands these days are like that. I know that if we have the right people behind us we have the potential to be a brilliant band and hopefully something comes up; like if we were to get signed and got offered to tour that would be a dream come true for us.
The Vanities are sharp and collected. Their guitar riffs are electrifying and ready-made for the stage. If this band aren’t signed soon I’d be surprised because they are definitely going somewhere.