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VANT – the brainchild of Mattie Vant from the North East; born out of discontent and frustration at a fucked up world, with an arsenal of short, poignant and socially-aware remedies ignorant of most modern consumerist pop.
Completed by Henry Eastham (guitar), Billy Morris (bass) and Greenie (drums); think Kinks meets Pixes in two and a half minute onslaughts. Mattie’s lyrics are incredibly important, wanting to leave his mark with music to stir the mind as well as the heart.
After an industry feeding frenzy, the band signed to Parlophone, and released limited edition double-A side ‘Parasite’ / ‘Do You Know Me?’ (Dumb Blood Records) on baby pink vinyl.
Zane Lowe made ‘Parasite’ his Next Hype, playing it three times in one show; followed by Radio 1, Radio X and Amazing Radio with next release, ‘The Answer’ – named as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World and then added to Radio 1’s In New Music We Trust playlist.
VANT’s third single ‘Parking Lot’ built upon their growing acclaim, Annie Mac again gave a Hottest Record in the World accolade. Further Radio 1 support following with plays courtesy of Clara Amfo, Greg James and Gemma Cairney plus a blistering session for Huw Stephens.
VANT’s live shows have provoked UK-wide chaos with mosh pits and stage invasions, alongside Royal Blood, Fidlar, Hinds and The Bohicas; and busy storming summer festival schedules included Reading, Leeds, The Great Escape, Dot To Dot, Calling Festival, Secret Garden Party, Y Not and Bingley.
Throughout, reviewers glowingly compared the band with an eclectic array of classic bands – Manic Street Preachers, The Strokes, MC5, Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age and DFA 1979, to name but a few.
Over to Mattie Vant, “This summer we made our US debut in New York and Chicago at Lollapalooza, we’ve been all over Europe and last weekend we played the biggest shows we’ve ever done on the main stages of Reading & Leeds Festivals. This autumn we’re going back to the spirit of punk, back into intimate venues across the UK, many in places we’ve never played before, getting up close with our audience and bringing the Dumb Blood era to a hot and sweaty conclusion before starting work on our next album.”
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