Image Credit Niall Lea Photography / VITAMIN: Theo, Harrison, Jared & Cameron

It was the third time lucky snapping up this interview with Leeds-based indie-pop quartet Vitamin. Having seen them quite a few times locally around Leeds, I knew I wanted to interview them for my blog. I met up with two members of the band, Cameron, and Theo, at Brudenell Social Club where they were supporting The Magic Gang to have a natter about their new single, their alternate dream jobs and Feminism. 

Hello! Thanks for letting me interview you guys. How are you doing?
T: Amazing. A little bit hungover, but I think I feel less hungover because the show is sold out. 

You're currently supporting The Magic Gang on tour. How's it been so far?
C: It's been awesome. We love that band! All of the shows have been great.

Great! Have there been any shows you've liked in particular?
C: Oxford was sick because we'd never really been there before. They've all been great, but  that was amazing. I'd been there when I was younger but we just had a fucking great day out - It was lovely.

T: Also, St. Albans was really good  because I don't think anyone was expecting that many people to turn up to the venue, so that was a bit of a surprise!

And how did Vitamin originally form together?
C: Basically Theo Jared and I went to school together and we decided to form a new band and then we met Harry at a party and said "Right do we want to give this a go" and that's what we did and here we are today! 

We're here at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, a local haunt for you. Would you say this is your favourite venue?
T: Yeah, there's no two ways about it! It's just great.

C: I'm here most weeks, I'd say - Far too often [laughs]

You'll also be back here for Live at Leeds on Saturday. Is there anyone you're particularly looking forward to catching, this year?
T: We're clashing with - don't quote me on this - but I think we're clashing with Jesse Glynn, Blossoms and Sundara Karma. I want to see Izzy Bizu and other people - I definitely want to get out and see some acts. We've been going to Live at Leeds since we were thirteen and fourteen - It's still got a weird 'reminiscent' feel to it.

I understand that some of your influences as a band include big names such as Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals. Is their success something you also look up to? 
C: I definitely admire their success. You have to do everything in your own way, you have to be very clear of who you are and where you want to go. But I definitely admire those bands - seeing them from their first albums and playing in the Cockpit when that was still a venue in Leeds to now Leeds First direct arena - Just amazing.

Right now, there is a big campaign 'Girls Against' which is trying to raise awareness of harassment at gigs. I understand this is something you recently got involved in. Is this something you're passionate about fighting?
C: Absolutely. With something like Girls Against and the fact that how young they are. It's an issue that no one had ever really spoken about - I remember going to gigs with female friends when I was younger and it's always been an issue.

T: I think it's a good entry point into music as well - In terms of Feminism - because it's still so rife everywhere and sexism is still so embedded in our society. As a band, that is a very strong belief of ours.

You recently released your latest single 'Waterfall' - Congratulations! From listening to it, the sound (to me) seems to differentiate from your previous sound. Is this a way of gearing up for your debut album? 
C: It's definitely a little flavour! The debut album will have pop-ier tunes and more guitar-based tunes, and the new single is just a flavour of what's going on.

You refer to your fanbase as 'Brothers & Sisters' Would you say that this to build more of a 'community' almost with your fans? 
T: Yeah, community in music is important, and we do feel especially at our headlining shows that everyone that comes is completely as important as us. At the end of the day, without our fans, we'd be nothing, so it really does feel like one big family. Like at our Brudenell shows at the end of last year? That was probably the highlight and it felt like everyone was completely together. We love them!

And would you say that social media helps a lot with this more? 
T: Yes, because everyone uses social media! I haven't met anyone that doesn't use social media.

C: You can't ignore it, it's a part of society. Everyone just uses it as a tool to connect with different people and it's grown with the times. We all use it - maybe a bit too much [laughs] and it's just a courteous thing to do, to reply to tweets and we try our best. T tries his best.

Finally, if you weren't in Vitamin what could you see yourself doing instead?
C: Oh, I was talking about this the other day! I would like to be a night watchman in a museum because Night At The Museum is one of my favourite films!
T: Oh, I really want to think of a good answer... I'd be a photographer or a DJ, living it up in Ibiza. There you go!

Thanks to Theo and Cameron for letting me quiz them! You can catch them still on tour with The Magic Gang (Tour Dates) and you can listen to Waterfall on Vevo

Backstage with Vitamin

Photo c/o Model Aeroplanes Facebook
Scottish indie-pop quartet Model Aeroplanes released their debut EP Something Like Heaven on Friday 4th March 2016 with Island Records (who they signed to last year). The EP is something of a slight surprise to fans, having had the band tease us on social media since the end of last year with the likes of new-releases-coming-soon statuses and tweets but they admittedly slipped under my radar for quite a while and I was pining for new music from the four-piece then BOOM, they drop this epic EP.

The EP was released at the beginning of their recent headliner tour across Scotland and England, last month (something which came in useful for their live acts) - The EP has just four tracks, which are filled with the iridescent sounds of summer, enabling listeners to get those tropical vibes, all throughout the cold and bitter chill still lingering (even if it is meant to be Spring right now...)

Something Like Heaven, the first track (and the title of the EP) is first up and without a doubt is the very usual sound of the band with the melodic riffs which has you swaying and doing all kinds of stupid dance moves, as well as making you have hallucinations thinking you're on a beach sipping a PiƱa Colada.

Next up is The Wild which has something of 'rock' element to it. However, the track soon picks up and we are left off with the usual synths of the band's sound with the additional soothing vocals or Rory and the additional backing vocals - something of an eighties element very much included within this track with the changing of the drums too.

The penultimate song Whatever Dress Suits You Better will be something fans of Model Aeroplanes will already know having been written two and a half years prior to the EP. The band is said to have wanted to change it up a bit and that meant changing the lyrics and the sound just a little bit and they wanted to add a song everyone already knew to the EP and I think this is a perfect choice.

Finally, we are left stunned by Toothache wth it's incredibly infectious guitar riff and amazing drums. The track has you feeling free almost and it's so darn catchy - Admittedly my favourite track on the band's EP and again has you doing all sorts of weird dance moves (Or maybe that is just me?) 

Overall Something Like Heaven is a bloody good EP for the ears from the Scottish quartet and I urge you to give it a listen - It'll probably make you want to book a trip to the Maldives (Disclaimer: I didn't put you up to this!) 

Purchase Something Like Heaven from iTunes and listen on Spotify

EP Review: Something Like Heaven by Model Aeroplanes

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