Aberdeen four piece, Vansleep, have been releasing their indie rock bangers since 2018, and latest single, Chambers, out this Friday is no diversion.
After a stellar 2019 supporting the likes of Vistas and Dancing on Tables, along with their own increasingly successful own gigs, this band has taken their local scene by storm and it won't be long before a nationwide takeover.
Less energetic and more of a building and moody than previous releases, this new track demonstrates a new, mature direction for the band.
They have definitely taken a more punk fuelled edge with this track, and pulled it off excellently. Pairing heavy guitar riffs with raw and emotional lyricism, these boys have captured an energy indicative of a band eager to be back in front of a heaving audience.
We caught up with the band, discussing the evolution of their sound, missing festivals and the acts to look out for from their hometown.
Tell us a bit about Vansleep and how long you’ve been making music for?
We are a four piece alternative/indie band from Aberdeen and have been making music for around two years now, with our first single coming out in May of 2018, although naturally, the sound has evolved a bit since then! At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I think we all want to make a career out of doing something we love, so I guess that when we realised that we had some potential, we started really putting our heads together so to speak. Around the time of our first single is when we started being taken a little more seriously I suppose!
What would you say is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
A lot of the time the lyrics and the melodies come from feelings more than anything else. Something I (Kyle) am feeling in the moment and things just kind of flow out. It’s not till later that I listen back, have a think, and realise what the songs are actually about. Tell us a bit about ‘Chambers’, how does it compare to your earlier releases?
Chambers we feel is the darkest sounding song we have done so far. It’s very tense at times and holds a lot of suspense. In a sense it’s a kind of dreary sounding rock ballad. Though at times it has flourishes of post punk and new wave influences with the use of some spooky sounding synths. We love it. What is something you’ve learned about yourselves through making music and being a part of Vansleep?
Personally, I've learned a lot about myself and the industry, as well as learning how to work as collaboratively as possible in a band setting. Us all working together and sharing ideas as freely as possible is something we have become very comfortable doing.
Is there anything you wish you had known when you first got involved in the music industry?
It’s easy to say I wish I had known this or that, there is so much! But ultimately, you learn things along the way and through experience, and if I hadn’t learned those things on the way, then we may not be where we are. Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
The New Routines, Black Tiles and Terra Nova What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Feel like once the band catches the attention of South American crowds they are some of the loud and liveliest, so a tour down there would be great one day. As for the rider, we all have our different tastes but if our own personal Wetherspoons bar and kitchen could come along I think everyone would be happy! If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
American Beauty, one of my recent favourites (Kyle) What’s the bucket list goal for you as Vansleep? Where do you want to be as a band in a year’s time?
In a year's time I think we just want to be playing festival stages around the country and continuing to build a following and release the music that we really want to make. We love what we are currently doing and are hoping that we can just branch out to a lot more people in the coming year.