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BRITISH rock back VANT are heading to Newcastle’s The Cluny as part of the Dr Martens tour. Plugged In caught up with the indie rockers to find out a bit more about their new music and live shows.

You’re heading out on the DR Martens tour…how did that come about?

They approached us and it was a great excuse to come home and play one of our favourite venues.

The tour sees you stopping at Newcastle’s Cluny…what do you make of the venue?

I’ve played The Cluny loads of times. I started off in North East bands and it’s such a staple of the local scene. The show we played there on our last tour was by far the best Newcastle gig I’ve ever played, and we sold it out!

HOMECOMING: VANT are heading to The Cluny

What can fans coming to see you expect from your set? Will there be new music/new album tracks, maybe? 

Yeah, absolutely. We’ve announced the date of the release (17.02.17) and we’re excited to preview it on this tour. Expect loud, honest condemnations of our forever failing political and societal systems.

How have fans reacted to your latest single ‘Peace and Love’ when played live? Has there been a lot of positive reception?

It’s been overwhelming. The video is coming any minute now and we’re really proud of how it’s turned out. It’s a real statement. We finished writing it in the wake of the Paris attacks (although it’s not about them). We’ve forgotten the meaning of the words ‘Peace & Love’.

Your current tour with You Me At Six saw you stopping at Middlesbrough Empire…were you familiar with the town/venue? And what are you expecting the crowd to be like?

We’ve always had manic crowds in Middlesbrough, so I was expecting nothing different this time round.

VANT’s Cluny show is on Saturday November 12th and you can buy tickets here.


YAK – Heavens Above (Review)

YAK only released their debut album “Alas Salvation” five months ago, yet there is no stopping this band as they take a turn on newest single “Heavens Above”.

The track has chaos fuelling it’s very core, the sludgey thick guitars rip into the intro with lead singer Ollie Burlsem’s vocals taking the focal point of the first half of the song.

It’s not the first time that Yak have lyrically channelled the idea of God, or the lack of one, and that is rife upon this track, with the opening line being: “I met a God, he had an awful lot, and everything he had, he wanted more of.”

NON-STOP: Yak aren’t showing signs of slowing down.

It’s around the one minute thirty mark where the song explodes into that ever loveable ruckus that Yak are so great at recording.

Burlsem bellows out “above, above, above” as the snarl of his guitar wails behind him. It’s Elliot Rawson’s drumming and Andy Jones’ bass playing that fills the sound of the song, adding the depth that Yak had achieved on their debut album.

Amazingly, this track sounds like it may not fit perfectly upon May’s debut. So it’s a clear marking that Yak are moving into the next chapter of their musical journey.

Listen to “Heavens Above” below:

Welcome to the Indie Resurgence.

My name is Nathan Douthwaite and welcome to my blog. Here I will be documenting the resurgence of the indie music scene, with reviews, artist spotlights, interviews and much more.

A Brief History of the Indie Music Scene.

This isn’t the first time indie music has tried to conquer the music world. In the 90’s we had the arrival of bands like Oasis, pioneers in making indie music the mainstream.

Of course eventually this fizzled out and we were left with remnants of what came before, but it wasn’t long before a group of Sheffield lads began to make the indie scene mainstream again. Que the Arctic Monkeys.

Then just like in the early 2000’s indie music was once again pushed underground leaving us with constant pop-dance tracks that left all our ears ringing.

NOW we are witnessing the resurgence of indie once more. With bands such as Catfish & The Bottlemen and Wolf Alice bleeding their way into the mainstream.

The indie revolution is returning, come and follow it with me.

(Check out my playlist of the artists I have mentioned here)