Tired of working in shitty bars and call-centres, Mattie Vant decided to make a better life for himself as the frontman of one of Britain’s most socially active new bands. Tackling current affairs in every form – from climate change to gun regulation – debut album ‘Dumb Blood’ proved a bitter pill to swallow. Less than a year on, VANT are calling it quits and going on an ‘indefinite hiatus’. Ahead of the announcement, Mattie talked to us about travel, Tories, and making the world a better place.
London bunch Anteros make glitzy indie-pop that on the surface dazzles with catchy hooks and shimmery melodies, but addresses the stress and heartbreaks of being young underneath. Huge shows with Two Door Cinema Club have put them through their paces this year, and a busy end to 2017 lies ahead, with their own headline tour already confirmed. At their last Norwich visit, I nabbed the foursome for a chat about festivals, tour antics, and the ever present pressures of being in a band.
Brighton quartet Yonaka are one of the most ferocious new bands in Britain. Mixing thunderous noise-rock with an exhilarating hip-hop energy, releases from the band have been few and far between, but consistent excellence has been a running theme. We had a pre-show natter as they hit the road with Frank Carter earlier this year. Continue reading YONAKA / “I met Skepta and started talking about grills. The accessory, not like making burgers”