The Vanities: ‘No Elvis’, No Problem

The Vanities
Photography credit: Ryan Hunter

The Vanities, an emerging member of the Glasgow music scene, known for their energetic live performances and a refreshing punk attitude to pop music, return with a tribute to the king of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley. The new track fittingly titled ‘No Elvis’, is an energetic marinade of punk, pop and everything in between, tapping into British punk nostalgia whilst also maintaining a unique freshness. The new single is a perfect homage and tribute to the late singer, whilst also standing upon its own two feet as the perfect summer tune to blast into clear skies.  

The new single which was released on July 1st, somehow embodies the very essence of punk and pop at the same time, as its catchy and energetic hooks will leave you humming the tune for the remainder of the day. The song certainly packs in a lot for two minutes, making it incredibly hard to resist the urge to jump up and dance like no one is watching. 

The track begins with a distorted ambience of simplistic yet punchy guitar lines before a thunderous march of bass and drums commands you to start tapping your feet. The lo-fi production of the vocals presents Alan Hannah’s rich and gritty voice through a beautiful layer of distortion, further emphasising the band’s raw energy and punk attitude. 

Watch the music video for ‘No Elvis’ by The Vanities on YouTube:

The new music video for ‘No Elvis’ by The Vanities.

The new single and its endlessly fun vintage-style music video, gives off awesome DIY vibes whilst also maintaining a professional and well-polished production. The video captures the energetic essence of the song beautifully, reciprocating the joyful vibes belted out from their music, in the endless joy these lads certainly have through being in a band together. The light-hearted aesthetic of the new track, is a welcome addition to a world that can often seem too serious.

The Scottish band made up of Alan Hannah (vocals & guitar), Robin Brown (guitar), Lewis Blakeman (bass) and Andrew Newton (drums), gained praise and admiration following supporting slots with bands such as The Buzzcocks and the Stranglers. The four-piece, who have been inspired by the likes of The Libertines, The Ramones and The Clash, create a time warp back to the heydays of the punks and their power chords, whilst also offering something new and sophisticated to satisfy the needs of 21st-century pop.

The band recently began performing outside of Scotland for the first time, as a recent tour saw the band perform in Manchester and London. I was delighted to discover that a band such as The Vanities exists in the world and am incredibly excited to see what the future holds for them. 

For more info on the band, check them out on Facebook & Instagram. If you enjoyed this, check out more reviews from IAMUR here… You might just find your new favourite artist!

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