Following a blistering sold out NME Awards show at The Lexington, London-via-Seaham quartet Vant recently announced details of their new single Fly-By Alien which was named as Radio 1’s Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World.
Produced by the band’s regular collaborator Sam Miller, the single is a maelstrom of irrepressible melody, focused aggression and frontman Mattie Vant’s vehement vocal delivery. Blurring the lines between a contemporary update of punk and grunge, it’s a track that reiterates why many critics are drawing positive comparisons with artists such as Pixies, Manic Street Preachers, The Strokes and DFA 1975.
2016 has seen them play Radio 1’s Future Festival as one of an exclusive selection of hotly tipped new artists, and the DIY Presents: Ahoy 2016 showcase at European music platform Eurosonic Nooderslag (where 3FM named VANT the number one live act to see in 2016). Vant’s upcoming UK headline tour includes two dates in Wales, Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach (April 18) and Swansea’s Sin City (April 19).
Andy Howells recently put questions to vocalist Mattie from the band.
Who are you and how did you become an artist?
I'm Mattie from Vant and I became an artist through many years of struggle, torment and 15p noodles but ultimately persistence and belief in the music I create.
Where are you from?
How would you describe your music style?
Politically engaged popular rock music.
What's been your best live experience?
Funnily enough, one of the best shows we've ever played was at Sin City in Swansea, we're looking forward to encountering even more chaotic Welsh punters this time around.
You have a new album coming soon can you tell us more about that?
Well it's all finished now but I don't want to give too much away at this point. You can have a sneak peak at how it's all sounding by coming down to the shows!
You're touring shortly are you looking forward to that?
Yeah, we can't wait. Playing live is the best thing about being in a band and this is our biggest headline tour to date. It's really exciting to be getting out there soon and playing to more people then ever before!
What can people expect from your forthcoming Cardiff gig?
We're bringing Tigercub on the road with us for the Welsh leg of the tour, so two of the best new live bands around at the moment, if we do say so ourselves. Mosh pits, stage invasions, sing-a-longs, crowd surfing, the whole whack really!
Where can people hear your music?
- A version of this Q&A by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on April 15, 2016