Back in 2014, The Vamps made their debut in the pop music scene with their album Meet The Vamps. Now, almost 10 years later, the band is set to release the album on a special blue vinyl edition on June 9.
Meeting through YouTube and Facebook in 2011, and through a mutual friend in 2012, lead singer Brad Simpson, guitarist James McVey, drummer Tristan Evans, and bassist Connor Ball formed The Vamps, and the rest is history. In more than a decade, the band has released five successful studio albums, several EPs, and many stand-alone singles. Their powerful ballads and dance-like hits have garnered positive critics and millions of dedicated fans all over the world. The band has been touring to celebrate their 10th anniversary as a band, and last week, on May 26, The Vamps played a sold out show at Royal Albert Hall.
Meet The Vamps contains some of the band’s most popular songs, such as “Wild Heart,” “Can We Dance,” and “Last Night.” With a solid tracklist and collaborations with Shawn Mendes and Demi Lovato, The Vamps released one of the best albums of the 2010s. Overall, the charming and catchy lyrics paired with the romantic energy pervasive in Meet The Vamps make it a great record even after all these years.
If you’ve been a fan of The Vamps since those early years, listening to their debut album can be a bit nostalgic. Meet The Vamps feels like taking a trip down memory lane, and all your recollections of those times come running through your mind. Also, if you’re around the band members’ ages, it feels like you’ve grown with them.
Over the years, The Vamps have explored different sounds such as EDM, and they have improved their production skills with each record. If you take Meet The Vamps and compare it to, let’s say, Cherry Blossom, the band’s latest album, you’ll find that the musicians have evolved considerably. However, this doesn’t mean that The Vamps’ debut album lacks musicianship. In fact, Meet The Vamps is a solid record that could easily be a band’s second or third album. Barely entering their 20s, the musicians set to write the best songs they could to present themselves to the world, and they did it successfully. A decade later, they’re still creating some of the best music out there.
Below, you can watch The Vamps’ performance of “High Hopes” from their 2022 Birthday Sessions series in celebration of 10 years of the band. Also, you can pre-order the 10th-anniversary blue vinyl edition of Meet The Vamps here. Don’t forget to stream all of The Vamps’ discography, too. Happy listening!