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The life of an Australian indie band recording and on tour.

“Becoming in a band is like chucking a bunch of gorillas in a zoo pit and hoping they never tear one particular an additional apart,” Cameron Small lead guitarist from Australian indie rock band The VANNS told 9Honey Celebrity.

Founded on the south coast of NSW, the 4-piece band — which consists of Jimmy Vann on vocals and guitar, Cameron Small on lead guitar, Tom Switlek on bass and Andrew Banovich on drums — was all began for a bit of enjoyable as a 3-piece in 2013. 

“Our mates had been throwing cool parties, and they mentioned, ‘It would be so cool if a band played’. It was just a bit of enjoyable. I under no circumstances created a choice, ‘This is what I am going to do as a profession,’ I am just delighted carrying out it,” frontman and lead singer Jimmy Vann told 9Honey Celebrity.

From bottom left to right: Jimmy Vann, Andrew Banovich, Tom Switlek and Cameron Little.
From bottom left to suitable: Jimmy Vann, Andrew Banovich, Tom Switlek and Cameron Small. (Michelle Grace Hunder)

Gorilla analogies and the worry of dismemberment aside, the band is going from strength to strength and 2019 is shaping up to be The VANNS’ most significant year however.

On Friday, they released their debut album By way of The Walls, they have their most significant headline tour to date kicking off in November, have inked a deal with international management agency Paradigm, and ultimately, are closing out the year by playing Lost Paradise, a festival on the central coast of NSW. 

So, what is it like playing in an indie band in Australia?

You have to anticipate the unexpected, according to Jimmy and Cameron. 

“Final year, Cam and I had been heading down to record our album and we wound up finding stuck in Wagga Wagga just after our van broke down. We ended up sleeping in the NRMA auto park for 3 days.”

Regardless of the setbacks, it is clear they’ve had enjoyable along the way. From taking Jimmy’s restored Kombi on tour about Australia and driving via the vast, flat Hay Plains of NSW, to becoming swarmed by fans off and on stage.

“We did a gig when at the Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne and it was truly enjoyable, but it did not even turn out becoming a gig,’ Cameron mentioned

“At one particular point there had been 30 individuals on the stage, and guitar leads kept coming out but everybody was possessing enjoyable. We did not have safety so there wasn’t significantly we could do, just preserve playing.”

The VANNS at the Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne.
The VANNS at the Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne. (Will Patston)

“Our gigs have a fairly cool vibe but often they get a bit nuts,” Jimmy added.

Although there is no set formula for good results in the music business, significantly of The VANNS’ have come via word of mouth. And playing gigs — a lot of them.

“Back in the day we’d play to like 5 individuals and these 5 individuals would come back and bring their mates and we’ve just observed that develop. Folks nevertheless come now from years and years ago,” Jimmy mentioned.

“They are not even fans now, they are just mates. There is a dude in Melbourne named Laurence who usually comes to gigs and he brings his mates along,” Cameron added.

The band played The Factory Theatre in Sydney this year which was their biggest to date and a sellout.
The band played The Factory Theatre in Sydney this year which was a sellout. (Jye Talbot)

“It is good possessing it develop like that. When you happen to be playing there is this friendship factor going on as nicely. It is not just a bunch of random fans.”

The band’s fanbase has usually been a committed one particular but often the guys do garner undesirable interest — specifically from ladies.

“For some purpose I attract older ladies and I am just not that into it — it is not even more than Instagram. It is at the gig,” Cameron mentioned.

“I will attempt and respond to everybody that sends a message, I just never take it as they are coming on to me. It is like thanks — glad you like the music. But just after Bachelor in Paradise I got a lot of messages, most had been saying ‘Heeeey, what is your quantity,'” Jimmy added.

Jimmy went on Bachelor in Paradise to assistance longtime mate Jules Bourne, who may perhaps just be The VANNS’ most significant fan. To date, he has the only identified tattoo of the band’s name.

“We had been possessing beers in St Kilda and Jules was like, ‘I’m going to get your band tattooed on my ass.’ I am like, ‘What?’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah dude, I will be back, give me like an hour.’ I went in there and then the dude began tattooing and I was like, ‘I’m leaving, I am going property.’ And then he could not sit down for a handful of days. It was a bit tender,” Jimmy mentioned.

To date, Jules has the only known tattoo of the band.
To date, Jules has the only identified tattoo of the band. (Instagram: The VANNS Band)

“It employed to not be so smudgy, Jules employed to be in the army. That was when he got it. He was match, had some glutes, and then he just did not operate out any longer and became a Television star and his tattoo shrunk.”

The band’s new album basically options a song named Jules Mentioned, but Jimmy and Cameron are adamant it is not about him per say.

“It is not truly about Jules, he’s just in it. We wrote it in an hour and we mentioned, ‘Hey Jules we pointed out you in a song and he was like ‘Aha, let me hear it”‘, Cameron mentioned.

“He was fairly stoked.”

The release of By way of The Walls marks a new chapter for the band.

A lot of the songs are a lot more stripped back and private, Jimmy and Cameron explained.

The VANNS behind the scenes of their 'Mother' video.
The VANNS behind the scenes filming their ‘Mother’ video. (Supplied)

“We had been usually named ‘surf rock’ and it is certainly not that. The sound has matured a tiny bit, there is some songs on the album that gel with older songs, but some have massive guitar solos and I push my singing a tiny bit differently. Cam’s usually up for experimenting and pushing the boundaries of music,” Jimmy mentioned.

“My old man is also on the cover, he was the very same age I was when we had been writing the album, and that photo of him possessing a beer just represents a lot of us in the band. He’s more than the moon about it.

“We just want to release some thing we’re proud of. As significantly as we do it for fans due to the fact they want to hear new music, we also do it for ourselves”.

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