VIDEO: The Vamps' debut single hits the charts at number two
As almost predicted by the Western Morning News, The Vamps have hit number two in the charts.
In this week’s single’s chart OneRepublic’s Counting Stars rose two places to claim number one, while the debut single Can We Dance from The Vamps entered in second place.
Derulo’s Talk Dirty and Katy Perry’s power pop record Roar both fell two places to numbers three and four respectively.
The top 10 featured new entries from Chase and Status, at fifth place with Count On Me, and Dizzee Rascal’s Something Really Bad which came in at 10.
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On Friday, the Western Morning News predicted The Vamps - boasting the mighty drumming skills of Devon’s Tristan Evans - could well be topping the charts with their debut single.
The fresh-faced, floppy-locked band are the hottest new things on Virgin EMI’s roster right now.
The catchy, harmony-rich “boy-wants-girl” single Can We Dance, which they wrote themselves, was produced in New York City by Espionage (notable for his work with Beyonce and Ne-Yo).
The accompanying video premiered online and has already notched up more than two million views... yes, that’s two million. Its setting is the aftermath of a raucous teen house party and features, among other things, Tristan, 18, playing his kit covered in silly string and squirty cream. He and singer Bradley Will Simpson, guitarist James McVey and bassist Connor Ball write their own material, as well as bolstering their set with covers.
They have already had a taste of the big time as the supporting act on a massive stadium tour with McFly – who start to look positively middle-aged by comparison – and they’ve already graced the sofas of mainstream daytime TV shows and have a weighty advertising campaign behind them.
It’s heartening to hear that the group’s rise has been partly nurtured at Tristan’s family’s home in the countryside near Exeter, where he lives with father Adrian, an independent financial adviser, mother Carolyn, little sister, Millie, eight, and older brother James, 21, who is away at Loughborough University.
“My parents and grandparents are super supportive,” says Tristan, who went to Blundell’s School in Tiverton. “They always have been. They love coming along to shows.
“The guys spent at least six months down at my house rehearsing for the tour and recording in the attic; I produce and we all write,” he adds.
“I love Devon. It’s a lovely place. We are living in hotel rooms at the moment; after we have been in the city for a couple of months it’s great to come home, see the fields and chill out with the cows.”
Tristan started playing drums in a marching corps when he was seven and the family lived in Somerset.
“I was a hyperactive child and always getting in trouble. I was asked to leave my primary school,” he admits. “My parents wanted to find a way for me to channel my energy. At nine I got my first small kit and started having lessons.”