1 EMICD2020SIGNED.png The Vamps Cherry Blossom [Personally Signed] For a limited time, you can pick up a personally signed copy of the album! Please put what you want written on your album in the comments section at checkout. Click / tap 'Add Comment', below 'Total Price'. If you leave the comments box blank, you will receive a signed copy with no personalisation. - Earlier this year the new album 'Cherry Blossom' was sent to their label. As far as everyone was concerned it was finished, with singles just left to be decided on. They knew they had a strong collection of bangers and ballads that told the story of a band re-born, but they weren't entirely certain about which song should properly mark the start of The Vamps Part 2. That's when Zoom really came into its own. “On the day we handed the album in I went on a Zoom call with Lostboy” explains Brad. “We had a few beers and then four hours later Married in Vegas was birthed.” James adds: “I was playing Playstation with my mates and it was about 11pm and I was pretty drunk too actually. Then Brad FaceTimed me and he was like 'I've just written this song!'. I love moments like that because even when you think something's done it can still change at the last minute." Suddenly the race to be Cherry Blossom's lead single was won by a brand new song, a clear sign that their creative juices were in full flow. The Vamps, aka Brad Simpson, Connor Ball, Tristan Evans and James McVey, had never really had the chance to be bored before 2020 struck. Since their platinum-selling debut album, Meet The Vamps, crashed into the UK charts at number 2 in 2014, the band have been holding onto a dream-like rush of albums (four in total, including 2017's chart-topping Night & Day (Night Edition), featuring the Matoma-assisted global smash All Night), singles (eight top 40 hits including five top 10s), and world tours (they're the first band to headline London's O2 Arena five years in a row). Having been on the treadmill of album, tour, album-recorded-on-tour, another tour, they fell back into the old routine and wrote half an album quickly 18 months ago. Some proper time off was needed however, so they indulged in that rare thing of space away from the band. Then, last summer, unhappy with the results of those early sessions, they booked some AirBnbs and just hung out and started jamming as the band. “We ended scrapping all of the first batch of songs and starting again,” McVey says. This time gave the band the space to meticulously plan exactly what they wanted the album to be and what they wanted to say. 'Cherry Blossom' was born, a title that is a reflection of the theme of rebirth that runs throughout. In the space of just six years The Vamps have morphed from bright-eyed and bushy-tailed boyband with instruments into a proper fully-fledged pop band crafting arena-sized Hits. On Cherry Blossom, that musicality that's occasionally been lost in frantic release schedules and world tours and award shows has been given the time to properly, well, blossom. This isn't a vehicle for pop's current crop of in demand songwriters and producers, this is a Vamps-lead project that's made all the more impressive by the fact it was honed and finessed during lockdown. “We'd be lying if we said we didn't want it to go out into the world and be received positively,” says Simpson of their hopes for the album. “But ultimately we love it so much, and that feeling of self-fulfilment is so exciting. These are songs that really touch on parts of our lives.” He smiles. “The songs mean that little bit more.”   CD | LP
2 NSNBT270520.png Nothing But Thieves Thursday 27th May at New Slang, 9:00pm (18+) PLEASE NOTE: date is subject to change pending government / NIHP guidance around the coronavirus outbreak. If this event is postponed, we will let you know - please do not contact us until a rescheduled date is announced. Once announced, if you cannot make the rescheduled date refunds will be available. - Celebrating the release of their third full length album titled Moral Panic, the excellent alt-rockers Nothing But Thieves return to Kingston to play at New Slang. “An interviewer in Kuala Lumpur asked us why we don't have a huge amount of songs about relationships or love. We hadn't really thought about it before. The answer was that songs like that have been done to death and they rarely capture what love is actually like for most. Songs tend to be idealistic or Hollywood. Real Love Song was an attempt to write a song about love from a self-aware perspective. It's about the darker side of love - the painful, unrequited kind. It's love lost or love never gained. Thank you to that interviewer from Malaysia - without you, this song would never exist.” - The band on Real Love Song Times TBC. It'll be usual New Slang times if that's possible (9:00pm doors, band on stage at 10:30pm) CD/ticket is £15 post-paid, and other formats and combos are available. New Slang is an over 18s event, and is strict on ID. Please bring photo ID with you on the night, whatever age you are. New Slang is held at Pryzm, 154 Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1QP New Slang Ticket CD | LP Pre-Order
6 YB290321XTRA1.png YUNGBLUD Monday 29th March at Pryzm, 6:00pm PLEASE NOTE: date is subject to change pending government / NIHP guidance around the coronavirus outbreak. If this event is postponed, we will let you know - please do not contact us until a rescheduled date is announced. Once announced, if you cannot make the rescheduled date refunds will be available. - DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND, WE'VE ADDED AN EXTRA SHOW TO TAKE PLACE EARLIER ON. To celebrate the release of his new album titled WEIRD, YUNGBLUD returns to Kingston to play at Pryzm. Doubling down on the raw vulnerability first glimpsed on his powerhouse 2018 debut album, 21st Century Liability, and his 2019 EP, hope for the underrated youth, Weird! is YUNGBLUD’s most emotionally complex body of work to date. He recorded it at studios in London and Los Angeles with Cervini, Greatti and another frequent collaborator, Matt Schwartz (Cold War Kids, Bullet For My Valentine, Massive Attack). True to YUNGBLUD’s fierce refusal to box himself in, Weird! embodies a wildly eclectic collage of sound: Queen-inspired harmonies, Beatles-esque chord progressions, elements of dance-punk and glam-rock and hip-hop and metal. Times TBC but we expect doors at 6:00pm with YUNGBLUD on stage at 7:00pm. CD/ticket is £15 post-paid, and other formats and combos are available. Tickets and albums will be posted separately. Pryzm is all ages for this show - under 14s must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult (18+). Over 18s should bring PHOTO ID (driving license / passport). Pryzm, 154 Clarence Street, Kingston Upon Thames (KT1 1QP) PLEASE NOTE: If you choose Collect In-store as your delivery option your full order will need to be collected from our shop rather than from the venue.   CD | LP Pre-Order