In a world of controversy, debate and conflict, one thing is for sure and that is the fact that the Yorkshire music scene is thriving and is the strongest it has been for many years. With bands coming out of York, Leeds, Sheffield and Huddersfield to name just a few it’s easy to see why festival bills are being packed with Yorkshire bands – the latest to enter this scene are Vuromantics.
The band describe their sound as dark pop and take inspiration from the likes of Pulp and The Human League and are ready to take on some big stages following the release of their EP Waiting on a Storm due for release 24th February (full tour dates below). So far we have heard two tracks from the upcoming EP and if these two are anything to go by, this tour is going to be a special one.
The first release from the band is the fantastic Vultures. Taken straight from the band, the song is “about how adult life in 2017 can be overwhelming” and how it sometimes “feels as though forces are conspiring against you and would like to see you fail. The track has a very White Lies esque feel to it, largely taken from the vocals before kicking on into a great hook reminiscent of Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs. With strong keys throughout and a belting drum beat the track is an excellent first offering which goes from strength to strength and the harmony vocals near the end are a fantastic addition to the song. It is exactly what Vuromantics say on the tin, it’s not pop and it’s not rock but dark pop actually seems to fit perfectly.
Waiting on a Storm
After Vultures it was going to be difficult to follow and instead of making a second version of that track, Waiting on a Storm has a very different sound. As with the first release the song is short at under 3 minutes but this second offering has a much mellower feel. It’s slower, more melodic and is a stunning piece of music. The vocal brilliance combined with synths and piano make for a lovely Spector/Editors style mash-up. Although slower than Vultures, the bass and drums running throughout give it a wonderful tempo that match the vocals to perfection.
It’s going to be a huge year from this Sheffield band there’s no doubt about that and if this is what they’re coming up with already then we can expect big things from them in 2017. Pre-order the EP on Amazon and iTunes and catch them on tour in March:
3rd – The Parish – Huddersfield
4th – Verve Bar – Leeds
9th – New Adelphi – Hull
10th – Fulford Arms – York
12th – Stag & Hounds – Bristol
19th – The Maze – Nottingham
22nd – Gullivers – Manchester
25th – Black Heart – Camden