INTERVIEW // The Vanns on: Red Light, Touring and Influences

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We caught up with Illawarra legends The VANNS to chat about touring, memories, and their latest killer single ‘Red Light’. Here’s what they had to say about it:

Recently you dropped the single ‘Red Light’. What is this song all about?
Lyrically writing Red Light, we came to a bit of a fork in the road in terms of what the song would be about. In the original lyrics it was kind of this half love song/half song about somebody with the proclivity to lose control of themselves completely every time they get on the piss. We opted to follow the theme of the latter because it was kind of something new for us to write about and suited the music more. I’m sure there a plenty of love songs coming, though.

What inspired/influences were behind the song?
We all have different influences and artists we listen too, so I’ve always found it hard to pinpoint exactly what influences a song. It’s kind of a mix tape of a song genre-wise. I think this is us trying to chase a sound for our next album, whatever that’ll end up being.

What makes this song different to your previous work?
We recorded it live with all four of us in the room at the same time. It was a much quicker process than recording has been previously. On the previous album, it was more Jim and I kind of writing everything and kind of dictating what bass/drums to play, but this was much more of a collaborative all-four-of-us involved effort; and I think you can hear that.

Is ‘Red Light’ going to be a part of a bigger piece of work?
Without giving too much away… yes. Yes it is. We’re going to be recording another album later this year. We’re still writing for it, so I haven’t really got a clear vision of what it’s going to sound like yet, but we’re excited none-the-less.

Do you have a favourite memory from creating this song?
The whole week recording music up at the Music Farm in Byron Bay with Chris Collins is full of great memories. Being at the studio, spending a couple of days at Chris’ house mixing the music, firepits, beers, $15 lamb shanks at the local; you beauty.

The video was filmed out near Broken Hill. What was it like creating the video up there?
Amazing! Helluva place. The clip was filmed outside of Silverton. I used to go out to Western NSW working for my old man, but I haven’t for years and I’d never been that far out. It was a long drive but Bano and Jimmy were keen to take their Troopy’s for a good run. Also, this is the first film clip we’d made with one of our best mates Todd (Senor Friday). He’s an absolute legend.

If you could describe the song as a colour, what would it be and why?
Red, because, y’know…

You guys are finally getting to go on a national tour again. What can we expect to see at these shows?
Yes we are! Can’t bloody wait. You can expect to see four very relieved dudes who can’t believe they’re finally on a tour that’s been postponed four times. We’re playing some of the biggest shows we’ve ever played, even with the enforced Covid capacities, so we’re all chomping at the bit.

What are you most keen for with the tour?
Playing shows, travelling around the country with my best mates and seeing familiar faces/friends in other cities that I haven’t seen in over a year. I’m even looking forward to the more mundane parts of touring: airports, loading in gear, sound-checking. Let’s put it this way: there is nothing about this tour that I am not looking forward to.

What is your favourite thing to do on tour when you’re not playing shows?
There’s so much about touring that I enjoy. With that said, if I had to boil it down to one thing other than playing shows… I really like the massage chairs at the airport.

‘Red Light’ is out now on all streaming services, so definitely go and check it out. WATCH HERE


Supported by Eliza & The Delusionals

Thursday 10th June Sol Bar Sunshine Coast  Tickets

Friday 11th June Felons Barrell Hall Brisbane Tickets Venue Upgrade

Saturday 12th Felons Barrell Hall Brisbane Tickets Venue Upgrade

Thursday 17th June Lion Arts Factory AA Adelaide Tickets  (Early Show) NEW SHOW ADDED

Thursday 17th June Lion Arts Factory AA Adelaide Tickets  (Late Show) SOLD OUT

Friday 18th June Indian Ocean Hotel Perth Tickets

Saturday 19th June Indian Ocean Hotel Perth Tickets  SOLD OUT

Friday 25th June Cambridge Hotel Newcastle Tickets SOLD OUT

Saturday 26th June The Factory Theatre AA Sydney Tickets SOLD OUT

Saturday 26th June The Factory Theatre 18 + Sydney Tickets NEW SHOW ADDED

Friday 2nd July Uni Bar Wollongong  Tickets SOLD OUT

Saturday 3rd July Altar Hobart Tickets

Sunday 4th July Forth Pub Forth Tickets

Thursday 15th July The Corner Hotel Melbourne Tickets NEW SHOW ADDED

Friday 16th July The Forum Melbourne Tickets SOLD OUT

Saturday 24th July Kambri @ ANU Canberra Tickets NEW SHOW ADDED

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