From the Archives: 26/09/2013
“We went out to get some food and there were about 15 girls hanging around,” says the 18-year-old lead singer.
“We didn’t think anything of it until we walked off and realised they were following us. We weren’t expecting it, but we stopped and let them take some photos though, they were welcome to come round!”
The Vamps bounded onto the music scene earlier this year after the four piece – Brad, James McVey, Tristan Evans and Connor Ball – met via social networking sites and garnered themselves a record deal.
Fresh from a tour of the UK, the band are about to release their first single, Can We Dance, on Sunday.
Former Fairfax School pupil Brad is excited about the release, but promises he is not going to get carried away with his new found fame, and that his friends make sure he stays grounded.
“It’s nice because my mates aren’t bothered about us at all,” he says.
“It’s not their kind of thing so they’re good to have a bit of banter with. It’s important not to take yourselves too seriously.”
And with his curly locks, Brad is the spit of One Direction’s Harry Styles, although he is getting a little bit fed up of the comparison.
“I’m starting to get bored of the Harry Styles comparisons,” he says.
“But to be honest, there are worse people I could be getting compared to. In terms of music, I think we’re more like McFly or Lawson than One Direction.
“They’re more ‘music bands’. They write and play their own stuff and that’s what we want to do. They’re a massive influence and I like comparisons with them as we write and play and we pride ourselves on that. We toured with McFly earlier this year and it was great to play to our own fans in Birmingham.”
Bradley’s influences are varied though, and he’s not just into the pop bands The Vamps are often compared to.
“I’m more into indie to be honest,” he says.
“Bands like The Strokes, Foo Fighters and The 1975 are what I’m listening to at the moment.
“The rest of the band are really varied, from pop punk to more acoustic stuff, we’re into a lot of different music.”
And now he is waiting for their album to come out.
“It’s 90 per cent done, just needs a few final touches. We spent about six months writing, did some work in New York and some in England and we’re really happy about the way it’s gone. It’s a good writing process, sometimes we come up with an idea, or vise versa. With Can We Dance I had this rough idea and we went from there.”
So what’s the dream? Does Bradley crave the lifestyle of the rich and famous?
“What I’d really like is just to still be going in 10 years, striving to be a better band.
“Just to keep going really, keep getting better. That’s the important thing.
“But an arena tour would be nice.”
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