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TORONTO — They are boys and they are in a band — but don’t call The Vamps a boy band.
“It’s very easy to label (us) a boy band but a boy band would be typically a vocal group, so like four singers,” lead singer Brad Simpson said Thursday during an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show. “But we’re a band.”
Added guitarist James McVey: “I mean, we have a lead singer, we play instruments.”
To drive home the point, drummer Tristan Evans, 20, admitted: “I can’t sing.”
The Vamps came to be about a year after McVey, now 20, found Simpson on YouTube and Evans on Facebook. The three were then introduced to bassist Connor Ball, 18, by a mutual friend.
Simpson, 19, said there was instant chemistry.
“We kind of knew that we had something really good just because we got on very well on a personal level and on a musical level,” he recalled, “so the songwriting was really good and the friendship was really good.”
After scoring hit singles in their native UK, The Vamps crossed the pond with the single “Wild Heart” from their debut album Meet the Vamps.
Their single “Somebody to You” — with guest vocals by Demi Lovato — has been viewed more than 20 million times and “Can We Dance” has topped 21 million views.
On The Morning Show, the musicians said being able to share their music with North American audiences is more important than success.
Back home, Evans said, they can still enjoy some privacy.
“We do live normal lives when we have days off,” he said. “If we’re on our own at home people don’t recognize us very much.”
And why The Vamps?
“We just like the word,” said Ball.
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