VANT – Gorilla, Manchester (1st Mar 2017)

All photos are by Tara Atkinson

It’s not very often you find a band that mix indie rock and politicism as impeccably as VANT do! It almost takes you back to the Sex Pistols era, and with our world in it’s current state, this band is sure to succeed.

The London based four piece played to a rowdy sold out crowd at Manchester’s Gorilla last night, and it’s no surprise it was a sell out; with the success of their debut album ‘DUMB BLOOD’ released 2 weeks ago. 

The night opened with Black Foxxes who were a brilliant support act to warm the crowd up. With heavy rock riffs and raw emotion throughout, the trio are sure to have gained a mob of fans from this support slot. Although a short half hour set, they performed a string of tracks from their debut album ‘I’m Not Well’ along with a preview of a new single. Following VANT’s tour, Black Foxxes will head off supporting You Me At Six on their UK tour in April, and will perform at 2000 Trees and Download (Paris). 

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Manchester is known for having rowdy crowd’s at gigs and this was only too clear when VANT arrived at Gorilla last night. A 700 capacity venue under the railway arches, with the walls covered in what can only be described as spaceship like controls, it was the perfect setting in the bands self confessed ‘second home’. 

VANT performed almost the whole album, including fan favourites; ‘FLY-BY-ALIEN’, ‘PARASITE’, ‘THE ANSWER’ and ‘DO YOU KNOW ME’. As well as Mattie (frontman and lead songwriter) asking the crowd to go crazy for ‘LAMPOON’, as all the old songs deserve a mental reaction. 

As is tradition with VANT, during ‘TIME AND MONEY’ fake dollars where thrown into the crowd. These ‘dumb blood currency’ notes feature an image of Donald Trump with his eyes crossed out as well as the words ‘conform or suffer’. An ingenious way to bring back bands talking about the political situations for this generation. However it’s not all politics with this band, as Mattie happily stated before performing ‘MESS AROUND’. 

VANT are a band that truly care for there fans safety, with Mattie saying various times throughout the evening for people to ‘not crowd surf if you’re too heavy’. Although this was quickly dismissed, as one guy started crowd surfing just as the song following this speech began forcing the band to stop, laugh and ask him to get down.

Each and every one of VANT’s songs have sentiment, whether it be political or general issues within the music scene. ‘PARKING LOT’ opened with a speech that all of the crowd cheered for: ‘A lot of girls are being inappropriately touched at gigs and it needs to stop.’  A song with raw rock ‘n’ roll guitar riffs, bouncing vocals and lyrics the crowd couldn’t sing harder to; it’s sure to make a stance within the industry.

This isn’t just another indie band; they are a statement, a revolt, each gig is a protest, a form of activism. If their fans carry on supporting them the way they are now, VANT’s music is set to help make the changes we want and need to see.

If you get the chance to see VANT in a small venue make sure you do, although you might not get the chance.

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