Vant - The Dome, Kentish Town
Hotly-tipped to have a massive year in 2016, garage/indie rockers Vant are proving that true. After Boston Music Rooms sold out the quartet upgraded to tonights venue The Dome, a venue with twice the capacity – and it's packed!
Tonight’s support comes from rising grunge 3 piece Tigercub. The band have just released a new EP ‘Repressed Semantics’ and once again its grabbing lots of attention. The band describe this release as a “bi-polar mixture of songs that represent to us, a cocktail of aggression and restraint, bottled up frustration and absolute rejection of ideals presented to us by a divorcee-generation of self-medicated baby-boomers. The old rules no longer apply. You are your life and nothing else”
I couldn’t have said it better myself as Jamie Hall’s vocals attacks the set in an almost feral way. I feel exhausted by the end but wanting more. One to watch out for!
Next up is headliners Vant. I have to say I choose to review this show because I was blown away by incredible photographs of the band playing live and not actually giving them a listen.
So what do I know so far: The quart-et are fronted by singer/guitarist and band namesake Mattie Vant, Henry on guitar, Billy on bass and drummer Martin. They have toured with the likes of Fidlar and Royal Blood and have released a special luminous single of Fly-by Alien for Record Store Day. It seem the British newcomers exploded on to the scene with a bang and show no signs of slowing down, receiving rave reviews all across the board! It all sounds good right?!
And I’m not disappointed. From beginning to end Mattie owns the stage thrashing around the stage delivering blistering vocals that send the crowd into crazed frenzy. The audience is young and wild throwing themselves into a circle pit halfway through the first song and I’m dodging elbows and flying pints.
Vant storm through the singles ‘Parasite’, ‘The Answer’ with its heavy bass lines and some lyrics you wouldn’t sing to your mother and totally annihilate new single ‘Fly-by Alien’ getting the biggest reaction of the night. There isn’t a second to catch your breath.
They ended the set with an unexpected cover of Rhianna’s ‘Work’ which they totally owned. Vant’s biggest headline show proved they are more than just a young grunge band, they are one of the most exciting bands around at the moment the saviours of Rock n Roll for the young!