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The Vamps are an English indie pop band who formed in 2012. The band consists of Bradley William Simpson from Birmingham (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), James Daniel McVey from Bournemouth (vocals and guitar), Connor Samuel John Ball from Aberdeen (vocals and bass guitar), and Tristan Oliver Vance Evans, (vocals and drums). They signed to Mercury Records in late 2012. The band started to grow a fan base by supporting pop punk band McFly in early 2013 on their Memory Lane Tour. They have also been performing at several festival style events around the UK as supporting acts for several different acts including The Wanted, JLS and Little Mix. The Vamps are currently recording their debut EP, which will be released on 29 September 2013. They will also be releasing a full album in 2014. They gained further recognition in September 2013, as they supported Selena Gomez on her Stars Dance Tour at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 7 and 8 September 2013.
James McVey was managed by Richard Rashman and Joe O’Neill of Prestige Management already in 2011 and wanted to form a band. McVey subsequently discovered Bradley Simpson via YouTube. Simpson later became lead singer and together McVey and Simpson wrote songs towards the later months of 2011. In 2012, Simpson and McVey met Tristan Evans via Facebook. The trio then found Connor Ball from a friend of a friend.
In mid-2012 the band started uploading covers of other artists via their YouTube channel. In January 2013, it was confirmed that The Vamps would be supporting McFly on tour in April–May 2013. On 22 July 2013, the band uploaded their first original song, “Wildheart”, onto their YouTube account. The video received over 46,000 views within the first two days. They have now released the music video for their first single “Can We Dance” which received over 1 million views within the first two weeks!!