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New Music: Damn Vandals

Dana Beaton


Damn Vandals are an exciting new addition to the music world, having been together for just under two years. Compared to a variety of bands including the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division, the group’s sound is a mixture of punk, alternative, and blues rock.

After the previous success of their single Bayonet, the band welcomed listeners with two new tunes off their heavily anticipated, as yet unnamed album. Released on the 12th September, Can’t Go Dancing When You’re Gone demonstrates the band’s dynamic post-punk sound, easily comparable to the likes of The Pixies.

The track is backed by B-Side Hey Little Bunny, a more low key, shoegaze style song which demonstrates the Damn Vandals versatility. There is no metaphor in the title; the song is quite simply about a bunny, (and singer Jack Kansas states that if you have any trouble figuring out the meaning behind their songs, to check out their YouTube videos). The band – consisting of aforementioned Kansas, as well as Frank Pick on guitar, Adam Kilemore Gardens on bass and Chris Christianson on drums – have also bonded over a shared interest in graffiti art, and always make sure to incorporate this element in their DiY music videos.

Can’t Go Dancing When You’re Gone has already been featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music Introducing Show, which is excellent progress for the band. You can catch the guys live at The Buffalo Bar in London on the 25th October or their music is available as an MP3 download or on vinyl.