Vistas do things the old fashioned way for guys in their early twenties. The Edinburgh-based trio – vocalist Prentice Robertson, guitarist Dylan Rush and bassist Jamie Law – have made their name by gigging tirelessly across the UK, with word of mouth praise of their chaotic, life-affirming live show travelling far and wide.
Backed up by a host of bright, anthemic singles including ‘Retrospect’ and ‘Tigerblood’, racking up over 30 million plays on Spotify for songs released in the last two years and garnering support from Jack Saunders, Huw Stephens and Annie Mac at Radio 1, the band have quickly become one of the most promising indie bands in the UK. Sold-out tours and support slots alongside the likes of The Wombats, Circa Waves and The Kooks have followed, with the band firmly making their home on the stage.
Formed at school and developing a tight bond while fawning over records from The Strokes, Two Door Cinema Club and more, Vistas are as tight-knit a bunch as you’ll find, and this sense of community and togetherness defines their music.
Drawing on instant, bright indie-pop with unashamed chart ambitions, the band follow a lineage of indie bands throughout the 2000s, pushing the excitement and community spirit of the genre into a new era. It’s music that’s just begging to be jumped around to from the depths of a moshpit, and provided some of the highlights of 2019’s festival season including packed tents at August’s Reading & Leeds festival. A headline tour across the UK will follow this autumn.
Those previous singles, ’Retrospect’ and ‘Tigerblood’, stand out as the band’s two defining moments thus far – “‘Retrospect’ was the first song that we put out that people started to learn the words to, while ‘Tigerblood’ was our first song to really connect on radio and playlists,” Prentice affirms – and they’re set to provide the backbone of the band’s debut album, Everything Changes In The End due out May 29th via Believe.
“The sentiment of the record is about being there for your family and friends,” Prentice says of the record, which is set to solidify the band’s promise as emerging heroes for a new generation of guitar music fans. “It’s about being there for people, and the overall feeling that stuff takes a bit of time to work itself out, and takes a bit of time to get better.”
This is the sentiment of Vistas as a whole, too. Working tirelessly from the days of the band driving themselves up and down the country on tour, working with limited equipment and alongside jobs, the importance of patience and a slow-burning progress is paramount to where they now find themselves, and it bleeds into every note of their music.
“There are things you’ve got to deal with, but it’s easier to deal with these things if you’ve got people there alongside you, and then you can be there for people as well,” Prentice says of the album’s overall sentiment, once again hammering home the bonds of togetherness that Vistas rely on so strongly.
“It can halve everybody’s problem. I’d say the motto of the album is ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’. It’s an album that I would hope, if you were listening to it with a friend, it’d give you those feelings of being so glad that they’re your friend.” A band that were born out of coming together as school friends and looking up to their indie heroes, Vistas are looking to make the circle complete and inspire a whole new generation.For tour dates and more visit: www.facebook.com/vistasband