At CelebMix we love introducing you all to our favourite new artists; the latest of these being indie-rock outfit Vistas.
The Edinburgh quartet specialises in hook-filled tracks and infectious choruses as shown through tracks Retrospect and Hold Me. Signed to LAB Records they’ve made a name for themselves on the live circuit thanks to shows with Clean Cut Kid, The View and sets at Neighbourhood Festival and TRNSMT Festival. Their high octane performances and musical bops led to them being tipped by Spotify as “One of the best new British bands of 2017“. Having already released their Medicine EP in 2016 they’ve set themselves up well for the year ahead.
If you’re a fan of the likes of Fatherson and Catfish And The Bottlemen, Vistas definitely need to be added to your playlists. We highly recommend you getting yourselves over to their Spotify if you need some music to brighten up the dreary days we’re having right now.
Latest single Calm not only flaunts very funky artwork yet also oozes in feel-good pop vibes. A driving drumline during the chorus makes it near impossible for us to not be moving along after the first listen. Vistas place a large emphasis on vocals and lyrics throughout this track telling the story of that special person who keeps you calm and falling in love all over again and again. Their impeccable guitar work we feel doesn’t get to shine to its full potential when recorded but we can just tell when performed live this is going to be a firm crowd pleaser.
To help you find out a little bit more about Vistas we asked them five quick questions;
You’ve just released your latest single Calm, can you tell us a bit more about the track?
The word ‘calm’ has become a kind of motto in the band. Whenever one of us is stressed out and we’re bouncing off the walls a bit someone always just reminds us to keep calm. So at the time, it felt like a really appropriate message to try to incorporate into a song. The song itself is about someone in your life who keeps you calm.
We’ve heard you’re becoming familiar faces on the live circuit, what’s been your favourite show to date and why? What would be your dream show?
It’s so hard to pick a favourite show because every one is special for different reasons. But some definite standouts have been our last gigs in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. It’s amazing for us to see so many people now knowing the songs and to see our fan base grow from places which feels like ages away from where we’re from. Our last few shows in Scotland too have been unreal and we can’t wait to get back out on the road in Scotland in May!
Dream show for us would be headlining TRNSMT festival in Glasgow. Or playing Japan.
When you were growing up which artists did you listen to, do you feel they’ve influenced your sound at all?
As a band, we listened to loads of different music growing up. In school, we all got really into Two Door Cinema Club, The View and The Strokes and I think that definitely has filtered into our sound. With Vistas you can get a flavour of what everyone listens to in the band from the different ways we all play. A lot of the music we listen to now also influences our sound.
Which of your own lyrics sums up your time in Vistas so far?
I’d say the lyric “happiness in retrospect” from our track Retrospect. Purely because being in a band you spend a lot of time reminiscing about your time so far and remembering all the good times which just makes you want to get back out there and do it all again.
What’s next on the cards in 2018?
We’ve got a busy time coming up in May. We’re supporting Circa Waves, playing Live at Leeds and Liverpool Sound City. Then you can catch us on tour in Scotland starting on the 9th in Aberdeen and ending on the 13th in Edinburgh. We’ve got plenty of music planned too so keep your eyes peeled for that. And then just getting out for the festival season too. As we always say, more gigs and more music.