The Vanns Scattered By Sundown is a blend of refreshing and unique sounds that will keep you wanting to listen over and over again. Kiama legends Jimmy Vann (vocals and guitar), Lachlan Jones (drums) and Adam Bernich (bass) (Adam has since left the band to focus on uni, with Tom Switlek taking over on bass,) released Scattered By Sundown in early 2015, recorded at Thirty Mill Studios in Melbourne with the help of producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, INXS). They have just finished up a 23 show EP release tour that featured numerous sold out shows, and the energy and enthusiasm they ooze showed fans why they’re on the rise. If you were lucky enough to attend their hometown gig in Wollongong it was obvious how much local support and love they have.
The Vanns are blitzing their way around the country with their garage rock party EP Scattered By Sundown. It’s the anthem for the young and young at heart.
The EP features five new tracks that are all as sweet as each other and have such distinct sounds, as well as a bonus five track CD with some older, classic Vanns tunes. Keep My Cool, Fall For You and The Crawl are all funky and upbeat tracks, that combine influences from surf music, indie rock, pop and earthy blues. The distinct qualities in each song allow you to listen to each song four or five times in a row and not get sick of it. In spite of this dreary Sydney weather we’ve had of late it’s just super cool music that echoes the sound of summer and the beach.
The second track on the album, Operator, should be the new anthem for 21 year olds. The guys have summed up the song as being about “Living a reckless youth and doing what you love. It’s about breaking free and not living your life how other people think you should”. Does this mean every time I have one (or seven) too many drinks, I can just blame The Vanns? And apart from the awesome meaning behind the song, it’s another really well produced, catchy tune that makes you want to get up and dance.
Cold Silence has a pretty different sound to the other tracks. It is stripped back and revealing just how amazing Jimmy’s vocals are, and the overall simplicity and mellow undertones of the song make it so easy to listen to. It is raw and unrefined, the lyrics and sounds are way beyond the years of these guys, highlighting what talented musicians they are.
As if the current success of the album and a 23 show tour wasn’t enough, the band’s drummer Lachlan recently told me that Scattered By Sundown is currently featured on QANTAS and Jetstar’s in flight music selection, with Keep My Cool on rotation on QANTAS radio. What a sick start to the year for the boys! So what does the rest of 2015 hold for The Vanns? According to Lachlan, there will be more single releases, a national tour towards the end of the year and some festival appearances. And if you haven’t already, definitely get your hands on a copy of “Scattered By Sundown”, it’ll have you hooked.