If you’re not familiar with The Vamps, it’s probably about time you got plugged in to the hottest new British band around.
The YouTube sensations, who’ve already supported the likes of McFly, The Wanted and Taylor Swift, released their first studio album ‘Meet The Vamps’ today – after narrowly missing out on the top spot for their single ‘Last Night’ in Sunday’s charts.
In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock whilst these guys made their way through cyberspace, breaking hearts as they went, here’s all you need to know in one handy checklist:
1. The Vamps are the epitome of 21st band-making. James McVey kick-started the band by finding Bradley Simpson on YouTube, before Tristan Evans joined them via Facebook and Connor Ball signed up through a mutual friend. Next thing we’ll be making groups through SnapChat.
2. Connor is the youngest and smallest member of the band. He was born on March 15, 1996. Brad’s birthday is July 28, 1995, James McVey came into the world on April 30th, 1994 and Tristan Evans was born on August 15, 1994.
3. The boys started off back in 2013 by uploading covers to Youtube. They quickly got themselves a whole load of ‘vampettes’ – that’s the name of their fanbase.
4. Their first original song ‘Wildheart’ got a massive 46,000 views in just two days.
5. When they released the music video for their first single ‘Can We Dance’ it got 1 million views in two weeks.
6. Tristan started playing the drums when he was 7 and in 2010 was named young drummer of the year.
7. The Vamps have supported McFly, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Little Mix AND The Wanted.
8. If ‘Last Night’ had gone to number one on Sunday the boys would have got a joint tattoo (we think they should do it anyway).
9. Brad’s mum still cuts his hair. We LOVE this fact.
10. James is a Manchester City fan (so he’s probably crying a lot after the Liverpool game).
11. Connor hates moths. We second that.
12. James doesn’t like spiders. We also second that.
13. James has a cat called Mikey and a guinea pig. (We wonder if that’s to protect him from the spiders).
14. Connor has a hamster called Harry and a lizard called Rex. (We sense an animal theme here).
15. Bradley has a dog (yep more animals) called Jesse. It’s actually Jesse number two as there was one before him.
16. Tristan used to horseride when he was younger. MORE animals.
17. James is a fan of Winnie The Pooh. (now straying into cartoon ones)
18. The boys always watch ‘Lost’ together. SO CUTE.
19. James once got a history book as a present from a girlfriend.
20. Tristan is birthday twins with Jennifer Lawrence (we’d be pretty chuffed with that).
21. His favourite colour is orange.
22. James’ favourite film series is Lord Of the Rings.
23. Brad can play the ukelele.
Watch The Vamps brand new single ‘Last Night’