Being a new band on the scene, Vivid Nation is an unknown name to many. The alternative rock four-piece have a huge sound and an even bigger ambition – in this interview Electric Banana uncovers the story behind the band’s conception, their thoughts on new album Open Your Mind and their dreams for the future.
1. Tell me about the conception of Vivid Nation, how did you get together etc?
The four of us – Rhys Taylor (Vocals Guitar) Luke Welch (Lead Guitarist) Jason Dean (Bass) James Flury (Drums) we make Vivid Nation from Kent. Rhys and Luke met whilst studying music together in 2010 and Jason being related to Rhys seemed a perfect fit. Also, we had seen James performing in a former band in 2011 who we really wanted to become our drummer. So in late 2011 we completed our line up forming Vivid Nation.
2. What genre would you put yourselves in?
Always struggle with this answer we just say we are an Alternative/Progressive rock band.
3. Your debut EP, Open Your Mind, isn’t out until December 2nd, but what feedback have you had so far?
Well people have only heard two of the tracks so far ‘Policy’ and ‘Open Your Mind’ which have been on BBC Introducing a lot recently – but the reaction we are getting towards them two tracks at least we are over the moon with. It appears with the reviews we have been getting we are very content with what people have been saying.
3. Which track are you most looking forward to the public hearing and why?
It would be the title track ‘Open Your Mind’ because we feel it is a true reference to the band at this point. With its driven sound and dynamic movements within the body of the track and key lyrics, though they aren’t written about the band, they are very fitting.
5. Although you’re a fairly new band, what’s been your best experience so far?
We’ve got to meet a tonne of great people in bands and music in general – we’ve also had some great support slots such as I Am Giant and Mallory Knox which are up there. So, being only on the verge of releasing our first EP and only having one previous single we are well happy with what we’ve been able to do so far.
6. What’s the best thing about being in a band in general?
Playing live! We absolutely love performing.
7. Who would you say is your biggest influence?
Bob Dylan, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Muse, Biffy Clyro.
8. Have you got any tour plans coming up?
We are currently booking up extensive stuff for 2014, which we will be announcing soon.
9. What do you think is the biggest issue facing upcoming bands these days?
Where we are based there has been a fair amount of local venues closing – this maybe be controversial but with the sheer volume of bands it is much more difficult to define yourselves.
10. What would be your dream venue to perform in live?
We love to think big so easily Wembley Stadium/02 Arena/Wembley Arena.
Words by Katie Vowles