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Vant are an unusual band. They’ve got a chart-friendly ear for hooks, but tackle subject matter way beyond the realms of ‘boys who like girls’ - and all with a Ramones-like attention span.
The subjects of a major label bidding war that concluded in a significant deal with Parlophone earlier this year, their mile-a-minute songs tread a fine line between moral rage and pop appeal.
Recent singles include Parasite (like Chuck Berry for Cameron’s Britain) and The Answer - a searing prod in the chest regarding the US-UK’s ‘special relationship’ that contains the immortal lines, “You’re from England, well hello there my brother/ Keep sucking my dick, while my friend fucks your mother!” And this is all on a track that BBC Radio One is happy to highlight as ‘the hottest record in the world today’.
Something is happening here, but we don’t know what it is. In an effort to find out, Matt sat down with Mattie Vant to talk about early brushes with the law, the mainstream music world’s eery silence on political issues and writing revolution rock for the ringtone generation.