Wake Up

Wake Up

by The Vamps


The sophomore album from Britain's the Vamps, 2015's Wake Up features more of the group's exuberant synth and guitar-based pop. Once again showcased are the talents of lead vocalist/guitarist Brad Simpson, lead guitarist/vocalist James McVey, bassist/vocalist Connor Ball, and drummer/vocalist Tristan Evans. Wake Up follows the group's 2014 debut and finds the Vamps expanding upon their '80s-influenced dance-rock sound and emo-style acoustic balladry with a slick studio sheen. Major pop producers including Steve Mac, Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk, and others collaborate with the band this time out. The result is an album full of catchy pop hooks laden with slabs of Day-Glo synths, kinetic guitars, and dancey drums. Cuts like "Rest Your Love," "Be with You," and "Cheater" bring to mind something along the lines of Australia's 5 Seconds of Summer backed by the Naked and Famous. Similarly, "Burn" has a lively, uplifting vibe that sounds surprisingly like Maroon 5 doing a Rihanna song. Of course, they also deliver more than dance-oriented cuts, and tracks like the romantic "Million Words" and "Coming Home" will appeal to fans who prefer the more intimate acoustic and romantic end of the group's sound. Admittedly, the Vamps certainly fit nicely into the post-One Direction boy band aesthetic, and while there is a lot to like about Wake Up, it will appeal primarily to the band's target teen audience. That said, with their stylistically wide-ranging taste and knack for hooks, the Vamps may just find a few older fans waking up to their sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: Island
UPC: 0602547624796
catalogNumber: 002418502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vamps   Primary Artist
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Jay Reynolds   Keyboards
Steve Mac   Strings,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Chris Laws   Drums
Tristan Evans   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Rick Parkhouse   Percussion
Rami Yacoub   Background Vocals
Savan Kotecha   Background Vocals
Shellback   Background Vocals
Carl Falk   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ross Golan   Background Vocals
Albin Nedler   Background Vocals
James McVey   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
George Tizzard   Percussion,Keyboards
Ammar Malik   Background Vocals
Kristoffer Fogelmark   Background Vocals
Bradley Simpson   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Connor Ball   Bass,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jay Reynolds   Programming,Producer
Alex Smith   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Steve Mac   Composer,Producer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Chris Laws   Programming,Engineer,drum programming
Daniel Pursey   Engineer
James Blunt   Composer
Claude Kelly   Composer
Tristan Evans   Composer
Rick Parkhouse   Composer,Engineer
Rami Yacoub   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Matt Prime   Composer,Producer
Matt Furmidge   Programming,Engineer
Joe O'Neill   Composer
Carl Falk   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Ross Golan   Composer
Dann Pursey   Engineer
Ed Drewett   Composer
Thomas Cullison   Engineer
James McVey   Composer
George Tizzard   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer,Producer
Samuel Preston   Composer
Red Triangle   Producer
Karl Schuster   Composer
Dom Liu   Engineer
Jonny Coffer   Composer
Vamps   Composer
Bradley Simpson   Composer
Connor Ball   Composer
Chester Barrett   Engineer
Kevin Snevely   Composer,Producer
Phil Cook   Programming

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