You know what would be really inconvenient for a young band working their way towards their debut album after however many years of slogging away to line up gigs and deals, fine-tuning their sound for a fresh take on sunny indie bangers? Yeah, a worldwide lockdown. Oh well, it's not stopping Vistas, who have the almost prophetically-titled 'Everything Changes in the End' out 29th May. You can catch them at new online festival Homeschool next month, too.
Hi Jamie, how's it going? Are you guys doing ok?
Hi Dork, we’re all doing good. Just making sure we’re keeping ourselves busy.
Are you all off isolating in different places at the mo, or are you living together Monkees-style?
We’re not with each other, we’re all isolating at our parents' houses. But we’re constantly checking up on each other to make sure we’re keeping well.
Who would be the worst bandmate to isolate with?
Thankfully I’m answering this because the other lads would definitely say me. I’d be happy to isolate with either of them but they wouldn’t say the same for me!
What do you get up to day-to-day, do you have a lot on? Any fun hobby ideas we could copy?
With all this free time I’ve been making sure I’m not wasting my days. I’ve been taking my dogs a walk with my parents when the Scottish sun allows. I’ve also been listening to a new record start to finish every day. I’ve wanted to do this for a while but always put it off for being too busy which is no longer an excuse.
Have you picked up any new skills during the lockdown period?
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden planting stuff. Not something I ever thought I’d be interested in but it’s surprisingly relaxing.
It must be super weird releasing a debut album during all this, how has it impacted your plans? Did you consider putting it back?
We had our biggest headline shows to date booked for the week our album came out. We also had plans for in store shows all around the UK. But as the world changed so did our plans. We did discuss the possibility of moving it back but the world needs music now more than ever.
Do any of the album's themes feel more pertinent now than they were when you penned them?
The album artwork and all the single artwork are collaged styled with a prominent summer feeling. The album is about being there for your mates and the transition from teenage life to adulthood. These feel more relevant than ever. No matter how long this all lasts for, better days are to come. And now more than ever you need to check up on your mates to make sure they’re keeping well.
Your video for '15 Years' was fun, did you get a good response from fans? Were lots of clips submitted?
We were blown away by the reaction. We expected maybe 20 or so people to be interested but we had over 300 responses saying they wanted to be involved.
Do you have any other ideas for lockdown videos or projects?
Everyday Saturday at 8pm, Prentice has been going live on our Instagram for ‘Vistas Pub Cover Night’. He plays some of the best indie bangers for half an hour that fans request. I live-streamed on Twitch with other bands playing FIFA. We also played games online with fans which was a great way to interact with them.
Are you able to work on new material while at home? What's your usual set up like, and how does it compare to your current situation?
Prentice is the songwriter of the band. None of us live with each other so Prentice would usually send us a demo and ask what we think. So from that point of view, it’s normal. If anything with all this free time he’s been writing more than ever and sending us tonnes of demos which are sounding brilliant.
Do you think the 'current situation' will impact what you guys want to write about for the foreseeable?
Prentice has said to us it’s difficult not to write about what’s currently going on because that’s what we’re experiencing. However, in the demos he has been sending us he’s doing a great job straying away for it.
Are there any musicians or albums you've been gravitating to over the past few weeks?
We’ve been loving the new Strokes record. Gerry Cinnamon’s new record 'The Bonny' just came out which is brilliant.
Anything else we should know?
Our debut album ‘Everything Changes In The End’ comes out 29th May. We can’t wait to share it with everyone. Our biggest headline tour starts in November. We’re going to make sure these shows are the best shows we’ve ever done.
Vistas are taking part in new online festival Homeschool, which runs from 8th-10th May - visit homeschoolfest.com for details.