I recently discovered Vistas, the trio from Edinburgh, and they have become my latest obsession. Their upbeat, indie-rock style is captivating and addictive. ‘Fade’, their latest single, is no exception. Its driving guitar hooks, catchy chorus and powerful rhythm sections are exceptional. This band is a real treasure and deserves far more recognition. I caught up with the band to chat about touring, their biggest achievements and what inspires their music…
So, how long have you all been making music together? And what first got you involved with music?
We’ve been playing together since we were about 16. We mainly played covers of The View and other bands we liked for fun and eventually we wrote a few songs together. It felt great to play music you’ve written with your best pals and at the time we thought those songs were amazing (turns out they were terrible).
I think like most bands we got involved with music just because we wanted to be like our favourite artists.
What inspired your latest track ‘Fade’?
‘Fade’ was written after a pretty intense month of touring in summer. It’s a bittersweet song about having one thing which makes you miss out on another. Being on tour is one of the most incredible things you can do as a band and the experiences you get from it create some of the best moments of your life. But, going on tour means leaving some of the most important people in your life for long periods of time. That’s what I tried to sum up in the song, the bittersweet side of being in a band.
You are coming to the end of a UK and Ireland tour, what has that experience been like? Any highlights?
That tour was amazing! It was definitely the best we’ve done as a band. Every gig was great. Some real stand out shows were London, Birmingham and Newcastle. Going to Ireland for some headline shows was amazing too. It was our first trip there and to play two packed out shows so far away from home was a surreal experience. We can’t wait to go back to these places.
Do you have dream venue that you would love to perform at?
We’ve been very fortunate to play at the Barrowlands in Glasgow and we’ll be playing there with Circa Waves again in April. But we’d love to play our own headline show there some day. We’d really love to play in Japan sometime too.
Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
There’s a bunch to choose from but a special moment for all of us was selling our headline King Tut’s show in July. I think what makes us most proud is putting out music and seeing people at gigs up and down the country singing all the words. Don’t think there’s much more you can ask for as a band.
Since forming in 2016, what has been the best piece of advice that you have received?
Best bit of advice would be don’t worry about stuff too much. There’s so many things that you can stress about when you’re in a band but sometimes you’ve just got to let things happen how they happen.
What song do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?
I’d have to go with Hard to Explain by The Strokes. I don’t know why but that song always gets to me every time I hear it, so if I got to hear it for the first time again that would be pretty special. There’s a stop after the first chorus and because I know the song so well I know when the track kicks back in again, but I’d love to be surprised by it again.
Where do you usually go when you have time off?
We try to go on walks whenever we can just for a bit of fresh air and to clear our heads. We went to a dried out reservoir on one of our days in Sheffield on tour which was pretty cool.
If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
Wash your hands. Simple.
What are you working on at the moment? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’re busy writing lots of new stuff for next year so keep your eye out for that. There’s plenty of new stuff coming. In terms of gigs we’re getting our diary filled up now. You can catch us supporting The Wombats in Glasgow in January and on tour supporting Circa Waves in April. We also have our biggest Glasgow headline show at St. Luke’s on the 31st of May which is going to a be a really special gig.
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By Eveline Vouillemin – Up&Coming