Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Edinburgh's Vistas get their feet wet on new single 'Strong Swimmer'

Words: Richard Cobb

Vistas are a high energy four-piece guitar pop outfit who formed in Edinburgh last year. If you didn’t already know Vistas were Scottish, and if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve just told you, you’d figure that out for yourself within about three seconds of listening to the band’s new single ‘Strong Swimmer' released on May 19.

The vocals from lead singer Prentice Robertson are probably the most Scottish thing I’ve heard since overhearing someone in Boots on Princes Street last Thursday despairingly ask where the Factor 50 was. In that sense you can file them alongside fellow countrymen Twin Atlantic, Biffy Clyro and The View.

There are similarities with the former in urgency too, with the guitar being played at breakneck pace throughout, as if frantically kicking its feet out to stay above the water (if a guitar had feet and wasn’t inanimate). It feels as though this track will be a firm live favourite with their fanbase, which is ever increasing thanks to recent support slots with Clean Cut Kid and The View (at a sold out Barrowlands in Glasgow no less!)

Though still in its infancy at a little over a week old,  ‘Strong Swimmer' has already amassed over 130,000 streams on Spotify to date. Whilst this’ll somewhat depressingly probably only land them about 37p in royalties, it’s still very promising and a sign of things to come for a band that are still fairly fresh faces on the scene and have a lot more to offer.

Vistas will be floating about a fair bit this summer, catch them at one of the following if you can:

06 XpoNorth Inverness
8 TRNSMT Festival Glasgow.
28 King Tuts Glasgow (w/Model Aeroplanes)
10 Bestival

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