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2019 saw hard rock band Vambo playing both the Download and Isle of Wight Festivals, and while touring’s out right now a new expanded version of their debut album, going out as Vambo Deluxe came out on Friday 6th November from Goliath Records, through Universal Music.

Musically diverse, the album kicked-off with the band’s debut single ‘Now You See Me’ setting the tone for the whole album. It also includes the Planet Rock Radio playlisted singles ‘Why Why Why’ – An explosion of anthemic goodness, and the enticing ‘World of Misery’.

Vambo Deluxe also feature five new tracks, ‘Paradise’, ‘Mistaken Identity’, ‘Total Jeopardy’, an acoustic version of Dancing With The Devil’ and a live recording of the Deep Purple classic ‘Burn’.

Described as being seeped in sharp musical intelligence with the band in full creative tilt delivering hard-hitting, re-tooled classic rock with a contemporary edge, the album was produced and mastered by Ray Stiles (MUD, The Hollies), and encapsulates Vambo’s live energy and drive.

“We take our inspiration from early 70s hard rock, but we keep our interpretation contemporary – inspired but not copied,” said the band’s frontman and lead singer Jack Stiles. “We are very big on melody and dynamic, not just shredding guitar solos and ‘Check out how fast I can play the drums’. We aren’t that political, our lyrics aren’t super deep and metaphorical, but we can rock as good as anybody. No song on this album is the same… that would be boring.”

You can pre-order Vambo Deluxe by clicking here.

Vambo released ‘Fast Car’ as a single back in October and it’s still available from here. They recently followed that up with ‘We’re Not The Same‘ and you can watch the videos to both those songs here on RAMzine.

“’We’re Not The Same’ is my favourite track from the Deluxe album,” said Vambo‘s frontmanJack Stiles. “It’s a unique song, quite different from the other tracks melodically. The riff’s dark. There are some heavy parts which we like to take advantage of live.

“When Pete sent me the basic riff and verse pattern, I was working on a vocal idea where the octave line and the harmony line would marry seamlessly as one, constructed to be a ‘block’ with no discernible lead vocal line. When the music and melody came together, we got something quite special. The lyrics represent that sharing the same traits as someone on the surface does not make you the same person.”

The band will be touring the UK with Praying Mantis and Cats In Space in 2021.

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Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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