Posted at 8:13 PM, 20 February 2009 -
-- Vagabond are today's "New band of the day" on the Guardian. Paul Lester writes: «It will be some – many – people's idea of class, of adult sophistication, of "sexy". Vagabond will appeal to lovers of smoov balladry with a hint of urban and to lapsed soul fans who remember old-style R&B when it was more about grit and sweat than tricksy time signatures and surface dazzle».
Vagabond are seen as «a surprising choice» for Xenomania: «It's funny, or ironic, or something, that a band with a penchant for the "real" and authentic should join forces with the new gods of synthetic pop, but like we say, you'd never know, really (although weirdly, one of their songs, I've Been Wanting You, sounds like New Order-style electro-pop crooned by Hucknall). All Xenomania have done is make all the component parts – the supple basslines, Stax-y keyboards, choppy guitars and That Voice – clear in the mix, so that you can revel in the singing and the dexterous musicianship, all the things that today's mainstream music buyers love».
Paul Lester adds that in Alex Vargas «they've got a regular curly-permed sex-hunk of a frontman who just happens to have one of the most impressive white soul voices since Mick Hucknall, Paul Young, Robert Palmer and Marti Pellow; it even recalls the young Steve Winwood with its thick, deep, rumbling bluesy quality».
--- Their debut LP You Don't Know The Half Of It is released May 25.
--- Debut single "Sweat (Until the Morning)" is released by Geffen on 11th May.
--- The video was shot last weekend in Las Vegas, in the Mojave desert. Paul Minor was the video director.
--- "Sweat (Until The Morning)" has received a bashment treatment with a remix by Toddla T.
--- Read a review of a recent Vagabond show:
«Vagabond played a short, tight set last week at Water Rats. They just keep getting better and better. Ladies down the front swooned over Irrepressible front man Alex Vargas, he really is one to watch.-- Vagabond will be the main support for the James Morrison UK tour starting next month.
Debut single “Sweat (Until The Morning)” sounds cracking live as does “I’ve Been Waiting” and “Don’t Wanna Run No More”. This guitar based six piece have an r&b pop sound like no one else.
We can’t wait for their debut album in May. Their producer Brian Higgins was in the audience on Tuesday.»
21 Feb 2009 20:00 Colosseum, Covertry
22 Feb 2009 20:00 King Tut’s, Glasgow
25 Feb 2009 20:00 The Fly, London
3 Mar 2009 21:00 The Troubadour London
9 Mar 2009 20:00 Portland Arms, Cambridge
10 Mar 2009 20:00 The Lanes, Bristol (Club NME)
11 Mar 2009 20:00 The Hub, Exeter (Vibraphonic Festival!)
12 Mar 2009 20:15 Water Rats London
13 Mar 2009 20:00 Marquee, Hertford
14 Mar 2009 20:00 The Cellars, Portsmouth Southsea
19 Mar 2009 20:00 Apollo , Manchester (Supporting James Morrison)
20 Mar 2009 20:00 Apollo , Manchester (Supporting James Morrison)
21 Mar 2009 20:00 Colston Hall , Bristol (Supporting James Morrison)
23 Mar 2009 20:00 Academy , Glasgow (Supporting James Morrison)
24 Mar 2009 20:00 Academy , Newcastle (Supporting James Morrison)
26 Mar 2009 20:00 Guildhall , Portsmouth (Supporting James Morrison)
27 Mar 2009 20:00 Uni Great Hall , Exeter (Supporting James Morrison)
28 Mar 2009 20:00 Theatre Severn , Shrewsbury (Supporting James Morrison)
30 Mar 2009 20:00 Hammersmith Apollo , London (Supporting James Morrison)
31 Mar 2009 20:00 Royal Albert Hall, London (Supporting James Morrison)
2 Apr 2009 20:00 Academy , Leeds (Supporting James Morrison)
3 Apr 2009 20:00 Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (Supporting James Morrison)
4 Apr 2009 20:00 Academy, Birmingham (Supporting James Morrison)
6 Apr 2009 20:00 Academy, Sheffield (Supporting James Morrison)
7 Apr 2009 20:00 BIC, Bournemouth (Supporting James Morrison)
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