Posted at 12:40 PM, 21 March 2009 -
The Daily Mail has published an article about Vagabond:
The next big thing: Vagabond
WHO ARE THEY?
A Home Counties quintet who are putting a British spin on the radio-friendly pop-soul of Maroon 5.
WHY THE FUSS?
Fronted by gruff-voiced Alex Vargas, Vagabond are the latest chart contenders to spring from the Xenomania hit factory, the home of Girls Aloud. They have been honing their skills on the live circuit for the past six months and this week started a UK tour supporting James Morrison.
WHAT'S THE STORY?
Curly-haired frontman Alex has family roots in Yorkshire and Denmark, but he formed Vagabond in Kent, recruiting guitarists Stephen Carter and Luke Fitton, bassist Sam Odiwe and drummer Karl Penney, before crafting a wall of sound with the help of Xenomania's Brian Higgins.
WHAT DO THEY SOUND LIKE?
The band's MySpace site lists Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and The Beatles as influences, while their record label Geffen claim, fancifully, that Alex is a cross between Michael Hutchence and Bryan Ferry. In truth, the blue-eyed soul of Mick Hucknall and Steve Winwood is closer to the mark. 'Soul is the thread that runs through everything we do,' says Alex.
A single, Sweat (Until The Morning), and the band's debut album, You Don't Know The Half Of It, are out in May. The songs veer between brassy, laid-back funk - the sort of thing that might go down well in a suburban wine bar - and more up-tempo, synth-driven pop.
'You can't listen to one or two tracks and think you know what we are all about,' says Alex. 'You've got to hear the whole package.'
To be accurate, their debut album is out June 22nd, preceded by the single "Sweat (Until The Morning)" (June 8th).