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"Vagabond could be the world's biggest new band"
Posted at 10:32 PM, 10 April 2009 -


The Guardian has published a short article about Vagabond. Angus Batey reckons that they could be «the world's biggest new band»: «Their music is the pinnacle of guitar-based pop perfection, where the full range of armaments - dynamics, orchestration, affectingly whole-hearted songs - are deployed with precision in an assault on the listener's heartstrings.»

Vagabond recently finished a number of dates as the main support to James Morrison on his UK tour. They'll play a few more shows with Morrison over the summer, but they will headline shows of their own from the end of April. See the dates on their MySpace.


Read the article here:

First sight: VAGABOND


Who are they?

A British rocking soul outfit who would have one foot on the rickety ladder to stardom even without the hit factory Xenomania.

"Rocking soul"? I'll get me coat.

Your loss. Their music is the pinnacle of guitar-based pop perfection, where the full range of armaments - dynamics, orchestration, affectingly whole-hearted songs - are deployed with precision in an assault on the listener's heartstrings.

Are they the new Maroon 5? I don't like Maroon 5.

Maroon 5 made it despite being uncool; Vagabond - and singer/songwriter Alex Vargas - look like scoring hits and good reviews. They could be the world's biggest new band.

It all sounds retro.

Vargas can come across like a mellower David Clayton-Thomas, from Blood Sweat & Tears. But Vagabond's epic, questing songs also have a lot in common with U2 and the Verve.

What could possibly go wrong?

Not a lot, though it's a shame about the word "sweat" in the debut single title.

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