Fuelled up with the rush of modern age philosophy and politics, VANT have made a name for themselves, dominating festival slots at Y NOT and Fuji Rocks. In a recent interview with Dork Magazine, the band claimed that ‘[they] want to be one of those bands that represent our generation’. From what they’ve showcased on their four track debut EP, they haven’t got far to go – they are only at the beginning of making their individual mark within the industry.
Based upon the millennial generation’s mentality, ‘KARMA SEEKER’, on the whole, questions political and societal frustrations as VANT show a surge of existential angst through their lyricism. While their sound is the opposite of adagio, this does not overthrow the quality of their lyrics.
Opening with the title track, VANT scrutinise the meaning of life in what has been deemed as their ‘most political song so far’. It focuses on the pace of life, (‘I’ve never felt so consumed / Your pheromones leave me bruised’). The repetitive chanting, clashing chorus (‘Karma Seeker / Don’t sway’) is sure to elicit moshing, a focal point of the liveliness of VANT’s gigs.
‘WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BERNERS LEE’ could be depicted as a juxtaposition of a vow to Lee, whom created the internet. The listener is taken on a riveting ride to the ‘vortex with no core.’ Echoing the voices of this generation, frontman Mattie cries out; ‘Help me Berners Lee I’m bored’, heightening the reliance the youth has on the internet.
Somewhat controversiality titled ‘JESUS WAS A CONMAN’ in a lyrical sense does not pack the punch of other tracks, but holds the defining line – ‘We could change the world if we really wanted to’; indicating the foundations and purpose of this EP.
Front man Mattie Vant uses his drive to discuss current agendas, including patriotism and immigration laws. VANT often emphasise how they are a band from ‘Planet Earth’, as their frustration regarding continental borders is emphasised in ‘BIRTH CERTIFICATE’ -‘If the world’s our home / Then why’s she got to, got to go home’. The track builds up to an impending sense of melancholy through its meaning & backstory, of which cannot be overshadowed by the battling guitar lines. VANT are the opposite of sanguine – most importantly, they speak the truth about the subject of the song. Their political points carry so much weight and are amplified through the power of their instrumentals. Gig goers & critics alike have warmed to the abundance of honesty within VANT’s lyrics.
By staying to the core of their musical vision, the karma seekers have already proven they can exude power & passion aplenty, without losing what matters most – their originality.