Written by Andrew Barr (@weeandreww)
It’s not difficult to appreciate why the tag of “hot new band” can be a little daunting for a new band making its first steps in music. A band would understandably want to hold onto this status for as long as possible, but there isn’t exactly a handbook on how to. Bands could gig and tour relentlessly, but there’s the risk that fans could become bored and the band could stagnate. Another avenue could be by releasing new music – but that is obviously laced with pitfalls, should the material not be up to scratch.
A band who seem to have done a bit of both and avoided any pitfalls are Edinburgh pop-rock outfit Vistas. It’s easy to forget that the band’s debut single Sign Language was released only last year, showcasing the band’s exceptional pop sensibilities when writing indie rock tracks. Since then, the band has released a full EP, Medicine, as well as the single, Feel Alive, in addition to gigging anywhere and everywhere and building their reputation as a live act.
Strong Swimmer is the latest track in Vistas’ prolific run and lives up to the lofty expectations of all their previous releases. Even this early in the band’s career, it feels like a “good old Vistas track” in the best possible way. It’s another big, fun, pop-rock track, with the verses carried by a lively drum beat before the massive chorus kicks in, perhaps Vistas’ catchiest yet, as it feels imbedded in your brain after the first listen.
Vistas are gaining an excellent live reputation, gaining support slots for bands like The View and Clean Cut Kid and Strong Swimmer feels like it will be an integral part of upcoming gigs, especially as the final chorus features some huge “oh-oh-oh” backing vocals which seem tailor-made for the crowd to chant at band’s ever-growing gigs, such as an appearance at TRNSMT Festival.
When playing gigs as big as The Barrowlands and releasing tracks as huge as Strong Swimmer, it seems unlikely that Vistas will be relinquishing that “hot new band” tag anytime soon.