London is a city where you are never at a loss to find a new talent. There is always an artist making their debut, so it’s often hard to sift through the expansive list of music and find something that truly resonates. Vaults, however, is a band that somehow does this. This three-piece made up of friends Ben Vella, Barney Freeman and Blythe Pepino, first came to our attention through their standout single “One Last Night”, which was featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. However, every one of their songs is something special. We speak to them at the end of their debut US tour about life, love, and the New Year. (While you read, enjoy this playlist that Blythe put together on Spotify.)
Blythe: We met about 3-and-a-half years ago, I think? Ben came to a gig of mine that I was doing with a previous project—his girlfriend and I were friends from university. Ben and Barney were already friends and we all just ended talking music, which lead to forming the band.
Is your dynamic different in the studio? If so, how does it differ?
Barney: We think as a group always, however, I quite often bring the sort of general concept, which will either be a song that needs to be finished or a rough idea and we will all work on it. We figure out the vocals and see where the melodies sit with Blythe’s vocals and then put the lyrics together. Ben then starts focusing on the production.
Ben: Yeah, that’s generally how it works, but not always.