July 14, 2017 / 11:56 AM / in 5 months

A minute with: British boyband The Vamps

LONDON (Reuters) - British boy band The Vamps spoke with Reuters this week before the release of their new two-part album ‘Night and Day’.

The first part, ‘Night’, was released on Friday, with ‘Day’ following later this year.

Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey and Brad Simpson discussed their third album, why they started their own record label and comparisons with One Direction.

Here are excerpts of their interview with Reuters:

Q: Why release a two-part album?

Simpson: The past two albums we’ve done we wrote lots of songs. We wrote about 40 songs and you have to cut down 40 songs to a 12, 13-song album. And you kind of lose a lot of songs that are quite personal to you, and your heart is quite close to.

So it’s always sad to see them never released into the world. So I think by doing this two-part album means that we’re able to release more music and our fans are able to get more music.

The first half the album is a bit more sultry. And the second half, ‘Day’, is a bit more organic and uplifting.

Q: You have created your own label. Do you want to take over the industry?

Evans: Yeah we signed an American band, a British band. The newest one is called ‘The New Hope Club’ ... They’ve been supporting us for a couple years now and it’s really interesting for us to dabble in that kind of world of being behind the screen.

And it’s really interesting to see a band grow and kind of find themselves. So for us that’s really exciting and we love doing this on the side.”

Q: Do you get along with each other all the time?

MCVEY: It’s like a family. We generally get on. So I think that’s why we’re kind of mates and it’s like six years now since I first met Brad ... We’ve not really had any hiccups or anything. We never had any big fallouts.

Q: I heard you guys don’t like to be called a boyband and to be compared with One Direction?

EVANS: Our live shows are different. Our music is different. We don’t have as good hair as them. So we are different I think. But we are boys in a band so we’re a boyband. So yeah, we don’t mind at all.”

Reporting by Pedro Caiado. Editing by Patrick Johnston and Andrew Heavens

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