The Vamps are an English pop band who formed in 2012. The band consists of Brad Simpson, 21, (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), James McVey, 22, (vocals and guitar), Connor Ball, 20, (vocals and bass guitar), and Tristan Evans, 21, (vocals and drums). They signed to Mercury Records in late 2012. The band started to grow a fan base by supporting pop punk band McFly in early 2013 on their Memory Lane Tour. They have also been performing at several festival-style events around the UK as supporting acts for several different acts including The Wanted, JLS, Little Mix and Lawson.
James McVey was managed by Joe O'Neill already in 2011 and wanted to form a band. McVey subsequently discovered Bradley Simpson via YouTube. Simpson later became lead singer and together McVey and Simpson wrote songs towards the latter months of 2011. In 2012, Simpson and McVey met Tristan Evans through mutual friends. The trio then held auditions for a bassist, which eventually resulted in the recruitment of Connor Ball. In mid-2012 the band started uploading covers of other artists via their YouTube channel. In January 2013, it was confirmed that The Vamps would be supporting McFly on tour in April–May 2013. On 22 July 2013, The band uploaded their first original song, Wildheart, onto their YouTube account. The video received over 46,000 views within the first two days. pop pop rock british indie the vamps