The Vines will perform at Splendour in the Grass on Sunday, July 31 at 4.45pm at the Amphitheatre.
The Vines will perform at Splendour in the Grass on Sunday, July 31 at 4.45pm at the Amphitheatre. Contributed

The Vines get ready for Splendour

ANYONE who is familiar with The Vines’ music would know that they are well practised in the art of brevity.

Their songs are often two and a bit minutes of raw instant energy.

They grab you straight away, don’t muck around and get straight to the point.

Speaking to lead singer Craig Nicholls and drummer Hamish Rosser it is evident that this punchy, straight-to-the-point attitude applies to interviews as well.

Back with their fifth album, Future Primitive, the boys seem to be happier and more content with themselves and their place in the music industry then ever before.

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Their latest single, Gimme Love, premiered to roaring cheers at the Big Day Out earlier this year.

And the raucous rock track which explodes in true Vines style and clocks in at just under two minutes has been on high rotation on Triple J.

“We’ve had a good reaction, people seem to like it,” Nicholls said.

It’s been nine years since The Vines exploded on to the scene with their critically exclaimed debut, Highly Evolved, and were heralded by the media as the saviours of rock ‘n roll.

Almost over night the album sold in excess of two million copies and scored them covers on some of the world’s most prestigious music publications.

Such high expectations and pressure would have been enough to crack any band when the inevitable backlash kicked in.

Since their debut the band has endured illness, meltdowns, changes in their line-up, and run-ins with the media – more drama than most bands would be able to survive.

But survive they have and Nicholls who was diagnosed with Asperser’s syndrome during the touring for their second album Winning Days is confident that he and the band are back on top of their game.

“I feel pretty good, in a good place. I am singing the best that I ever had. Just having fun,” the front man said.

“He’s on fire right now,” adds Rosser.

Both boys don’t read any of the press written about them which they say helps to keep them sane.

“No one wants to read a bad review,” Rosser said.

As for the pressure to create an album that tops Highly Evolved, they choose to ignore it.

“We just want to do a good job on each album. We don’t think about it (the pressure). We just enjoy it and have fun,” Nicholls said.

True to form the Future Primitive songs are short bursts, sprints to the line which Nicholls says isn’t always a deliberate thing.

“We just don’t like to have musical breaks,” he said.

The album is filled with the same raw energy, guts and gusto that the Vines are known for but this time there are more effects and a more polished melodic sound.

With a new label, a new outlook and renewed love for touring it’s clear to hear that the Vines have evolved.

Future Primitive is out now and you can catch the boys perform at Splendour in the Grass on Sunday, July 31 at 4.45pm at the Amphitheatre

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