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Sunderland dance-pop outfit Vandebilt are set to release their French house-influenced album, The House That Vandebilt, on Friday 5th August. Written pre-lockdown and recorded post-lockdown the album was produced by Smoove (of Smoove and Turrell), who the band had been on tour with.

We’re delighted to be given an exclusive listen to one of the tracks off that album, Broken, an energised pop shoulder swayer with a smooth flavour that’s evocative of the eighties but delivered with contemporary finesse. 

Guitarist and songwriter Dan Martin tells us more…
Broken is our secret favourite, the oddball. Slightly away from our typical sound, it gives us an outlet to fulfil our inner Hall and Oates fantasy’s. It’s probably our most live track and that’s especially true in the way it’s represented on the album. Jack’s drums drive the track which climaxes with some cymbal heavy pushes. The driving drums are matched by equally driving guitar/bass riffs; our inner love of rock showing through. This is blended nicely by a modern approach to the vocals, auto-tune being used as an effect on Joe’s vocals, not quite drake but definitely more current than Cher. The rest of the track is made up of typical Vandebilt production and the use of obscure vintage synths. Since we played a stripped-back version of this round a fire pit in the South of France people have always taken to it and it has been a crowd favourite ever since.”

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