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The Vanity Project | 06/04/19

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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The Vanity Project | 30/03/19

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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The Vanity Project | 23/03/19

 

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: The Vanity Project

Flora Jackson and Rob Paterson are the duo that makeup one of Manchester’s most-promising, and incredibly unique bands, The Vanity Project. With an emphasis on performance, the duo sit somewhere between pop clowns and cabaret cult leaders – if you can imagine such a thing. Using infectious pop hooks and drawing you in with tales of hallucinogenic soft drinks and fascistic seaside towns, we can’t wait for the two-piece to join us at Band on The Wall for our latest Free Vibes takeovers.

But what can you expect? The Vanity Project have not only been championed by the one and only Marc Riley on his 6Music show, but Everything Everything frontman Johnathan is also a big fan, citing that ”they put on a great show’. And of their set? It promises to be a live performance full of monologues, costumes and the occasional dance routine. If they’re good enough for Johnathan & Marc, we cannot wait to see what they’ll bring to the night.

Joining them on the bill, the two-piece will be wonky-psychedelic Springfield Elementary, Garage-punksters Chupa Cabra and the mysterious weird-funk of guano on Thursday 25th April at Band On The Wall. Our last Free Vibes SOLD OUT the 600 capacity venue, so make sure you RSVP now!

Before then, and to give you more of an idea of what you can expect from The Vanity Project, we asked Rob & Flora to pick out 10 tracks which best describe them… see you there!

I NI SOGOMA – Dinosaur Feathers

Dinosaur Feathers are a New York band we discovered a year or so back, and the way they balance strange off-kilter rhythms with catchy melodies is something that we’ve often tried to emulate, to variable success.

HAPSBURG LIPPP – Everything Everything

EvEv are definitely who we started off as, and it’s still difficult for us to shake the desire to break into a Jonathan Higgs falsetto at any given opportunity. He name-dropped us once in an interview with a Cumbrian local newspaper. True story.

THAT’S REALLY SUPER SUPERGIRL – XTC

If we started off as an EvEv tribute band we’re metamorphosing into an XTC one. Rob and I fell in love with Skylarking a couple of years ago and both that record and English Settlement have massively influences our writing styles.

BABOO – Pixx

Pixx‘s record The Age of Anxiety was one of the most underrated releases of the past couple of years, and the willingness to experiment with weird sonic pallets while still always remaining pop is something we try to replicate.

Radio Silence – Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby‘s been a musical touchstone for both of us for ages, and although in general, he’s a lot synth-ier than us, this track, in particular, fits our vibe pretty well.

Oily water – Blur

Blur‘s a weird band to cite as an influence because it could really mean anything. Are you a straight Britpop band? A Kinks-a-like? Heroin addicts? Do you just know Song 2? We went for this angular oddball cut from Modern Life Is Rubbish.

The City – Dismemberment Plan

The Dismemberment Plan changed a lot of my perception of chords; they love 7ths and open strings and taking one shape and moving it up and down the fretboard for eerie effects. One of our songs was even just called “D-Plan” until we eventually found a name for it.

NO PLACE – Ezra Furman

Transangelic Exodus was Rob‘s favourite album last year (my favourite, Daphne and Celeste Save the World, is maybe not appropriate for this playlist). This track has a brilliant atmosphere to it, but the real reason we picked it is we’ve just launched our night called No Place, so think of this as its unofficial theme song (tho, cough cough, we came up with the name way before, ahem ahem)

THINGS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL TO KNOW BEFORE THE REVOLUTION –  Father John Misty

We’re both big FJM fans and though musically we walk different paths, the defeatist humour he uses in his lyrics is a strong influence on ours (though I like to think we’re at least slightly more optimistic…)

HEY LIFE- TUNE-YARDS

Finishing off the playlist comes Tune-Yards, who along with Owen Pallett taught us that you can do things with a loop pedal that isn’t just, well, loop pedal music. And by melding frantic but catchy melodies with weird rhythms, we’re right back where we started…

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The Vanity Project | 02/03/19

 

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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The Vanity Project | 16/02/19

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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the vanity project

The Vanity Project | 02/02/19

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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The Vanity Project | 26/01/19

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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The Vanity Project | 19/01/19

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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The Vanity Project | 05/01/19

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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