DISCOVER: Nottingham – Bram Bancroft, Vega Bay

IN THIS WEEK’S second deep dive into Nottingham’s burgeoning music scene, we are lifting the lid on the city’s developing Indie rockers, Vega Bay.

Made up of four teens from Nottingham, the young outfit are establishing a style, which mixes a plethora of influences from Mac Demarco, The Drums and The Smiths, which is a mature set of sounds for a band as young and early in their career as Vega Bay.

The Notts quartet also has a touch of the epics about them; plain to see on Sometimes It Rains from their debut EP; What Remains, which like Cherry Hex and the Dream Church’s debut release, came into being following a packed show at Nottingham’s Rough Trade, Broad Street.

The debut release is a sign of what Vega Bay’s future looks like.

They are still nailing down an exact sound, grabbing influence from many acts and using them to full effect in their first body of work.

All the hallmarks of an act that can develop into a long-standing part of Nottingham’s music scene are there in Vega Bay.

With this in mind, Sam Drury caught up with the band’s guitarist, Bram Bancroft to discuss stuff he deemed important, and not talk about any of the above:

Bram Bancroft, Vega Bay

The poster on your wall as a kid?

The mighty Busted

First CD you ever bought?

Clint Eastwood by Gorillaz

Best band in your city currently?

Foule (part 3 of DISCOVER: Nottingham with drummer of Foule, Michael King coming tomorrow)

Most important piece of gear you own?

Strauss SFX DL3

Do you have any strange pre-show rituals?

A nice zoot, and a couple pints, puts me on the right wave

Most used app on your phone?

Probably Instagram

Any special talents?

DIY tattoos

What scares you most?

Donald Trump

What is in your pockets right now?

Wallet, tobacco and utensils and keys

If you could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life, what would they be?

DIIVIs The Is Are

Mac Demarco 2


Dead or alive, dream headline show: Dream line up and venue?

Headline – Jimi Hendrix

Support – Pond, Miles Davis, The Cure

Venue – Ronnie Scott’s

Follow Vega Bay on InstagramFacebook and Soundcloud.