The Vanguards are a 4-piece from Manchester, and describe themselves as a ‘hard edge, sub pop band’. In the musical tradition of Manchester, the band are trying to develop an ‘alternative’ indie sound. Single ‘Regress’, part of a three track EP recently released on iTunes, seems to be a mission statement for the band, with a spacey echo-soaked guitar sound leading into the harmonized refrain “We’re all set to go”. The layering of vocals and guitar parts, held together by a consistently punchy bass-line, makes ‘Regress’ a well-crafted, interesting song that is definitely worth a listen. Try myspace.com/thevanguardsuk for starters.

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