Last April, Alex Vans released the double A 45 "Velocirapture" to much fanfare. Fans had waited a long time for a follow up to Alex's debut album DJ Booth. Luckily for us all, this time we didn't have to wait long for yet another single. "Somebody To Lose" is a favorite at live shows already, but this record cranks up the tempo and intensity. It starts like a power-pop party-rocker and dives right into it's infectious expanding groove. The best part, of course, is the chorus. Sweet and melodic, a contrast to the hard bass-driven verses. The entire record sounds beautiful. Punchy and bright guitars swirl around Alex's smooth vocals. Snappy drums are joined by percussive punctuations and bits of studio laughter, adding a layer of sonic intrigue.
Together with the two tracks on Velocirapture, we have the beginnings of a very ambitious album. None of the three tracks are much alike, tied together only by Alex's voice and skillfull melodic rock. Hopefully we wont have to wait too long for a full length, or at least another single. Check it out on Spotify! And don't miss Alex Vans & The Hide Away playing for The Circus Life Two Year Anniversary Concert at the 9:30 Club on Friday, August 28th --Natan Press