Sydney band The Vanns have just completed recording their EP with esteemed producer Mark Opitz.
Sydney band The Vanns have just completed recording their EP with esteemed producer Mark Opitz. Contributed

The Vanns to play Byron, Lennox, then they'll scatter

Hailed as one of the best bands to come out of Sydney in the last year, these boys from Kiama have been touring NSW showing off their latest EP, Scattered by Sundown.

We talked to vocalist, guitar player and bigger than life character James Vann.

>> The Vanns will play at The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay on Thursday, March 12 and at the Lennox Hotel, Lennox Head on Friday, March 13.

What were you guys doing in Kiama before you became The Vanns?

Getting shacked, drinking organic green tea and jammin' to Stevie Wonder.

How long have you guys been playing together?

Almost three years.

How was Scattered By Sundown completed?

I wrote the tunes and took them to the lads. We arranged them and put it all together. Ba da bing!

What was it like working with producer Mark Opitz (INXS, AC/DC)?

It was such an exciting experience working with an iconic legend.

Being in the same room as him at first was a bit surreal but he made us relax pretty quickly.

By night three he was dropping anecdotes about Bon Scott and Michael Hutchence and telling us about discovering AC/DC's backline hidden in a secret room at the old Alberts building in Sydney.

Some great stories about Barnsey and The Angels. The man's a walking encyclopaedia of Aussie rock'n'roll.

Tell us one of the band's touring anecdotes please.

I went for a stage dive at a bar in Hobart last night with my guitar still on, probably not a great idea.

I just fancied myself as a bit of an acrobat. Everyone laughed it off except for this one biker dude that I nailed right on the forehead with the little spiky bits where the guitar strings end at the pegs on the headstock.

He just kept looking at me like he was going to kill me, so I bought him a drink and he turned out to be such a great bloke.

Now we're going bowling tomorrow!


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