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  • Emma Ray

Indie-Alt-Rock Darlings, The VANNS Release ‘Making It Out Alive’

Having spent the early months of 2022 at Bryon Bay’s iconic The Music Farm (Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, Yothu Yindi) working with esteemed producer Chris Collins (Skeggs, Middle Kids Tyne-James Organ) Australia’s indie-alt-rock darlings The VANNS return now with another offering from these sessions; aptly titled ‘Making It Out Alive’.

Featuring the renowned, soaring saxophone work of Dusty Boots, the track grows from a foundation of reverberating guitar & light percussion. Jimmy Vann’s lacquer smooth vocals float dulcetly across the rhythm section, as instrumental layers build. Reaching an interlude of gentle piano lines, intertwined with Boots' shimmering saxophone work, the track crescendos via an emotional & stirring solo from Jimmy Vann.

Despite the grandiose nature of ‘Making It Out Alive’, the track wasn’t anywhere near completion before the band headed to The Music Farm at the start of the year - a symptom of a touring schedule that found the band weaving their way across Australia. The forced focus & timing was just what The VANNS needed to polish off the track, managing to put the finishing touches to it, the evening before they were set to record the final edition. Dusty Boots was able to join the band for the session, providing their unique perspective & flavor to the track, aiding The VANNS sonic exploration and growth.

“Making It Out Alive’ is one of a bunch of songs we recorded with Chris earlier this year. The song wasn’t finished being fully written until the night before we tracked it, which is always a fun timeframe to record in. It also features some great saxophone work by Dusty Boots, who’s so talented and an absolute legend.”


Accompanying the track, is an ethereal and dreamy music video, slicing crisp studio footage from Mikey Conlon (Pacific Avenue, The VANNS), with self-shot VCR footage from the band’s time on the road. The dichotomy is striking, hinting at deeper themes of travel and triumph, flowing through the track. Pastel green, pinks, yellows and purples provide a warm backdrop for the band’s evolution from indie-rock darlings, to blends of psych and rock n’ roll, with anthemic melodies.



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