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DAMN VANDALS: The Beautiful Mind EP

Damn Vandalsalbum ‘Done For Desire’
Released: 23rd Julyon Sexy Beast - Sexybeast012
Available via CD plus iTunes and all major download sites.

‘Done For Desire’ is the debut album by Damn Vandals, following on from the highly acclaimed ‘Beautiful Mind’ EP, which garnered passionate support across radio and print media, including being made Shaun Keaveny’s ‘Record of the Week’ onhis BBC6 Music Breakfast Show. It’s produced by Julian Simmons, whose credits include Midlake, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Ed Sheeran, Guillemots, and Goldheart Assembly.

‘Absolutely Marvellous...we think this is simply amazing…Utterly fabulous... one of the best rock tunes we've had for a long time. They don’t make songs as good as this anymore….absolutely massively brilliant…..Damn Vandals, they are AMAZING!
Shaun Keaveny, BBC 6Music

‘Another masterpiece from Damn Vandals, the UK’s most exciting band today.'
Mass Movement

‘The must see new band….Damn Vandals have something that a great deal of bands seem to lack…and every track leaves the listener stunned and desperate for more….you’ll find a great deal to love about the contagious sounds of those Damn Vandals.’
Rhythm and Booze 10/10

George Bernard Shaw called dancing ‘The vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music’, and this theme of
desire, albeit in myriad forms, unites the music on this album. Whether for sex, power, possessions, knowledge, pleasure, destruction or change, the lyrics of Jack Kansas wryly explore consequences over an evocative and mesmerising soundtrack.

‘Awesome proper rock!’ Chris Hawkins, BBC 6Music

'Great track!’ Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

The deep and powerful distinctive vocals of Jack Kansas have drawn comparisons with David Bowie, Mark Lanegan, Jim Morrison and Matt Berninger of The National. He stands atop the bridge of a mighty vessel steered by the rhythm section of Adam Kilemore Gardens (bass) and Chris Christianson (drums), while Frank Pick’s soaring, haunting guitar sits in the Crows Nest navigating via the stars. But hey, don’t just take our word for it, this small cross-section of quotes speak for themselves:

‘Beautiful Mind would make even the biggest fan of Echo & The Bunnymen remove their warped vinyl of ‘Porcupine’ from their record player, as the Damn Vandals could be their new favourite band…tingles my taste-buds.’

‘Outstanding….Damn Vandals, are worthy of the hype. Roll on the album.’
Shout 4 Music

‘I’m marking my diary to make sure I get the album as soon as possible, it’s that infectious! If we gave marks out of 5 on the ‘One to Watch’ features – this would get 5. Definitely a band to watch out for!’
Guitar Café

‘Each track beautifully constructed, darkly melodic, salaciously sinister….Damn Vandals saturate senses, bewitch, true tale tellers weaving atmosphere, wreaking havoc as they go, with incredible musicianship and illuminating lyricism.’

‘These Vandals are a more hip and dangerous younger brother of Echo and the Bunnymen, a younger brother who has gone out on the lash with The Jesus and Mary Chain.’
Beard Rock

‘Blimey what a corker of an EP it is ….Unabashed, ballsy and full of charisma, this is enough to whet the appetite but roll on the summer when the debut album lands. A barnstormer of an EP, showcasing a well and truly mind-blowing band.’
Room Thirteen

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