The Mic headed down to witness Vistas grace the stage of Bodega once more as they delivered an energetic, up-beat set received by eager fans.
Since forming in January 2016, this Edinburgh trio have burst onto Scotland’s and then Britain’s indie-rock scene with infectious choruses built for radio play and playlists alike. Following a formula not so dissimilar to that of Catfish & The Bottlemen, the band – consisting of Prentice Robertson, Dylan Rush and Jamie Law – have managed to find their sound and fanbase over the last year. Now performing sold-out headline shows across the country, they look like clear favourites to take the nation by storm in 2020 with the promise of new music.
Vistas and Nottingham’s Bodega have become an established combination in recent times, taking to their stage at Dot To Dot Festival 2018 before supporting London indie four-piece BLOXX there afterwards. Returning for the third time however, it was clear just how far the band had come, with a sold-out show and hysteric young fans screaming their growing catalogue of hits back to them, track-by-track. Hold Me was a raucous, guitar-led thriller which caused both bodies and the venue’s normally stable ground to shake, whilst Eighteen and Sign Language sparked fervor in the contingent of young fans amassed at the front of the stage.
'Now performing sold-out headline shows across the country, they look like clear favourites to take the nation by storm in 2020 with the promise of new music'.
Given their vast array of crowd-pleasing earworms that had already been released, the Scottish outfit’s show was arguably the best time to catch their wide variety of hits before the trio move onto new heights and potentially explore different avenues. However, to the surprise of many, the band managed to showcase a wide breadth of unheard new material, which still managed to capture the swaggering indie-rock sing-along choruses of their preceding tracks.
Like An American offered a new dynamic – one with a pop-rock sheen that wouldn’t look out of place on a 5 Seconds of Summer record – whilst a string of hits in Calm, Retrospect and Fade gave a rejuvenated crowd something to play with, opening mosh pits and flinging limbs left, right and centre. Ending on Tigerblood, frontman Prentice Robertson remarked on the band’s affiliation with Bodega, highlighting the journey and promising a return at some point in the future.
'Returning for the third time however, it was clear just how far the band had come, with a sold-out show and hysteric young fans screaming their growing catalogue of hits back to them'.
As an entity, Vistas epitomise modern band culture in the present day, excelling in the release of a steady stream of barnstorming indie-rock anthems which provide guitar-tinged bliss across the duration of their set. Despite their inability to offer sonic tangents across their set, the band offer a respite from the chaos and disorder in current British society, offering an unapologetically upbeat catalogue of anthems that spark mosh-pits at the very opening of tracks.