Single Review: 'Pushing Through' by Vandebilt

Single Review: 'Pushing Through' by Vandebilt

My first thought while giving ‘Pushing Through’ a spin was that I’d found a new track to add to my running playlist, one for pounding the pavements as the Great North Run looms ever closer.

Vandebilt’s new single is just that, fast paced, energetic and motivational.

This is the Sunderland synth-pop band’s second single offering of 2019 after their debut ‘Dream in Colour’, and in comparison, ‘Pushing Through’ is a harder, snappier track.

The relentless beat is summed up best by Vandebilt themselves, who have created something that is: “Honest and angry and intense. It’s about showing how brave vulnerability can be. Despite all the shit, as people we can still push through.”

The track is reminiscent of some of the great funk and electronic artists and French house for whom Vandebilt hold a candle. There’s an ounce of Breakbot in there, a pinch of Phoenix and more than a decent helping of Hercules and Love Affair. I also thought the sound was somewhat akin to some of Kasabian’s dancier tracks, with a little more synth in the mix.

Vandebilt have found themselves a growing fan base after being on the bill for two of the north east scene’s biggest events of the year so far – This is Tomorrow and Tipping Point Live. I managed to catch them at Evo Emerging last year at the Cluny, and will be very tempted to return when they play the same venue on July 19th. I won’t feel guilty hanging up the running shoes for one evening at least.

‘Pushing Through’ is available to stream on Spotify, and has an accompanying video on YouTube featuring the band in a claustrophobic bathroom infused with an intense neon pink glow, which definitely evokes the intensity of the track.
Having released two very different singles this year, I’m excited to see what move Vandebilt will make next.

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