Rising rock act Vant heading to Newcastle and Middlesbrough shortly

Alternative rock act Vant, fronted by Mattie Vant, second from left, of Seaham.
Alternative rock act Vant, fronted by Mattie Vant, second from left, of Seaham.

Up-and-coming rock act Vant believe in keeping things short and sweet, and they’ll be back in frontman Mattie Vant’s native North East shortly to play at Newcastle’s Cluny 2.

Vant, originally from Seaham, is bringing the London-based band named after him to the Ouseburn venue as part of an 11-date national tour also featuring Inheaven and the Big Moon.

The three bands are taking turns to headline, and it will be Vant rounding things off at the Cluny 2 on Satutrday, October 10.

Tickets cost £5. For details, go to www.thecluny.com or www.wearevant.com

Besides Vant on guitar and vocals, the band, formed in 2013, consist of fellow guitarist Henry Eastham, of Blackpool in Lancashire; bassist Billy Morris, of Swansea in Wales; and Swedish drummer Martin Söderin.

Vant have previously played support slots for the likes of Royal Blood and Hinds and also did several festival dates over the summer, but this is their first nationwide tour.

They’ve been variously compared to the Pixies, Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age and the Kinks.

Whatever they are, long-winded isn’t it.

Their first three singles have all clocked in at under three minutes, and the first, Parasite, released in April, was only 85 seconds long.

The Answer followed in July, and their latest, Parking Lot, arrived at the end of last month.

The band’s debut album, yet to be given a title, is due out early next year.

Vant will remain on the road after their current tour ends in London on Wednesday, October 14, and they’ll be back in the North East, at the Townhouse in Middlesbrough’s Linthorpe Road, on Tuesday, November 10, supported by Dead Rivers.

Entry will be free before 10pm and £2 afterwards. For details, go to www.mixtapekeys.co.uk