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In 2012, guitarist James McVey decided to take the more unusual route of searching for talent on YouTube when he wanted to start a band. First he approached singer/songwriter Bradley Simpson via his own YouTube channel, and after writing a few songs together, the pair recruited drummer Tristan Evans and bassist Connor Ball to complete the line-up. Uploading cover versions to their YouTube channel, the four-piece quickly gained a following, and at the tail-end of 2012, they signed a deal with Mercury Records. Earning a support slot with pop outfit McFly on their 2013 Memory Lane Tour — a band with whom the Vamps share a similar sound — the band's fan base quickly swelled and the release of their first self-penned material followed. The debut single, Can We Dance, was first aired via the group's spiritual home, YouTube, and notched up over a million views within the first two weeks. Officially released in October 2013, Can We Dance debuted at number two on the Official U.K. Singles Chart. Their debut album was slated for an early 2014 release.
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