On rebirth and new beginnings: The Vamps makes comeback with new album 'Cherry Blossom'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) — After a two-year hiatus, British pop rock band The Vamps are back with their new album "Cherry Blossom."

Speaking to CNN Philippines' New Day on Thursday via Zoom, lead vocalist Bradley Simpson, lead guitarist James McVey, and drummer Tristan Evans talked about their individual journeys and how they were brought together again by their fifth album, which symbolizes a "new chapter" for the band.

For Simpson, the album, released last October 16, was a "serendipitous" representation of where the band was and what else they wanted to stand for.

"I had an interesting conversation with someone in Japan about "sakura" or cherry blossom, and about the meaning behind it," narrated Simpson. I dove into what represents it, which kind represents fragility of life in general. We were in a place where we really happy genuinely, in good places individually."

The three, together with bassist Connor Ball, were known for their songs such as "Oh Cecilia" and "Somebody to You." They've written five albums and 23 singles since starting out in 2012, often stepping up to the plate with a unique style and sound despite comparisons with other boy bands such as One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.

For McVey, a two-year break was necessary to figure out what they all wanted for themselves before they were identified as a band.

"It was really important for us to have a two-year break. For years, we have been touring and doing albums, going around the world and doing interviews...so for the first time we thought, 'let's take a bit of time away from it, let's figure out what we want to do.'"

McVey added that they were lucky to have "gravitated back together" after all members realized that they still shared the same passion for the group.

Making quarantine music

The band also opened up about furnishing their album during quarantine, which significantly affected the collective identity of their latest piece.

McVey noted: "It did give us a lot of time to focus on sonics and production so we can hone it."

The band added that "Married in Vegas," the first single and music video released in August off their album, was written, recorded and produced during lockdown.

"This pandemic has been hard for so many people, but from a creative aspect, making music under different circumstances, if you put yourself in a different room or instrument, it's like you're in a completely different head space," Simpson added.

"We purposely wanted to create a new chapter for The Vamps and I feel like Cherry Blossom was a way to do that," said Evans.

The 11-track Cherry Blossom is available in all streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify.