Formed in 2013, Vaults are an electronic trio hailing from Hertfordshire and South London and are currently touring their debut album “Caught In Still Life”. Known for tracks such as “One Last Night” which starred in the huge Hollywood hit film Fifty Shades of Grey, and more recently a cover of “One Day I’ll Fly Away” on the John Lewis Christmas advert of 2016, Vaults are becoming even more successful.
First up on stage at the Deaf Institute, a Grade II-listed beautiful and quaint Manchester venue, was Hannah Peel. Born in Northern Ireland but speaking softly in a subtle South Yorkshire accent, she took to the stage and blew us away. From the incredibly upbeat show-starter “All That Matters” to a stunning cover of “Cars In The Garden” by Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile, Hannah Peel brought back memories of some of Imogen Heap’s very early work. Peel used just her voice and a music box to perform “Cars In The Garden”, and this was one of the most captivating moments of the set. In what was a completely solo performance using various instruments from synths to the violin, Peel demonstrated real, genuine talent.
Next up were headline act, Vaults. Beginning with “Cry No More”, this was the track that lifted the band after it received over 100,000 plays in just a week on SoundCloud when first uploaded in 2015. The song captured the audience right away from the mesmerising glockenspiel intro, to Blythe’s vocals all combined with superb musical layering.
A full one-hour set followed, including stand-out tracks such as “Premonitions”, “Lifespan”, “One Last Night”, and “Hurricane”. I was taken aback by the sheer musical ability overall as well as Blythe’s strong, sometimes eerie melodies throughout the show. The performance was emotive and it was evident in the reaction of the audience, with each and every single person taking it all in.
As the band were only on a small stage there was no need for a real encore where everyone wanders backstage to come back minutes later. As such, Vaults continued with the amazing “Midnight River”, a soulful, energetic number with a great hook, and most likely a firm favourite for the audience. The final song of the night was “Blood Flow”, offering a vibrant end to the night with pounding percussion.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable sell-out show at one of Manchester’s finest indie venues. For avid fans or for people with no prior knowledge of their music, Vaults certainly left an impression.
Cry No More
One Last Night
Mend This Love
Check out Vaults – Midnight River here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hz5-i51Khg