The Vow write chirpily upbeat power-pop songs like it’s their second nature. Few show this talent better than “A Walk in the Sunshine”, a breezily joyous effort led by jangly guitars and twinkling keys. “No one can take what is already mine, out of my place in the sunshine,” sings lead songwriter/vocalist Graham Trust during the sparkling chorus. The melodically capable Trust seems to have inherited his musical chops from his father Eric, a noted organist and choirmaster at St. Mary’s church choir in Grassendale, Liverpool. Always a fan of pop groups like The Beach Boys and The Monkees, Trust credits his father’s outstanding teaching abilities as a reason for his broadened musical horizons. “My upbringing provided me the ideal start for a songwriter,” he said.
Standout tracks “A Walk in the Sunshine” and “Spacedust” kick off The Vow’s newest album For a Dreamer, which took over four years to complete. Production help via Andy Strange (Elton John, George Michael, Robbie Williams) and mastering from Pete Maher (U2, Depeche Mode, The Killers) helps the band’s music sparkle with its natural effervescence. Particularly notable is the colorful video for “A Walk in the Sunshine”, where a psychedelic vision of oranges and reds as one-eyed creatures traverse a neon-infused environment. Sunflowers with one eyeball, hippies with flowing blond hair, and Elvis-like characters on bicycles comprise just a few characters in the oddly enjoyable video. Download the album on iTunes.
And the equally fascinating video for Brit-pop revivalist anthem “Spacedust”: