The Vaughns have found a cure for your fear of missing out and it’s their debut album.
Frontwoman Anna Lies tells BTRtoday that they feel anxious when they’re not on stage rockin’ out to make a crowd feel good. “Everyone needs a cheer up now-and-then,” she says. They recorded FOMO to capture the essence of their live show and give everyone a pick me up.
The New Jerseyans’ debut album is a unique mixture of indie rock and pop-punk. Lies’ vocals range from gritty and riotous to smooth and passionate. Some songs get sassy with brass and intricate instrumentation, while others are quick, sick and to the point. But it all has a lived-in retro feel.
“It sounds a lot warmer and vintage,” Lies says. “Like many of the albums we love from the ‘60s and ‘70s.”
FOMO comes out tomorrow (pre-order here), but we’ve got it here in its entirety for an exclusive pre-release stream.
BTRtoday (BTR): FOMO’s something I struggle with. How does affect you guys?
Anna Lies (AL): We have FOMO when we’re not touring and playing in front of crowds making them feel good. “FOMO” is also an old song we wrote that never made it to the album. In essence, FOMO has FOMO.
BTR: What was a time you had the most ultimate FOMO?
AL: Dave had ultimate FOMO when we were in Nashville and Tom ordered ribs and they were delicious. I had ultimate FOMO when I was in Europe and everyone was jamming with their dads.
BTR: What were some of the musical inspirations that went into the sound of this album?
AL: During the making of the album Dave’s guitar was very influenced by Prince, Jimmy Page and Built to Spill—especially, in [our song] “Bring Your Kid To Work Day.” I was influenced by Veruca Salt, Sleater Kinney and Paul Simon. Ryan’s drumming was influenced heavily by Bill Ward and Black Sabbath. Tom was very into Paul McCartney’s melodic bass lines and the power pop sounds of the Lemon Twigs, The Beths and Charly Bliss at the time.
BTR: How does FOMO compare to the Tomfoolery EP? Did you do anything different for you guys on this new album?
AL: Total 180. We were able to track most instruments live and really were able to experiment and be more precise. It sounds a lot warmer and vintage like many of the albums we love from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Lakehouse provided an excellent environment for this and our producer Erik Romero did an amazing job in capturing our maturity in songwriting.
BTR: What’s your favorite thing about playing in a band?
AL: Sharing adventures with our best friends. Getting better as songwriters, meeting people across the country and just sending positive vibes all around this wild world.
BTR: Is there a band trouble maker? Band mom? Band peacekeeper?
AL: Toms is peacekeeper and band mom. We don’t really have a troublemaker, to be honest.
BTR: What’s The Vaughns on-stage dynamic like?
AL: It’s extremely upbeat—we like chugging hot sauce and complimenting the audience. Everyone needs a cheer up now-and-then.
BTR: What should we be keeping an eye out for in the future of The Vaughns?
AL: More music, more touring, our Audiotree session and the XPN Festival in July.
BTR: Also, bonus question: Who’s Vaughn?
AL: It’s a Veronica Vaughn reference from Billy Madison. We also cultivated it around the overall pop culture obsession with celebrities like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mo Vaughn, Sarah Vaughan, Vince Vaughn, Rick Vaughn, etc.