What's the deal with… Vance Joy?
Get the lowdown on the Australian singer-songwriter on his way to big UK success
Tue Feb 11 2014
I still can’t get over the fact that Mumford And Sons have split up.
I know, right? We all thought those crazy kids were gonna make it. Never mind – I’ve got a singer-songwriter who’ll scratch that folky itch for you.
And who, pray, might that be?
James Keogh, a former law student from Melbourne who goes by the name Vance Joy. He’s currently in and out of the UK Top Ten with his single 'Riptide’ (see video below).
Yeah, I’ve heard it. The one with the lyric about Michelle Pfeiffer, right?
Yes indeed – ‘I swear she’s destined for the screen/Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you’ve ever seen’. It’s got a rootsy Mumfords thump and a Jack Johnson ukulele line that buskers will be belting out for years to come.
What about the rest of his songs?
Pretty much the same deal. Never mind ‘Joy’ – Vance has a decent claim to being the most melancholy Australian in history.
And how can I share in his heartache?
Listen to his ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’ EP, or go to his show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. A word of warning, though: he’s getting big, so book well in ad-Vance.
The Bottom Line: This mournful Aussie folkster will be huge.
Lyrically dexterous singer-songwriter James Keogh is Vance Joy, and he's here to tug at your heartstrings as well as make you laugh. Toting a ukulele (and three band members), Keogh plays sun-dappled indie-pop songs including his Aussie smash hit, 'Riptide'.
Watch Vance Joy's 'Riptide' video
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