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Vega4 release their single 'You and Me' through Columbia Records on 14th August. The single, available as a ltd edition 10" & CD, was produced by Garret 'Jacknife' Lee (Bloc Party, Editors, U2, Snow Patrol).


Vega4 is four individuals with wildly different backgrounds. They are Irishman Johnny McDaid (Vocals, Guitar), Canadian Bryan McLellan (drums), New Zealander Bruce Gainsford (guitar) and Englishman Simon Walker (bass). Brought together whilst living in London through mutual friends, they built a bond based on their shared interests in music. As with their geographic backgrounds, each member brought with them overtly different musical influences. "It's so hard to describe our sound" explains Johnny. "There are so many elements and influences on this record". .


They mark their arrival with the striking single 'You & Me' available on limited edition 10" Vinyl & CD. This track encapsulates the distinctive sound of Vega4, providing an incredible mix of driving guitar lines, strong vocals and unforgettable hooks. Having already built up a strong live fanbase the band will be playing the Latitude Festival alongside The Zutons, Antoney and the Johnsons & Mogwai.


Vega4s experience of working with Jackknife Lee on album 'You and Others', out later this year, was at times as bizarre as it was inspiring. Devoted to working with the band, Lee would undertake sessions between other commitments; hence the album took 9 months to complete. Working with Garret was so stimulating Johnny comments. "He had a way of making us focus on the world and our music from an entirely different perspective. Jackknife forced us out of introspection by whatever means necessary. Whether it was going out to a field in the middle of the night to throw eggs during a vocal take, or climbing into cupboards and kitchen appliances, he managed to show us that beauty and interest exists in the ordinary. He showed us that it is everywhere."


The result is a clutch of uplifting and poignant songs. "We didn't feel the need to hide behind technology or the urge to create songs that please' or follow fashion insists Johnny. The most important thing is that the songs connect with people. Thats something that cant be worked at. It just is." The process of making this record for us was about finding beauty in the details.

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Blast off for Vega4


If you like bands such as Coldplay and the Fray, you'll become a fast fan of Vega4, a London-based pop outfit led by vocalist John McDaid that lands at the Beta Bar, 809 Railroad Ave., for a show with Augustana and the 12th Chapter at 8 p.m. today. In November, Vega4's song "Life Is Beautiful" was featured in its 6-minute entirety at the end of an episode of ABC's hit show "Grey's Anatomy." Cover is $10. Call 425-2697.


The FSU Campus Band performs a free outdoor concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Owen Sellers Amphitheater. Call 644-4774 for more information.


Chill out to the acoustic tunes of Kevin Ogden from 6 to 10 p.m. today at Po' Boys Creole Cafe, 224 E. College Ave. It's free. Call 224-5400.


Check the Democrat's Web site each day for a taste of what's going on that evening. Look for Limelight Extra - our look-ahead at the upcoming weekend's entertainment - in Wednesday's paper. Tune in to hear senior writer Mark Hinson talk about the local entertainment scene on Thursday (8:30 a.m.) and Friday (between 6 and 7 a.m.) on Magic 107-FM.


And pick up Friday's Limelight for the lowdown on the week's entertainment.



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I adore Vega4! I saw them open for Augustana in January. They were beyond amazing, and sooo nice to boot. We had the greatest conversation with Gavin after the show. I got his and Johnny's autographs, because they were the only ones I could find.


ahhh I do love them so. Their CD is spectacular.

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