Van Zeller Almost Sink HMS Thekla

Van Zeller are an energetic, and certainly propitious Bristol based band who have just embarked on their first headline tour of the UK. Despite being new to the music scene, they have gathered momentum at a rambunctious pace, having previously supported some big up and coming names. These include the likes of: Cloud Nothings, YAK, Black Honey, PARTYBABY, The Big Moon and Hooton Tennis Club. However, I believe it’s time to give VZ the recognition they deserve, and place their name among the ranks of their predecessors.

The sound they produce gives a reminiscent garage rock feel, whilst being infused with face melting guitar solos and delicious harmonies. Their music may have been written in their mother’s basement, but believe me when I say it could fill a stadium. Their energy alone is something worth seeing. It’s as if Kasabian met Queen, and those two mysteriously had a baby who happened to be jacked up on steroids. If you don’t believe me, be sure to here one of their hit singles - “You Can’t Lose” or “She’s Moving Right”, as well as their recently written “Raise Your Hands”. They are now available for listening on Spotify.

Whilst you’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off, Van Zeller have been on a steam train to success this month, playing headline shows in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford and more. However, the biggest show of the lot was saved for their homecoming at Bristol’s notorious vessel, Thekla.

Not only does the venue look over the masterpieces of Bristol based graffiti artist Bansky, the hull has previously been filled with the sounds of Mark Ronson, The Horrors, The xx, The Maccabees (RIP), and many more. Having seen the crowd’s enjoyment of VZ’s energetic thrashing, stage diving and mosh pitting, I can confidently say they have earned their history within the hull of HMS Thekla.

One fan even noted, “They just played so hard! My knees were sweating !”

So if you’re young, wild, and dumb, be sure to catch them on October 21st at Ritual Reunion Festival in Oxford, or at a venue near you soon.

Ella Johnson-Watts & Ed Pratt

Photography: Charlotte Patmore