The Vamps were founded in 2012. The lineup includes Bradley Will "Brad" Simpson, James Daniel McVey, Connor Samuel John Ball, and Tristan Oliver Vance Evans. All musicians except one were born in England. The bass guitarist Connor Ball is from Scotland. All The Vamps members were born in the mid -1990’s.
The band began its way to success by recording cover versions of popular songs and uploading them to the internet. Thanks to a formidable number of views, attention from the fans, and a great personal charm, the group was noticed by the representatives of the Mercury label. Shortly, they signed a contract. At about the same time, The Vamps got a chance to work with a famous band One Direction. They performed "Live While We're Young" together. Critics often compare the two bands, noting style similarities.
In 2013, The Vamps released a debut single “Can We Dance”. The single climbed to the 2nd spot of the UK Singles Chart and earned a platinum certification in Australia. The next single “Wildheart” came out in July. The music video collected over 45 thousand views on YouTube.