THE VANNS release angst-driven music video for ‘HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW’

With their national tour off to a raring start, Wollongong four piece THE VANNS have continued to stroke the fires of momentum surrounding their new single, ‘HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW’, with the release of the accompanying music video!

The single, easily The Vanns’ most direct and commanding piece of music to date, has proven to be a forceful addition to the band’s creative output. Impassioned, rollicking guitars meet an effervescent charm – the classic formula upon which The Vanns have formed a killer band dynamic.

‘How Was I Supposed To Know’ at its core, centres on a relationship breakdown, with the music The Vanns created around the theme channeling powerful frustration. For the music video, the band matches the energy with a cleverly presented narrative, courtesy of director Aden McLeod. Filmed in Melbourne, the music video depicts the many stages of one dinner date, wrought with internal (and external) emotional conflict.

The VANNS – How Was I Supposed To Know (Official Video)

Sonically rich and potent in its delivery, ‘How Was I Supposed To Know’ sets its aims up quickly from the record’s onset, before smashing through to its conclusion with almighty roar. The Vanns made a hectic return with this single and already, the love for it has certainly been felt by the band and music community alike. “The whole video was put together by our best mates on an afternoon in Melbourne. This tour will be our first live shows since May, so we’re really looking forward to playing and trying out new songs.” THE VANNS


“This is a big rocker, dudes. You’ve amped things up with heaps of energy and gutsy moves.” 
Triple J Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe 

“Hope you guys bought extra baggage allowance, ‘cos even the most experienced packer couldn’t squeeze these into carry on.” 
Triple J, Declan Byrne

“Great to see The Vanns back in 2018. Lots of passion, high amounts of energy and those loud roaring guitars are a statement and a half. This is going to be so much fun live. There’s no stopping now.”
Triple J Unearthed, Claire Mooney

“Produced by Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy, Ali Barter, Alex Lahey), ‘How Was I Supposed To Know’ is one of the band’s most accomplished and commanding tracks to date.”
Vents Magazine

“Showcasing the progress of their rock sound and progress of the band, the new single really packs a punch and captures the hard work the band has put in over the years, from a high school band to one of Wollongong’s finest.”
Hysteria Magazine

“It’s clear why they’ve built the following they’ve got with a flawless performance driven by their insane energy and danceable rhythms.  …Taking over every inch of your soul with their addictively funky sound that just left the crowd craving more of their electrifying showmanship.”
GC Live (2017)

“It’s the kinda music you play when dancing and kicking up sand around a log fire burning on the beach with your closest mates and beautiful strangers. Yes, there’s a fire band currently in place for such flaming shenanigans, but the fire that is ‘Shake The Hand That Picks The Fight’ cannot be so easily extinguished.”
LunchBox TV (Shake The Hand That Picks The Fight EP, 2017)

Supported by emerging Adelaide favourites Wing Defence, touring ‘How Was I Supposed To Know’ will bring The Vanns to venues in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne before this month is out, before the band heads to Campbelltown to perform as part of the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost celebrations alongside Bootleg Rascal.

If you’re asking yourself, “Well how was I supposed to know?”, The Vanns have got you covered with some sick opportunities to see them perform their brand new live show before the year is out.

Get to it ASAP.


Saturday 13th October The Lansdowne Hotel Sydney
with Wing Defence + Gosh

Friday 19th October Rocket Bar Adelaide
with Wing Defence + Cosmo Thundercat 

Saturday 20th October Northcote Social Club Melbourne
with Wing Defence + Sophisticated Dingo

Saturday 3rd November Fisher’s Gig Campbelltown
Wing Defence Not Appearing

Author: Pete Wibberley

Internationally published photographer, editor of Adelaide Music Mag and freelance contributor to MNPR Magazine and The Rocker Rag.

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