Vistas share euphoric new single ‘Bad Idea’ – lifted from their upcoming third album ‘Is This All We Are?’ out 29th September









Vistas have unveiled their euphoric new single ‘Bad Idea’

Initially one of the first songs written for their upcoming album, ‘Bad Idea’ possesses bold, cinematic qualities with racing riffs and pulsating drums radiating ‘main character’ energy throughout it’s three and a half minutes, and follows on from triumphant appearances performing to packed out crowds at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Speaking about the track in more detail vocalist Prentice Robertson says,“I wrote it at a time when I was feeling a bit disheartened with the music industry in general and annoyed at some of the people you meet being involved in it. In a broader sense, the song is about those conversations you have with someone and in the back of your mind you’re thinking ‘what are you actually on about here?’. This doesn’t just happen in music and I’m sure we’ve all left a chat with someone thinking everything they said was complete nonsense. I guess I had been having a few conversations like that around the time of writing the tune and that’s what inspired it.”

“The original demo of the song had this big ‘Baba O’Riley’-esque opening which we stripped away in the final version. I’m dead pleased with this tune and it reminds me of driving music a main character in a film would have blasting out of their car speakers,” he continues.

The Scottish trio’s third full length studio album ‘Is This All We Are?’ will be released on 29th September 2023 and follows swiftly on from the acclaimed ‘The Beautiful Nothing’ EP (Is Right Records) released at the start of the year. Kickstarting a new era for Vistas, bringing heavier elements into play that gloriously played off the breezy, euphoric staples of their two critically lauded albums, ‘Is This All We Are?’ as a body of work picks up the baton from where the most recent EP left off as the band.

Recorded at Kempston Street Studios in Liverpool in December of 2022 and produced by Rich Turvey, the environment of a brand new studio gave the band a fresh burst of energy when it came to laying down the tracks as they also made a conscious effort with this album to strip away any unnecessary details that didn’t serve the music. What happened as a result is the band’s most confident body of work to date as the trio navigate their way through love, loss and life’s big questions. 

Explaining ‘Is This All We Are?’ In more depth, frontman Prentice says: “During the writing of both the EP and album, one of my family members became very ill and this became all encompassing in mine and my families’ lives. This led to many conversations about the fragility and meaning of someone’s life and where they go and what they leave behind after they are gone. As these subjects were so dominating in my thoughts, they became the central theme of the album. I think the title sums up these themes as a whole by asking ‘is this all we are?’.”

“In our previous records I feel like the subjects of the songs were a bit more broad and with this record I tried to make things more specific. There are tracks about why people can be cruel, tracks about losing someone, tracks about how unfair life can be and tracks that question what the meaning of our time on earth is,” he continues.

To celebrate the release of the album Vistas will also be playing a run of special, intimate in-store performances and giving fans the chance to get their records signed. Beginning on 29th September, full dates can be found below and tickets will be available from here.

‘Bad Idea’ is available to stream now. ‘Is This All We Are?’ Is released on 29th September 2023.



‘Is This All We Are?’ Tracklist

1. ‘Cruel Hearts’2. ‘Bad Idea’3. ‘Dopamine’4. ‘Nowadays’5. ‘Last Together’6. ‘Is This All We Are?’7. ‘I Know I Know’8. ‘Sleeping With The Light On’9. ‘The Garden’10. ‘A Hit Of Heaven’

In-store signing and performances

29th September – Assai Records (1pm), Glasgow29th September – Assai Records (6pm), Edinburgh30th September – Assai Records (1pm), Dundee30th September – TBA (6pm), Aberdeen1st October – Beyond Vinyl (1pm), Newcastle 2nd October – Rough Trade (6pm), Nottingham3rd October – Phase One (6pm), Liverpool4th October – Crash Records (6pm), Leeds  5th October – Wax And Beans (6pm), Manchester (Bury)

Live Dates

3rd November – O2 Academy, Glasgow4th November – O2 Academy, Birmingham5th November – O2 Academy, Oxford7th November – Trinity Centre, Bristol8th November – Chalk, Brighton9th November – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth10th November – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth11th November – Electric Ballroom, London12th November – The Waterfront, Norwich14th November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham15th November – The Leadmill, Sheffield 16th November – O2 Ritz, Manchester17th November – Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne21st November – Supersonic, Paris 22nd November – Kavka, Antwerp23rd November – Paradiso, Amsterdam24th November – Nochtwache, Hamburg25th November – Marie Antoinette, Berlin