Connor Ball joined the rival band when The Vamps were forced to take a break

Dancing On Ice’s Connor Ball is best known as the bassist in The Vamps, but when the group broke up he decided to pursue his own “dream” and start his own pop-punk band

Connor Ball on Dancing On Ice
Connor Ball on Dancing On Ice

Connor Ball is a dark horse on and off the ice, it appears he was revealed to have joined a rival band when The Vamps broke up.

The 25-year-old, best known for being the bassist for The Vamps, is also making waves in a pop-punk band, The Lunar Year, alongside Cheat Codes lead drummer Sasa Macek.

He shared the news on his Instagram, where he told fans, “This project has been going on behind the scenes for over six months.”

“Anyone who knows me will know that I’ve been interested in pop punk and guitar-based music for as long as I can remember,” he added.

“It’s always been a little dream of mine to do this and it’s finally gotten to a point where I can make it a reality. Myself and @sasamacek_ have music to show you all and I’m so damn excited. “

Over 1,000 miles separate the duo with Sasa in Croatia and Connor in the UK but that hasn’t stopped them from making music as they have released two singles, ‘Back For More’ and ‘Medicine’.

Speaking of ‘Back For More’, Connor said: “It’s about people in your life who aren’t good for you but you keep coming back to them like a comfort blanket. It could be an ex or an old friend. It’s just a regression in your life.”

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But Connor told the Vamps fans not to panic and that he’s still a member of the group but that he’s just exploring other avenues elsewhere.

The group, which also includes vocalist Bradley Simpson, drummer Tristan Evans and guitarist James Brittain-McVey, formed in 2012 and rose to fame after a series of cover videos went viral on YouTube.

They then had huge success with two number one albums, Meet The Vamps and Wake Up.

But after five years, the group made the decision to take some time off, fearing they would get bored and burn out.

Band member James said that after being confined to a relentless schedule of four albums and eight tours for five years, they decided to part ways, in a conversation with The sun.

The group split for fear they would get bored


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Although the group loved what they were doing, “it turned into a conveyor belt,” he admitted, and they feared it wouldn’t be long before they started producing junk.

He said: “Last year we had a moment where we wanted to take some time off just to see what was going to happen and we naturally got back together which was nice as I imagine a lot of bands after nine years of tour probably do not ever come back.”

During the coronavirus lockdown, the boys got back together to write and record their new album, Cherry Blossom.

James explained: “It’s really important for us to take those risks and Brad always says you have to get bored before you realize what you want.

“We’re investing more into the music and we’re really excited to get back on the road and touring with it.”

The time apart gave the group some much-needed time to “relax” and restore their energy before returning with a vengeance.

Drummer Tristan spoke along Manchester evening news about how inspired they felt when they got back together.

He said: “One hundred percent we had to take a break, relax and get our energy back.

“We had time to think about what we felt and what we wanted to say.”

Then they released Cherry Blossom. Of the album he said: “Hopefully our fans will enjoy it. The sound is more mature overall, which is what we wanted to achieve.

“We wanted to create a different sound and there are no limits to us.”

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