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The Vaccines (formed 2010)
The Vaccines are an indie guitar band from West London. They formed in 2010 and released their debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines the following year.
The Vaccines: Formation
In early 2010, The Vaccines formed, with the line-up consisting of Justin Young on guitar and vocals (Justin was formerly signed to Stiff Records and recorded under the name Jay Jay Pistolet), Arni Hjorvar on bass, Freddie Cowan on guitar (Freddie is the younger brother of Tom from The Horrors) and Pete Robertson on drums.
In August 2010, the band uploaded a demo of 'If You Wanna' to YouTube and almost immediately, DJs such as Radio One's Zane Lowe were praising the track.
The band played their first gig in Leicester and then started touring between September and November 2010. Their first London performance sold out, with members of White Lies and the Maccabees in the audience, as well as Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons and Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. 200 people were reportedly turned away.
The Vaccines: Debut album onwards
The debut single from The Vaccines was 'Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)' / 'Blow It Up'. The single was limited to 100 copies and was released in November 2010 on Marshall Teller Records. The videos for the tracks were directed by Douglas Hart of Jesus & The Mary Chain.
In December 2010, The Vaccines recorded a session for Marc Riley's 6Music show. They also became the first band to appear on Later with Jools Holland before releasing a single.
In January 2011, they were announced as being the their artist in the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. Number One that year was the solo artist Jessie J. That same week, they appeared on the cover of NME magazine for the first time, before embarking on the NME Awards tour with Crystal Castles.
The band then travelled to America where they were watched by Debbie Harry, amongst others. By early 2011, they had signed to Columbia Records and released their second single 'Post Break-Up Sex' in January 2011. Shortly after, they were nominated for an MTV Award, for 'Best New Band of 2011' as well as the Critics' Choice Award at the BRITs.
After performing at SXSW, The Vaccines released their debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Having drawn many comparisons to The Strokes, the release of the band's debut album was brought forward by a week so that it did not coincide with the release of The Strokes' album Angles.
Following the release of the album, The Vaccines supported Arctic Monkeys at the Don Valley Bowl in Sheffield, in a 10,000 capacity tent. They ended the summer with performances at Reading & Leeds festivals, where they were joined onstage by members of The Horrors. NME magazine tipped them as the number one band of the weekend. Other musicians to have joined the band onstage, previously, include Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, Lyle Preslar of Minor Threat and Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand.
The Vaccines recorded a TV commercial for Rimmel, which saw the model Kate Moss join them on guitar and drums.
In September 2011, The Vaccines were due to tour Europe and the USA but were forced to postpone, when singer Justin Young, recurring throat problems stopped him from being able to perform.
A new song, 'Tiger Blood' was debuted in September 2011. It was produced by Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes. They ended 2011 with an appearance on Top of the Tops on Christmas Day as well as performing on Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny.
On the shortest day of the year you don't have time for elaborate prog rock epics, you need quick fire hits to help the day pass more easily and we've assembled the best of the bunch here just for you.
When time is of the essence and you need a quick fix you require some succinct songs to get you through the day. On the shortest day of the year your time is precious but you don't have to forego anything, you just need to scale it down. When daylight is scarce and the temperature is dropping a short sharp super-charged dose of high octane music is just the ticket. To help you through the day we've put together a playlist of some of the best short songs we could think of. Our top ten has all you need and it comes in at less than 19 minutes in it's entirety.
The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl.
As the UK and Europe near the end game in the Brexit negotiations we bring you ten songs that capture the essence of the long drawn out goodbye.
As we reach the death throws of the protracted Brexit negotiations between The United Kingdom and Europe we thought we'd compile our own little playlist to mark the occasion. Break-ups can be messy affairs in all walks of life and Brexit has not been an exception to that rule. The squabbling may be over who should get the fish instead of who should get custody of the pets but it's been no less acrimonious. With neither side wanting to cave in to the other's demands it's inevitably the kids who will suffer and most of them didn't even vote for it. So, with tongue firmly in cheek, here are the top ten songs that we've chosen to represent the agonisingly long, painful goodbye that is Brexit.
Jeff Buckley - The Last Goodbye.
Continue reading: The Long Goodbye: A Brexit Inspired Playlist.
It's Fibonacci Day so we've come up with a numerically based playlist for this legendary mathematical sequencer.
As it's Fibonacci Day we thought we'd engage the left side of our brains to come up with a sequence of numerically based tunes that hopefully won't divide opinion. Mathematics, rather like music itself, is generally regarded as an international language of it's own so what better way, in these unprecedented times(!), than to put together an eclectic mix of number themed bangers?
Ariana Grande - 34+35. Ariana's latest single release from her new album, Positions, brings us bang up to date. The saucy, NSFW, lyrically explicit tune, is not shy in coming forward. Ariana's sweet, high, vocal still seems far too innocent to be delivering up such suggestions but hey, she's now the ripe old age of twenty seven so can speak her mind whenever she pleases.
The rather regal elegance of The Brighton Dome played host to The Vaccines for the first time in years on Friday night to the delight of the sold-out crowd. Following a return to form with the release of last year's album, 'Combat Sports', and a very well received tour to support it, The Vaccines are on the road again in 2019 with a renewed vigour.
Before The Vaccines took to the stage there were two support acts to entertain the ever increasing throng. Firstly, LA's Jesse Jo Stark and her band gave an impassioned, sometimes snarly and at one point despondent performance; "don't look so bored" Jesse said to the array of faces before her. The silver Spandex-clad Stark belted out a rather good cover version of the Kim Carnes classic, 'Bette Davis Eyes, and closed out with an intensely charged delivery of her biggest and best song to date 'Fire Of Love'. Sandwiched in-between JJ and Justin was Brisbane's Hatchie. The softer sound of Harriette Pilbeam seemed a bit of an odd fit for a Vaccines gig but she played a great bass, imparted her love for Brighton and The Dome, and performed a few choice tunes along the way, including 'Bad Guy', 'Try' and a very polished rendition of 'Sure'.
With the removal of the stage curtain in a fashion akin to a virgin camper trying to pack away his tent in a hurry, the potted palm and foil bunting adorned stage was set for the headline act. With a few excited screams and rapturous applause, The Vaccines entered stage left and tore into a fully loaded set. Opening with a track from their latest album 'Your Love Is My Favourite Band' and following it up with a brilliantly balanced and very much appreciated 'Teenage Icon', The Vaccines were immediately into a groove that would last the night through. The energy and impetus of the set was very rarely interrupted making for a thrilling night with barely a moment to catch a breath.
Continue reading: The Vaccines - Brighton Dome 25.01.2019 Live Review
The Vaccines make a welcome return with their fourth album in seven years, and first in three, with the release of their latest record 'Combat Sports'. After the odd hiccup and wavering trajectory along the way, The Vaccines seem to have come back with a more reassured swagger and a joined up, cohesive sound that oozes confidence and points to a band comfortable in their own skin. With five singles lifted from their latest eleven track album already, Justin and his band have not been shy about coming forward with it either.
For the most part, 'Combat Sports' has an undeniably infectious, almost youthful naivety about it. The anthemic Garage Rock of their first single to be taken off of the album, 'I Can't Quit', is a riotous fillip driven at velocity by some terrific guitar riffs and well versed lyrics. Album opener 'Put It On A T-Shirt' has a slight Vampire Weekend lilt that creeps into the mix and has a similar immediacy and resonance that makes it easy to like. 'Surfing In The Sky' picks the BPM back up with its relentless rhythm and Justin's more attitudinal vocal style as he poses the question, "What do you get when you cross the Rubicon, With a man who said self-humour's all gone?"
Where 'Combat Sports' loses some of its appeal is when it verges on the throw-away and takes a more Fratellis route. The bouncy and light album low point of 'Take It Easy' (As well as the ever so slightly better, 'Maybe (Luck Of The Draw)') detract from the overall quality of the remainder and jars every time.
Continue reading: The Vaccines - Combat Sports Album Review
The Vaccines have compared their worst ever gig to an episode of MTV reality show 'My Super Sweet Sixteen' where the guests are left disappointed by the big reveal.
The Vaccines have joked their worst ever gig felt like an episode of 'My Super Sweet Sixteen'.
The 'I Can't Quit' band - made up of Justin Hayward-Young, Freddie Cowan, Árni Árnason, Timothy Lanham and Yoann Intonti - performed at the wedding of cycling champion Mark Cavendish and model Peta Todd in 2013.
Recalling the awkward event, frontman Justin told Radio X's Gordon Smart: ''I think they were hoping all their friends liked us as much as they did. It was like My Super Sweet Sixteen where someone thinks they're getting Justin Bieber and then...''
Continue reading: The Vaccines Compare Worst Gig To My Super Sweet Sixteen
Which are the best venues to visit this SXSW?
SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.
First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.
Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015
Continue reading: 5 Venues You'll Want To Visit At SXSW 2015
The festival brings some exemplary headliners to the Netherlands this Summer.
The Netherlands' Best Kept Secret Festival won't be a secret for long if they keep introducing stellar acts such as this each year! The first line-up announcement includes Alt-J, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Joining the third line-up for Best Kept Secret this June is some of the finest indie, rock, punk and electronic artists the world has to over, with 35 more acts yet to be announced. Alongside newly reunited headliners The Libertines on Friday, June 19th 2015 are alt-rock veterans The Jesus And Mary Chain, playing the full tracklist of their 1985 debut album 'Psychocandy'. Aussie chart topper Chet Faker will also make an appearance, with Alabama's St. Paul & The Broken Bones who are currently on their 'Half The City' tour.
With less than 24 hours to go before Glastonbury Festival opens its doors at the Somerset site, it's always good to know which bands to see and when.
With such a ginormous festival site at 900 acres, and plenty of drunken hoardes and muddy puddles to fight through, the simple act of walking from one stage to another can be a difficult task. Throw in a lost mud-sucked welly and inebriated disorientation and you haven't a hope in hell of deftly navigating your way in between acts - even with that overpriced festival lanyard you spent half your first day's budget on.
Glastonbury returns in 2013 after having taking a well needed break in 2012 - the Eavis family, the cows and the grass all had a rest whilst the portaloos and crowd barriers were in London for the Olympics. The festival this year marks it's revival with an exciting line-up, including The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Chase and Status, and Public Enemy.
However, with all star-packed line-ups comes inevitable clashes: fan of both Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds AND Smashing Pumpkins? Too bad - they're both on around 20:30 on the Sunday with a good half mile hike between stages, meaning you'll have to forego one sullen frontman for another.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Festival 2013: Your Guide To The Biggest Clashes!
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