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What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? – The Vaccines

For the last few months, The Vaccines have been growing. For a band that has such a interesting sound (imagine The Ramones mashed with Glasvegas) there growth has been quite amazing. There first EP If You Wanna was named ‘Hottest Record in the World’ by Zane Lowe in August 2010 and subsequently they were nominated in both BBC Sound of 2011 poll and the MTV Awards Brand New For 2011. All in a matter of months.

But to business. Lead Single Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra) is short and punchy. With a length of only 1m 21s, it is a song perfectly to suited to our ‘ADD’ Generation. Of the whole album, this song is most Ramones-like. In fact, I often feel a need to listen to Judy is a Punk straight after. A lot of bands get stick for being too similar to classic bands, but given the rest of the album I feel this is not a worry for The Vaccines. Agruably my favourite song of the album is second single Post Break Up Sex. Far less intense than Wreckin’ Bar, PBUS, talks of a break up from a long relationship and the break up sex follows. This style of song perfectly suits lead singer Justin Young’s voice, as the emotion he exudes is quite enticing.

As the first band announced for Splendour in the Grass this year, we can expect to hear The Vaccines in high rotation on  the radio in the next few months. The album on the whole has very few weak points. From the anthemic Wetsuit to melodical classic All In White, The Vaccines showcase a wide range of styles, neither to obvious or discrete. When done well, the upcoming tour will be a huge success.

C Maxwell



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