Frontman Justin Young said 'we live in a really weird time'
The Vaccines have revealed that the title of their forthcoming third album ‘English Graffiti’ came from an article frontman Justin Young read in The New York Times about the globalisation of culture.
Speaking in the new Albums of 2015 issue of NME, which is on newsstands from today and available digitally, Young details how the piece in question said that ‘it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, the brunch always tastes the same’ and added: “We live in a really weird time. We’re voyeurs. We’re constantly looking at this constructed reality online. We feel super-connected, but I don’t think we are. I feel a massive disconnect between what we perceive to be real and attainable and what actually is.”
The band worked with producer Dave Fridman (The Flaming Lips, The Cribs, Tame Impala, Sleater-Kinney) on ‘English Graffiti’, as well as Cole M Greif-Neill aka Gole MGN, a former member of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and beatmaker for hip hop label Stones Throw. Sessions for the album took place across three separate fortnights at Fridman’s studio in upstate New York.
Young also reveals that a major theme on the album is the awkwardness of leading a normal life in a digital age. “We’ve been all over the place from Peru to Taiwan and Ukraine,” he said, “and it’s no surprise that the graffiti’s always in English. But the homogeneity and connection is really a misconnection.”
It was reported yesterday that the band said that they’ve been more adventurous with their new album and intend for the record to be so “genre-defining” that it will “sound terrible in 10 years”. “I started to feel that being timeless isn’t a good thing. I wanted to make a record that was important in 2015 and sound like 2015, sonically and emotionally,” Young said. “People just aren’t ambitious in rock music. If you take hip-hop or pop, they’re a lot more adventurous, they break a lot more rules. If you listen to some of the stuff on the radio right now, it’s fucking far out.”
The Vaccines will perform live at the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas. They will be joined on the bill by Run The Jewels and Royal Blood. The show takes place at the O2 Academy Brixton, London, on February 18, with tickets available now.