The Vaccines: ‘We’re not a cabaret band’

Justin Young says his band don't want to 'go out and play the same songs to the same people'

The Vaccines have explained the quick release of their second album ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’, saying that they don’t want to be a “cabaret band”.

Speaking to The Sun, singer Justin Young says bands should put out new material as often as possible: “We’ve written two albums, put out a live album, an EP and two standalone singles in 14 months,” he says. “It is a rare thing to have a new album ready in such a short time. But it’s how music used to be and how it should be.”

He added: “Waiting longer than that, as many bands do, is no good for the fans and no good for us either. We don’t want to go out and play the same songs to the same people. Then you’re cabaret and the one thing The Vaccines aren’t is a cabaret band.”

Speaking about their recent support slot for The Stone Roses homecoming gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park, Young said: “The Stone Roses in particular felt like being a part of rock history. It was Spike Island part two, really.”

Last month (June 27), The Vaccines unveiled the tracklisting and artwork for their forthcoming second album ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’, which will be released on September 3. The record is the follow-up to 2011’s ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’’.

The album has been produced by Ethan Johns, who has previously worked on albums by the likes of Kings Of Leon, Laura Marling and Tom Jones. You can read NME‘s review of the album’s lead-off single ‘No Hope’ now at NME.COM.

Last month (June 22) the band offered fans a free live EP, recorded in Brighton, to download featuring the tracks ‘Tiger Blood’, live favourite ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ and their cover of R Stevie Moore’s ‘Why Should I Love You’. You can download the EP from

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