Band showcase songs from forthcoming second LP at intimate gig

The Vaccines played an hour-long set at intimate Hackney pub venue The Sebright Arms last night (June 22) after announcing the special show the day before via Twitter.

The gig – which was ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis on the door – saw the quartet storm through a host of new tracks from forthcoming album ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’, which is released on September 3, including the bass-driven ‘Ghost Town’, which received its first public airing.

Opening with recently released track ‘No Hope’, they also showcased three other tracks from their second record – ‘Teenage Icon’, ‘Weirdo’ and ‘Bad Mood’ – alongside a host of material from their hugely successful debut and ‘Tiger Blood’, the track produced by The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jnr. The heaving crowd sparked up mini moshpits and surrounding singer Justin Young as he descended into the pit for a frenetic final run through of ‘Norgaard’.

Speaking after the gig, the frontman was in high spirits. “We made a conscious decision to play the songs from the album that would make sense within our live set so people can dance around,” he enthused. “Last time we were playing venues this size people certainly weren’t reacting like that to songs from the first record, but I feel confident in all the songs we played tonight – there’s no reason why people won’t be singing them in six months time.

“There’s still a directness and a simplicity – across the [new] record there’s definitely more depth, but if you don’t want depth you don’t have to see it,” he added. “I think that’s the best kind of music. Its as much about entertainment as anything else.”

The band were also supported by previous tourmates Frankie & The Heartstrings, who played a short set heavy on new material. The band are currently in the studio, working on the follow up to debut album ‘Hunger’ with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

To read a full interview with the band about the making of ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.

The Vaccines are also playing at this year’s T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.