The band are 'nearly finished' writing album No.4

The Vaccines have revealed that they’re ‘really far along’ in writing their new album – revealing that it will be ‘energetic’ and ‘all about sex and love’.

Following the departure of drummer Pete Robertson earlier this year, frontman Justin Hayward-Young told NME that they are progressing well with the follow-up to 2015’s ‘English Graffiti‘.

“We’re really far along, that’s what we’re doing all day everyday at the moment, he told NME. “I mean we’re not recording it yet, but we’re writing a lot – and I mean we have a lot. There are a few songs we’re really excited about.”

Asked about how the new material will see the band’s sound evolve, Young replied: “It sort of builds on the musicality of ‘English Graffiti’, but I think there’s a lot more of spirit and energy from ‘What Did You Expect…’

“We’re in the studio every day playing together, so it feels a lot more like a band again, which maybe English Graffiti stopped slightly. I guess it replenishes some of that spirit and that energy of the first record.”

THE VACCINES cover ‘Hope’ by The Descendents

THE VACCINES cover ‘Hope’ by The Descendents. — Campaign for CALM by HarrimanSteel www.harrimansteel.com Interactive audio-visuals by Eoghan O’Keeffe //keeffeoghan.github.io/portfolio/

Speaking of what’s currently inspiring his lyrics, Young said: “Sex and love, and love lost. I really I became very self-aware a couple of years ago. I was insecure about the fact that all I sung about was sex and love. I realised its all I care about. So I’ve kind of come to terms with that.”

When asked about potential release date for their fourth album, Young said: “We’re kind of wrapping up the writing now – I think that will be done in the next month or two. Then we want to record it in the new year. When can people hear new music? Definitely next year, 100%. 200%.”

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Meanwhile, The Vaccines have joined the likes of Frank Turner and Years & Years in heading up a new campaign to raise awareness of male mental health. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) launches ‘Torch Songs’ – inviting huge artists to cover their favourite songs that highlight the power of music to raise the spirit and help us through darker times. In 2015, 4,618 men took their own lives – an average of 12 men every day and one every two hours. Now, more is being done to use music to combat depression.

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