The Vaccines - 'Melody Calling'

The Vaccines - 'Melody Calling'

The sweet muse of tune calls, and Justin Young, for once, listens. The result is an oddly unramshackle, non-jaunty, smooth and even mellow version of The Vaccines, with shades of Teenage Fanclub and Big Star. It’s… nice. We could get used to...

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The Vaccines – 'Bad Mood'

The Vaccines – 'Bad Mood'

It’s easy to be frustrated with The Vaccines. They’ve only had two albums and their pastiche of bands like the Ramones and The Jesus And Mary Chain is already sounding laboured. Still, when they manage to be raucous – as on this ragged,...

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The Vaccines

The Vaccines

"I blacked out for a couple of seconds up there,” guitarist Freddie Cowan tells NME , as he sweats profusely from places we didn’t even realise contained glands. “It was OK though, I caught myself just before I fell over.” Having just...

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The Vaccines

The Vaccines

Tonight’s line-up doesn’t make any sense – LA blues-rock duo Deap Vally followed by Brooklyn dream-poppers DIIV, building up to Toronto hardcore punks Fucked Up, all in support of west London’s finest indie revivalists? Sounds like someone...

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The Vaccines – ‘I Always Knew’

The Vaccines – ‘I Always Knew’

This is the one off the album you think is going to be a cover of ‘Crocodile Rock’ for a couple of seconds, but it turns into a typically not-bad-at-all, big-chorused affair which is all the better for the inclusion of lines like “ Let’s...

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The Vaccines - 'The Vaccines Come Of Age'

The Vaccines - 'The Vaccines Come Of Age'

There are two fundamental points central to fully appreciating ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’. Firstly, that Justin, Freddie, Arni and Pete have only been a band for little over two years. Secondly, that they’ve already pumped out two records in...

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The Vaccines - 'Teenage Icon'

The Vaccines - 'Teenage Icon'

“ I’m no teenage icon/I’m no Frankie Avalon/I’m nobody’s hero ”. If ‘No Hope’ was a slow burn, on ‘Teenage Icon’ The Vaccines are blasting right back to their anthemic best. A three-minute belter that will launch a thousand...

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The Vaccines

The Vaccines

"People think this happened quickly for our band, but all of us were playing venues this size for 10 years,” says Vaccines frontman Justin Young, clad in double denim, long hair flapping over his eyes, addressing the sweating group of bodies...

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The Vaccines, 'No Hope'

The Vaccines, 'No Hope'

Coming a meager year and two months after their first album came out, what is, by definition, The Vaccines' comeback song hardly feels like a comeback at all. In fact, they pretty much haven't stopped touring since the demo of 'If You Wanna' made...

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The Vaccines

The Vaccines

Listen close, beneath the volcanic ramalama power punk, and you can just about make out the clinking of Sid Vicious’ spectral bike chain. Four snotty young rock gods roar onto the stage of the 100 Club, bawl through 40 minutes of non-stop...

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