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The Vaccines - 'Tiger Blood'
Albert Hammond Jr produced track
With its sped-up ‘Marquee Moon’-icy riffs and wallpaper-peeling lo-fi shudder, it’s clear who dominated proceedings on ‘Tiger Blood’. (Clue: not Justin and co.) However, they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and, given that The Vaccines clearly learned their trade from The Strokes, this track confirms a brilliant kind of passing of the torch, and proves the London boys’ unwavering commitment to the kind of quickfire rollick’n’roll that they’re doing better than any other debut-toting British band right now. ‘Tiger Blood’ is just one of the increasingly large number of reasons why they’re not just going to survive the first-year hype maelstrom – and their upcoming biggest tour to date – but use it to catapult themselves into a place where they’re sharing more than a mixing booth with The Strokes – perhaps a legacy too.
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