The Vaccines joined by Minor Threat’s Lyle Preslar in New York

Guitarist joins band as they support Arctic Monkeys

The Vaccines joined forces onstage with Minor Threat guitarist Lyle Preslar during their gig in New York‘s Central Park yesterday (May 24).

The hardcore legend agreed to collaborate with the Londoners on their Minor Threat-style version of The Standells‘ classic ‘Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White’ after his wife told him about The Vaccines and their love of American hardcore.

“I was a little worried The Vaccines might turn out to be like the British version of emo-core or something,” Preslar told NME. “Frankly, over the years, you do find yourself in a situation where you don’t like the bands that claim to like you. But I genuinely love the way they’re quite referential to other bands but quite fresh at the same time.”


The Vaccines‘ frontman Justin Young explained his surprise at finding Preslar to be so enthusiastic, especially as the guitarist hadn’t played the song since Minor Threat disbanded in 1983. “I couldn’t help but think it sounded so much tighter with Lyle than we do when I play the song,” he said. “It was a great honour. I got into hardcore when I was 13 or 14 but to be honest, Minor Threat are the only hardcore band that I still listen to.”

The show was part of the band’s ongoing US tour opening for Arctic Monkeys, who played a slew of songs from their new album ‘Suck It And See’ including ‘Library Pictures’, ‘She’s Thunderstorms’ and ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’. The tour continues tomorrow at The Filmore in Detroit.

The Vaccines played:

‘Under Your Thumb’
‘Blow It Up’
‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’
‘All In White’
‘A Lack Of Understanding’
‘If You Wanna’
‘Post Break-Up Sex’
‘Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White’ (with Lyle Preslar)

Arctic Monkeys played:


‘Library Pictures’
‘The View From the Afternoon’
‘This House Is A Circus’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I Moved Your Chair’
‘Pretty Visitors’
‘Teddy Picker’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘She’s Thunderstorms’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Potion Approaching’
‘Brick By Brick’
‘If You Were There, Beware’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’