The Vaccines: ‘New album ‘English Graffiti’ includes biggest song we’ve ever written’

Justin Young says song 'Dream Lover' is 'like a monster in my head'

The Vaccines have said that new song ‘Dream Lover’ from their forthcoming third album ‘English Graffiti’ is “the biggest song we’ve ever written”.

In the new Albums of 2015 issue of NME, which is on newsstands from today and available digitally, frontman Justin Young tells how the song deals with the subject of going home with someone but wishing you were with someone else. “It’s like a monster in my head,” he says.

The band also confirm other tracks that will be appearing on the album including ‘Want You So Bad’, the first song Young wrote for the album and what he calls “a really pretty love song. It’s my best attempt at sounding sexy. I thought, ‘By the end if this, you’ll want me so bad,” he says.

Other tracks include “hyper” ‘Radio Bikini’, the band’s answer to Dead Kennedy’s ‘Holiday in Cambodia’. “It’s a song about the bombing of Bikini Atoll [after World War II] disguised as a song about summer,” Young said.

The Vaccines recently revealed that the title ‘English Graffiti’ came from an article Young read in The New York Times about the globalisation of culture. “We live in a really weird time. We’re voyeurs. We’re constantly looking at this constructed reality online. We feel super-connected, but I don’t think we are. I feel a massive disconnect between what we perceive to be real and attainable and what actually is,” he said.

The band also said that they’ve been more adventurous with their new album and intend for the record to be so “genre-defining” that it will “sound terrible in 10 years”.

The Vaccines will perform live at the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas. They will be joined on the bill by Run The Jewels and Royal Blood. The show takes place at the O2 Academy Brixton, London, on February 18, with tickets available now.