The Vaccines have revealed why many of their hits are so short.
The band, who recently returned with new track ‘All My Friends Are Falling In Love’, have often written songs that are less than less than three minutes — with their debut single, ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ clocking in at only 90 seconds.
“It’s not a conscious thing … it just comes naturally,” explained frontman Justin Hayward-Young. “A lot of the great pop music in the ’50s, ’60s, and then the great punk rock and hardcore of the ’70s and ’80s was all sub-3 minutes. I think the origins of pop are of that nature. I’m [also] quite A.D.D. I think we are the iPod generation; we like instant gratification.”
The frontman also explained how difficult it is to improve on previous albums, the last of which was ‘Combat Sports’ which was released earlier this year..
“Every time you make a record, you’d think that you’ve found the winning formula or that you are righting the wrongs of the previous record, no matter how proud of it you are. I think that’s the only way that people continue to create art: You have to believe that what you are doing now is better than you were doing before,” he told Billboard.
Early next year, The Vaccines will also head out on a huge UK tour that concludes with two dates at London’s iconic Roundhouse. Check out the dates in full below and buy tickets here.
Thursday January 24 2019 – AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre
Friday January 25 2019 – BRIGHTON Dome
Saturday January 26 2019 – OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
Monday January 28 2019 – BLACKBURN King Georges Hall
Tuesday January 29 2019 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Wednesday January 30 2019 – MOTHERWELL Concert Hall and Theatre
Friday February 1 2019 – CARDIFF University Great Hall
Saturday February 2 2019 – EXETER Great Hall
Sunday February 3 2019 – SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
Tuesday February 5 2019 – LEICESTER O2 Academy Leicester
Thursday February 7 2019 – GUILDFORD G Live
Friday February 8 2019 – LONDON Roundhouse
Saturday February 9 2019 – LONDON Roundhouse
In a four star review earlier this year, NME described ‘Combat Sports’ as “a fourth album both back-to-basics in a Ramone-next-door sort of way, but with renewed purpose and attitude, and eyeing new paths of punk-rock progress.
“For a band out to re-plough and redecorate their original rut, there’s real imagination here; The Vaccines return to the front-line of popular culture ready, once more, to lead the charge. A dog of the new-rock war, let slip.”