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The Vaccines - Combat Sports Album Review

By Andrew Lockwood in Music Reviews on 12 April 2018

The Vaccines make a welcome return with their fourth album in seven years, and first in three, with the release of their latest record 'Combat Sports'. After the odd hiccup and wavering trajectory along the way, The Vaccines seem to have come back with a more reassured swagger and a joined up, cohesive sound that oozes confidence and points to a band comfortable in their own skin. With five singles lifted from their latest eleven track album already, Justin and his band have not been shy about coming forward with it either.

For the most part, 'Combat Sports' has an undeniably infectious, almost youthful naivety about it. The anthemic Garage Rock of their first single to be taken off of the album, 'I Can't Quit', is a riotous fillip driven at velocity by some terrific guitar riffs and well versed lyrics. Album opener 'Put It On A T-Shirt' has a slight Vampire Weekend lilt that creeps into the mix and has a similar immediacy and resonance that makes it easy to like. 'Surfing In The Sky' picks the BPM back up with its relentless rhythm and Justin's more attitudinal vocal style as he poses the question, "What do you get when you cross the Rubicon, With a man who said self-humour's all gone?"

Where 'Combat Sports' loses some of its appeal is when it verges on the throw-away and takes a more Fratellis route. The bouncy and light album low point of 'Take It Easy' (As well as the ever so slightly better, 'Maybe (Luck Of The Draw)') detract from the overall quality of the remainder and jars every time.

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The Vaccines performing live in concert at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth. They're supporting their recently released fourth studio album 'Combat Sports' - Bournemouth, United Kingdom - Thursday 5th April 2018

The Vaccines Compare Worst Gig To My Super Sweet Sixteen

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 05 January 2018

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The Vaccines have compared their worst ever gig to an episode of MTV reality show 'My Super Sweet Sixteen' where the guests are left disappointed by the big reveal.

The Vaccines have joked their worst ever gig felt like an episode of 'My Super Sweet Sixteen'.

The 'I Can't Quit' band - made up of Justin Hayward-Young, Freddie Cowan, Árni Árnason, Timothy Lanham and Yoann Intonti - performed at the wedding of cycling champion Mark Cavendish and model Peta Todd in 2013.

Recalling the awkward event, frontman Justin told Radio X's Gordon Smart: ''I think they were hoping all their friends liked us as much as they did. It was like My Super Sweet Sixteen where someone thinks they're getting Justin Bieber and then...''

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Members of The Vaccines seen in the press room at the 2016 StubHub Q Awards - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd November 2016

The Vaccines - The Vaccines performing at the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall at Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 20th April 2016

The Vaccines - Live at Brixton Academy 26th November 2015 Live Review

By Chloe Dobinson in Music Reviews on 30 November 2015

An epic 21 song set saw The Vaccines play their 3rd and final show of the year at London's Brixton Academy. Kicking off the proceedings was Handsome, a cheeky introduction to a four piece who have continually developed and become better with age.

The UK tour, which is in support of their third studio album English Graffiti, has seen the London band tour relentlessly since its release in May this year. Tracks such as Dream Lover, 20/20 and Give Me A Sign, were met by a great reception from fans and show their versatility as a band. The Vaccines are great for mixing their upbeat indie tracks with their softer, loved up side. Their maturity and confidence shines through in English Graffiti and on stage, a far cry from their debut album What Did You Expect? Which -although an incredibly enjoyable album - felt a little like the 4 guys were in a rabbit in headlights situation; those days are long gone.

Frontman Justin Young gets the audience singing, bouncing and hands in the air. This gig marks a career highlight for the band and it's clear they're very appreciative of their 3 night run at the iconic London venue.

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The Vaccines - 'Sunny Afternoon' gala night - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 18th May 2015

5 Venues You'll Want To Visit At SXSW 2015

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 16 March 2015

South by Southwest Wolf Alice BØRNS Delta Spirit The Vaccines Palma Violets Lolawolf The Cribs Surfer Blood The Dodos Deerhoof Of Montreal Gengahr Dry the River Mini Mansions James Bay Laura Marling Milky Chance Twin Shadow Gang Of Four Courtney Barnett Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros James Vincent McMorrow

Which are the best venues to visit this SXSW?

SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.

First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.

Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015

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The Vaccines - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived at the 2015 NME Awards which were held at the Brixton Academy in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th February 2015

Alt-J, The Libertines And The Jesus And Mary Chain Among Best Kept Secret 2015 First Announcements

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 10 February 2015

Alt-J The Libertines The Jesus And Mary Chain Chet Faker Noel Gallagher Death Cab For Cutie The Vaccines Future Islands Royal Blood Kate Tempest Dan Deacon Jonny Greenwood

The festival brings some exemplary headliners to the Netherlands this Summer.

The Netherlands' Best Kept Secret Festival won't be a secret for long if they keep introducing stellar acts such as this each year! The first line-up announcement includes Alt-J, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Joining the third line-up for Best Kept Secret this June is some of the finest indie, rock, punk and electronic artists the world has to over, with 35 more acts yet to be announced. Alongside newly reunited headliners The Libertines on Friday, June 19th 2015 are alt-rock veterans The Jesus And Mary Chain, playing the full tracklist of their 1985 debut album 'Psychocandy'. Aussie chart topper Chet Faker will also make an appearance, with Alabama's St. Paul & The Broken Bones who are currently on their 'Half The City' tour.

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Sony Music Announce 'BBC Top Gear Driving Anthems' Released November 18th 2013

Posted on 08 November 2013


Glastonbury Festival 2013: Your Guide To The Biggest Clashes!

By Lauren James in Music / Festivals on 25 June 2013

Smashing Pumpkins Nick Cave Michael Eavis Tame Impala Frightened Rabbit The Vaccines Haim The XX Bobby Womack Rolling Stones Primal Scream

With less than 24 hours to go before Glastonbury Festival opens its doors at the Somerset site, it's always good to know which bands to see and when.

With such a ginormous festival site at 900 acres, and plenty of drunken hoardes and muddy puddles to fight through, the simple act of walking from one stage to another can be a difficult task. Throw in a lost mud-sucked welly and inebriated disorientation and you haven't a hope in hell of deftly navigating your way in between acts - even with that overpriced festival lanyard you spent half your first day's budget on.

Glastonbury returns in 2013 after having taking a well needed break in 2012 - the Eavis family, the cows and the grass all had a rest whilst the portaloos and crowd barriers were in London for the Olympics. The festival this year marks it's revival with an exciting line-up, including The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Chase and Status, and Public Enemy.

However, with all star-packed line-ups comes inevitable clashes: fan of both Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds AND Smashing Pumpkins? Too bad - they're both on around 20:30 on the Sunday with a good half mile hike between stages, meaning you'll have to forego one sullen frontman for another.

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Bonnaroo And Ustream Announce 2013 Webcast Line-up Featuring Paul Mccartney, Mumford And Sons And Many More

Posted on 13 June 2013


Primavera Sound 2013 - Live Review

By Dom Gourlay in Music Reviews on 29 May 2013

Barcelona: arguably the most picturesque city in Europe. Situated on the Mediterranean coast in the heart of the Catalonian region, it's a landmine of history and culture. In amongst the beautiful landscapes and symbolic architecture; much of it crafted by Antoni Gaudi; lies the wonderful Park Guell, while at the city's highest point resides the Olympic Stadium, redeveloped with an increased capacity for the 1992 event. Then, of course, there's always the world famous Nou Camp, home to arguably the greatest and most successful football club of this generation, which is where our week long journey begins.

Arriving a day early before Primavera's festivities start enables us to take in the unique atmosphere as champions Barcelona narrowly defeat Real Valladolid by the odd goal. It also allows one final opportunity to contemplate this year's timetable where clashes aplenty are the order of most days. However, such a haven of choices marks a great festival, right? Right.

This year's event marks the thirteenth edition of Primavera Sound and, with weekend tickets having sold out months ago, it would be fair to say it's one of the few whose reputation and audience is growing despite the current economic decline. Mainly situated across three venues; the Parc Del Forum, Parc De La Ciutadella and Sala Apolo; Primavera has developed from an initial three-day weekend into a full blown seven-day event.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Phoenix, My Bloody Valentine And Blur Will Be In The Line Up Of Primavera Sound 2013

Posted on 24 January 2013