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The Vaccines (formed 2010)
The Vaccines are an indie guitar band from West London. They formed in 2010 and released their debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines the following year.
The Vaccines: Formation
In early 2010, The Vaccines formed, with the line-up consisting of Justin Young on guitar and vocals (Justin was formerly signed to Stiff Records and recorded under the name Jay Jay Pistolet), Arni Hjorvar on bass, Freddie Cowan on guitar (Freddie is the younger brother of Tom from The Horrors) and Pete Robertson on drums.
In August 2010, the band uploaded a demo of 'If You Wanna' to YouTube and almost immediately, DJs such as Radio One's Zane Lowe were praising the track.
The band played their first gig in Leicester and then started touring between September and November 2010. Their first London performance sold out, with members of White Lies and the Maccabees in the audience, as well as Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons and Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. 200 people were reportedly turned away.
The Vaccines: Debut album onwards
The debut single from The Vaccines was 'Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)' / 'Blow It Up'. The single was limited to 100 copies and was released in November 2010 on Marshall Teller Records. The videos for the tracks were directed by Douglas Hart of Jesus & The Mary Chain.
In December 2010, The Vaccines recorded a session for Marc Riley's 6Music show. They also became the first band to appear on Later with Jools Holland before releasing a single.
In January 2011, they were announced as being the their artist in the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. Number One that year was the solo artist Jessie J. That same week, they appeared on the cover of NME magazine for the first time, before embarking on the NME Awards tour with Crystal Castles.
The band then travelled to America where they were watched by Debbie Harry, amongst others. By early 2011, they had signed to Columbia Records and released their second single 'Post Break-Up Sex' in January 2011. Shortly after, they were nominated for an MTV Award, for 'Best New Band of 2011' as well as the Critics' Choice Award at the BRITs.
After performing at SXSW, The Vaccines released their debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Having drawn many comparisons to The Strokes, the release of the band's debut album was brought forward by a week so that it did not coincide with the release of The Strokes' album Angles.
Following the release of the album, The Vaccines supported Arctic Monkeys at the Don Valley Bowl in Sheffield, in a 10,000 capacity tent. They ended the summer with performances at Reading & Leeds festivals, where they were joined onstage by members of The Horrors. NME magazine tipped them as the number one band of the weekend. Other musicians to have joined the band onstage, previously, include Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, Lyle Preslar of Minor Threat and Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand.
The Vaccines recorded a TV commercial for Rimmel, which saw the model Kate Moss join them on guitar and drums.
In September 2011, The Vaccines were due to tour Europe and the USA but were forced to postpone, when singer Justin Young, recurring throat problems stopped him from being able to perform.
A new song, 'Tiger Blood' was debuted in September 2011. It was produced by Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes. They ended 2011 with an appearance on Top of the Tops on Christmas Day as well as performing on Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny.
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.
Continue reading: The Vaccines - Live at Brixton Academy 26th November 2015 Live Review
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
Continue reading: 5 Venues You'll Want To Visit At SXSW 2015
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.
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.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Festival 2013: Your Guide To The Biggest Clashes!
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.
Continue reading: Primavera Sound 2013 - Live Review
Albums of Note... That 'difficult second album' phase is probably even more difficult when - in between your first and second album - you have performed at the Royal wedding, had your songs splashed all over the TV, dumped one of the UK's best-known radio DJs (Greg James) and started dating one of the United States' best-known producers (Skrillex). Ellie Goulding seems to have done a solid job of navigating the pressures of retaining her identity, whilst no doubt being squeezed by her record label. Overall though, Halcyonis not quite the blast of personality that we expected from Goulding: "The most disappointing thing is that they've not even really allowed Goulding's voice to flourish. She has a vocal that's pleasant if not exactly stand out, but all life in it's been stamped out through auto-tuning and correction, the singer sounding as though she's being possessed by the spirit of nothing at all."
Tall Ships are beginning to gather serious momentum on the live circuit in the UK and their debut album, Everything Touching cements that reputation. It's by no means a perfect debut but Tall Ships are already breaking free of the 'math rock' parameters that have been loosely placed about them. "The majority of the ten tracks are instrumentally intense with sounds overlapping and complimenting each other. An intriguing debut from Tall Ships, but there's just a spark missing. They should cut down on the instrumentals and replace with some words because, when they're used, the science and instrumental beauty are amplified perfectly."
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