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The Vaccines at Rough Trade NYC (September 1, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2015

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The Vaccines last stopped in New York in June for a memorable performance in Brooklyn at Warsaw. I expected them to return later in the year perhaps at a bigger venue such as Webster Hall or even a return to Terminal 5, but they surprised me with two shows the same night (September 1) at Rough Trade NYC. This was no doubt a tiny show for them, making it all the more surprising.
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The Vaccines at Warsaw (June 9, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 19th 2015

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It’s hard to believe that The Vaccines are already on album number three. With the release English Graffiti (released via Columbia Records), the group released three albums in just four years, the time that many bands take just to release one.

This summer they made their return to New York to play a sold out show at Warsaw in Brooklyn. The young crowd was eager to bounce around to the brisk rock tunes of The Vaccines once again, and the band didn’t disappoint. Leading off with English Graffiti single “Handsome,” the band proved they were back in business, and they sounded as impressive as ever. It’s hard to believe it, but they’re now veterans, a strong-willed rock band who are assured and confident.

With the addition of live keyboardist Timothy Lanham, the 5-piece version of The Vaccines are able to recreate the synth whirls found on the new record, as well as add an extra boost with old favorites such as “If You Wanna,” “Melody Calling,” “Wetsuit,” and “All In White,” which gloriously rounded out the 3-song encore, as it should.

The new songs sounded even better live, and the old songs had even more life than ever before. If you can find tickets to their upcoming performances at Rough Trade in September, you should go. It should be a good one.

Find more photos from the performance posted below, along with the setlist.
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[new]: The Vaccines – Handsome

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2015

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This spring British rockers The Vaccines will return with their new album, English Graffiti (Via Columbia Records).

With this announcement comes first single “Handsome.” The band released it’s goofy music video today (directed by Gerson Aguerri), and it features the band in their own old school kung fu movie. As for the song itself, it’s a fully charged rock song with all the pop-hooks and guitars riffs that we’ve come to expect from The Vaccines. The formula isn’t breaking any grounds, but it sounds damn good.

Enjoy the “Handsome” music video below. The digital version of the single is available to pre-order on iTunes + Amazon, while a limited colored 7″ can be pre-ordered here.
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Phoenix | The Vaccines @ Barclays Center (10.2.2013)

By Will Oliver, October 3rd 2013


I still remember sitting in my mom’s car as she picked up our pizza pie to go as I anxiously unwrapped my copy of Phoenix’s new album It’s Never Been Like That on CD. This was back in 2006 (I was 15), when CD’s were still a thing. Still at that age I read music blogs and remembered discovering “Sometimes In The Fall” on one and instantly falling in love with this French band that I had a hard time finding stuff about on google. Eventually I traced them back to Lost In Translation, and next thing you know, I had all their material. So seeing their amazing ascent to the top in 2009 with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix was truly a pleasure. I’ve now been lucky enough to see them rock venues all over the place, and last night I got to photograph them in the photo pit of Barclays freaking Center. Surreal to say the least. Read the rest of this entry »

The Vaccines stopped by BBC Radio1’s Live Lounge and performed their single “Teenage Icon” (listen to audio here). Bands usually choose a song to cover for their Live Lounge sessions, and The Vaccines went the pop route, choosing to cover Taylor Swift’s ” We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. Yeah.

It’s totally tongue in cheek and pretty much sounds as described. Guess they had fun with it.

Watch/listen below.

Last week The Vaccines released a new EP titled Please, Please Do Not Disturb as a free download on their site. The EP features 4 covers that the band recorded in various hotel rooms while on tour throughout Eastern Europe.

On the EP they cover: “The Beast In Me” by Nick Lowe, “Mannequin” by Wire, “That Summer Feeling” by Jonathan Richman and “The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA. I had been meaning to finally share this, so this post is for you if you happened to miss this. If not, continue on then.

[music video]: The Vaccines – Teenage Icon

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2012 — with 1 comment

Last week The Vaccines released a music video for “Teenage Icon” the guitar riff friendly second single from new album, The Vaccines Come Of Age.

The video sees the band rocking the song in a cramped elevator. Be sure to note what song plays right before they enter. Pretty cool little catch.

The Vaccines Come Of Age comes out October 2 via Columbia Records. Pre-order it here.

[new]: The Vaccines – Blow Your Mind

By Will Oliver, July 6th 2012 — with 5 comments

“Blow Your Mind” is the b-side to The Vaccines “No Hope” single. You’ll immediately notice something different, and that’s because bassist Arni Arnason is singing.

New album The Vaccines Come Of Age comes out September 4 on Columbia Records. The singles will each feature b-sides written and sung by a different member. Arni’s is up first. Find it below.

[music video]: The Vaccines – No Hope

By Will Oliver, June 27th 2012 — with 1 comment

Missed The Vaccines new video “No Hope” while I was at Bonnaroo. The band has just revealed the album art for their new album The Vaccines Come Of Age, which “No Hope” is featured on. Find the video below along with the album’s tracklist.

The Vaccines Come Of Age is due September 4 via Columbia. The band sold out Bowery Ballroom, but tickets for their September 11 MHOW show are still available.
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The Vaccines have announced that they will release a new album this year. The album is titled, The Vaccines Come Of Age, and it’s the quick follow-up to last years debut album. The album was recorded at the ICP studios in Brussels and Distiller in Bath with producer Ethan Johns.

The first single from the album is titled “No Hope” and it’s currently available to stream. At 4 minutes it’s one of the bands longest songs to date, and it signals what may be a more mature version of the band, only one year older. Justin’s vocals sound more lo-fi, which fits the feel of the new song.

The new album will be released on September 4 via Columbia Records. Stream “No Hope” below.

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