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What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

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In October of 2010, The Vaccines played the show that would ultimately dictate the next few months of their career. As 200 eager fans packed inside the London venue Flowerpot, outside 200 more fans were being turned away. Earlier that summer the band had released their first track "If You Wanna," a track that The Independent called "three minutes of vintage, brash, no-messing, rock'n'roll." This track and the power packed, 80-second track "Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)," in combination with the infamous Flowerpot gig would catapult the band into becoming 2011's most exciting new act according to NME, MTV, BBC Radio 1, Elle, Vogue, Spin Magazine and many more!
In November, The Vaccines were invited to play on Jools Holland where they performed three tracks, a privilege not often given to such new bands. Additionally, the band was booked on the show before having released a single record- an honor never granted before!
Spin Magazine raved of the bands recent live debut: "The Vaccines' first American show was an audition for the job of world's biggest band of right now, and after blasting through 12 doses of anthemic, cocksure rock'n'roll in barely 30 minutes flat, they became leading candidates for the position.

The Vaccines' full length debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, is 37 minutes of "Lo-fi, heart-grabbing rock 'n' roll" exclaims Q Magazine. NME raves that the record is a mix of "pop-punk, chillwave and classic good-time pop'n'roll." The Fly explains that the bands "glimmering, lo-fi punk-pop laced with dreamy summertime hamonise," will solidify that, "The Vaccines are the band to watch in 2011!"

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
  2. If You Wanna
  3. A Lack of Understanding
  4. Blow It Up
  5. Wetsuit
  6. Norgaard
  7. Post Break-Up Sex
  8. Under Your Thumb
  9. All In White
  10. Wolf Pack
  11. Family Friend


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • ASIN: B004HYGF18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Richard Hine on July 7, 2011
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At first listen, The Vaccines may sound like just another weakened strain of many bands you have injured yourself banging your head to before. The Ramones? The Strokes? The Raveonettes if Sharin Foo had a sex change and added a cockney accent? It's all there and more. But don't dismiss The Vaccines as just the latest overhyped British rockers. Listen at least to the first minute and 22 seconds Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra). Because that's all you get of that one. It's fast. It's fun. It's contagious. So what if all the songs seem to be about wanting to have sex, having sex, breaking up, trying to get back together or having Post Break-Up Sex instead. If you've ever fallen hard for a guitar-driven band, The Vaccines will surely given you a good time in earbud, without exactly making you forget your ex. Then again, what did you expect?
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London band debut of fast, fun, short British power pop packed with magnetic, if derivative,
melodic hooks. It may not be particularly original, but it satisfies the need for the pop fix with its
straightforward blend of obvious influences. Critics are calling it "fake indie" & "lacking sub-
stance", but...well, really "What Did You Expect From the Vaccines"? It's fun, simple & addictive.
I may not be listening to it two years from now, but it fills the moment nicely. Recalls the Strokes,
Jesus & Mary Chain, the Smiths, Ramones, Best Coast, Arctic Monkeys, Surfer Blood, Beatles,
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.
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This is indie chart staple that some would and do say has been done to death, but it is ruddy great. Opening track `Wreckin bar rar, ra , ra', is a 90 second homage to The Ramones and what a great way to kick off such a joyous album.

All of the tracks could be singles, and sometimes that can be annoying, but they are all so good that it just makes this one album that you don't feel you need to fast forward any tracks at all. The obvious pithy wit, irony and verve that is `Post break up sex' is probably the most stand out track, but only just, a real crowd pleaser and floor filler. Track 5 `Wetsuit'; is slower but still has enough momentum to hook you and take you along for the ride. Personal favourite is `A lack of understanding', as it seems to be about me and I like it when you can instantly empathise with a song. The vocals are great too and are all delivered so clear that a lyric sheet is not needed. I have had this a couple of weeks now and during that time three of my fave bands have brought out new albums; this however has been a constant on my MP3 despite all the other music I have been getting. It just feels like summer, sex, angst and fun all rolled up in a great package that you can dance to (but in my case - not very well).

There is a twelfth track `Somebody else's child that is tucked at the end of track 11 and not available on download, this is the slowest and most reflective number and makes the album approach, as opposed to a download, probably the better option.

Also not my typical genre, but for indie rock fans who like their music accessible, upbeat, with great lyrics tight playing and some heartfelt humour, then this is indie heaven.
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Vaccines sounds like everyone from Strokes, Interpol, to Heavens, The National, The Cribs to the Doves, We Are Augustines, you name it. Yet I feel like they stand alone as well. As a fan of many of the aforementioned bands, The Vaccines are a welcomed addition to my collection. I believe they are embodying a particular style and sound of a particular genre of this particular era that is obviously influenced by different bands of each era, dating back to the simplistic melodies of the fifties and sixties - so when people complain and argue that they are unoriginal, I'm not sure they have a good grasp of culture. None of these folks are completely original, only they find unique ways to express something that is already out there or on the cusp of being out there. But the way The Vaccines express this style and sound feels very genuinely emotional and personal. I feel like this is what makes bands in this genre stick out for me and I can't get enough of the Vaccines for the moment. That being said, I do believe that bands that offer or create an augmentation to the sound are creatively more admirable, influential and, in my mind, have more "staying" power. I am not sure The Vaccines really add or augment anything significantly to that point rather than just fitting comfortably within the genre. So while their tunes are stuck in my head at the moment, I would give them four stars for grasping the genre while maybe not taking it to that extra level.
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Seems like every year someone is proclaimed in Q Magazine (my monthly purchase of note since 2000) to be the saviours/new darlings of indie rock. Sometimes they get it right (The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys), more often they get it wrong (Glassvegas a blaring example of expectations royally smashed). Last month (April, 2011) it was The Vaccines. Frankly, they're alright. This is not reinvention though. Much of it is what Arcade Fire playing Rooney (remember them?) with slightly racier lyrics would sound like. The lyrics themselves have (on the best songs) a consciousness reminiscent of Reverend and the Makers (indie saviours of late 07), but they seem to run out of ideas, trapped in what sounds like a rather middle class upbringing (as displayed in Somebody Else's Child). As a middle class guy of basically the same age I can hardly complain about this, but the confusion over relationships and illadvised sex is familiar enough to not need to be told about. I'd imagine this would appeal to the 'individual' indie teenager for whom the Arctic Monkeys are a little too jarring, Arcade Fire too monotonously pounding (i.e. boring) and for whom 'shagging their stoned family friend whilst everyone else is passed out downstairs' (I'm paraphrasing, but not much) and 'Post Break-Up Sex' are still unknown experiences. There are some catchy tunes, and some which positively scream their influcences (Wreckin' Bar could be a Ramones B-Side, whilst A Lack of Understanding has an unmistakable New Wave sound in Justin Young's voice which wouldn't be out of place in a Smiths cover band), but none of these are truely memorable. The problem is the likes of the Cure and the Smiths did this stuff twenty-five plus years ago and they did it better. It'll get some 16-18 year olds through the next summer of break ups and first concerts, but that's about it.
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