With so many part-time bands riding the tail-end of the indie scene, The Vaccines are the real thing. No nonsense, just music.
Over the past few months, The Vaccines have been touring the country, knuckling down in the recording studio and have today released a limited edition double A-side Wreckin’ Bar/ Blow It Up. At just 90 seconds, Wreckin’ Bar was the shortest song ever to be played on Jools Holland a few weeks ago, where the four-piece performed alongside Kings of Leon, M.I.A. and Eric Clapton. Named the ‘About To Break’ band by NME, the boys have attracted huge press of late, appearing on MTV’s Gonzo, in countless NME online and print posts and in The Guardian. For a new band they are surprisingly nonchalant about said press – because they’ve all individually been there before, printed the T-shirt and sold the record. Already, lead singer Justin, guitarist Freddie, drummer Pete and bass player Arni are prolific enough musicians that most of them can’t remember what their very first bands were called – and they’re only in their twenties. While some people fall into music careers, there’s no element of luck or circumstance to The Vaccines’ success; it’s down to hard work, commitment and talent, which they possess in abundance.
The new single Wreckin’ Bar is the type of track you just keep hitting ‘Play’ on. It’s fast paced, loud and knee-jerkingly catchy, staying in your head long enough to imprint your memory, but not get on your nerves. With the NME Awards Tour coming up in February 2011 and countless gigs in the UK, the US and Europe, the band will be officially releasing their album next year. Rarely interviewed all together, i-D Online intruded a recording session at their East London studio the evening before they went on tour to talk inspirations, aspirations and the fundamental distinction between Bath and Bristol. Listen up, and listen good.
Wreckin’ Bar/ Blow It Up is released today.