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What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?

The Vaccines

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Britain’s Vaccines hit in a big way across the pond with their singles-laden debut, What Did You Expect From the Vaccines? Their brand of post-punk-rooted commercial rock fits in nicely with bands like the Strokes and Arctic Monkeys, though the Vaccines’ occasional foray into a big, fist-pumping guitar sound (“All In White”, “Post Break-Up Sex”), might put off some stalwart indie-rockers. But the Vaccines have enough scruffy edge and reverb to work their charms on fans of, say, No Age or Male Bonding, and those songs present the band at their best. Just listen to opener “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)”, a breakneck-paced, dizzyingly wonderful minute and a half of howling guitars and silly lyrics, or “Blow It Up”, a Jesus and Mary Chain-flavored tune full of corrosive, gritty guitar layers and atmospherics, yearning to be a pop song. “Wolf Pack” goes dangerously close into the “too big” category, but is saved with its insanely catchy chorus and cow-punk drum gallop, and “If You Wanna” has all the summertime bounce of Best Coast. Hopefully this young band will outlive the “big hit” backlash likely to come along, because they make darn good rock music.

Customer Reviews


.... What I'd expect from The Vaccines.

Not dull, at all, in fact.

@ Bertie Meyer . . . "anyone can pick up a guitar and play these songs"

Yes but you didn't and they did!

The Vaccines write brilliantly simple, but really strong guitar-based songs, great tunes and lyrics tinged with humour. No-one says you have to create jaw-droppingly complex arrangements for some sad washed-up muso to wax lyrical over for hours on end. Enjoy them for what they are, sheesh.

First album I've listened to in ages where I actually like pretty much all of the songs on it.

Exceeds Expectations

What I expected and more. I only heard about these guys roughly a week ago and I haven't listened to anything else since.


Formed: London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Infectious London-based indie rock outfit the Vaccines formed in the late 2000s around the talents of Justin Young (vocals, guitar), Árni Hjörvar (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar), and Pete Robertson (drums). The quartet, which has drawn comparisons to everyone from Surfer Blood and the Drums to the Strokes and the Jesus and Mary Chain, released its debut single, "Post Break-Up Sex," on Columbia Records in February 2011, in anticipation of a full-length studio album later in the year. That debut, What...
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