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- 25/09/2021Find ticketsArts Club - Liverpool The Vaccines Sep 25 18:30Saturday 18:30Arts Club - LiverpoolThe Vaccines
- 26/09/2021Find ticketsDe La Warr Pavilion - Bexhill on Sea The Vaccines - Revive Live Tour Sep 26 19:00Sunday 19:00De La Warr Pavilion - Bexhill on SeaThe Vaccines - Revive Live Tour
- 14/04/2022Find ticketsO2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester - Manchester The Vaccines Apr 14 2022 18:00Thursday 18:00O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester - ManchesterThe Vaccines
- 16/04/2022Find ticketsO2 Academy Leeds - Leeds The Vaccines Apr 16 2022 18:00Saturday 18:00O2 Academy Leeds - LeedsThe Vaccines
- 18/04/2022Find ticketsPortsmouth Guildhall - Portsmouth The Vaccines Apr 18 2022 18:30Monday 18:30Portsmouth Guildhall - PortsmouthThe Vaccines
- 19/04/2022Find ticketsO2 Academy Birmingham - Birmingham The Vaccines Apr 19 2022 19:00Tuesday 19:00O2 Academy Birmingham - BirminghamThe Vaccines
- 21/04/2022Find ticketsSSE Arena, Wembley - London The Vaccines Apr 21 2022 19:00Thursday 19:00SSE Arena, Wembley - LondonThe Vaccines
- 23/04/2022Find ticketsO2 City Hall, Newcastle - Newcastle Upon Tyne The Vaccines Apr 23 2022 19:00Saturday 19:00O2 City Hall, Newcastle - Newcastle Upon TyneThe Vaccines
- 24/04/2022Find ticketsBarrowland - Glasgow The Vaccines Apr 24 2022 19:00Sunday 19:00Barrowland - GlasgowThe VaccinesLow Availability
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Next-big-things who evolved into something much more nuanced and adventurous
On the face of it, The Vaccines seemed like the ultimate NME band: a bawdy, swaggering Brit rock band with a definite article and a deep devotion to nonchalance. Dig deeper though, and the layers start to unfurl revealing short, sharp indie rock songs built on a solid foundation of rock n’ roll’s greatest songwriters, from Alex Chilton to Bob Dylan, Gene Clark to Jonathan Richman.
The band formed as a quartet in London in 2009, made up of Justin Young (vocals, guitar), Freddie Cowan (guitar), Árni Árnason (bass) and Pete Robertson (drums). Signed to Columbia after just a few gigs, their debut single Post Break-Up Sex arrived in early 2011 and drew comparisons to The Strokes, The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys and The Jesus & Mary Chain. A swirling tempest of hype surrounded their debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, leading to something of a backlash from indie purists.
The Vaccines shifted tack with their follow-up, recording with much-vaunted producer Ethan Johns (Counting Crows, Jayhawks, Tom Jones) and displaying a sound that leaned away from the swaggering rock du jour and instead embraced ’60s pop and electrified Dylanisms.
The band followed this muse all the way to their Dave Friedmann-produced third album English Graffiti, which ran the gamut from nitro-fuelled Beach Boys takes likes Radio Bikini to the stomping synth glam of Dream Lover.
By now, The Vaccines had shed any illusion of wanting to be the next Libertines and were instead gradually winning over doubters. The Guardian had been somewhat sniffy about their first two albums but raved about English Graffiti and its 2018 follow-up Combat Sports, which also marked the debut of new keyboardist Timothy Lanham.
Another line-up change followed, with Pete Robertson leaving and Yoann Intonti joining. Now a quintet, The Vaccines returned in 2021 with Back In Love City, which melted together shimmying disco and country rock in an unexpectedly potent neon-coloured cocktail