Last night The Vaccines played a storming set at The Village Underground in Shoreditch. The intimate, sold out show marked the return of the indie band, as they announced the release of their third studio album, English Graffiti. Tickets were limited with a fan lottery system in place and I was one of the lucky ones fortunate enough to see the four-piece preview their new material.
The band opened with Blow It Up, an underrated track from their back catalogue. The slower song led into Teenage Icon, which is featured on the 2012 album Come of Age and is a typical Vaccine song full of light-heartedness, fun and a punchy kick.
The band previewed Want You So Bad, which frontman Justin Young stated “was the sexist The Vaccines were gonna get”. The melancholy mood of the track lowered the tone of the gig, fitting in with the theme of the venue and its up-close and personal small capacity. The track showcases The Vaccines’ versatility; here’s hoping it will be released as a single.
Young and co. relied heavily on material from their debut album, with tracks Wrekin Bar (Ra Ra Ra), If You Wanna and Post Break-Up Sex providing the raucous and raw sound that the band are known for. The Vaccines know exactly what their fans want and they totally deliver.
Towards the end of the gig, the band played their brand new single, Handsome. Despite the video only being released earlier this week, the fast-paced track received a positive reception from the crowd.
The Vaccines provided everything you would expect from a Vaccines gig: a cool manner with a raw edge, marking their territory on the music scene once more.