A YOUNG British band tipped for a big future are occupying a famous slot on this year’s NME Awards Tour.
The Vaccines, who were only formed in June last year, hope to follow in the footsteps of Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, with whom they share their management.
Both went on to great things after filling the opening spot on the tour, and if the London-based trio live up to the hype, the rest of the bill – Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man and Everything Everything – could find them a very hard act to follow.
There’s been a growing buzz around The Vaccines since they arrived on the scene with a YouTube clip of their song If You Wanna.
It sparked the attention of Franz Ferdinand managers Supervision, and ignited a whirlwind of positive press and blog coverage. Frontman Justin Young had found minor success with indie folk project Jay Jay Pistolet, coming to the fore alongside friends Laura Marling, Noah & The Whale and one time flatmate Marcus Mumford.
Failing to hit the heights of his counterparts, Young decided to change style, and formed The Vaccines with Freddie Cowan, who had played live with his brother Tom’s band The Horrors.
Icelandic bass player Arni Arnason and drummer Pete Robertson soon completed the line-up, who have seen their music compared to The Ramones and Jesus And Mary Chain.
Punchy double-A-side debut single Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)/Blow It Up won over the likes of NME and Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, who claimed the band would “kickstart a new era”.
A deal with Columbia Records and an appearance on Later... With Jools Holland followed, before they were signed up for the NME tour.
They have just finished third in the influential BBC Sound of 2011 poll, which sets the stage nicely for the March 31 release of debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
A new single, Post Break Up Sex, will be released on January 24 to whet fans’ appetites.
Understandably, Young has no regrets about his change of musical direction.
“Professionally I’d seen my friends pass me and I guess I became quite disillusioned. I just wanted a fresh start, really, a clean slate.”
“We’ve made a conscious effort to make the songs as fun for us as possible. Put it this way, I was bored of staring at my shoes every night.
“I don’t like pop without any depth or integrity. Hopefully, people will see that there’s slightly more to a Vaccines lyric than a Fratellis lyric or something like that. I’d like to think there’s slightly more depth to us than that.”
*The NME Awards Tour is at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Monday, February 7. Tickets, priced £16.94, are available from 08444 77200.