There’s no denying that The Vaccines rise to fame has been a quick one and whether you like them or not, you have to appreciate how well they have done in the past 12 months.
After plying the crowd with Beach Boys and punk records of old, the band arrive on stage to the Ramones ‘Rock and Roll Radio’, before launching into a raucous rendition of ‘Blow It Up.’ From this moment on, the crowd become participants instead of mere spectators.
During ‘Wreckin’ Bar’, ‘Wetsuit’, ‘Post-Break Up Sex’ and ‘Under Your Thumb’ Justin Young’s fantastic vocals are constantly overshadowed by the voices in front, whilst guitarist Freddie Cowan takes a lesson from his heroes and sprays fast licks and rapid strumming all over the place. On the whole, the band never step a foot wrong and even though their outings of new material may not go down as well as the old music, these new offerings do sound like promises of good things to come.
‘All In White’ makes the crowd erupt like a volcano; ‘Wolfpack’ sends people wailing like banshees and ‘If You Wanna’ potentially generates a few noise complaints. It’s the gig that you never want to end, the band that you never want to stop playing but after a delightfully boisterous ‘Norgaard’, it’s clear that the time is nigh.
If you are still wondering how The Vaccines have managed their quick ascent to mass popularity, go see them live and it will all become very clear.
Original article first appeared on Vibrations website on 06/01/12