The four guys in The Vaccines were musicians for hire (session musicians) before they decided they needed to create their own music.
Last June (not even a year ago!), they became The Vaccines, and have already played the iconic U.K. talk show Later... With Jools Holland ,graced the cover of music magazine NME(New Musical Express), and the buzz is that they're the U.K.'s next great guitar band (what do you expect from a group of professional musicians?!).
Their first gig SOLD-OUT (that was in October), and at that show...Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), band members from The White Lies and The Maccabees...and 200 people were turned away at the door.
Their debut album, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? is out today...and there's some pretty obvious channelling going on (and I don't mean in a bad way at all) of The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Ramones, girl groups from the 50s and 60s...and some straight-up rock and roll.
There's something to be said for artists who can pen a song that clocks in at 1:21, complete with hooks and a whole lot of catchiness, and The Vaccines have managed to do just that. Most of the tracks on their album are under 3 minutes! Two of the songs are under 2 minutes, and those are the ones I played today: "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)", and "Norgaard".
We were all happy.