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5th December 2011

Live: The Vaccines @ Academy 1

They may not be re-inventing the wheel but The Vaccines have managed to create their own distinctive sound, popular with so many.

The Vaccines
Academy 1
25th November
4 stars 

If we are to believe Guinness that “good things come to those who wait” then The Vaccines are a sure fire exception. Having formed little over a year ago, they have stormed the UK with their debut album, What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?, and have supported the Arctic Monkeys on their latest outing. Tonight however, they grace the Manchester Academy for the 2nd time, indulging in an orgy of new talent, with support acts Howler and Frankie and the Heartstrings.

The Vaccines pull in an eclectic mix of fans, all well versed in the bands’ first album. However, we were also treated to new songs, such as ‘Tiger Blood’ (produced by Albert Hammond Jr.).  It was first album gem though, ‘Family Friend’, that really showed off the bands’ craft, elevating them above other guitar thrashing outfits. Despite this, the biggest receptions were for the more direct numbers, notably ‘If you Wanna’ and ‘Norgaard’.

Although they’re not re-inventing the wheel, The Vaccines have managed to create their own distinctive sound, even within the regular constraints of guitar pop. The band put on a polished, surprisingly restrained performance, allowing the music to come to the forefront. It’s hard to say if they are individual enough to really stand out in a saturated field, but with a second album due and an already loyal fan base, they have a chance to build on their initial success.

The Vaccines – If You Wanna

Tom Ingham

Tom Ingham

Music Editor

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