There’s something about the Vaccines that a lot of people find easy to dislike. Maybe it’s Justin Young’s floppy hairstyle, perhaps it’s the way the band bop around in their music videos, or possibly it might have something to do with the closing of the door aboard the indie bandwagon, when an oversubscribed niche had already screamed: ‘we’re full’.
Somehow the Vaccines shone in a time where it was near impossible to break through. What set them apart was their undeniable talent, of which uniquely matched up with their bravado. On their second album, the band are set to prove even their most hardened of doubters wrong with a new collection of irresistable indie-pop anthems.
Opener and first single ‘No Hope’ is a desperately relevant comment on that post teenage struggle from doing what you want, to having to do what you should and growing up, ‘Teenage Icon’, the second single is a flurry of hooks and down to earth lyrics, something the Vaccines do incredibly well.
‘Ghost Town’ and ‘I Wish I Was a Girl’ are different to anything the Vaccines have done before, and it’s a sound that suits, a more echoed, frank slant on proceedings. The album carries on much in the same fashion their debut did, leaving little room for complaint, a constant enjoyment and variation of tempo and sound. ’Weirdo’ has a bit of a deep south twang to its guitar riff and is a lot like what Radiohead did with ‘Creep’, a kind of self-deprecating love song.
The Vaccines first came to our attention in 2011. Many of their counterparts fell by the way side, whereas their debut ‘What Did You Expect from the Vaccines’ in fact delivered the unexpected. This wasn’t just a fluke; this was ability, something that has been triumphantly carried over into their second LP ‘Come of Age ‘, and should leave even the most cynical of listeners wanting more.