Detonate: The Vaccines

Just when we were wondering what happened to the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, along comes the overly hyped, London-based band The Vaccines. Put away the synths and pull out the good old-fashioned guitar cause it looks like we’re having a rock revival this year!

The band is made up of lead singer Justin Young, or better known in his indie folk days as Jay Jay Pistolet; guitarist Freddie Cowan, who used to play in The Horrors; bassist Arni Hjorver; and drummer Pete Robertson. You can hear musical influences from the Ramones and good old rock n roll in their short, fast and loud tracks.

Placing third in the BBC’s Sound Of 2011 poll, this band has been getting some serious hype. The Vaccines have already been selling out venues and blowing up the blogosphere, and they even landed themselves on the cover of NME-not bad for a band less than a year old. Check out the single that launched a thousand blog posts, ‘Wrekin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’. Also be sure to get some age-old wisdom from their latest ‘Post Breakup Sex’.

The Vaccines’ talent has not gone unnoticed. They’re now managed by superstar company Supervision, which also represents the Foo Fighters, Crystal Castles and Kaiser Chiefs. The band are also signed to Columbia records, which puts them in the company of the likes of Kings of Leon, Kasabian and Manic Street Preachers.

The Vaccines seem to be taking all the attention in their stride, titling their debut What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? with a grain of salt. The album hits stores on 21 March. J

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