The Vaccines, whether you like it or not – and that’s very much up for debate – are a UK indie staple. Formed at the backend of the 00s revolution, when the likes of The Strokes and The Libertines were either disbanding or slowing down, the West London band picked up sizeable crowds with their energy-bursting two minute bangers on their debut album What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? Now on their fourth album, Combat Sports, which we described as “a return to form”, the indie quintet have become a far more well-rounded band than they ever were before.
The Vaccines’ Combat Sports was released in the spring of 2018. That it ever saw the light of day was a testament to the band’s inner belief, but a belief that had been badly dented by the departure of founding member Pete Robertson, in mid-2016, after the completion of their third album; the less-than well received English Graffiti. There had also been some well-publicised inter-band fighting, most notably between Freddie Cowan and Justin Hayward-Young.
As part of the victory lap for their acclaimed album, Combat Sports, released earlier this year, prime garage rockers The Vaccines will be kicking off the new year with a run of shows. The tour will be calling at Brighton (25th January, Brighton Dome), Oxford, Blackburn, Newcastle, Motherwell, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton, Leicester, and Guildford, before culminating at London’s Roundhouse.
With festival season well underway, London’s Finsbury Park has become hope to this year’s Community Festival, a day-long event with arguably one of the best line-ups for any indie lover across the entire country this year. As the punters descend onto the burnt-out field, there are sweet tunes being carried in the air and we’re all invited.
It’s a return to form for The Vaccines in a fourth album that sees the five-piece head back to their roots. Combat Sports follows a three-year hiatus and is a reinvigorated simplified rock record that possesses the energy of What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? only with added production value.