Being a card carrying music snob and leader of the music snob nation, I have dialed back my admiration for the Vaccines because they became so popular so fast. I hadn't seen the band live since they became popular, so it's been two years. I'm going to revamp my efforts and put the snob aside because they were just killing it on stage. They look and play like a different band from two years ago.
Just to recap the brief history of the band. I had heard at the band when I was in London in Oct. 2010 when I was given Wrecking Ball. By the time I got home two weeks later, they got signed to a major label even before they played a gig. By Jan 2011, they were headlining Bowery while they were still getting their live legs strengthen. Fast forward to now, they have two quality albums under their belt and have gained a substantial following. I'm not surprised by all of this, being they are just an awesome band who play straight-up fun rock songs.
- No Hope
- Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
- Tiger Blood
- A Lack of Understanding
- Teenage Icon
- Under Your Thumb
- Aftershave Ocean
- Ghost Town
- Post Break-Up Sex
- All in White
- Change of Heart, Pt. 2
- Blow It Up
- I Always Knew
- If You Wanna
- ENCORE: Wolf Pack
- Bad Mood
You got your pick of your favorite song because they played just about everything. I had feeling they would end my favorite, "Nørgaard". If I had to pick a favorite from the new album, The Vaccines Come of Age, I would go with Teenage Icon. It symbolizes the difference between the two albums. What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? is more Clash, while the new one is more The Kinks, a little more buoyant, snappy and less anxious. What they have in common is their tight construction, all killer, no-filler. All the tracks come at you and hit you in an instant.
The big difference between now and two years ago is the band is much more dynamic and confident as a live band. Also, the crowds are way more riotious. You have to start with my man Justin. Let me show you a picture of him when I first met him in 2009 when he was a solo artist doing folk tunes.
Now look at him with his long locks and full beard. He can be mistaken as a member of Kasabian.
He's got the rock star presence now, playing up to the crowd, pacing back and forth and shouting out. He actually has a good voice for a rock singer, example "Post-Break Up Sex". If you remember, they had a cancel a bunch dates due to his vocal chord problems. Good to see he's in top notch form.
There's no denying that the band have come into their own. I can't stress enough how tight they are as performers, which makes their finely crafted tunes just that much better. I do kinda of miss the early days when I was only one extolling their virtues, but like other band before them, they belong to the masses now.
I'm ready to adopt San Cisco. I saw them during CMJ last year and thought they just okay -- a little timid and geeky. Now, I really dig the Australian band for their simple, peppy, earnest pop tracks. You have to take them as they are, a young band with some infectious tunes that you have to be in the mood for. I definitely recommend you get the show early to check them out.