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Return Of The Vacc
Rock star hotels and Victoria's Secret pool party's are all on the menu as The Vaccines 'come of age' in style.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 28 Aug 2012
“In terms of playing America...” Justin starts. “I mean, you could think of Ireland as the size of one state. Not even! So you can’t think of America as a country. You have to think of it as another world. Because of my throat problems we haven’t had a chance to tour it properly, but we’re touring it late this year. We’re excited to do it properly, play in the middle of fucking nowhere.”
And why wouldn’t they be? When they last hit Palm Springs for Coachella, they were staying at the place where Nancy Sinatra learnt to swim. In the hotel next door, Jim Morrison had once jumped off the roof and into the swimming pool. It seems no less eventful now...
“Everything around us has some sort of story like that,” Hjörvar proffers. “Every single hotel. One of them was just called ‘Rock Star Hotel’!”
Justin takes over. “We got there and we’d been travelling for two days. Freddie [Cowan, guitar] was really fucked. Then I told him the stories that I’d looked up online and suddenly he loved the place. We actually had to leave to go to Brazil straight after the show but that night in the hotel they had a Victoria’s Secret party at the pool!”
“It was just kicking off and we were picking up our bags to leave,” says Hjörvar, still rueing missed opportunities. “Going ‘shitting hell...’”
Was it a proper pool party? The models weren’t all wearing cardigans were they?
“Nobody wears cardigans in California!” he laughs. “I bet they do,” counters Justin. “I bet you did.” The blond bassist sighs. “I probably did.”
With all that going on, it would be easy to get distracted from the mission at hand (making music, of course) but admirably The Vaccines have forged on, planning to strike while the iron’s hot. The Vaccines Come Of Age carries a title as similarly larksome as its predecessor and arrives in September. Written on the road and recorded with Ethan Johns – “a no-bullshit guy” – they’ve added strings to their canon, sound more confident but less eager, and didn’t take an absolute age to make the record. Exactly the way it’s meant to be.