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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
“You don’t want it looming and you don’t want to be a cabaret act playing the same songs over and over again,” Young explains. “I think playing comes before writing, that’s the most primitive part, but you want to be writing all you can, pushing yourself. It’s all done completely live, so there’s a lot more character, more intimacy. It’s a very searching record.”
Having only slipped into their mid-20s, it’s a disarmingly nostalgic work, signalling a move to proper adulthood whilst noting the sign posts of the past. Árni mulls this over. “There are these ‘growing up’ elements, you’re learning about yourself whether you’d like to or not, that was there on the first record. It’s just been sped up a bit over the last couple of years.”
Justin notes that “all those elements of classic pop songs” are still there and talk turns to influences, and the greatest pop songs of all time. We end up in the ‘60s as both of them cite ‘God Only Knows’ as a particular favourite.
Justin: “And ‘Waterloo Sunset’, countless Beatles songs obviously. I think there was so much space back then, there were still nursery rhymes to be written in their purest form.”
Árni nods. “Also, people hadn’t really realised what you’re allowed to do and what you’re not. That music was in its infancy, the rules weren’t there.”
Which begs the question – is it all just youthful rehashes and big band reunions these days? At the time of talking, The Vaccines are gearing up to support The Stone Roses at Heaton Park.
“What legitimises a comeback is making new music,” Justin asserts.
“Otherwise it’s just a cabaret,” Árni concurs. “Just a caricature of what you used to be. When there is no progression, there is no point.”
His singer nods. “Or forming without original members. But I suppose who can blame them? We’ll have to wait and see if the Roses write new material but who can stop four guys wanting to get back together? If you left this magazine, would you come back and write a one-off article in 30 years for a new editor? I mean, it’s very easy for people to go, ‘Oh