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The Vaccines - Indie Rock Band ~ Biography

The Vaccines

The Vaccines are a platinum selling English indie rock band, formed in West London in 2010 by Justin Hayward-Young (lead vocals, guitar), Freddie Cowan (lead guitar, vocals), Árni Árnason (bass, vocals) and Pete Robertson (drums, vocals). The band have released two studio albums, What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? (2011) and Come of Age (2012), which charted at #1 in the UK upon its release. Their third album English Graffiti is scheduled to be released on 25th May 2015.

The band have toured extensively, playing with and opening up for acts such as The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse amongst others.
The band’s debut album was the best-selling debut album of 2011, drawing comparisons to The Ramones and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
The band themselves have said that their influences range from “’50s rock ‘n’ roll through to ’80s American hardcore, and a lot of good pop music”.

During The Vaccines debut UK tour between September and November 2010, interest in the band led to a debut London performance at a friend’s pub, The Flowerpot, Kentish Town. The show sold out and audience members included Alex Kapranos and Marcus Mumford—200 people were turned away. The performance was awarded a “4/5″ rating by The Guardian and was described by Clash magazine as “fantastic, exhilarating and exciting”. During this time, the band performed live on Later with Jools Holland—the occasion marked the first time that a band has ever appeared on the programme prior to releasing a single.

On 29 November 2010, the band released its debut double A-side single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)”/”Blow It Up” in the UK; the single was limited to 1000 copies and was released on the Marshall Teller Records label. Both of the music videos for each of the double A-side songs were directed by Doug Hart, former bass player with The Jesus and Mary Chain. “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)”, one minute and 24 seconds in duration, was named “Track of the Day” by Q magazine and was critically well received.The band recorded its first ever radio session for Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show in December 2010. Following the release of its debut double A-side single, the band continued to tour the UK in the latter part of 2010, while concurrently recording its debut album—the band was followed by documentary makers from Vice Magazine during this tour.

Discography

Studio albums
What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? (2011)
Come of Age (2012)
English Graffiti (2015)

Genres Indie Rock, Post-Punk Revival

Members Justin Hayward-Young
Freddie Cowan
Árni Árnason
Pete Robertson

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State/Province Greater London
distance: 3,559 Miles
Address West London, UK
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