Fancy some rock ‘n’ roll? London outfit The Vaccines (not to be confused with the bar room punk outfit from Seattle) could be your new saviours. Locking away his acoustic guitar, this is the band that romantic country / folk troubadour Jay Jay Pistolet has re-invented himself with. It seems to be a common route to creative and / or commercial success these days. Make a bit of low-key buzz for yourself within the music industry, then ditch that project, undergo musical transformation and come back with a new name. Then use the contacts you have to develop initial exposure and voila, soon you’ll be on the route to new found fame and glory.
There is of course another big factor at play. The music must be good. And right now, with just one track, the incendiary garage sound of If You Wanna by The Vaccines is kicking up a bit of a dirty storm. The group are starting off in the right direction, no question. Pounding like The Modern Age by The Strokes played by a vibey Phil Spector produced Ramones gone lo-fi, If You Wanna is bold and exciting enough to leave us wanting to hear more.
In some quarters the band are already being dissed as ‘over-hyped’, but certainly on the basis of this song we think The Vaccines retro hooks are worthy of attention. You can get more of them when they go out on tour throughout October and November in the UK. See you down the front?If You Wanna by The Vaccines