Boy, things can certainly change in just over one year. In January 2011, The Vaccines made their American debut at the Bowery Ballroom. While some things have changed, one thing that hasn’t is the fact that The Vaccines are catchy as hell.
The mystery surrounding The Vaccines is long gone. With the release of their sophomore record, Come of Age, following a relentless tour schedule, the band is under even more scrutiny than when they were another UK hype band with a few songs floating around.
Read more of the review, including a full gallery of photos and set list, after the jump.
There is a little thing called ‘expectations’ and The Vaccines are under the microscope. Luckily, the band seems to shrug off any pressure with ease. Having the number 1 album in the UK? Just another at the office for The Vaccines.
Musically, The Vaccines do not forge new paths. There are no witty arrangements, dense textures, exotic musical instruments or literary lyrics. Instead, the band rely on clever, simple lyrics, slacker charm and catchy hooks. Good thing that’s a very successful formula and The Vaccines continue to deliver great capsules of rock bliss.
From first seeing them at Bowery Ballroom, the biggest change has been the set length. Barely 30 minutes, the band can now comfortably play for an hour without any real breaks. At the Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Vaccines started the night with “No Hope” right into “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra).”
There’s an easy swagger and appeal to the band and the fans, very young in a lot of cases, were having a hell of a time, pushing and moshing and just being rowdy. All this youthful enthusiasm put a smile on Justin Young’s face as he declared the crowd at MHOW was much better than last night, when they played the sold out Bowery Ballroom.
The Vaccines have grown up quite a bit in such a short time span. Fans have developed favorites and it was great seeing the singalong to “Wetsuit” as well as the reaction to the new songs off of Come of Age.
With “Norgaard,” The Vaccines ended their stay in New York but it does not look like we’ve seen the last of The Vaccines. There is more than just hype to the band and the fan’s commitment and loyalty at such an early stage will only propel The Vaccines to bigger and better things.
The Vaccines MHOW Set List
Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
I Always Knew
Under Your Thumb
Post Break-Up Sex
All In White
Change of Heart, Pt. 2
Blow It Up
If You Wanna