10 for 2011: #7 – The Vaccines

By on Saturday, 4th December 2010 at 11:00 am

Last month, we asked you to vote for the top 10 artists you thought would be big in 2011. At #7 is a band that appears to be one of the hottest musical commodities in the UK today…

The Vaccines, a garage / punk band from London, have been tipped by Zane Lowe, various London insiders (read this piece by NME’s Jaimie Hodgson if you need more evidence) along with NME itself and MTV as a band to watch. Many blogs are calling them the second coming of Jesus and the Mary Chain. Personally, they remind me of the Ramones (‘Wrecking Ball [Ra Ra Ra]’, released as a single on 29 November) and the Horrors, with a whiff of surf pop (‘If You Wanna’, ‘Blow It Up’) being purveyed by the likes of Surfer Blood and the Morning Benders.

It’s been so bloody difficult trying to nail down specifics about this London band because there are already several other bands called the Vaccines that have come before them. Plus, the band themselves are so busy trying to be mysterious about who they are, even the Guardian’s Paul Lester has sort of given up on figuring out what makes them tick. Below is a video that the band has on their very spare (at the moment) official Web site; the song being performed is ‘All in White’, and the video was filmed by Roger Sargent at York Stereo on 11 November.


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