It’s hard to believe that 2011 was eight years ago, especially when you realise that after this week, that’s how long The Vaccines’ iconic debut album has been out… The indie five-piece released What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? via Columbia Records, and it is still one of their most successful releases to date.
The Vaccines formed in London a year prior to this and were met with success from the get-go. They sold out their very first London show, and the demo of one of their first singles ‘If You Wanna’ was championed by Zane Lowe as his Hottest Record in The World. The Platinum-certified record includes other major hits ‘Wetsuit’, ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ and ‘Norgaard’, and became the best-selling debut from any band in that year. It peaked at number 4 in the UK Albums Chart, while also making waves in Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Holland.
It received positive reviews, with Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone commenting “there’s a lovably unspoiled quality to The Vaccines”, while NME added “The Vaccines have recorded an album that should serve to give British rock music a much-needed jolt in the arm.”. The Daily Telegraph, Mojo, Q qnd Uncut all awarded it 4*, showing they truly hit the ground running.
Last April, they released their fourth album Combat Sports, also released via Columbia. Like their debut, it peaked at number 4 in the UK Album Charts and recieved multiple 4* reviews from the likes of NME, The Guardian and The Independent, as well as a 9/10 rating from Line of Best Fit. In November, they released their latest single ‘All My Friends Are Falling In Love’, and are continuing the fly the flag for British indie rock.
Catch them at Neighbourhood Weekender with tickets onsale here!