The Vaccines have been announced as 3rd in the Sound of 2011.
Indie quartet The Vaccines have left many in the music industry frothing at the mouth with excitement since they bounded onto the scene with a YouTube clip of track If You Wanna. The clip sparked the attention of Franz Ferdinand managers Supervision, and ignited a whirlwind of positive press and blog coverage, which continues to this day.
Frontman Justin Young had found minor success with indie folk project Jay Jay Pistolet, coming to the fore alongside friends Laura Marling, Noah & The Whale and one time flatmate Marcus Mumford. Failing to hit the heights of his counterparts Young decided to change style, forming The Vaccines with Freddie Cowan, who had played live with his brother Tom's band The Horrors in the past. Icelandic bass player Arni Hjorver and drummer Pete Robertson soon completed the line up.
A sold-out October appearance at London's 300 capacity Flowerpot saw 200 more eager fans turned away and also saw Clash Music refer to the band as "game changers...that will launch a hundred wannabees", before punchy double A side debut Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra) / Blow It Up won over the likes of NME and Radio 1's Zane Lowe, who claimed the band would "kickstart a new era".
A deal with Columbia Records and an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland followed, before the NME signed the four piece up for the illustrious opening slot on their 2011 Awards Tour.