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3rd place for the indie quartet

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.

Articles and Features More on this artist

  • BBC Sound of 2011: The Vaccines

    Read the full article 05/01/11

    "British rock band The Vaccines, who are guided by the managers of Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs, have come third on the BBC's Sound of 2011 new music list..."

  • Newsbeat Introducing

    Read the full article 15/11/10

    "Two months ago they were just another east London garage-rock band honing their craft in a rehearsal studio..."

  • Drowned In Sound Interview

    Read the full article 11/11/10

    "The Vaccines are a name that's on the tip of everyone's tongues right now..."

  • Guardian Live Review

    Read the full article 08/10/10

    "On the strength of just a demo and a soon-to-be-released debut single, nearly 300 people have turned up for the Vaccines' first hometown gig..."

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  • “New Music Preview: The Vaccines – No Hope.”

    KEXP Seattle 10/07/2012
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    The Vaccines are back at it with a new EP out this week called No Hope. In typical form for these witty post-punk slackers, the single is delightfully catchy and full of ...

  • “The Vaccines: The Vaccines Detail New Album, 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?'.”

    Prefix 28/06/2012
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    After a few months of speculation, it's now been confirmed that hyped-as-all-hell English quartet the Vaccines will return on September ... Read the full article at http...

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    • 1. At 5:36pm on 27 Dec 2010, Dwayne wrote:

      This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    • 2. At 10:02am on 05 Jan 2011, BahamasSpurs wrote:

      Vaccines sound pretty good but for another great band who are doing well for themselves and played at Hop Farm Festival at Bob Dylan's request, check out Kill It Kid.
      Great tunes, unique sound, I'd highly recommend them.

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    • 3. At 12:46pm on 05 Jan 2011, Allbino wrote:

      A good call to have The Vaccines in the top 5; they do make a good noise. I was however very surprised that Lois, the latest four piece from Nottingham that are creating quite a buzz there, didn't make the list. 2011 is very likely to be the year that their retro, vintage sound will be recognised by the media as unique.

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    • 4. At 8:27pm on 05 Jan 2011, Wooscary wrote:

      Sounds like everything else. This will, I'm sure not be posted.

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    • 5. At 11:55am on 06 Jan 2011, Bob Singleton wrote:

      Turgid dross... sound like every other indie band on the circuit. How much has having the Kaiser Chiefs management influenced the panel into putting them in the top 5, because it can't be because of their "innovative" music! At a stroke, by putting The Vaccines in this lofty position, you have made a mockery of this "short list"

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    • 6. At 4:09pm on 07 Jan 2011, Cooke wrote:

      Boring, boring, boring, A 'poor man's out of date Interpol'
      Is this really the future of UK guitar music?

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      Upcoming live dates Powered by SongKick Add or edit events for The Vaccines

      11 July 2012
      The Eden Project, St. Austell, UK
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      24 August 2012
      Richfield Avenue, Reading, UK
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      24 August 2012
      Unknown venue, Leeds, UK
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