The Vaccines

Singer-songwriter Justin Young's alter ego Jay Jay Pistolet from the late '00s was in the good company of fellow English folk-pop artists like Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale. However, he switched gears shortly after and formed the meat-and-potatoes rock quartet the Vaccines with the vaguely T. Rex-looking guitarist Freddie Cowan (brother of Tomethy Furse/Tom Cowan of the Horrors), bassist Anri Hjorvar and drummer Pete Robertson. The group released several songs throughout 2010 via the internet, such as "If You Wanna" and "Blow It Up," and soon acquired a hyped reputation in its national press. The Guardian made a point of comparing the band to the Jesus & Mary Chain not once, but twice. The comparative held little water considering how the Vaccines sounded relatively sober (yet, admittedly no more happy). Musically the group's music consisted mostly of punchy, jangly guitar pop that clocked in around two minutes. "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)" was Ramones-like simplicity and chanted singing, sans chunky Jif guitars. The group signed to Columbia and appeared on Later With Jools Holland in early November 2010. The group paved the way for its debut album with the December 2010 release of the single "Post Break-Up Sex" which posted at a languid time of nearly three minutes. The band's as-of-yet untitled debut album was scheduled for an early 2011 release and featured production by Dan Grech-Marguerat, who had previously engineered for Nigel Godrich.

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