2011 is already shaping up to be a hectic year for The Vaccines. After featuring in our own ‘Sound Of 2011’ poll, the group is currently trekking across the UK as part of the NME Awards Tour; taking the coveted opening slot of the bill that has previously been occupied by Florence + The Machine, The Ting Tings and Franz Ferdinand. Despite only forming last year, they quickly caught the ear of tastemakers and A&R men; all entranced by their frantic, garage influenced rock. Many have heralded the band’s arrival as a much needed shot in the arm for the, currently faltering, UK indie scene.
With their short, punchy tracks drawing comparisons as wide as The Ramones or The Ronettes, their debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ is shaping up to be one of the most hyped debuts of the year. Released through Colombia, the album’s release date has been brought forward a week to satisfy the eager demand for it.
We spoke to bassist Árni Hjörvar about selling out their biggest headline shows, coping with the hype and how they feel about supporting Arcade Fire later this year.
After featuring in our UK predictions for 2011, The Vaccines are already coming good on their promise with their latest single ‘Post Break Up Sex’. Predictably the track is inspired by those, quite often awkward, moments when you’re trying to put a relationship behind you. Thankfully, despite the morose subject matter, the song continues the band’s string of addictive singles. Short, punchy and with a chorus that will refuse to leave your head for weeks, ‘Post Break Up Sex’ is a great slice of fuzzy guitar driven pop.
The single pre-empts the London foursome’s debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ which is due for release in March. The year promises to be a busy one for the hotly tipped band, who head out to play a handful of dates in the US before returning to the UK to open the NME Awards Tour with Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man and Everything Everything. Head to their website for more tour info and a free download of album track ‘Blow It Up’.
Tag Of The Day
As we near the end of 2010 and continue our countdown of the year’s best tracks, our eyes are already looking ahead to what artists will dominate 2011. While there are many other polls predicting what records will soundtrack the year ahead, Shazam’s chart is unique as we look at what our users have been tagging in order to make our predictions. As our weekly pre-release charts show, our most popular tagged tracks often go on to dominate the charts in the UK & US.
Shazam’s Music & Content Director, Will Mills says: “The listening and buying public is the ultimate tastemaker and Shazamers have once again picked out some brilliant acts to watch in 2011, including Nero, Jessie J and Jay Electronica.
“Shazamers have had a great track record of choosing the breakout acts over the past three yearts, including highlighting Ellie Goulding and Nicki Minaj in 2010, Lady Gaga and Florence + The Machine in 2009 and The Ting Tings and Duffy in 2008. So this is one set of predictions people really need to take notice of.”
The emerging U.S acts chosen by Shazamers to most likely succeed in 2011 are:
- Jay Electronica (Pictured)
- J Cole
- CyHi Da Prince
- Wiz Khalifa
The emerging UK acts chosen by Shazamers to most likely succeed in 2011 are:
- Clare Maguire
- Jessie J
- James Blake
- The Vaccines
Although we still have Christmas and New Year to contend with, NME has inspired many to invest in a 2011 diary early with the announcement of their 2011 NME Awards Tour. Each year the influential taste makers at the magazine pick four acts to trek across the UK, delivering an unmissable line up of live music. The tours are notorious for booking bands that are just about to blow up, with the likes of Arctic Monkeys; The Horrors; The Ting Tings and Florence + The Machine all making up the lower parts of the bill over the last few years.
Last year’s lineup was noted for being an extremely indie friendly affair, with The Maccabees; Bombay Bicycle Club; The Big Pink and The Drums all taking part. This year the line up is a far more eclectic affair with Crystal Castles taking the headline slot with more than capable support from Dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man; electro tinged guitar outfit Everything Everything and catchy punk purveyors The Vaccines opening the bill.
Read on for our 5 Minute Guide to the bands and full tour details: