Combining infectious melodies and stadium-ready hooks, the Vaccines became fixtures of London’s indie rock scene in 2011 with the release of their platinum-selling debut album, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? The festival favorites continued to find success both at home and abroad with subsequent efforts Come of Age, English Graffiti, Combat Sports, and Back in Love City. The Vaccines formed in 2010 around the talents of Justin Young (vocals, guitar), Árni Arnason (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar), and Pete Robertson (drums). Evoking names like the Strokes, Jesus and Mary Chain, and the Ramones, they released their debut single, “Post Break-Up Sex,” on Columbia Records in February 2011, in anticipation of a full-length studio album later in the year.
With their fifth record, Back in Love City, The Vaccines have crafted their most euphoric, visceral and visionary work to date. It’s a record that sees the five-piece assert themselves as one of Britain’s most vital guitar bands, with 13 songs set against the fictional metropolis of the album’s title.