The Vaccines return with a brand new track taken from their upcoming Melody Calling EP. The release will comprise four new tracks, including a remix by producers John Hill and Rich Costey, and will be released on August 12 via download. Today though you can enjoy a slightly different sounding, more mellow, rather sad and reflective song titled "Everybody's Gonna Let You Down". It's definitely a more mature sound from the band. See what you make of it below.
Sunday night saw Mumford & Sons return to the stage for the first time since bassist Ted Dwane underwent emergency brain surgery. The band headlined the main stage during the final evening of Glastonbury 2013, and closed their performance with a cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends." It wasn't just Mumford and co., though, as they were joined on stage by members of Vampire Weekend, First Aid Kit and The Vaccines. Closing out the festival with a little help from their friends. Appropriate.
The Vaccines' sophomore album Come of Age was really that; the 2012 LP really showcased the maturing sound of the British rockers, them coming of age. Moving away from the youthful naivety of their debut album What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?, their second outing was grittier and generally louder. That's why this new track draws some curious looks. Not bad looks, mind you, just curious ones. Premiering on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, "Melody Calling" is less grimy and brash than anything we've heard from the band before. Recorded in Los Angeles, it's a carefree, summery jam, more emblematic of a day of surfing and smoking weed than rowdy mosh pits at a festival. Nonetheless, it's pretty good. Check it out below and let us know what you think of The Vaccines' new direction.
The new video from The Vaccines features a guest appearance from Ernest Hemingway's great-granddaughter, Dree alongside frontman Jason. They can be seen frolicking around at a fun fair of sorts, messing around on some sort of ride. It's the kind of ride I personally used to love as a kid, one that throws you around from side to side as it spins crazy fast. Then I grew up and my insides decided they didn't like being flung around like that so now I'm that boring guy stood at the side holding my friends' coats in these situations. It makes for a nice video to accompany the track though which features on their album Come of Age.
UK indie rock outfit The Vaccines have mapped out a huge worldwide tour in support of their sophomore LP Come of Age, with the U.S. portion of the tour kicking off in January. Following a ridiculously expansive tour of Europe, the band will slot two and a half weeks to dedicate to the States, finishing off in San Francisco on February 15th. Check out all of their tour dates after the jump.
The Vaccines 2013 Tour Dates:
10/06 – District, UK @ Devil’s Arse
10/14 – Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital 2012
10/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
10/19 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
10/22 – Berlin, DE @ Postbahnof
10/23 – Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik
10/24 – Copenhagen, DE @ Pumpehuset
10/26 – Stockholm, SE @ Berns
10/27 – Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
10/28 – Pustervik, SE @ Gothenburg
10/30 – Cologne, DE @ Burgerhaus
10/31 – Stuttgart, DE @ Wagenhallen
11/02 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves
11/09 – Lille, FR @ Festival Les In Rocks
11/10 – Nantes, FR @ Festival Les In Rocks
11/12 – Tolouse, FR @ Festival Les In Rocks
11/15 – Plymouth, UK @ Plymouth Pavilions
11/16 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff University
11/17 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
11/19 – Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall
11/21 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
11/22 – Liverpool, UK @ Su Mountford Hall
11/23 – Doncaster, UK @ Doncaster Dome
11/25 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
11/26 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
11/27 – Newcasle, UK @ O2 Academy
11/29 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
11/30 – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy
12/07 – Madrid, ES @ Primavera Club
12/08 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Club
12/28 – Lorne & Marion Bay, AU @ Falls Festival
01/29 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
01/31 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
02/01 – Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club
02/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
02/04 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall
02/05 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
02/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
02/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
02/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
02/11 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
02/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
02/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
With all the craziness of music blogging, from concerts to press releases to interviews to festivals, it can be hard to find time to sit down, listen to an album and give it an honest, thorough review. With that in mind, we came up with the Reviews Roundup, a way for us to look back at all of the major releases in the past month and give them an on-the-spot review. Whether we like them or not, we'll spout out a quick blurb about the album to give an overall impression of what makes it good or bad along with a score based out of five.
This month, we've had majors releases from Animal Collective, The xx, G.O.O.D. Music, Grizzly Bear, The Raveonettes, Mount Eerie, The Presets, The Vaccines, and many more. After the jump, you can read our quick thoughts on this month's offerings.
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz:
AnCo deliver an elaborate exploration of spacey sounds and psychedelic soundscapes.
Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar:
Phil Elverum's second album of the year is a beautiful-yet-eerie emotional journey, exploring the ideas of order and chaos.
Cat Power - Sun:
Chan Marshall returns after six longs years of dark hibernation with a sun-soaked gem.
The Vaccines - Come of Age:
The UK outfit's sophomore album is a grittier, more raucous outing than their debut, a welcome maturation for the band.
Stars - The North:
One of Canada's indie stalwarts offers up a catchy blend of electronic sounds and sprawling instrumentation.
Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon:
The band's sophomore outing retains the catchiness of Tourist History, but feels a bit forced at times.
The xx - Coexist:
This sophomore effort shows a great progression for the band, who have an incredible talent for evoking vast depth through subtle minimalism.
The Helio Sequence - Negotiations:
The Portland duo explore the intricacies of themselves and their instruments, building layer upon layer of delicate and engrossing instrumentation.
The Raveonettes - Observator:
Observator is an intriguing venture into the allure of Los Angeles, a mental journey in despair and loneliness amidst lush instrumentation.
The ever-lasting talent and creative drive of David Byrne mixes beautifully with Annie Clark's undeniable charisma.
The Presets - Pacifica:
Pacifica is an electronic gem, weaving grandiose synthesizers around a complex tale of the future.
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II:
The San Francisco psych rockers put all they've got into this diverse, hazy psychedelic package that shouldn't be missed.
The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter:
Yet another exploration into the intricacies of death from a band obsessed with the notion. With soft, solemn moments and charming, upbeat arrays of acoustic goodness, fans will feel right at home here.
G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer:
The G.O.O.D. Music crew feels fairly disjointed here, with a lot of different artists and styles to take in, but a few solid performances help it from falling apart.
Grizzly Bear - Shields:
Grizzly Bear delves into a myriad of dream-like sounds, moments later being swept into an uproar of chaotic instrumentation. This expansive array constantly tears apart and rebuilds itself, struggling constantly in a beautiful war.
Django Django - Django Django:
This Scotland quartet knows how to do harmony right, blending their vocal stylings with an addictive and quirky blend of spacey sounds and psychedelic influences.
The Vaccines are back with a new album and they bringing a heavy dose of attitude with it. Come Of Age speaks true of the band's sound and the band themselves, who have matured into a band set on a more raucous, mosh-friendly mentality. They've so far delivered singles with "No Hope" and "Teenage Icon", but now you can stream the entire album before its release next Tuesday. Stream the full thing below.
Come Of Age is out on September 3rd via Columbia.
(via The Guardian).
The Vaccines' will be releasing their sophomore LP The Vaccines Come of Age in a month and a half, but before they deliver the full-length they have a special treat. The UK outfit has offered up a free EP titled Please, Please Do Not Disturb, which is comprised of four covers of some of their favorite musicians recorded in hotel rooms during the band's Eastern European tour. The EP includes covers of "The Winner Takes It All" by ABBA, "Mannequin" by Wire, "The Beast In Me" by Nick Lowe, and "That Summer Feeling" by Jonathan Richman. Download the EP for free here.
The Vaccines Come of Age drops on September 4th via Columbia Records.