Despite nonstop touring and a slew of successful singles, The Vaccines aren’t ones to rest on their laurels. After a year and two months since What Did You Expect… comes ‘No Hope’, the first taster from their sophomore effort Come of Age, and that title could well prove prophetic; here the four-piece sound ballsier and more bullish than ever.
When on the first album Justin Young’s bellow was coated with a heavy glaze of reverb, here his voice sounds crystal clear. It makes for a sparse but all the more rewarding sound, as his almost transatlantic drawl shrugs: “I don’t really care about anyone else when I haven’t got my own life figured out”. Their sessions with Albert Hammond Jr have rubbed off, too, as ‘No Hope’ bounces along on their most Strokes-esque riff since, well, ‘Tiger Blood’.
Our ears may not have stopped ringing from their thundering debut, but when they churn out tracks like this, who needs a break?
About Samuel Lambeth
Listening to music is my favourite pastime, and I enjoy listening to new, up and coming releases as well as classic records. My favourite bands are varied and long but include Ocean Colour Scene, Vampire Weekend, The Beatles, R.E.M., The Bluetones, Buffalo Tom, to new bands such as Yuck, Surfer Blood, Brother and The Vaccines.