THE LOW-DOWN Britain has always reserved a well-amplified corner of its heart for indie guitar bands. The Vaccines’ surf-pop-punk stance has seen them whispered about for months, despite only playing their first London gig in October. At the show, hundreds didn’t get in the door, and the audience included famous fans such as Alex Kapranos and White Lies. Just six weeks later they were on Later . . . with Jools Holland, bashing out their no-frills guitar licks on songs such as Post Break-Up Sex and If You Wanna. Their ardent pithiness is best experienced in the glorious 90 seconds that is Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra). Singer Justin Young found himself a band that includes Freddie Cowan, brother of Tom from The Horrors after ditching his folksy past as Jay Jay Pistolet. He blamed “boredom” for the direction and pace of change, and hype around the band has accelerated. Expect to hear a lot of them and see comparisons – cautionary or otherwise – to Arctic Monkeys.