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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.

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