Vac­cines get ready to in­ject into La­nark­shire

East Kilbride News - - THE TICKET - Jonathan Ged­des

Brit rock­ers the Vac­cines are ready to hit La­nark­shire as part of their up­com­ing tour.

Tick­ets have al­ready been snapped up quickly for the show at Mother­well Con­cert Hall by the If You Wanna and Teenage Icon hit­mak­ers. The tour fol­lows on from the band re­leas­ing their fourth al­bum Com­bat Sports ear­lier in 2018. Front­man Justin Young be­lieves the new al­bum, and their tour­ing over the past year, has helped the group re­dis­cover who they were, af­ter a tur­bu­lent time that saw drum­mer Pete Robert­son depart the band. He said: “We lost sight of who we were and why we were there. When you’re as in­se­cure and self-aware as me, there’s a con­stant process of sec­ond-guess­ing ev­ery­thing you do.

“I’ve brought The Vac­cines into my heart again now. Be­ing in a band is about com­pro­mise and col­lab­o­ra­tion and I think it’s com­ing to terms with what we are as a col­lec­tive and fall­ing back in love with that and mak­ing the best record we can as a band, rather than as in­di­vid­u­als.”

That re­sulted in Com­bat Sports, an al­bum that went back to the band’s short and sharp rock n’ roll roots, rather than the pop­pier sound of 2015 re­lease English Graf­fiti.

Justin re­called be­ing in a bar and re­al­is­ing that rock mu­sic can still have a big im­pact on peo­ple.

He ex­plained: “The DJ played Every­body’s Happy Nowa­days, and all the girls in there were danc­ing so in­tensely to it. I thought: ‘I re­mem­ber why I love the Buz­zcocks – for these re­ally sad, for­lorn, dumb, catchy songs.’ And I re­alised rock and roll was sexy again. I’d for­got­ten it could be sexy.”

As for the al­bum ti­tle, that’s not a neg­a­tive sign, ac­cord­ing to the singer – de­spite the fact it was de­cided upon af­ter he and gui­tarist Fred­die Cowan had a fight in the stu­dio and came to blows.

He added: “We’ve never been shy of telling home truths to each other. We’re like broth­ers, and broth­ers fight.

“We’re not just say­ing be­ing in a band and mak­ing a record feels like a com­bat sport – we know how lucky we are. If you lis­ten to the lyrics, we’re say­ing life is a com­bat sport. Love is a com­bat sport. Friend­ship is a com­bat sport. Men­tal health is a com­bat sport. But there is so much hope and pos­i­tiv­ity in the melody, and in our love af­fair with mu­sic, too.”

The Vac­cines will play Mother­well Con­cert Hall on Jan­uary 30, the only Scot­tish date of their tour,

Any re­main­ing tick­ets are £22.50.

Rock­ers The Vac­cines play Mother­well in Jan­uary

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