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The JD Set is a well-established part of the music calendar. This year there was a difference as the bands taking part visited a rudely-named cave to knock out a racket. Olaf Tyaransen caught up with headliners The Vaccines...
Olaf Tyaransen, 01 Nov 2012
“It’s great, isn’t it?” laughs Justin, looking up at the wildly impressive cave entrance (which looks like a Bond villain’s lair). “It’s amazing that we’re gonna play in a cave. It really breaks up the monotony of touring, playing in a place like this. One of the best things about being in a band is going to new places and meeting new people, but this is something special.”
Arni looks equally enthused. “I was worried about the acoustics, but it sounds great in there, too,” he says. “It’s very... cavernous.”
To the uninitiated, The Vaccines are probably the biggest indie guitar band in the UK right now. The first band ever to appear on Later... With Jools Holland before releasing a single, the London four-piece have stormed the UK charts with their debut What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? and this year’s Come Of Age, and been named Best New Band at the 2012 NME Awards. While they have their detractors, it’s not bad going for an outfit that only formed in 2010.
A tall, angular and polite type, Justin says he’s unfazed by their rapid rise: “It doesn’t worry me – though if I was watching it happen to someone else I’d probably be worried for them. It’s difficult because you never wanna build your house on sand, but effectively we haven’t yet done anything that turned out to be a mistake. I said to somebody the other day: we started off playing in 50 capacity venues, and they were full. So do we play them again and turn 50 people away or do we go up to 100? Or 200? So we’ve built at the speed that our popularity has grown.
“For example, we played the main stage at Reading a month ago and had we walked out and the field had been half-empty, I would have been worried that we’d made a mistake and that perhaps we did belong in a tent. But it was full... and ultimately I guess you wanna have fun while you’ve got the chance. We’re still hungry and we still wanna make good music and I think all the time you try to make the best music you could possibly make without getting caught up in other bullshit. It doesn’t worry us as much as people think it might