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Return Of The Vacc
Rock star hotels and Victoria's Secret pool party's are all on the menu as The Vaccines 'come of age' in style.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 28 Aug 2012
One-half of London’s hottest guitar merchants are beaming conspiratorially back at me in a dressing-room located in Ireland’s largest stadium. There are countless reasons for Justin Young – the English pipes – and Árni Hjörvar – the Icelandic bassist – to be pleased (though you can possibly strike off ‘being in a HP correspondent’s company’) mere hours before they take to the Croke Park stage, two rungs below Noel Gallagher and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the bill. But their sheepish grins are holding back a secret. Early hype coming to fruition, and what it’s like vaulting up the indie ladder, are the burning issues on the agenda as Árni attempts to throw cold water on the conversation.
“I can’t really talk any more about it without name-dropping,” he grimaces. So naturally I needle him. “No don’t!” guffaws Young, the former Jay Jay Pistolet now sporting long locks. “I can’t, I won’t, haha! Yeah, go on...” responds Árni as he folds, quite easily, before whispering. “The Boss watched us from the side of the stage at Isle of Wight.” A pause for dramatic effect.
“Someone told us afterwards, I didn’t spot him.”
Would it have thrown them to catch sight of the New Jersey icon mid-set?
“It definitely would have thrown me,” Young nods.
But it’s certainly becoming a more common occurrence for the band, who raced out of the traps with What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? last year. The gigs have been getting bigger, as have the names they’re attracting. I melt a little to hear that The Zombies, one of my favourite acts, dedicated a song to them – “They’re one of mine too!” says a wide-eyed Justin – and Debbie Harry’s distinctive platinum ‘do was spotted at a recent Vaccines show.
“That was fucking surreal,” says Justin. “It’s as weird for us as it would be for you, man.”
The touring has been extensive but enjoyable, with free trips to the far-flung likes of New Zealand and Japan. For all the talk of the industry faltering, it’s nice to hear that some of the old rock ‘n’ roll perks still exist for our bright young guns.