There's an all too clear deviation, on their new album, from the well-known "parents away for the weekend - lets drain the pool and double it as a sketchy skate ramp" vibrations emitted from The Vaccine's last record Come of Age released in 2012. Well... okay, alright, it would completely irresponsible not to generally acknowledge The Vaccines distinct evocation and resonance of some of our most notable forefathers. For reference, just think if The Strokes, The Beach Boys, and Jay Jay Pistolet had a love child on Mars, where three-way genetic semination was totally possible, bearing four talented British musicians, somehow already in their late twenties. This is the sort of sound the band has been able to achieve since their emergence onto the scene in 2010.
In their latest album English Graffiti , released May 25th, The Vaccine's reveal a psychedelic, electro-punk-dream pop side of themselves never seen before. As you may have routinely done for past albums like What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? and Come of Age, you've likely popped a squat on your over sized hand-me-down couch, swam through unfinished beers to grab yourself a classic glass bottle of Coco Cola from the coffee table, sat back, and ceremoniously prepared yourself for the head banging rebel-punk tunes we admittedly expect from this crew. English Graffiti, though, may have you thinking twice about that sugary beverage and have you subbing it out for a soothing black tea instead. English Graffiti displays The Vaccines' evolving musical and perhaps personal maturation. The record reveals that the band is beginning to accept the pesky nuances of vocal arrangements. They're allowing some room for sensual affection and formerly tethered vulnerability, likely perking up the ears of a previously untouched fan base. Tunes like "Minimal Affection," "Dream Lover," "(All Afternoon) In Love", and "Denial," can attest to this band's stark evolution into the timid realm of humbled conscientiousness, circulated perhaps by an ascension of a neo-rock realm unafraid of exploring these dynamics.
The Vaccines wouldn't be preemptively saving the lives of their dedicated fans (that was a play on words, guys) if they didn't hammer in some of the head-bobbing classic pop, crop-top, surf-rock jams that we know, expect...yes, but ultimately love. This album is clearly on an X,Y,Z planar if you ask me. The X is our classic punk-rock revivalist Vaccines. The Y being their new focus on affection, vulnerability, and the carefully crafted harmonious progressions that are able to showcase said new found emotions. And finally the Z plane is the fearless use of an electronically driven dimension of musicianship; sort of a rarity in the bands conventional choice of accompaniment. You dont need a pair of Beats headphones to hear or appreciate the 'boings', 'splats', 'crashes', 'whizzes', and spit balls of electronic add-ins that confirm English Graffiti's formal introduction to a newly directed Vaccines, absolutely worth taking an attentive listen to.