Meet The Cure… The Vaccines Interview

The Vaccines Interview The VPME 2010

“Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” By The Vaccines.



The Vaccines are currently one of the most talked about new bands in the country and are set to be at the vanguard of next year’s predicted resurgence in popularity of guitar music.  Before a song had been released they had already appeared on Later with Jools Holland and are set to embark on the NME awards tour in 2011.  But hang about, there are some folk who remember the tsunami of hype that engulfed and eventually destroyed the likes of Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, and they may be forgiven for thinking The Vaccines talents may have been somewhat overstated.  Rest assured we at the VPME  are born cynics, although possibly not as cynical perhaps, as a pre-election politician pledging to oppose tuition fees, but we too find ourselves smitten with the songs The Vaccines have thus far made available for public consumption.  The delightfully raw don’t give a f**k speedball insouciance of The Ramones flavoured ‘Wrecking Bar’ checks in at around one and a half minutes, whilst the Spectoresque /Marychain vibe of “Blow it up” and “If You Wanna” all serve notice that here is a band who seemingly have the songs and attitude to match the hype.

After months spent honing their melodic adrenaline fuelled brand of garage rock The Vaccines look set to take the music world by storm. We spoke to the artist formerly known as Jay Jay Pistolet – Justin Young, about the band, how they deal with hype and what the future holds.


VP:  Hi there, first question maybe an obvious one but what caused Jay Jay Pistolet, at the height of the so called Nu-Folk popularity to hang up his acoustic guitar and embrace the warm fuzzy euphoric glow that is The Vaccines?

JUSTIN :  Creatively I hit a brick wall. I’d started to becoming quite disillusioned with what I was doing and a friend asked me if I wanted to start a band with him. I didn’t have the drive or the focus on my own and I wasn’t feeling creative. Also, my life as a solo artist was circumstantial. I moved to London and didn’t have any friends to play music with so I ended up playing quiet songs on my own. I think when you want to do something new in life, you have to do something completely different or you won’t feel the desired effects. So, whilst the sound has never been contrived or calculated, the decision to do something completely different was. Also, just for the record, the height of my own ‘nu-folk’ popularity was about 2ft.

VP:  In July you played a secret gig as “the Red Indians” because, the story goes you hadn’t decided on a name. What made you finally settle on The Vaccines, is there any deep philosophical meaning or did you just like the way it sounded?

JUSTIN:  A lot of people probably think it holds connotations of punk rock or drug abuse. Or they at least think that’s the impression we’re trying to give off. It’s not a loaded name at all. I love the simplicity of it. I was reading and I came across the word. I was amazed ‘the vaccines’ weren’t a household name already. I think it’s a classic name. The Vaccines could be a 50s rock ‘n’ roll group, a 60s garage band, an 80s hardcore band. I think it transcends genres and eras. And in that respect, and in terms of simplicity, I’d like to think that it sums our band up rather well. Actually, I was worried about being in a ‘the’ band, but there you go.

VP: Your recent live hometown debut @ the Flowerpot in Kentish Town resulted in rave reviews how was it for you?

JUSTIN:  It was very fun for us but no more so than any other gig. The encouraging thing for us was that we had been worried it would be a stale industry affair as we didn’t know if any real people knew about the band then. But, as it turned out, we packed it out with kids and real music fans and that was a very gratifying experience to see people genuinely loving it for it for the first time. I think a lot was expected of us at that gig and i like to think that we rose to the challenge. Hopefully we can continue to do so.

VP:  Your ace debut single the double a side  ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’/’Blow It Up’ definitely has a Ramones/ Mary Chain/ Phil Spector/and even a Clash type vibe to my ears and has certainly got people very excited.  Does it worry you at all that media hype too early on may be a burden, is it difficult to ignore and just concentrate on doing what you do best?

JUSTIN:  It can be a burden. Once people make grandiose claims and feed people hyperboles about a band, the band is forced to live up to other people’s expectations and not their own.  Equally, just as many people are likely to dislike a band as they are to like it because of hype. That said, we’re very excited by and grateful for the media attention we’ve received. It’s important to remember that it has been generated by genuine excitement by the music and that makes us happy. We worked very hard to get our set of songs to the point at which we were proud of them and happy with them. We loved them before validation from any 3rd party and we will continue to love them if that disappears. We’re playing no part in any hype that may be going on. We’re just playing shows and making our record. We don’t read any press either. I think the minute you start worrying about or believing what others think, however good or bad, your art suffers because you start questioning what it is that you do.

VP:  When can we expect a debut album? Have you a working title and have you enjoyed the recording process?

JUSTIN:  The album will be out early next year. Pretty much everything is done bar naming it! The process has been really fun. We’ve done it in a quick and energetic manner. We wanted to capture the energy and excitement we all have so we recorded live with very few overdubs. For example, I was allowed to run about the studio with a cheap old microphone and no pop shield. That said, it’s not a punk rock record. It is undoubtedly a pop record, but the process never felt too controlled.

VP:  Your calendar looks very busy for the remaining part of the year what are you looking forward to most in 2011?

JUSTIN: We all just want to tour. That’s why you start a band. it’s great we’re receiving attention from the media etc but the best way for a band to build a solid fan base is by touring anywhere and everywhere and that is what we intend to do. We have a collection of songs we love and so we want to share them with people. We want to be the best live band we can be and then make an even better second record.

VP:  If we came back and spoke to you at the same time next year, what would you have hoped to of achieved musically?

JUSTIN:  Maybe I answered that previously, but I’d like to be able to say we were a great live band and I’d like to think that we’d be making decent headway with regards to writing the next record.

VP: You were recently on Jools Holland before you’ve even released a single, how did you find that experience?

JUSTIN:  It was pretty amazing and an honour to play. Whilst it was very early to be on the show, it’s not like we’ve been posing on magazine covers or anything like that. As I said, there is no better way to win new fans than by playing your songs for them. We saw it as an amazing opportunity to try to convert more people to our music. That’s what it is all about at the end of the day.

VP: Have you had a chance to listen to much new music this year and if so who has impressed you most?

JUSTIN:  I don’t listen to much new music. The Walkman released a good record this year. I like the wild nothing record too.

VP:  Five words to describe your sound.

JUSTIN:  c, g, f, am, dm.








“Blow It Up” By The Vaccines

“Wreckin Bar( Ra Ra Ra)” By The Vaccines


School Of Seven Bells – Free Download.

School Of Seven Bells Free Download

The utterly wonderful School Of Seven Bells offer a free download of  “I L U” ahead of a tour in the New Year with Interpol, ( that’s the band, not the International Criminal Police Organization)


“I L U” By School Of Seven Bells.

The Tour

Dec 02 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 supporting The Walkmen
Jan 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Jan 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox SoDo
Jan 29 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Jan 31 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
Feb 02 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena
Feb 04 – Santa Barbara, CA @ UCSB Events Center
Feb 05 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Feb 07 – Salt Lake City, AZ @ In The Venue
Feb 08 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
Feb 11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Feb 12 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Feb 15 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
Feb 16 – Montreal, QU @ Metropolis
Feb 19 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston


The Good Natured “Be My Animal” Free Download

We’ve covered the Good Natured a fair bit this month and we make no apologies for doing so, and now we have a free download of her latest single “Be My Animal” to give away – Hurrah

The Good Natured Be My Animal Free Download


Something For The Weak End-W/e 19/11/2010

This Week – Poly Styrene, Islington Boys’ Club,Wheels, Cruella Ribbons,  The Chemistry Set, The Ravenna Colt, Gorillaz,  Sensorites and Blondie


Poly Styrene Returns

Poly Styrene Returns

X-ray Spex icon Poly Styrene releases Black Christmas for free download The track is available via the website

Poly Styrene, the unforgettable front woman and iconic face of the seminal band X-ray Spex has announced her return to the music scene.P oly will release a free download ‘Black Christmas’ on December 20th through Year Zero, followed by her debut solo album in March 2011. Entitled ‘Generation Indigo’, the record was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins).

‘Black Christmas’ is a non-album track which was written by Poly and her daughter Celeste (who also sings on it) when they heard the news about a man dressed as Santa Claus killing people in LA, also reflecting the start of the recession, it is a tongue-in-cheek, anti-Christmas song.

“Poly Styrene… so ahead of her time.  X-ray Spex, a band that shaped my identity.” Beth Ditto (The Gossip)

“Black Christmas” By Poly Styrene


Wheels “Feel About Me”

Wheels are George Runciman (Vocals/Guitar), Felix Howes (Guitar), Yacob Andersen (Bass) and Stirling Mitchell (Drums), a band of fresh-faced London boys who emulate Britpop cool and create credible guitar pop – think Blur, not Busted. ‘Feel About Me’ is a powerful, edgy, melody-fuelled début, which pays homage to bands such as The Kinks and The La’s.


Islington Boys’ Club

Now here’s a band who should be f**kin massive next year! Glittering dark goth pop with a hint of Bauhaus meets a male Siouxsie at a Bowie convention -Amazing!

Islington Boys’ Club are a North London based four piece. They met through mutual friends through the East London live music scene. Although according to Ed the drummer, lead singer Andy ‘was a special acquisition, as we were the first band he tried out for when first arriving in London having been introduced by his sister who told us about him before he moved over from overseas’. Singer/ performer Andy Lovelee is quite the front man, challenging and bold, just like a young Bowie, making IBC stand out from the crowd with each performance a spectacle to watch, completely captivating.


Cruella Ribbons “Sunshine To My Showers”

She’s barking, but good!


The Chemistry Set –“She’s Taking Me Down”

The Chemistry Set

Psychedelic-Pop band The Chemistry Set have quite a history.  Flexidisc kings and veterans of the Imaginary label (Chameleons, Cud, plus countless sixties tribute albums), they helped pioneer the late 80’s neo-psychedelic boom that was a pivotal phase in pop music history leading to the Madchester craze unfolding locally around them, and its quick absorption of electronic music. Indeed counting Factory & Hacienda boss Tony Wilson amongst their fans, The Chemistry Set reached the coveted Indie Top 20 as they were featured in both UK mainstream and underground music press. Receiving regular airplay on the legendary John Peel’s show (Peel even went so far as to sending the band a hand-written fan letter!), they also toured globally but have held a deep fondness for Spain, making lifelong friends there. The band split in 1991, took a bit of a hiatus, remaining silent… until The Chemistry Set “MACH II” remarkably reappeared in 2008! Their return came about when their unreleased LP from 1989 “Sounds Like Painting” somehow was uploaded onto numerous blogs and was downloaded over 10,000 times.


The Ravenna Colt- “South Of Ohio”

The Ravenna Colt is the solo project by Johnny Quaid, a founding member of My Morning Jacket who performed on the band’s first three albums, “The Tennessee Fire,” “At Dawn” and “It Still Moves,” as well as countless EPs.

The video for “South Of Ohio” was shot this past July in Oldham County, Ky,  sadly I’m English and therefore have no idea where Ky is, but I may have bought their jelly once or twice.




Sesnorites-Just Because You Can”

We put these lads on when we did gigs in that magical place we will one day call ‘pre Coalition government land’ .   Mind, they must be doing ok as the press release says Sensorites are brothers Natham & Gareth Kirkham originally from Stoke-on-Trent but now living on the Mersey.” Now I’m no sailor but in order to live “on the Mersey” one would assume some sort of house boat is required? Anyway here’s their new single.


Retro Track Of  The Week

Blondie-“Picture This”


What’s on your iPod? With The Good Natured.

The Good Natured on The VPME-What's On Your I-Pod?

The Good Natured – Careless (Get People Cover)-Exclusive Free Download.


Our occasional series in which we ask our musical chums to share the contents of their soul, well OK, their I-pod, returns.  This time around the fabulous Sarah aka The Good Natured reveals exactly what’s been tickling her ear drums of late.  She’s also very kindly given us a free download (see above) to give away, which is utterly marvellous.


CrystallisedThe XX

The Good Natured: “I saw The XX play live at Latitude Festival this year, and I was completely blown away. Crystalised is a true gem.”

Banquet– Bloc Party

Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above– CSS

The Good Natured: This song reminds me of being 15 year old ‘new-raver’ and going to the NME Shockwaves Tour with The Klaxons, CSS and New Young Pony Club. I sort of miss glowsticks and wearing hideously bright clothing.

Christine– Siouxsie and the Banshees

Believe Your Own Hype Always–Elle Milano

The Good Natured: I saw Elle Milano supporting The Horrors a while ago and I instantly fell in love with them. The band had an edgy angular sound with sharp rhythms and screamed vocals- such a shame they split up. I loved their cynicism of pretentious clichés found in student culture and the British ‘indie’ scene.

Touch The Sky– Kanye West

When I Grow Up– Fever Ray

The Good Natured: I love Fever Ray. This has to be one of my favourite songs.

Baptism– Crystal Castles

The Good Natured:Alice Glass is brilliant. Crystal Castles are another band I saw at Latitude and she is a true front woman! Baptism is a great song.”

HeartbeatsJose Gonzalez

The Good Natured: “Jose Gonzalez’s cover of The Knife’s Heartbeats is absolutely stunning. It’s also one of the first songs I learnt to play on guitar!”

Neighbourhood #1 Tunnels– Arcade Fire

Into Dust– Mazzy Star

The Good Natured: “I first discovered this song in an episode of the O.C and I had to look it up because it was so heart-wrenchingly beautiful. “

Vicious– Lou Reed

John Gacy Wayne JrSufjan Stevens

The Good Natured: “Sufjan Stevens manages to sing about a 1970’s Chicago-based serial killer and make it into one of the most haunting songs of all time.”

Heartbreaker- MSTRKRFT ft John Legend

The Good Natured: “Fantastic song and I love the video too.”

Human After AllDaft Punk

Once in a Lifetime– Talking Heads

The Good Natured: “What can I say? Classic. ‘You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful wife!’”

Ageing Had Never Been His Friend– Love Is All

The Good Natured: “Infectious melodic post-punk at it’s very best! I love Josephine Olausson’s almost kiddie-like yelp.”

Disintegration– The Cure

Mad World– Tears for Fears

The Good Natured: “Mad World is one of my favourite songs ever written. I also love the cover by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews from Donnie Darko soundtrack. Incredible.”


The girl’s got taste!!  And here’s her latest video for her single “Be My Animal”, which you can buy here

On Myspace

The Good Natured Blog


Killer Tunes-Wild Party Interview.

Wild Party (the Band) Free download and interview

“Take My Advice”

“Life’s Too Short” Free Download


Give me a bottle of vodka, a guitar and a lap top and it will almost certainly end up in tears. In all probability I’d drink the vodka, trip over the guitar and then throw up all over the laptop before collapsing in an undignified heap of mewling self pity.  Some things just don’t mix well. However remove me from the above scenario, keep the guitars the lap top, the vodka and add five lads from Texas and what do you get? A Wild Party perhaps?

Wild Party started out with friends Lincoln Kreifels (vocals) and Lucas Hughes (guitar) producing bedroom demos on their laptops. Taking their cue from a myriad of musical sources it soon became apparent that they had something special going on and so they recruited Lincoln’s brother Jake (bass,) Ethan Kaufmann (guitar) and Jared Shotwell (drums) to take things to the next level.

Their music is an eclectic mix of pop melodies with driving guitars layered over dance beats and loops. Some have even compared Lincoln’s voice to Brandon Flowers; personally I’m not a huge fan of Mr Flowers, a man who seems to have all the personality and allure of wet tarmac on a Sunday afternoon and have therefore refused to allow my ears to acknowledge the comparison. However if you’re looking for a lyrical, slightly surreal description of the band you may well enjoy Lincoln’s own philosophical Eric Cantona style take on Wild Party.

“So, like this giant evergreen right? Like it falls perfectly across a rapid river… deep in the tropical forest of Mozambique, and even though there’s like no one there to hear the sound, an inexplicable energy is released that animals react to instinctively and begin making their voyage on this celestial, unspoken of path to the mainland and righteous parties.”

I’ll have two pints of whatever Lincoln’s drinking  please.

The band is about to release a double A-side single ‘Take My Advice / Life’s Too Short’ on 15 November  through Friend Vs Records, on 7” and we managed to prise guitarist Lucas away from his Wild Partying for a quick chat.


VP: Right then, how did you guys get together to form a band?

LUCAS: Well Lincoln and I have been friends since seventh grade so we had grown up together and played music just for fun. Then as senior year is about to end we had decided to make a serious song and we then knew that there was something more to what we had. This session actually turned out to be the first song we recorded as ‘Wild Party.’ Once we had recorded our demos we rounded up our band to get the live set going. They are great musicians who understand what exactly Wild Party is and going to be.

VP: Brothers in bands, is it a good idea? I’m thinking more along the lines of the Gallaghers and the Reids  more so than the Jonas Brothers.

LUCAS: Well I’d have to ask the brothers their opinion about that but so far it’s worked out without any major problems.

VP: Ah so you’ve not seem them attack each other in an alcohol fuelled spat? Oh well, it’s early days. . ..moving swiftly along, your sound appears to contain a healthy mix of sixties, seventies and eighties influences, which artist’s from these eras do you most admire?

LUCAS: For me, I would say that I like blaring anything groovy. I enjoy fusing different elements from various decades into our songs. But I guess I do love the sixties and the eighties.

VP: Ok, what sort of things inspires you to write songs? And what can we expect from a Wild Party album ?

LUCAS:  Well things are neither black nor white. I guess we write songs that are both introspective and extrospective. It’s definitely an interesting process. As for an album you can expect no fillers.

VP: Has 2010 been a good year for music, or generally one to forget? What bands/albums stand out for you?

LUCAS:  Generally one to forget. I like a few bands here and there but I feel as if there have only been a few songs that stand out rather than a whole album. I guess that’s sort of how things work nowadays. Bands will get on a commercial or show and get known solely off of one song. I don’t want to just have one song.

VP: I guess it’s important for musicians to be net savvy these days, use social networking to connect with fans and get the word out …some musicians tweet so much you do wonder when they find the time to write music.

LUCAS: Defiantly very important to be technologically savvy. Without it… well, you’re in the past.  And don’t worry there’s always time to write music.

VP: Five words to sum up Wild Party would be….

LUCAS:  Eclectic. Pop. Ultra. Classic. Party.



Wild Party Official Website
Wild Party MySpace


Something For The Weekend w/e 12/11/2010

This Week, The Hundred In The Hands, Cosmo Jarvis, Rose Elinor Dougall, Marina Gasolina, The Guilty Hands and rioting.



The Hundred In The Hands are giving away a fantastic Tiger & Woods remix of their new single ‘Commotion.’ The new single is taken from the debut LP, to be released on Warp on November 15 2010.

Here’s The Video



COSMO JARVIS-‘Gay Pirates’

Cosmo Jarvis Gay Pirates

‘Gay Pirates’ is the first single from the new Cosmo Jarvis album ‘Is the World Strange or am I Strange?’ (Scheduled for release late March 2011). ‘Gay Pirates’ tells the story of two male lovers facing discrimination in the inhospitable and far from accepting social climate of the pirate heyday. The single is about the triumph of love against all the odds .

We interviewed Cosmo last year HERE



Rose Elinor Dougall

Following the release of her debut album ‘Without Why’, Rose is to re-release her single  ‘Start/Stop/Synchro’. It’s a new version mixed by Tom Elhirst (Amy Winehouse, The Kills, Lilly Allen, etc) and will be released by Scarlett Music in early 2011.

Rose is due to go into the studio in December to begin work on album number two. And here’s a preview of a new song that may feature on said new album.




Marina Gasolina

Here’s the official video for Marina Gasolina’s new single ‘Leone’ released 29th November.



The Guilty Hands release their debut single “Razor” on 22nd November.

And here’s the B-side “The Collector” for free !


This week the nations students took to the streets to oppose a trebling in tuition fees. Pretty soon we had a good old fashioned riot….

and so …………..