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The Vaccines Live Up to Expectations



Whether it is their always-catchy song “Norgaard” or their new hit “Teenage Icon,” people are becoming more and more familiar with the British indie rock band The Vaccines.  Last night, January 29th, they performed to a screaming sold out audience at the Paradise Rock Club.  Along with their older favorites they performed new hits from their new album “Come of Age,” which was released on October 12th of this year.

Performing in such an established venue for their first headliner concert in the United States seemed like a daunting task, which vocalist Justin Long admitted to the audience.  But not only did The Vaccines rise up to the occasion, but the fans did by screaming and dancing along to every single song.

The opening act was the Australian band San Cisco whose very catchy and upbeat tunes got the audience ready for the main event, and turned some folks who had no previous knowledge of them into fans.  The wait between the opening act and The Vaccines seemed to drag on a little bit longer than usual. The time between the doors opening to the show starting was a bit delayed.  Soon the natives were getting restless and you could feel the energy of the fans simmer down a little bit with each passing minute.

But before you knew it the four members of The Vaccines (Justin Long (guitar, vocals), Árni Hjörvar (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar), and Pete Robertson (drums) ran onto the stage and instantly started performing their new hit “No Hope.” It was a perfect beginning because nothing could have revived a crowd more than that song and no song was more fitting.

“No Hope” has the key lyric “when you’re 24 and young and bored…” and it seemed to set the scene for the night.  The crowd was full of college kids and lets be honest, on a Tuesday night during the school year not too many of us are up to crazy shenanigans; we get bored and this concert was the perfect cure.  Especially with songs that deal with “When I haven’t got my own life figured out”…what college kid out there can’t identify with that?

The rest of the night flew by as every fans’ favorite song were enthusiastically performed with such talent that the live performance sounded exactly like the studio album, which is a great achievement in today’s music industry. The greatest aspect of the concert was the fact that the energy, charisma, and talent that every band member exuded could have turned someone totally ignorant of The Vaccines into an instant fan.  You did not have to be a hardcore fan to appreciate such a truly entertaining evening.

If this show was any indication of how The Vaccines will be doing in America then soon we shall be hearing even more great things from this exceptional band.

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