Top rock band ‘hoping Brid really is better than Bondi’

The Vaccines come to the Spa on Thursday May 3, 2012
The Vaccines come to the Spa on Thursday May 3, 2012

HIT rock band The Vaccines head to Bridlington Spa next month. Reporter Mike Brown spoke to lead singer Justin Young about their hopes for the seaside gig.

ONLY two years ago, The Vaccines got together in West London and began playing short, sharp shows in small, sweaty clubs.

And while the songs being played are the same, the four-piece due to step out on to the stage at the Spa next month are an entirely different proposition – after enjoying a massively successful debut album and a whirlwind year of adoring festival crowds, awards and critical acclaim.

Lead singer Justin Young spoke exclusively to the Free Press about the Bridlington gig and his thoughts on The Vaccines meteroic rise.

“We’ve played a lot of shows over the past year or so in all sorts of places, and then we heard about the Bridlington Spa venue and thought, that would be fun,” said Justin, who found relative success as solo performer Jay Jay Pistolet before forming The Vaccines.

“We wanted to come and play somewhere that maybe doesn’t get all the touring bands coming through. Playing so many shows, you get a different kind of buzz from each. The big crowds at Glastonbury and other festivals were a lot of fun and give you a big adrenaline rush, but smaller shows are different.

“You can feed off the energy of the crowd.”

As work begins on the second album with producer Ethan Johns, The Vaccines have recently recorded a cover of R Stevie Moore’s ‘Why Should I love You?’ which will be released as a double A side single with Moore’s cover of the band’s ‘Post Break Up Sex’ for Record Store Day.

“Maybe when you get a crowd from a place that doesn’t see a lot of bands come through and play, there can be a lot more enthusiasm,” continued Justin, who has promised Brid fans a show to remember.

“We’ll definitely be playing some new songs at Bridlington, and we might play the R Stevie Moore song as well. It’s sounding really upbeat when we play it and we’ve been talking about it.”

And despite a year on the road, Justin says the new songs are going well.

“I think people in Bridlington will enjoy the new stuff. I never wanted to get into writing while on the road, a lot of the time we’re in really sterile environments, a tour bus or a dingy hotel, but we were in Australia earlier this year in this high rise hotel block and we got inspired.

“We’ve got hundreds of ideas.”

While the band – made up of Justin, Árni Hjörvar on bass, Freddie Cowan on guitar and Pete Robertson on drums – have enjoyed a “mental” schedule of international tours and festival spots, they are looking forward to their trip to East Yorkshire – and have a word of advice for local young musicians.

“Yeah we’ve seen the Rupert Grint advert, so we hope Bridlington really is better than Bondi. Maybe I’ll give surfing a try like he did,” said Justin.

“We’ve been to Leeds, York, Sheffield, but never out to the Yorkshire coast so we’re quite excited to see what it’s like and have a look at the seaside. We’re really looking forward to it.

“There are people everywhere who start bands and play music, so if we had any sort of advice for people it would be to just play something that you really like listening to.

“Don’t look too closely at what else is going on. If you like it, the chances are that someone else is going to like it too.”

Another big year beckons for the band, who are again touring the festival circuit as well as opening for The Stone Roses at their sold-out comeback show at Heaton Park in Manchester.

He revealed The Vaccines will be supported at the Spa by The Savages, Scum and After Beatrice.

l Tickets for the gig on Thursday, May 3 are still available from the box office on 678258, or at, priced £20.