The Vaccines, whose latest album “The Vaccines Come of Age,” is currently at #1 in the UK charts, played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on September 10, 2012. The show was a mix of old and new one of the things I like most about The Vaccines is that their songs are short and to the point. They start off fast and furious, make you rock out and then they move on to the next track where the whole process is repeated.
The Vaccines – Bowery Ballroom
Behind the band was a huge poster of their new album cover. The Vaccines were in high spirits and were very gracious in thanking the crowd as thunderous applause erupted after each song. Some of the highlights were the fast and furious “Wrecking Bar (Ra Ra Ra),” the opener and new track “No Hope,” which has really great lyrics about taking care of yourself before you worry about the rest of the world and the non-album track “Tiger Blood.” A video of “Wrecking Bar” is coming soon, so stay tuned for that.
If you have corrections to the set list, please let me know. I didn’t get a photo and I am trying to post it from memory (which is never a good thing considering how many events I go to).
No Hope / Wrecking Bar (Ra Ra Ra) / Tiger Blood / I Always Knew / Wetsuit / Teenage Icon / Under Your Thumb / Ghost Town / Post Break-Up Sex / All In White / Blow It Up / If You Wanna / Bad Mood / Noorgard
It’s been a long wait for New York fans to see Britain’s The Vaccines in concert. April 23, 2012 proved the wait had been worth it as The Vaccines played a sold out show at Manhattan’s Webster Hall. In 2011, after The Vaccines announced a US and Japan tour for the fall, lead singer Justin Young had to have 3 surgeries on his vocal chords (despite still playing 150 shows that year) and took some time to recover.
Hitting the stage at 10 pm, after great sets from The Drowners and Porcelain Raft, The Vaccines wasted no time and did what they do best – rocked the crowd! Their music is short and sweet post-punk (whatever that means) and rock. They rarely have a song lasting over three minutes in length and with the introduction of each song, it is like a shot of adrenaline is administered to the audience. They played favorites like “If You Wanna” (which was so fuckin’ rockin! The entire venue was bouncing up and down!), “Post Break Up Sex,” “Ra Ra Ra (Wrecking Bar)” and closed the show with “Norgaard.”
Justin Young of The Vaccines
They also played 3 new songs, presumably from their upcoming album, which has been reported to be released before the end of 2012. A video of one of those tracks “Teenage Icon,” will be shown on According2g.com very soon, so stay tuned. The light show was a bit underwhelming, as usually at Webster Hall, you walk away into the night blinded, but I am not complaining, I am just observing. The Vaccines played in front of a huge banner of their album cover “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?” and the band jumped around all over the stage and the audience followed suit – though thankfully for me, no moshing occurred. Welcome back Vaccines and thanks for a great night!