|MEMBERS:||JUSTIN YOUNG - VOCALS, GUITAR|
|ARNI ARNASON - BASS|
|FREDDIE COWAN - GUITAR|
|PETE ROBERTSON - DRUMS|
SOUND: INDIE ROCK
The band stepped on stage at the Hordern Pavilion looking like they'd just walked out of the 1990s, but gave the perfect example of how to play a good rock gig - no theatrics, just the four guys performing a solid set.
They kicked off with 'Blow It Up', an effective way to show the crowd what was in store. From then on came song after song - their short, intense tunes lend themselves perfectly to a live performance; you hear a song of theirs and can't help but enjoy yourself.
The Vaccines went on to deliver an excellent rendition of the mellow 'Wetsuit', and incendiary versions of 'If You Wanna' and 'Nørgaard', which finished the set. By that time, the audience were all the way behind the band; in their 40-ish minute set, they'd managed to draw a crowd that filled the entire Hordern Pavilion.
Lead singer, Justin Young, has a voice even more grungy than the album recording, and it's clear the band has been on tour for a good part of 2011; as a band, the Vaccines have it together. Playing live, they amp up the ferocity of each song ten times over.
Apart from a few technical issues throughout the show (which the band played right through), there was only one real issue with this gig - the fact that The Vaccines were the supporting act.
If you get the opportunity, catch The Vaccines on this visit to Australia. It's safe to say their next visit won't be so easy to get a hold of tickets for.