The next time The Vaccines play London, it’ll be at the cavernous Alexandra Palace. It means that tonight’s show at the teeny-in-comparison House of Vans - while out of the ordinary in any circumstance - feels particularly special. No-one really needs winning over tonight, but the now-five-piece still crash into the set like they’ve got a firm point to prove.
It’s well and truly done within the first ten minutes, during which they bash out ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ and ‘Teenage Icon’, instant reminders of their stadium-sized indie prowess.
New tracks from upcoming full-length ‘Combat Sports’ are sprinkled throughout, with ‘Your Love Is My Favourite Band’ a highlight, and ‘I Can’t Quit’ already one of the catchiest songs the band have ever written, but tonight serves more as a reminder of quite how many bangers The Vaccines have in their back pocket.
They’re delivered with gusto, too. Justin Young prowls around the stage, sunglasses donned, looking like a true rockstar. His bandmates, meanwhile, look reinvigorated, barely pausing for breath.
A one-two of ‘Wetsuit’ and ‘Post-Break Up Sex’ raises voices so much that they completely fill the room, before ‘If You Wanna’, ‘No Hope’ and ‘Norgaard’ make for a storming finish.
The glitz and glamour will arrive at Ally Pally, but tonight is a firm reminder that The Vaccines are back with a bang.
Photos: Emma Swann