Get speculating What do we expect from The Vaccines?

Blissful California vibes or straight-to-the-point rock ’n roll? The Vaccines could turn in any direction on LP3.

When The Vaccines returned with two rowdy, intimate gigs and their ‘Handsome’ track earlier this week, everything felt like business as usual. Justin Young and co. were back to proudly sporting fizzing rock ’n roll, sending UK venues into customary sweat-pits before 2015 had even decided to get going.

But in many ways, ‘Handsome’ marked something of a surprise. By-the-numbers Vaccines in the very best sense, it’s in a completely different territory to 2013’s ‘Melody Calling’ EP, which many dubbed the beginning of a new chapter for the London four-piece. Here they were lording it up in LA, flicking a switch from their everyday sound into something way more laid back and, with no coincidence, melodically sharper.

Question is: When attention turns to their third full-length ‘English Graffiti’ - out this Spring - which direction are The Vaccines going to head towards? Is ‘Handsome’ the standard-bearer or a red herring? Do their hearts belong on California beaches or in grubby English bar venues?

It’s a series of questions that makes for one of 2015’s most-anticipated new albums. DIY’s decided to refer to trusty evidence and plain old speculation by asking: What do we really expect from The Vaccines this time round?

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