‘Do You Wanna Come Back?’ Yes… because it was that good a show. The four piece from South-West London, consisting of lead singer Justin Hayward-Young, Árni Árnason on bass, Pete Robertson on Drums and the egotistical lead guitarist Freddie Cowan, whose performance rocked the boat of all that attended. His stage dive was impressive and took balls, but the beer spitting and guitar trashing was possibly a step too far.
[Published in Latitude Lookout magazine in 2016]
Opening the night with ‘Teenage Icon’, The Vaccines delivered a full-packed gig, treating fans to a collection of classics and a debut performance of their latest single, ‘Dream Lover’, a smoother and slower number that drew in an adoring crowd. Playing the iconic Electric Brixton, The Vaccines seemed to grow in confidence with every second, especially Cowan and Young who paraded the stage with swooning arrogance, cementing the group as a fantastic live act.
Cowan’s energy on stage was electric too. He owned the crowd, and we were all fine with it. Playing big hits like ‘Wrecking Bar’, ‘Bad Mood’ and ‘Post Break-Up Sex’, The Vaccines certainly showed the crowd a good time. It wasn’t just Cowan that commanded energy on stage either. Justin Hayward-Young was on point vocally the entire night, acting out the lyrics with his rugged facial expressions and loud hand movements that drew the crowd in.
Justin’s solo encore was perhaps the perfectly mellowed highlight in an otherwise full throttled gig, performing an acoustic rendition of ‘No Hope’. Of course, this wasn’t the only song they played. The foursome returned to the stage with two more tunes up their sleeves, ‘Wolf Pack’ and ‘Norgaard’, perhaps saving the best until last.
In a nutshell, it’s safe to say that this was the show of the year for many, its difficult to comprehend another show where the energy will be so high, the crowd so loyal and the band so.damn.good.