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The Vaccines performing at 9:30 Club in May 2011
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The Vaccines are an English indie rock band who formed in West London in 2010. The band's debut album What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? was released through Columbia Records on 14 March 2011 and reached #4 in the UK Album Chart, making it the best-selling debut album of 2011. The band initially drew comparisons to the likes of The Ramones, The Strokes, Interpol and The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band has explained that their influences, though, range from "'50s rock 'n' roll through to '80s American hardcore, and a lot of good pop music". They have played extensively, touring with and opening up for acts such as The Walkmen, The Stone Roses, Polica, Smith Westerns, Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse and Arcade Fire amongst others. Their second studio album Come of Age was released in the United Kingdom (UK) on 3 September 2012 and reached #1 on the UK Album Chart.
2010: Formation and early career 
Composed of Justin Young (guitar/vocals, who previously performed as Jay Jay Pistolet), Arni Arnason (bass), Pete Robertson (drums) and Freddie Cowan (guitar and younger brother of Tom Cowan from The Horrors), the band was initially formed by Young and Cowan in the summer of 2009. After months of attempting to perfect its sound, the band uploaded the demo "If You Wanna" to YouTube in August 2010 and the song immediately received praise from people such as Zane Lowe, who named it the 'Hottest Record in the World' on 18 August 2010. After the band's first-ever London show, a Clash magazine article predicted that the band could help usher in a new era for guitar music.
After The Vaccines played its first gig in Leicester, UK, the band embarked on its debut UK tour between September and November 2010; consequent interest in the band led to a debut London performance at a friend's pub, The Flowerpot, in October 2010. The show sold out and audience members included Alex Kapranos, Marcus Mumford, and members of White Lies and The Maccabees—200 people were turned away. The performance was awarded a "4/5" rating by The Guardian and was described by Clash magazine as "fantastic, exhilarating and exciting". During this time, the band performed live on Later with Jools Holland—the occasion marked the first time that a band has ever appeared on the programme prior to releasing a single.
On 29 November 2010, the band released its debut double A-side single "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)"/"Blow It Up" in the UK; the single was limited to 1000 copies and was released on the Marshall Teller Records label. Both of the music videos for each of the double A-side songs were directed by Doug Hart, former bass player with The Jesus & Mary Chain. "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)", one minute and 24 seconds in duration, was named "Track of the Day" by Q magazine and was critically well received. The band recorded its first ever radio session for Marc Riley's BBC 6 Music show in December 2010. Following the release of its debut double A-side single, the band continued to tour the UK in the latter part of 2010, while concurrently recording its debut album—the band was followed by documentary makers from Vice Magazine during this tour.
2011: What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? 
On 5 January 2011, the band was placed third in the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll and, in the same week, appeared on the cover of NME for the first time. Following the confirmation of its contract with Columbia Records, the band released its second single "Post Break-Up Sex" on 24 January 2011, and it debuted at #32 in the UK. It was during this period that the band was nominated for an MTV Award—'Best New Band of 2011'—and a Critics' Choice Brit Award. Following the band's inaugural NME cover, the Vaccines then participated in the 2011 NME Awards Tour, supporting Crystal Castles. The band also travelled to America for the first time, where Debbie Harry was part of the audience for the band's New York show.
Following a trip to the SXSW arts conference, the band then released its debut album What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? on 14 March 2011 through Columbia Records, to generally positive reviews. The album's initial release date was 21 March 2011, a date that would coincide with the release of The Strokes' fourth album Angles, but the release date was amended to the next week—this decision led to speculation that the band's label was seeking to avoid a clash with the Strokes release.
In Autumn 2011, the band was forced to postpone tours of Japan and the US, in addition to shows across Europe, after Young suffered from a recurring vocal issue that had led to three operations within a nine-month period. Despite Young's medical problem, the band still played more than 150 shows in 2011, culminating in two nights at London's O2 Brixton Academy.
On 10 June 2011, The Vaccines performed as a support act for the Arctic Monkeys in a 10,000-capacity tent venue at Don Valley Bowl in Sheffield, UK. The Sheffield performance followed a joint trip that the two bands had made to America, during which time the Vaccines made its network television debut, performing "If You Wanna" on the Late Show with David Letterman. After the Don Valley gig, the band performed at numerous festivals throughout the world during that year's summer season (at the time, the band claimed that it had played around 45 festival shows). The Vaccines ended the summer at the Reading & Leeds Festivals, where the band was joined on stage by members of The Horrors; In turn, The Vaccines appeared on stage with The Horrors later in the day. The band was named by NME Magazine as the best band of the weekend. The Vaccines has frequently collaborated on stage, including guest spots with Lyle Preslar of Minor Threat, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, members of Savages and Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand.
In October 2011, The Vaccines launched the world's first crowd-sourced music video for the single "Wetsuit". Fans submitted their Instagram photos of the band and various festivals they went to that Summer to be included in the video.
2012–present: Come of Age 
On 30 January 2012, whilst on tour for Australia's Big Day Out Festival, it was confirmed that The Vaccines were recording their second LP in March 2012 with producer Ethan Johns. Young provided the public with an update: "It's mostly written and we're going into the studio in Belgium in March to start recording so it'll definitely be out this year, without a doubt. We've definitely got six songs written that we all want to be on the record, but there's tonnes of other new songs and we're actually going into the studio out in Australia to work on ideas. I think we're in a good place with it and it's quite exciting."
On 1 April 2012, The Quietus reported that The Vaccines would be releasing a split 7" single with R. Stevie Moore through O Genesis Records in aid of Record Store Day, with The Vaccines covering Moore's "Why Should I Love You?" and Moore tackling "Post Break-Up Sex".
On 23 April 2012, Young reported that the band had already recorded "six or seven" songs and that the record will be released "after summer, when we're ready."; Young added that the new album will be "more intimate and close" than the debut album. Young further explained that he considered the band to be a pop band in a rock 'n' roll format, explaining, "I think we've always from day one wanted to write pop songs, write the kind of songs we listen to. Pop seems to be a dirty word but we don't think it should be."
In July 2012, during another summer of playing festivals, the band released two free EPs—one is a live EP recorded in Brighton, UK, while the other is a collection of acoustic cover versions, entitled Please, Please Do Not Disturb. The cover version EP features renditions of ABBA, Wire, Nick Lowe and Jonathan Richman songs.
On 30 July 2012, Cowan spoke about the band's plans to release a series of four singles with each band member writing and recording a B-side song. Cowan will collaborate with his brother, Furse, for his contribution to the project.
On 3 September 2012, The Vaccines' second album, called Come of Age was released in the UK, reaching #1 in the album chart. The album was certified gold in the UK within three weeks of its release. The album was released in the US on 4 October 2012  The release was marked by the band's biggest tour to date, with a sold out show at London's 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace
In January 2013, The Vaccines were nominated for a Brit Award for Best Live Act, alongside The Rolling Stones, Muse, Mumford & Sons and Coldplay. They were also nominated for 2 NME awards; Best British Band and Best Album.
On 29 January 2013, The Vaccines began its first headliner tour of the US with a show at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Massachusetts, supported by Australian band San Cisco. This was followed immediately by a support show with Muse at a War Child charity gig at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on 18 February 2013.
It was announced on 3rd April 2013 they would be supporting The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park on 5th June 2013.
They have also recently stated in NME magazine (in an issue of the magazine which featured the band on the front cover) that they are currently working on some new material which may either be part of an EP or part of a third album.
- Justin Hayward-Young – lead vocals, guitar - 02/05/87
- Freddie Cowan – lead guitar, vocals - 06/08/88
- Árni Árnason – bass, vocals - 22/03/84
- Pete Robertson - drums, vocals - 11/09/85
Awards and nominations 
|2011||BBC Sound of 2011||The Vaccines||Sound of 2011||Third|
|MTV Awards||Brand New for 2011||Nominated|
|Quintessentially Awards||Best Emerging Talent||Winners|
|MOJO Awards||Best New Act||Nominated|
|Q Awards||Best New Band||Nominated|
|BRIT Awards||Critics' Choice||Runners Up|
|2012||NME Awards||Best New Band||Winners|
|What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?||Best Album||Nominated|
|XFM||The Vaccines||New Music Award||Winners|
|BRIT Awards||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|2013||NME Awards||Best British Band||Nominated|
|Come of Age||Best Album||Nominated|
|BRIT Awards||The Vaccines||Best Live Act||Nominated|
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