What Did You Expect From The Vaccines – The Vaccines
By Lewis McKinney
The Strokes meet Dick Dale in a half hour burst of guitar pop perfect for the summer months. Passionate and energetic, The Vaccines knock their debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines, out of the park and into the stars. Songs like “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra), If You Wanna and Norgaard” are perfect for bonfire boomboxes and road trip adventures. Not without its flaws, though, the album misses its highest marks with some of the slower songs, specifically “Blow It Up” and “All In White.” On the album closer, “Family Friend”, lead singer Justin Young croons “You wanna get young but you’re just getting older/You had a fun summer but it’s already colder“, an almost curt acknowledgement that, yes, the record is over and soon it’s place in your record rotation “but it’s cool.” A fabulous introduction that transcends their indie-rock titling and just may catapult them to the forefront of their current musical breterhern. What else would you expect from a band called The Vaccines? A bore?