Walking out onto the Gobi stage at Coachella Saturday afternoon to The Ramones’ “Rock n Roll Radio,” The Vaccines offered the audience a ready-made benchmark for their sound.
The Brit band has drawn comparisons to The Strokes and even those legendary Ramones, but there are even hints of American surf rock.
Whatever the case, their darting drum behooks study guitars and ear-worm hooks should get people excited about their forthcoming sophomore album.
The band is ready to work on the follow-up to their 2011 debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, and they played a few of their new ones.
Three songs in, The Vaccines brought out “Tiger Blood”, which was produced by Albert Hammond Jr., and must be why The Strokes’ sound is definitely evident.
While not new, “Wetsuit” was a highlight, featuring a rolling drum beat and a head-nodding groove that calls to mind a day of teenage hijinks. When frontman Justin Young croons “Put a wetsuit on, come on, come on. Grow your hair long, come on, come on,” you want to ditch school and grab your surfboard.
The Vaccines pulled out a harder offering later with the ominous new tune “Bad Mood” that featured Young dropping into a deeper growl.
And the guys had a few high-speed bangers to round out their set with ”If You Wanna” especially whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Comparisons aside, The Vaccines are rounding into a sound of their own. But as Saturdays show proved, they’re also not trying to forget what got them here.