First things first: The Vaccines are my favourite band. Like ever. In the history of the universe. They’re kind of a big deal for me, so when they announced last week that they were dropping the first single off of their upcoming third album, I freaked. I lost control of my breathing, I yelled, I lied on the floor with my face in my hands wondering whether this was real life or some kind of sick joke. And it was very much a real thing.
The last time we heard anything new from The Vaccines was August of 2013, which brought the release of the Melody Calling EP, a collection of slower, vibey songs for fans to hold onto while the band threw themselves back into the writing and recording routine. Fast-forward to November 2014, when the group played some festivals in Asia – their first live appearances in almost a year – and of course they teased us by playing a couple new songs. Absolutely, gloriously incredible new songs. Then finally, on January 19th, 2015, The Vaccines dropped their much-anticipated, shiny new track entitled ‘Handsome’ – and let me tell you, it was worth the wait.
The song is a fun, upbeat jam reminiscent of The Vaccines’ early work. Justin’s sharp, direct vocals pack a lot of punch into two minutes, and it’s the kind of track that you can’t help but sing along to. The song relies fairly heavily on production, and although that is an area the band has never ventured into before, it by no means ruins the sound. They still sound like The Vaccines, only a more mature, grown-up version of themselves.
This is only a taste of what’s to come, as their third album – entitled ‘English Graffiti’ – is set to come out in the first half of the year, though no official release date has been announced as of yet. ‘Handsome’ is definitely an earworm, with its catchy melody and distinctly guitar-driven sound. You’ll be lucky if you’re able to listen to it without some of the lyrics finding their way into your brain, where they will likely reside for the next few days. The song is sure to cure your blues and put a smile on your face for the rest of the week – or the rest of eternity, if you love this band as much as I do. Be sure to give the song a listen and keep up with The Vaccines this year, as the forthcoming record is set to be a good one.
For our interview with The Vaccines, click here.
Review by Hannah Champion | @hannahisrad_