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Music: The Vaccines

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The Vaccines, the UK’s latest it-band might just be the real deal.

Boasting a solid indie pedigree – lead singer Justin Young has recorded well-reviewed folk rock under the name Jay Pistolet, while guitarist Freddie Cowan is the younger brother of the Horror’s Tom Cowan – the Vaccines possess a raucous power-pop punk sound reminiscent of legendary bands like the Ramones and the Speedies, not to mention a preppy punk look that recalls Vampire Weekend and even the Clash. On November 22, 2010, a mere five months after forming, the Vaccines released their hit single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” catching music journalists and fans off-guard with the punchy ninety second pop shredder. Look for the Vaccines major-label debut “What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?” on March 21, 2011, but don’t bet on catching their whirlwind tour of the UK this month – lead singer Young underwent throat surgery this week leading to the cancellation of shows.

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