Photo: Hope Purcell
02 Academy, Brixton
November 22 2015
Words: Izzy B
The Vaccines. Like their name posits they are like a shot in the arm, providing a temporary immunity to all trials and ills that may be underway outside the confines of the south London venue which they tonight hold court to. The first of actually three nights at the Brixton Academy, no less.
‘Handsome’, from this year’s third album 'English Graffiti', opens the set of 18 songs, plus an encore threesome which included 'We're Happening', given its first live outing since 2012. Followed in quick succession by ‘Teenage Icon’ and 'Ghost Town', The Vaccines fire a weight of indie pop hooks that doesn't let up.
Confident Justin Hayward-Young delivers the goods in true frontman style, lording it up with a strut here and there, given support with a stunning light effects which lit the Academy in shades of the French flag at one point. The crowd responded inbound with whoops and hollers for the likes of 'If You Wanna' and 'All In White', and the synth toned 'Dream Lover'.
Hayward-Young's solo acoustic in the first of the encore songs, 'No Hope', brings a welcome and appreciated respite, but not before they go out in a blaze of colour and glory - with streamers raining down from the stage - on the storming ‘Nørgaard’.