The Vaccines take shot at stardom

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 February, 2012, 12:00am


English band The Vaccines have toured with genre-defining bands like The Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire. The band members pride themselves on writing songs influenced by music from the past 50 years, defying chronological barriers.

Young Post caught up with Arni Hjorvar, drummer of the time-travelling indie rock band...

Name The Vaccines
Members Justin Young, Arni Hjorvar, Freddie Cowan and Pete Robertson
Based in London
Album: What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

The name The Vaccines comes from ... Justin. He came up with it [in 2010] because he was reading in Spanish. We were looking for a band name and we had a few. He was looking at a Spanish dictionary and [it opened at the page with] vaccine. Then we figured, 'Oh, it's a good band name'. It doesn't mean anything. The reason why we ran with it is because it's a blank kind of idea. It can be anything - a band from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. We have a name that doesn't say it's [specifically] 2011.

Justin and I ... have played together before and so have Pete and I. And Justin and Freddie are friends. A couple of years ago, we were all sort of fed up with what we were doing and wanted to do something different - maybe make a fresh start. We then decided to form a band. We were not best mates or anything, but had been playing with each other. So we decided to have a go, and have been doing it since.

I think we're trying to make ... all that straight-up rock 'n' roll music and trying to write a few pop songs. And we deliver them with intensity and integrity.

The essence of our songs is... simplicity. I think a lot of music these days is disguising itself in all sorts of interesting, technological enhancements. A lot of people are scared of being simple and straight-up with it. But I think The Vaccines stand for that kind of music - one that's very honest and simple. There is nothing on our record that can't be recreated live. It's just the four of us and it's always just the four of us. There is no backing or anything.

I reckon the best gigs so far ... are the two gigs we did last December when we had our headline tour. We played two gigs at the O2 Academy in Brixton, in London, which has a 6,000-capacity; we sold out the place twice. The concerts were incredible.

This year, we will be ... touring, as well as working on our new record. We are going into the studio in March to record a new [album]. Hopefully, we'll be able to release it at the end of the summer.

The next few weeks will be pretty amazing. We'll be touring places that I've never been to before.

Hong Kong is going to be incredible. Then, we'll be going to Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, too. And we'll be going to South America later this year. It's always fun to go to new places.

Something I would like to say to our fans in Hong Kong is ... I hear that there is a massive light show at 8pm every night [in Hong Kong]. I promise our show will be more impressive than that light show.

The band will be playing at Kitec's Star Hall in Kowloon Bay tomorrow. To get tickets, go to