The Vaccines today release Jump Off The Top, the final song to be taken from their brilliant fifth album, Back In Love City, ahead of its release this Friday. Along with the release, the band can now announce a UK headline tour for 2022 that takes in a night at Wembley Arena on 21st April.
Jump Off The Top was first debuted live before the band began recording the new LP and is already a firm fan favourite. Its release comes with a video shot at the group’s barnstorming comeback show at London’s Forum last month. Watch the live video HERE and a separate lyric video HERE.
Says Vaccines frontman Justin Young about the band’s return to the stage: “Playing live is the lifeblood of this band. It’s where our music comes to life and where we get to connect with all the people that make what we do possible. Not being able to do that over the last 18 months has been nothing short of awful and we can’t wait to see everyone again and do what we love doing more than anything else in the world.”
Thurs 14th APRIL MANCHESTER – O2 Victoria Warehouse
Sat 16th LEEDS – O2 Academy Leeds
Mon 18th PORTSMOUTH – Portsmouth Guildhall
Tues 19th BIRMINGHAM – O2 Academy
Thurs 21st LONDON – The SSE Arena Wembley
Sat 23rd NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE – O2 City Hall
Sun 24th GLASGOW – Barrowland Ballroom
First, though, The Vaccines will be heading out on a string of intimate shows – some in-stores and some (marked *) in conjunction with the Music Venue Trust / National Lottery’s Revive Live series – around the LP release. The Vaccines play:
Thurs 9th SEPT KINGSTON – Banquet x Pryzm
Fri 10th LEEDS – Crash x The Wardrobe
Sat 11th BIRMINGHAM – HMV x The Vault (Acoustic)
Sun 12th SHEFFIELD – Beartree x The Leadmill
Mon 13th NOTTINGHAM – Rough Trade x The Level
Tues 14th COVENTRY – HMV x Empire
Weds 15th OXFORD – Truck x O2 Academy 2 (Acoustic)
Thurs 16th LONDON – Rough Trade instore x Brixton Electric
Weds 17th BRISTOL – Rough Trade x Trinity
Sat 18th AYLESBURY, Waterside
Mon 20th EXETER, Exeter Phoenix*
Tues 21st FROME, Cheese & Grain*
Thurs 23rd STOKE-ON-TRENT, Sugarmill*
Fri 24th NORTHAMPTON, Roadmender
Sun 26th BEXHILL, De la War Pavillion*
Tues 28th BEDFORD, Esquires*
Wed 29th CAMBRIDGE, Cambridge Junction*
Fri 1st OCT NORWICH, Waterfront*
Sun 3rd BRIGHTON, Concorde 2*
Mon 4th GLOUCESTER, Guildhall*
Tues 5th BOURNEMOUTH, The Old Fire Station*
For all tour / ticket info head to https://www.thevaccines.com/shows.
About Back In Love City…
Back in Love City is The Vaccines’ most euphoric, visceral and visionary work to date. It’s a record that sees the five-piece assert themselves as one of Britain’s most vital guitar bands, with 13 songs set against the fictional metropolis of the album’s title.
Inspired by fictional cities – from Ridley Scott’s version of LA in Blade Runner to Cowboy Beebop’s Fear City – as much as places like Las Vegas, Tijuana and Tokyo, the idea of Love City took shape w
A modern-day pleasure island – equal part utopia and dystopia – Love City was born from the band’s fascination with emotions as commodities and the desperation for human connection. “In some obvious ways we’re more connected than ever,” Young explains. “But we’re also more polarised than we’ve been for 100 years and the world is getting colder. What if there was a place where love and other emotions had run dry – but you could go to Love City to get them?”
As a backdrop for the album’s hyperbolic tales of 21st-century escapism, the titular Love City allowed Young’s songwriting to flourish like never before. He imagined The Vaccines as the house-band in Love City, a place where safety, solace and satisfaction are on offer as much as love, where mental and physical pleasure is for sale, and where nobody has to be alone.
The album was finished early in 2020 and mixed by Andrew Maury (Lizzo, Post Malone) with additional production from Fryars (Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson). It’s not a lockdown record, but its theme of escapism in modern life resonates more than ever in the pandemic era. It’s a massive musical leap forward for the band, too, and while the trademark surf swagger and Western flourish of The Vaccines sound remains, Back in Love City is their heaviest record so far. From the hard-hit of songs like “XCT”, “Wanderlust” and “Bandit” through to live fan favourite “Jump Off The Top” and the immediate rock n roll crash of“Headphones Baby”, it documents a band flexing at their creative peak.
Back In Love City Tracklisting:
1: Back In Love City 2: Alone Star 3: Headphones Baby 4: Wanderlust 5: Paranormal Romance 6: El Paso 7: Jump Off The Top 8: XCT 9: Bandit 10: Peoples Republic Of Desire 11: Savage 12: Heart Land 13: Pink Water PistolsThe Vaccines are Justin Young (vocals, guitar), Freddie Cowan (guitar, vocals), Árni Árnason (bass, vocals), Tim Lanham (keyboards) and Yoann Intoni (drums). Since the band’s inception they have sold over two million records worldwide, cementing their position as torch-carriers for British guitar music in the modern era. The new record follows the tenth anniversary celebrations of their seminal debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? which first catapulted the band into the modern rock and roll canon. Each of their four albums so far have charted in the Top 5 in the UK, with second album, Come Of Age, hitting #1. Multiple Brit, NME, Q, Mojo awards nominees, they have a fierce live reputation forged through arena-filling headline shows and unforgettable slots at festivals including Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds.