Posted in music | pictures on January 21, 2011

words & photos by Chris Gersbeck

The Vaccines

The British music press would have you believe that the Vaccines' first U.S. appearance would be akin to that of the Beatles'. Was it? No, of course not. But it was a good debut performance, albeit a short one.

Mississippi's Young Buffalo opened the night (not to be confused with Young the Giant who were playing over at Mercury Lounge), with their guitarist and drummer switching instruments halfway through. Both members were great on each. Think the Dodos, but with a greater emphasis on guitar. Brooklyn's Oberhofer were next, playing a frenetic and layered performance as the crowd at the Bowery thickened. Oddly, it seemed like the audience didn't quite know what to make of them. Songs would end and there would be a sort of awkward pause before any kind of response, but that could just be because their songs generally ended with feedback. Though Oberhofer's (ultra) quiet-loud-quiet dynamic definitely got the crowd's attention more than a few times.

As skeptical as I try to be about shows like this, I have to admit--you could feel a sort of anxious vibe in the air awaiting the Vaccines' arrival. They didn't disappoint. The Vaccines' songs were uniquely structured, played with the intensity and precision of a band that's been around for years (they only just formed last year). It's "garage rock" that we may have heard before, but that didn't make it any less fun. Ending their 30 minute set with the Standells' "Good Guys Don't Wear White", most memorably covered by Minor Threat, cemented my opinion that this is a band worth checking out again.

The Vaccines and Oberhofer do it again Saturday night at Glasslands (sold out), and look for both bands at SXSW in March as well. More pictures (including the written setlist) and a video (of the band covering Minor Threat) from the Bowery show, and some other videos, below...

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Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo

Oberhofer

Oberhofer

Oberhofer

Oberhofer

Oberhofer

Oberhofer

Oberhofer

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

The Vaccines

(warning: video does not have the best sound - turn down your speakers)
The Vaccines - Good Guys (Don't Wear White) @ Bowery Ballroom

Vaccines BBC Sound of 2011

The Vaccines Norgaard @ la Flêche d'Or Paris

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Comments (23)

Anyone have extra tickets for tonight's Glasslands show? Is it worth just showing up for and hoping to get in? How small is the place?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 10:31 AM

I'd say Glasslands is about a third of the size of the Bowery... and the Bowery was packed. Good luck

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 10:32 AM

"Anyone have extra tickets for tonight's Glasslands show?"

It's Saturday

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 10:35 AM

Oh how we have missed Tony the Drummer...

Posted by erac | January 21, 2011 10:37 AM

Tremendous show - lots of fun.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 10:51 AM

Those photos of Oberhofer aren't even from last nights show. You would think with all the cameras in the front row someone would have taken some to post.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 10:54 AM

are from last night

Posted by Chris | January 21, 2011 11:02 AM

I meant, they are from last night

Posted by Chris | January 21, 2011 11:04 AM

Standells cover. Carry on.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 11:05 AM

really wish bowery would stop overselling

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 11:17 AM

completely agree 11:17. That Robert Plant show several months ago was beyond packed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 11:46 AM

Bowery and MHOW usually aren't that oversold, Terminal 5... whoooo boy

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 11:54 AM

will anyone care about this band in six months?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 11:58 AM

hard to tell

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 12:02 PM

prob yes to quite yes

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 12:36 PM

whats this got to do with arctic monkeys?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 12:52 PM

they're the real deal

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 1:45 PM

Nary a mention of this band on pitchfork. Typical.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 6:06 PM

36 min show !!
read the funny review in the new york times.

Posted by me | January 22, 2011 6:34 AM

they were great at bowery b, going to try to get into glasslands tonight. refreshing to have a new british band that's actually great. it's been a while.

Posted by davis | January 22, 2011 9:30 AM

will anyone care about this band in six months

Posted by شات تعب قلبي | February 1, 2011 10:57 AM

Wait, didn't this band already try to make a bid for relevance under the name Editors?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 9:37 AM

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