Best of What's Next: The Vaccines

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Hometown: London
Members: Justin Young (vocals), Árni Hjörvar (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar) and Pete Robertson (drums)
Album: What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?
For Fans Of: The Strokes, The Ramones, Interpol

Guitar rock is still alive and well in the UK, with a new quartet of kids stirring things up in the British press every other week. This week’s version hasn’t reinvented rock ‘n’ roll, but they’ve sure kept it entertaining. Justin Young and Freddie Cowan started making music together about a year and a half ago, but it wasn’t until May of last year that the rhythm section came into place. A driving minute-and-a-half single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra),” an appearance on Jools Holland and a record deal with Columbia later, and they’re poised to stir things up on this side of the pond, too.

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