Yesterday was Blue Monday – i.e. the saddest day of the year, so what better day to hop on a train to Brighton after work and dance around to The Vaccines?
After a year away the Brighton gig was announced as The Vaccines comeback ahead of a secret London show the following night and it sold out in a matter of minutes. The gig was a chance for them to preview new material from their forthcoming third album ‘English Graffiti’. After a quick drink in the cosy Evening Star pub near the station we headed down to the sea front and to Concorde 2. I’ve only ever been to this venue once before – during the Great Escape Festival in 2007 – but I’d forgotten how good it is, intimate but not too tiny and judging by last nights gig the sound is spot on too.
The first part of the set was littered with previous hits including ‘Teenage Icon’ and ‘Blow It Up’, the first new song they played was ‘Dream Lover’ and it sounded great, with a moodier edge than previous material, in fact it was probably my favourite of the new ones. ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ and ‘Wetsuit’ both saw almost the entire crowd singing along, while the new single ‘Handsome’ which had premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show earlier in the evening gave another promising insight to the new album.
‘I Always Knew’ followed by ‘If You Wanna’ saw the crowd turn into a full mosh-pit before they left the stage prior to an encore that started with another new song ’20 20′ and finished with ‘Norgaard’. It was great to see The Vaccines in such an intimate venue and get the chance to hear the new songs and as a fan of Brighton I definitely need to head down there more for gigs!