Roger Sargent Don't expect British band The Vacciness to stop churning out…
- Posted on Jan 23rd 2011 5:45PM by DJ Lanphier
As always, it all starts with a deep love of music and a hot, sweaty dive bar crammed to the walls with the curious, the devoted and soon-to-be converts. Guitarist Freddie Cowan is down-to-earth about the whole thing, because a life in music was all he ever wanted to do, and it started with listening to the great classic rock 'n' rollers. "As far back as I can remember, there was lots of music," Cowan says. "Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters. And, then the rock 'n' roll, Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup, Gene Vincent." Cowan lights up with excitement. "Gene Vincent's guitarist Cliff Gallup is my favorite guitarist. He's brilliant." And, of course, growing up, there was access to instruments. "There were always a couple of guitars in the house, my dad had really good musical taste."
Drummer Pete Robertson grew up with a similar passion for music, wrapped in the memories of childhood. "I spent my early years growing up in California actually, and every time I hear 'Romeo and Juliet' by Dire Straits, I'm back in that area," he explains. "It's nice to feel that nostalgia [for music], and I think for that reason I did have an 'Aha!' moment when there was something inside me, and it was probably when I saw the music video for [Nirvaba's] 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' with Dave Grohl, his hair is going everywhere, and he's such an incredible drummer. It was a big deal."
Tearing through the setlist of songs from their forthcoming release, 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?' each song was a testament to the fact that the Vaccines have reached back into their musical past in order to move into the future. That's the great thing about rock 'n' roll--it's resilient and enduring because it's important in people's lives. It pushes us in new directions. It defines us in ways that give us hope, make us laugh, cry, get angry, give us pause to think, get us dancing and ultimately bring total strangers together on a cold night in a cramped room to listen to four people sing and play music. John Lennon once predicted that rock 'n' roll would die one day. But, if the Vaccines have anything to say about it, it'll be alive and kicking for a little longer.