The Vaccines are The Strokes if the Latter Didn't Suck

The Vaccines are The Strokes if the Latter Didn't Suck

The Strokes might as well be dead. And while the underground isn’t short on bands sourcing similar material and coping just about the same attitude, there’s a commercial opportunity for anyone adept at writing short, pithy songs with a record collection comprising seminal NYC rock bands. The Vaccines, apparently, are relatively well known on the other side of the Atlantic. In the States, the band hasn’t broken. Yet. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility either. While songs like “If You Wanna” are pretty banal lyrically and “A Lack of Understanding” doesn’t do anything musically, the Vaccines still boast enough personality to make an impression here. Hell, people cared about the Libertines for a hot minute. Yeah, that band was actually good and didn’t sound like the Smiths ever, but this new manifestation of dumb songwriting and easy going bar chords should have a shot at the charts. It certainly beats the Foo Fighters.