THE VACCINES RELEASE NEW SINGLE “ALONE STAR”
August 6, 2021
The Vaccines today release Alone Star, the new single from their upcoming fifth album, Back In Love City. The single is accompanied by a video shot by Mexican director Santiago Arriaga and its arrival comes along with news of a string of UK shows in conjunction with the Music Venue Trust to follow the album’s release on September 10th.
Says Justin Young of the new video and its place in the utopic/dystopic Love City of the new album: “We wanted the Alone Star video to be one of hope, capturing the moment when you realize all is not lost. Anyone that has driven through the desert to Las Vegas will know about the roadside casinos that start popping up and lighting the freeways as you arrive into Nevada. This motel is exactly the same sort of institution, existing in the shadows of Love City where feelings of all kinds can be found if you look hard enough. Mexico is one of our favourite places in the world and an intensely characterful place, literally metres away from where we recorded this song, so it felt like the perfect location for our protagonists to find what they were looking for…”
Fresh from their surprise performance at Latitude Festival and a barnstorming show at The Forum in London last month, the band can also now announce a string of intimate club shows in conjunction with the Music Venues Trust. The Vaccines play:
Sat 18th SEPT AYLESBURY, Waterside
Mon 20th EXETER, Exeter Phoenix
Tues 21st FROME, Cheese & Grain
Thurs 23rd STOKE-ON-TRENT, Sugarmill
Fri 24th NORTHAMPTON, Roadmender
Sun 26th LINCOLN, The Engine Shed
Tues 28th BEDFORD, Esquires
Wed 29th CAMBRIDGE, Cambridge Junction
Fri 1st OCT NORWICH, Waterfront
Sat 2nd HASTINGS, Crypt
Sun 3rd BRIGHTON, Concorde 2
Tues 5th BOURNEMOUTH, The Old Fire Station
Tickets go on general sale on 13 Aug. Pre-order the LP from www.thevaccines.com for pre-sale tickets.
About Back In Love City…
Recorded at Sonic Ranch, El Paso, TX, with producer Daniel Ledinsky (Tove Lo, TV on the Radio, Rihanna), Back in Love City is The Vaccines’ most euphoric, visceral and visionary work to date. It’s a record that sees the five-piece assert themselves as one of Britain’s most vital guitar bands, with 13 songs set against the fictional metropolis of the album’s title.
Inspired by fictional cities – from Ridley Scott’s version of LA in Blade Runner to Cowboy Beebop’s Fear City – as much as places like Las Vegas, Tijuana and Tokyo, the idea of Love Citytook shape when the band’s frontman, Justin Young, set himself up in a house swap in Los Angeles, fuelling his fascination with disconnection: “I literally swapped lives with a stranger. I lived in in house and drove his car while he lived in mine, but we’d never met and had no previous connections.”
A modern-day pleasure island – equal part utopia and dystopia – Love City was born from the band’s fascination with emotions as commodities and the desperation for human connection. “In some obvious ways we’re more connected than ever,” Young explains. “But we’re also more polarised than we’ve been for 100 years and the world is getting colder. What if there was a place where love and other emotions had run dry – but you could go to Love City to get them?”
As a backdrop for the album’s hyperbolic tales of 21st-century escapism, the titular Love City allowed Young’s songwriting to flourish like never before. He imagined The Vaccines as the house-band in Love City, a place where safety, solace and satisfaction are on offer as much as love, where mental and physical pleasure is for sale, and where nobody has to be alone.
The album was finished early in 2020 and mixed by Andrew Maury (Lizzo, Post Malone) with additional production from Fryars (Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson). It’s not a lockdown record, but its theme of escapism in modern life resonates more than ever in the pandemic era. It’s a massive musical leap forward for the band, too, and while the trademark surf swagger and Western flourish of The Vaccines sound remains, Back in Love City is their heaviest record so far. From the hard-hit of songs like “XCT”, “Wanderlust” and “Bandit” through to live fan favourite “Jump Off The Top” and the immediate rock n roll crash of “Headphones Baby”, it documents a band flexing at their creative peak.