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Album Of The Week: The Vaccines - Combat Sports

Album Of The Week: The Vaccines - Combat Sports

With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.

Seven years since the release of their debut album and it seems that The Vaccines are fully grown into a sound they can call their own. With guitar-based bands becoming more and more popular, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of churning out same sounding riffs and simple song structures - on their 2015 LP, English Graffiti, the band decided to go against this grain, featuring softer synth and minimal guitars, which produced a mixed response from fans and critics. Now, Combat Sports is a combination of those pop sensibilities and the rock n roll sound that put the band on the map initially - which has made for one of their strongest records yet. With the additions of some clever, metaphorical and Dylan-esque lyric writing, as well as some garage tinted fuzz for good measure, too. Often categorised under the same indie-rock genre as the likes of The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Catfish and the Bottlemen, the West London quintet still take on elements from those counterparts, but their latest release has also offered the inclusion of their own experimentation, creating a brand new version of The Vaccines. 

The Vaccines are joined by Two Door Cinema Club, You Me At Six, Circa Waves and more at this year’s Community Festival, taking place on Sunday 1st July at London’s Finsbury Park.

Image courtesy of Brad Elterman

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