The Vaccines and The xx – two of 2012's hottest bands
Despite only forming as recently ago as 2010, The Vaccines have achieved mainstream success via a combination of indie rock guitar pop and the sensibilities of a highly tuned ear for pop music. They have supported such stadium name rock acts as Arcade Fire, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Stone Roses.
Success for the band initially came in the form of a YouTube video, uploaded in August 2010. The song proved so successful that it led to a sell-out performance at The Flowerpot in London towards the end of 2010. Musicians from bands such as Franz Ferdinand and The Maccabees were in attendance, helping the band gain publicity and exposure.
The following year saw a number of performances at festivals and venues all over the world, leading to the release of the band’s debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? in March. The album gained immense commercial success, and allowed the band to commit to an extensive tour of the UK.
The Vaccines is a band that has gained a strong reputation for touring and travelling all over the country, and this reputation is being upheld in 2012. November will see the band play a range of venues in Plymouth and Cardiff, before moving to Alexandra Palace in London. Appearances in Manchester, Doncaster, Liverpool and Glasgow are also all slated for 2012, depicting the brand’s dedication to its fans all over the country and highlighting its genuine passion for being on the road. The Vaccine Tickets are still available online for those looking to catch one of these gigs.
The xx are one of the more established bands on the UK indie circuit, having formed in 2008. The band’s debut album xx was released in 2009 and came high in many ‘best of’ lists of that year.
The group boasts an impressive pedigree, with the members meeting at the same school that produced other popular UK outfits such as Hot Chip and Four Tet. However, the band members themselves have commented in the past that they had relatively little support from faculty members, instead relying on themselves to make music.
The band’s debut album was recorded and produced by themselves, an impressive feat considering the popularity of the record. Following the release, the xx went on to headline a tour of the UK. However, the band has also played with more established acts on tour such as Friendly Fires, Micachu and The Big Pink.
In 2010, the band’s album won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Numerous live performances followed, including playing gigs arrange by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening. The band has also had a track sampled by Rihanna on her single Drunk on Love.
Given their popularity, xx tickets over October and November are predominantly unavailable. However, the band still has places lefts for shows in December, where they will place in Brighton at the Brighton Dome and Newcastle at the O2 Academy. Individual appearances in Wolverhampton and Ormskirk will follow, before the band heads to Colston Hall in Bristol. To round off the month of heavy touring, the xx will play in London at the O2 Academy in Brixton, a renowned hotspot for rising young indie talent.