Hot off the release of their third studio album, English Graffiti, earlier this year, The Vaccines hit the road on a worldwide tour, the most recent leg of which stopped by the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon.
Getting the night started was Holiday Friends; the pop-rock quartet hailing from Astoria, Oregon. Holiday Friend’s unique brand of psyche-influenced pop got a great reaction from the crowd, many of whom were already familiar with the band, and set the tone perfectly for the rest of the night.
Just after 10 pm and the audience was buzzing, when the house lights dimmed out they went absolutely wild. The Vaccines took the stage, matching white guitars in hand, and barrelled into their first song, ‘Handsome’, the lead track of their newest album. Lead singer/guitarist Justin Young kept show-goers on their toes as he contorted across the stage as the band then tore into ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ followed by ‘Ghost Town’. It wasn’t until after the latter that the band slowed down just long enough to greet the entranced crowd before firing into the rest of their set.
You can still catch the Vaccines live as they will be touring through early December, including a short run with Mumford & Sons.