The Bay Bridged: The Vaccines interviewFebruary 13, 2013
February 12, 2013
Written by Roman Gokhman
The Vaccines’ Justin Young didn’t take care of his health as much as he should have, and the English garage rock band’s singer-guitarist paid for it. After mounting an aggressive campaign with buzzy 2011 debut What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?, which continued to build up through the U.K. press hype machine and a handful of acclaimed American festival dates, Young injured his vocal chords for a third time and faced yet another surgery.
An American tour planned for September of that year was scrapped as he faced post-surgery rehab.
“After the first operation I had, I felt I had been given a get out of jail free card and I didn’t make any changes,” Young said. “But now I’m really careful. I warm up every day; and warm down. I don’t drink before we play anymore. I don’t go heavy if we have a show the next day.”
After releasing a second album, October’s The Vaccines Come of Age, Young, bassist Árni Hjörvar, guitarist
Freddie Cowan and drummer Pete Robertson will embark on their first headlining tour of the U.S. The Vaccines play The Fillmore Friday, February 15th.