Not to be confused with the Cure, but they occasionally share the British despondency. Not to be confused with the Germs, though their punk backbeats should be in fine, scabrous form live. Not to be confused with the Vaselines, although their distorted sing-song is just one sneer away from a mocking, “maaaan-boy” chorus. In fact, London troupe the Vaccines shouldn’t be confused with anyone, because they just formed this past summer . . . but they’re stoking quite a fire across the pond and charted third on the BBC’s “Sound of 2011” poll. Early leaks of March’s debut, What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?, suggest new wave–laced punk rock and an amiable discordance. These lads are proving themselves quickly and surely. With Oberhofer and Young Buffalo.

Thu., Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m., 2011

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 12, 2011

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