This article appeared in an Italian magazine from 20 August 2012.
WE’RE GIVING YOU A ROCK SHOCK, INDEED PUNK.
Between a world tour and the second album, the British band “grows up”: “We are not teenage idols. Screaming girls scary us…”
“What did you expect from The Vaccines?” asked the london band in their debut album in 2011, after the uproar caused in the concerts. Their songs keep buzzing around in your head just after one listen: they have the urgency of punk and they’re catchy as pop music. In the new cd, The Vaccines come of age there’s no lack of hits: “Justin has the gift to recognize a good melody and he’s taken out the best from us”, says the drummer Pete Robertson, 27 years old, about the leader Justin Young. I meet Robertson at the studios in East London with the guitarist, Freddie Cowan, 23 years old, the youngest in the group.
How did you conciliate your second album with your live concerts around the world?
COWAN: The secret is not to have any holiday. When you finish the tour you go home, have relax in the evening and the day after you’re in the studio. We are robots!
How did your lives change because of the success?
COWAN: We don’t have friends anymore because we don’t have time to see them. And i quited smoking.
ROBERTSON: I took up smoking again.
Your album is producted by Ethan Jones, a legend who has worked with the giants of rock: what has he taught you?
COWAN: He’s taught us that what matters is not being perfect but express a feeling. Today the most part of the artists repair their mistakes using technology: it’s not enough.
In “Teenage Icon” you say “I’m no teenage icon, I’m nobody’s hero” …
COWAN: These words hide our fears: it’s weird to have a crowd of screaming girls.
Your brother Tom Cowan is the guitarist of The Horrors, another successful band from London…
COWAN: To think about it’s crazy. Our tours border on: he was in Taipei two days after me, in Brazil a day after. If we manage to meet at Coachella, in the USA, we just have the time for a “highfive”.
How’s been filming an advertise with Kate Moss for Rimmel?
ROBERTSON: She’s really nice. But I preferred her body double…
What wouldn’t you ever do even if it may offer you visibility?
ROBERTSON: Sometimes you have to put aside the idealism, especially if you have a wife and children and you don’t earn enough with music. But I’d never do anything ethically wrong.
I tried my best to translate this article, sorry for possile mistakes.
Lincoln Parish and Freddie Cowan