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more time in those songs yet.


You are often compared to the Ramones, which I thought instantly when I heard the album, not in sound, but in energy and aggression, because predominantly your songs are under 3 minutes – you rip through them. Are the songs’ shortness a pre-determined idea? Not really, it’s just that a lot of bands, like I was listening to a lot of rockabilly music and Justin was listening to a lot of punk and it’s not unusual for them to have 20 songs on an album that’s 20 minutes, you know, so obviously we weren’t going that short, but we didn’t really think about it. For us, a good pop song can be under 2 minutes because that’s all it needs to be. It’s never been an objective to have short songs, it’s just been an objective to have direct songs.


You really explore pace on the end of the album though with ‘Family Friend’ and ‘Somebody Else’s Child’ isn’t long, but it’s slower – is this a side to your music you hold dear? Do you have to find the time to slow it down? Yeah, I think what we liked about ending the album with ‘Somebody Else’s Child’ is that it almost leaves a question mark at the end of the album, you know, ‘cause ‘Wreckin Bar’ is almost misleading as an opener, but hopefully people, by the time they get to the end of the album, they’ll see there’s a lot of different stuff going on and possibilities for the future, for different things.


When I was listening to the album, I was thinking that you’re a band that people have to take the whole album to appreciate because there’s a real progression in it and it does hint at different opportunities for the future… Yeah, absolutely. Wejust couldn’t be more happy with it as a debut record, you know. For a follow-on, we don’t know yet, but as a first effort, we think it’s perfect.


I’m really intrigued; what’s been added to the trolley? So I’ve got some yoghurt, and I needed something to drink with the Stoli, so I got some er, some tomato juice! And… and I got a sandwich. I’m all set. Don’t feel sorry for me, please.


Emma Garwood


Te Vaccines form part of the Latitude Festival line-up and play the Word Arena on Friday 15th


July. For tickets, go to www.latitudefestival.co.uk. Read the uncut version of this interview on Outlineonline.co.uk


22 /July 2011/ outlineonline.co.uk


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