The Vaccines at The Olympia Theatre (review & photos)
Hailing from London, oft-accoladed The Vaccines continued their current touring run in The Olympia Theatre on Monday the 8th of April. For a band who are seemingly perpetually on-tour, having been stopping all over Europe, Japan, America and Australia without any real break since the release of ‘Come of Age’ in September 2012, they had huge amounts of enthusiasm for their Dublin fans, and vice-versa. Temples, of the English midlands, are a psychedelic/britpop four-piece who opened the night with a set that just pushed the half hour. Regrettably brief, the performance assured their style with a fresh, while retrospective of the 60s, sound and a distanced stage presence, which was to the benefit of their act; James Edward Bagshaw’s voice proved to mark the main distinction of their musical contemporaries in its high-end power and its unusual buoyant clarity, to say nothing of his bitchin’ 12-string.
Having finished their set, Temples soon reappeared to help tear down, as the main attractions’ final check began and they took the stage. Flying through their catalogue at the same pace as their whirlwind tunes, the energetic and acutely devoted fans were bouncing maniacally, their cordial welcome an explanation of the band’s dedication to the live show. Hits of the night were the usual crowd favourites such as ‘Wet Suit’ and ‘Teenage Icon;’ with such a brief discography and songs of such sanguinity and rapid wholesomeness, every song is a favourite. Freddie Cowan’s badassed, Mick Jones snazziness described the arc of the entire show: fun and nourishing. The band members were very much together, musically tight and bouncing off each other with ease.
Brilliantly ridiculous t-shirt of the year goes to bassist Arni Arnason, who sported a Black Flag band-shirt rework. With cats.
Review by Luke Etherton
Photos by David Doyle