Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Vaccines release the comforting, fittingly cosy warmth of ‘Fire’, the latest from their upcoming covers EP

The Vaccines, erroneously featured in last year’s ‘Best Landfill Indie’ feature, have released their latest cover, one which transcends any notion of landfill.

‘Fire’, originally by Waxahatchee, follows previous covers of Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘No One Knows’ and Kacey Musgraves’ ‘High Horse’ – which feature on the upcoming ‘Cosy Karaoke Vol. 1’ EP. 

The Vaccines’ cover of ‘Fire’ is a gleaming, slowly ruminating gem radiating via a smooth tide of vocals and a luscious bedrock of instrumentation – deftly exemplifying how the band apply their incredible stamp to a vast range of covers. For ‘Fire’, The Vaccines issue a pared but beautiful cover of Waxahatchee’s huge early 2020 single, Justin Young’s mellow, mellifluous vocals buoyed gently by light electronics and keyboard. The guitars too are sparse and much less prominent than the original’s twanging notes, but still imbue the track with an incredibly blissful ambience.

 The apparent effortlessness Young effuses in his soothing vocals, and this laidback and fittingly cosy atmosphere created by the instrumentation, also recalls the band’s covers of yore – particularly One Direction’s ‘Night Changes’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ – an emotive palette they have proven to excel in, whether through covers or their own tracks (see the title track of 2015’s English Graffiti). 

With the brooding but enriching vocal cruise and simplistically moving percussion, The Vaccines faithfully embody the original’s core tone, while diverging from the pained vocal intonations of the Waxahatchee version. The video the band have shared for the track sees Young appropriately ensconced in blazing flames, generated by a purposefully shabby green screen that mirrors the yearning sense of friction emphasised by the pulsing instrumentation. 

Pre-save ‘Cosy Karaoke Vol. 1’ EP here.  

James Kilkenny




West London rockers, The Vaccines, have released a cover of Waxahatchee’s Fire ahead of the upcoming release of their Cosy Karaoke EP.

Frontman of the band, Justin Young, replicates the vocals of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield in a similar soft style. However, it is accompanying instruments that give the song it is The Vaccines sound that we know. 

Ahead of their upcoming fifth album the band announced that they would be releasing a collection of covers as an EP titled ‘Cosy Karaoke’. ‘Fire’ is the third single to be brought out from the upcoming covers EP. The first single was a cover of Queen of the Stone Age’s ‘No One Knows’ and then their version of Kacey Musgraves’ ‘High Horse’. 

The cover is a lot more mellow than we are used to hearing from The Vaccines. The stripped back sound follows in the same vein as the first two singles to be released with the focus being on Justin Young’s soothing voice.

The song begins with just a soft tone of a keyboard and the familiar voice of Young at a slow tempo. As the song continues its pace quickens and the recognisable voice of The Vaccines becomes more apparent, and the song has glimpses of the music we associate with the band. 

Like the original version by Waxahatchee, ‘Fire’ has the capability to be listened on repeat for hours when you are feeling sad or emotional.

It is refreshing to hear the band go in a new direction and these covers have been providing that. As much as we all love the well-known traditional indie/alternative sound of them that we have heard on Combat Sports.

Even if you are not a fan of this new direction for the band it is something that can be appreciated that they are experimenting rather than just sticking with a tried and tested formula that could have become repetitive.

The latest release from the upcoming Cosy Karaoke EP gives us a little bit more to what the record will sound like and certainly keeps us wanting to hear more from this new sound of The Vaccines.

Josh Bailey-Lee


Image: The Vaccines - Cosy Karaoke, Vol. 1 Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

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