A striking return to their roots! The Londoners have returned to a pure rock instinct on their latest album, Combat Sport, released this year. On it, we find the urgency and uncompromising energy that made their name in 2010. Between euphoria and melancholy, Justin Young evokes the tensions within the band, depression, and love, which he sees as everyday combats. After experimenting with more poppy sounds, The Vaccines revisit their fundamentals, centered on the tight interweaving of the band’s two guitars. Produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkey, M.I.A, The Fall…), Combat Sport has been lauded for its incisive and fine lyric-writing, notably by the Guardian, who considers it their best work. Listen to the electrifying “I Can’t Quit” immediately–and with the volume way up!