Despite being one of the bands that picked up quite a bit of hype and acclaim last year, The Vaccines and their debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? didn’t really set 2011 on fire for your reviewer. However, their live show had been recommended highly enough by a number of people to go into this set with a willingness to be won over.
For Deep Sea Arcade to score this particular support slot, you would think it meant a great deal. In their sound, style and swagger, they clearly have an enormous debt to Noel Gallagher and Oasis. That’s not to say they’re a facsimile but it’s obvious that they’re in thrall of British psychedelic-tinged guitar bands, with the stand-out track of the set ‘Girls’ sounding like it has bloodlines coming from early Charlatans and Ride. Supporting a hero can be a daunting experience but Deep Sea Arcade took it in their stride and seemed to enjoy themselves a great deal.