The Vaccines have shared their sumptuous new single, ‘Alone Star’, a month before releasing their fifth album, Back In Love City.
Their forthcoming album arrives on shelves next month, ‘Alone Star’ is the third track that the indie mainstays have released from it, and it’s the most interesting yet. The chorus is enticing and delivered rivetingly from singer Justin Hayward-Young.
However, the star attraction of ‘Alone Star’ is the surprise brass arrangements that give the new single an unlikely Mexican edge and transports you to the lonely trappings of the infinite desert. The track inhabits an unlikely ‘60s surf rock chugging feel to it and feels like a progressive step forward for the group.
The new track arrives alongside a video by Mexican director Santiago Arriaga. Commenting on the visuals, Hayward-Young said: “We wanted the ‘Alone Star’ video to be one of hope, capturing the moment when you realise all is not lost. Anyone that has driven through the desert to Las Vegas will know about the roadside casinos that start popping up and lighting the freeways as you arrive in Nevada.
“This motel is exactly the same sort of institution, existing in the shadows of Love City where feelings of all kinds can be found if you look hard enough. Mexico is one of our favourite places in the world and an intensely characterful place, literally metres away from where we recorded this song, so it felt like the perfect location for our protagonists to find what they were looking for…”
Hayward-Young told Far Out earlier this year that he believes it’s the band’s “best record” yet and gave a glimpse of what fans should expect from Vaccines 5.0.
“It’s got the heaviest moments maybe ever, it’s got a lot more fast moments, but it’s also much more pop in a lot of ways,” he explained. “In a weird way, I feel like it’s an amalgamation of all of our records if that makes sense, but the first thing we’re releasing is probably the poppiest thing on it, then there’s some like pretty, like face-melting moments on it too. There’s like eight or nine of the songs have riffs, which is quite rare for us.”
A few months on from these comments, the releases so far have backed up his remarks. ‘Alone Star’ is the least poppy of the three singles and is surprising for all the right reasons.