Today, The Vaccines share “Lunar Eclipse,” the latest single from their forthcoming album Pick-Up Full of Pink Carnations, which releases January 12 via Thirty Tigers. Co-written with album producer Andrew Wells (Halsey, Phoebe Bridgers) and inspired by the persistence of change, the band delivers an infectious, guitar-driven earworm begging for new beginnings.
“'Lunar Eclipse' was written on a trip to the Joshua Tree desert in May 2022,” says bandleader Justin Young. “I like the idea of always being on an open road, but never really knowing if you're looking at the road ahead of you or just what's in the rear view mirror. I know that astrologists like to believe that eclipses are a life-altering time in which to seek change and evolution, but I'm far too cynical for that. Change is taking place all around us every day, whether we feel it or not. Sometimes it's terrifying, sometimes it's exciting, but it's always never-ending.”
“Lunar Eclipse” follows the band’s two previous singles – the instant Vaccines classic “Heartbreak Kid” and the cathartic “Sometimes, I Swear.” The new music has already garnered early praise from press including Guitar World, Consequence, NME, DIY Mag and more.
Pick-Up Full of Pink Carnations is the epitome of what The Vaccines do best: 60’s-inspired classicist guitar pop filtered through a new wave lens, with equal parts euphoria and melancholy. The album drips with fun while also exploring the ways real life lets us down – the title comes from a misremembered lyric in Don McLean’s “American Pie,” evoking the death of innocence and the American Dream. Though the record is ultimately about reconciling with that loss, it’s also filled with gratitude for the people and places we once loved.
Torchbearers for British guitar music, The Vaccines have forged a fierce live reputation performing on main stages at Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and Coachella, and touring with The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse. The band recently announced their return to the US for a coast-to-coast tour with The Kooks in spring 2024.