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05:14 AM on 01/24/11
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I'd love to see this gig, might try and get tickets as they go on sale just before my birthday. Arcade Fire, Beirut and The Vaccines would be sweet. Mumford & Sons are a good support over here I think, they would get the crowd really ready for Arcade Fire, not saying they are the best choice or something I'd be dying to see at this gig, but I think it will work well.

Proud of The Vaccines though, that's such a big deal for them to get. Very cool.
09:47 AM on 01/24/11
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Why is everyone hating on Mumford and Sons?

Is the fan base really that different in England than in the US?
Nah I don't think so, they are really adored over here too, but I guess the standard backlash is happening a bit now. They've been around and played on the radio a lot over here for longer than over there.

And obviously some people may not like them. I don't think they should be main support for such a huge gig as this.
10:51 AM on 01/24/11
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SHIT just seen this. I'm so there. Any ideas how much itll be?
About £50-55 each.
11:20 AM on 01/24/11
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I really like the Vaccines, but I can't help but feel they've gotten a bit of a massive leg up. The guitarist (I think) mum is a millionaire and owns loads of property in Kensington.
And...? That hasn't effected the fact that even whilst they were on the BBC Sound of 2011 lists and getting hyped and talked about, they still went out and did the toilet circuit and played shows in the back rooms and bars etc.

They only announced about an hour ago that their biggest UK headline date is at London's Electric Ballroom, other bands in their position a few years ago would have gone straight to the Astoria or something. I don't think it's a negative thing or that there's some sort of agenda behind the fact some have wealthy families, unless I'm misreading it and that's not what you meant?
11:43 AM on 01/24/11
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I just mean money goes a long way in any industry. They were front page of the NME not long ago and also they were announced on the NME Awards tour before they'd even been nominated for Sound of 2011 or anything like that. I don't think they've had it hard whatsoever really. They're currently in the US doing a handful of small gigs there, one of which was attended by Blondie. Playing tiny venues can't be that hard either when you know for a fact that you'll never play a venue that small ever again. It's just all a bit too commercial for me. Don't get me wrong though, I love the relatively small amount of stuff they've put out.
Yeah, they clearly haven't had it hard because they've been getting a lot of love and they admit they've gone from doing gigs with a bunch of curious people to having crowds getting into it much more in a very short space of time. I don't think it's fair to assume all of that love or attention is down to them having some money from their families behind them.

If people are liking their songs and they are selling out shows, good on them. I don't think it's necessary for every band to have to struggle for years until they catch a break. Some get lucky, and fair play. (This goes without mentioning the fact a few of them were in bands previously that weren't paid much attention at all). What difference does it make if they were playing a show where Debbie Harry (not Blondie) attended by the way? You made that sound like a negative point or like they'd paid her to be there. People are clearly enjoying the music for what it is.

That's cool though, I'm glad you like it, I can't wait to see them this Saturday and for the album to drop.

Interesting points and whatnot though.
01:00 PM on 01/24/11
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I agree with you about money not having anything to do with it, but as a band I think they have come out of no where pretty quick. I don't know much about the rest of the band, but I have been following Justin since his early days in my city, and it wasn't even a year ago that he was still a solo artist.

It's great that they are getting this exposure and this is a fantastic gig (good to see Justin back on the bill with his old friends from Mumford) but it does seem that their rise to fame has been pretty damn quick.
Oh yeah I agree with you, it's so frequently the way though nowadays. Bands get hooked onto by publications and run with them, which is often really detremental to their career in the long run. But I'm glad they are humble about it and aren't paying too much attention or cashing in. Rather see these guys (particularly as I'm a huge fan anyways) being talked about than that lame excuse for a band, Brother.
04:53 PM on 01/24/11
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You can't compare Brother and Vaccines toilet circuit plight however, they were in Kill the Arcade and Wolf Am I touring the country for 3 years in shitty venues, when i saw Kill the Arcade there must have been about 15 people there, and Brother not too long ago were playing gigs to similar amounts of people (in one case in Kingston, they had to run away from the promoter after the gig for not bringing enough fans). They have been ambitious and for some reason or another the british press and music industry have latched on to them as a sort of saviours of guitar music, along side Vaccines. Vaccines have done well to get a gig don't get me wrong, but Brother aren't a lame excuse for a band when you look at how much work they have put in to finally arrive at this grit/brit pop orientated band.
I wasn't comparing the two in terms of work or venues they've played at. I was comparing the attitudes of them more than anything. As you said, those two had a cover each on NME a couple of weeks ago and being marked as saviours of guitar music etc. over here and whatever other nonsense, so the comment against Brother comes from The Vaccines being incredibly humble about their position and not taking the hype to heart or letting it effect them in any way and Brother acting the biggest wannabes and arrogant children. I'd much rather read about these guys than Brother because I can't stand the type of people they come across as.

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