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[SME MEETS] Freddie Cowan from The Vaccines *Exclusive Interview* by wearesme

If you haven’t heard about The Vaccines, you must reside under a rock. Coming third in the recently announced BBC Sound Of 2011 Poll, with their single ‘Post Break Up Sex’ released this week and a debut album on the way; The Vaccines are the band on everyone’s lips right now. An incredible achievement from a band who only formed officially in June 2010. Their rise to fame has been a rapid one to say the least.

The London based band was initially formed by Justin Young (vocals) and Freddie Cowan (guitar) with a third member who soon left. They were soon joined by Árni Hjörvar (bass) and Pete Robertson (drums) and named themselves The Vaccines in June 2010.

They released their demo “If You Wanna” in the Summer of 2010 and were immediately championed by Zane Lowe, who awarded it his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on 18 August 2010.

After playing their first gig in Leicester they embarked on their first UK tour. Their popularity continued to rise and they sold out their first London show, having to turn away 200+ people at the door after reaching capacity at The Flowerpot in October 2010. The likes of Alex Kapranos, Marcus Mumford, and members of White Lies and The Maccabees were all in the audience.

The band then released their debut single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” (only one minute and 24 seconds long) on 29 November 2010 which reached number 157 in the UK Singles Chart.

After securing a contract with Columbia Records, they were signed to play on the 2011 NME Awards Tour, joining the likes of Magnetic Man, Crystal Castles and Everything Everything.

The band released their second single “Post Break-Up Sex” this week which was sat at #19 in the mid week chart.

When presented with the opportunity to speak to Freddie Cowan from the band, naturally we jumped at the chance. We couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say about the bands incredible rise from obscurity and everything that has come with their newfound popularity.

Fresh from a week long trip to America where the band caused a massive stir selling out venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Toronto, we spoke to a jet lagged Freddie and here’s what he had to say:

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW



[NEWS] Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg named ‘Person of the Year’ 2010 by wearesme
December 16, 2010, 9:47 pm
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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2010 and at 26 becomes the youngest since the first ever ‘Person of the Year’; Charles Lindbergh, who was 25 when he was selected in 1927.

The award is given to the figure Time believe have had the most influence on events in 2010. Time managing editor Richard Stengel said Mr Zuckerberg’s social networking service was “transforming the way we live our lives every day”.

Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook while a student at Harvard University in 2004. The social networking site now has more than 500 million users worldwide, employs more than 1,700 people and as many of you are probably aware, has had been subject of a film charting its rise; The Social Network.

Mr Zuckerberg, estimated to be worth $6.9bn (£4.4bn), is one of the richest people in the US, and earlier this month he became one of the latest billionaires to pledge to give away the majority of his wealth. He is one of 17 new people to support a group, founded by Bill Gates and his wife along with Warren Buffett, which encourages America’s wealthiest to publicly promise to donate to charity.

In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said the Time award was “a real honour and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that.”

Congratulations Mr Zuckerberg, but please stop pissing around with the Facebook layout! Thanks.

SME x



We Are SME nominated for Best Blog at the Record Of The Day Awards! by wearesme
October 30, 2010, 2:46 pm
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Guys and girls, we are delighted to announce that we have been nominated in the ‘Best Blog’ category at the Record of the Day Journalism & PR Awards 2010!

We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support in the success of the blog and ask that you help us further by VOTING! 🙂

All you have to do to cast your vote is click the link below, fill in your details, click ‘Best Blog’ category and find ‘wearesme’.

VOTE HERE!

Thanks again guys, we owe it all to you!

Much Love, SME x




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