His comments came after he was asked why he felt the need to define The Vaccines as a rock band and dress in denim when they released second album ‘Come Of Age’ earlier this year.
Speaking to NME, he said: “I just feel bands can be misunderstood, and I think people can over-intellectualise music.
I think an artist like Rihanna is as important as a band like Radiohead. They serve different purposes, neither is more important. As for us, people might think of us an indie band that got big, but I think of us as a small pop band.
Young adds: “I think there is a crucial difference in that we make records for ourselves, but we don’t make decisions based on that. We’re not scared of selling records and like the idea of it. The idea of getting bigger is desirable as long as you’re getting better. I wouldn’t want to be big and bad, or water anything down.”
The statement contradicts the band’s guitarist Freddie Cowan who earlier this year criticised Rihanna for not being a ‘real’ musician.
Cowan said back in August: “Rihanna isn’t an artist – she has 15 writers, 15 songwriters and 15 producers all fighting for space on her albums and she’s the face of it. I have nothing against it, but I don’t want to be associated with it.”
Meanwhile, Young went on to say he was happy with the way the band avoided the trap of merely adding string sections to their second album to make it sound bigger.
“We could’ve done that, but I actually think we made a more exciting sounding record. We could’ve moved toward the middle lane, but I think we actually moved further away from it.”
Lisa Lobsinger of Broken Social Scene lends the vocals for this group. This track features a subdued jazziness that is soft and gentle…easy on the ears…without being boring. The strength of the drums and guitar balance nicely with Lobsinger’s soft vocals.
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"It’s no surprise that the 1994 "Gold Soundz" would be included on the recent Best of Pavement album, Quarantine the Past. The stream-of-consciousness lyrics, broken only to alert the band of the coming chorus, are a big part of what makes the band’s entire catalog so compelling—but it’s the surprisingly understated instrumental section that always does me in. A smattering of guitars rise and fall with graceful ambiguity, blooming in the middle in a fit of unexpected ecstasy only to collapse drunk on the floor. Beautiful.”