A top indie band is struggling to gain internet recognition during the pandemic because of a clash between their name and the Covid jab.
Justin Young, frontman of The Vaccines, says the coronavirus pandemic has made the group more difficult to find on Google.
He said the west London-formed group already had “questionable” results on the search engine prior to the pandemic due to the anti-vaxxer movement in the US, but he quipped they now also had to contend with warning messages about the outbreak.
Young, 33, said: “It happened a few years ago when there was a weird, fringe movement in America with the anti-vaxxers and all that sort of stuff. So I think even before the pandemic there was questionable Google returns and stuff.
“But no, hopefully this time in a year we will be the most important vaccines.”
Asked whether it had become more challenging to find his band online in the past year, he said: “Absolutely, and there are now like warning labels on everything before you are given the green light to go through to The Vaccines and all that sort of stuff.”
Young, who has fronted the indie band since their formation in 2010, said he was depressed but not surprised by the post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union.
Young said: “It is depressing, not particularly surprising. I think this Government has history when it comes to how seriously they take live music and the live music industry and the hundreds of thousands of people it employs.
“From what I understand there is a willingness on both sides to get it sorted. I hope it gets sorted. I am not a politician, I don’t know, but I am incredibly depressed and not particularly surprised about it.”
The award-winning band have enjoyed a host of chart hits – most notably If You Wanna in 2011.
Young recently recorded a cover of traditional sea shanty My Jolly Sailor as part of Kraken Rum ’s latest Valentine’s Day advertising campaign. Kraken is giving away bottles of the rum here.