Vacation has unleashed a new track from their upcoming album, Mouth Sounds #2699, which will be released on Bloomington label Let’s Pretend Records on July 27th (see Exclaim! debut). The band will be touring in support of the release, with more dates to announced shortly!
Cincinnati, Ohio’s Vacation formed in 2009 and quickly began putting out a slew of tapes, singles, and LPs on various DIY labels like Don Giovanni Records and Recess Records, while spreading their infectious pop-inspired punk through shows around their native Midwest and tours throughout the rest of the country. Since then, the group has expanded into a four-piece rock outfit and continued relentless touring, with appearances on bigger stages–opening for The Breeders, Screaming Females, The Black Lips, etc; while maintaining impressive fecundity at home in the studio.
Their new album, titled Mouth Sounds #2699, was engineered by John Curley from The Afghan Whigs at the Ultrasuede Studio in Cincinnati (RIP). It finds the band at it’s most titanic– with cranked guitars and billowing snare hits as the only constant in an otherwise heterogenous record in terms of songwriting. The band experiments with some territory previously untouched, with tracks like “Action Road” and “Epileptic Soul” displaying the groups rootsy Petty-esque leanings, and the psychedelic and motorik “Born on a Base” showing the band drawing influence from the likes of Neu/La Dusseldorf. It’s a record not short of attitude however– with blazing tracks like “Broken or Breaking”, “Salmonella Candles”, and “Taking Out the Trash” offering the groups typical tongue-in-cheek lyrics over catchy punk tunes. As a whole, the record sounds like a group ready for the stadium, if they can only avoid the Miller Lite long enough to get there.
7/26 – Bloomington, IN @ Root Cellar
7/27 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR
7/28 – Lexington, KY – Best Friend Bar
7/29 – Chattanooga, TN – DYWH
7/30 – Nashville, TN
8/1 – Louisville, KY @ Butchertown
8/2 – Evansville, IN @ PG
8/3 – Carbondale, IL @ PK’s
8/4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Center St. Festival
8/5 – Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
8/6 – Kalamazoo, MI @ TBA
8/7 – Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl
8/8 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
8/9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Camp Clarke
8/10 – Lancaster, PA @ TBA
8/11 – Gloucester, MA @ TBA
8/12 – Salem, MA @ Opus
8/13 – Boston, MA @ Charlie’s Kitchen
8/14 – NYC @ Mercury Lounge
8/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
8/16 – New Brunswick, NJ @ Monty Hall
8/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Downsquares
8/18 – Washington DC @ Comet Ping Pong
8/19 – Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon St.
8/20 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s