VACATION's 3rd full-length album, released via Don Giovanni Records 2015
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"Cincinnati, Ohio’s Vacation formed in 2010 as a trio, quickly putting out a slew of tapes, singles, and LPs on various DIY labels, while spreading their infectious pop-inspired punk through shows around their native Midwest and tours throughout the rest of the country. As a pillar of the ever-fertile Cincinnati music scene they also share, or have shared, members with bands including Tweens, Black Planet, and Pretty Pretty.
Over the last two years the band had some lineup changes and expanded into a four-piece, with singer/co-songwriter Jerri Queen stepping out from behind the drum kit to play guitar. The band is rounded out by original member Evan Wolff on bass, Dylan McCartney on drums, and John Hoffman on second guitar. As a quartet, their live sound has gotten larger, their shows more intense, and their recordings more nuanced and eclectic.
Their new LP Non-Person features a diverse approach to the band’s signature noise-laden melodies, sing-along choruses, and punked-out pop riffs. The album is as indebted to the Ramones as it is to Jesus and Mary Chain, as melodic as ‘70s power pop and as fierce as ‘80s hardcore.
From the opening frenetic burst of “Heat” to the distortion heavy “Yin Yang Smile,” and from the new wave vibe of “The Effort” to the fuzzed out “What I Found,” the record maintains cohesion without ever dragging. Auxiliary organ, percussion, and acoustic guitars fill in any gaps that haven’t already been taken up by the guitar feedback that has become integral to the band’s sound. The lyrics touch upon themes such as self-decay (“Like Snow”), apathy (“All I think About (Myself)”), and escape (“I Wish I Could Be Someone Else”).
With the new record on its way, Vacation will be heading out on tour with Don Giovanni Records label mates, Screaming Females, taking them from New Orleans to Portland, San Francisco to Vancouver, and just about everywhere else in between. The over-a-month long tour starts July 27th in Cleveland and ends on August 29th in Philadelphia. Not to be missed!" -Zachary Gajewski


released July 24, 2015

VACATION is Evan Wolff, Jerri Queen, Dylan McCartney and John Hoffman

Recorded by John Hoffman. Mixed by John Hoffman and Jerri Queen. Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering 2015

All songs by VACATION
All words by Jerri Queen
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Track Name: Heat
identity hides in my teeth
there are parts of me that i've never seen
the familiar air makes my nose bleed
round and round and round again,
always spilling out again

down on concrete i am the heat
rising up from the street

i sit and greet her with no sleep
she comes on soft like the morning
he licks me good by high-noon
he cuts me down and then he's through

return to whatever you were
i thought i knew but i forgot

down on concrete i am the heat
rising up from the street
Track Name: Decaying
i've been hiding it for weeks
quickly losing all my teeth
and now my hair is falling out
it's all i can think about
i saw my entire life
as a flash before my eyes
it was startling yet bleak
a rat in my periphery

don't worry baby
i'm just decaying
and soon i'll be something new
Track Name: 4341
knick-knacks in my drawer:
a beatnick troubadour
a guilty 2x4
some sex toys and some cigarette ashes
and in the other room:
the hands behind the loom
weaving out your doom
sitting in your chair
breathing all your air

i've been up at night
painting white things white
just trying to be polite

descent will surely come
when all of this is done:
like paper, we'll be flung from the window of a skyscraper building
and on our way back down:
spinning round and round,
recording every sound,
i'll lock eyes with you and frown:
but not for me, it's all for you
and all the things that you do
locked inside the womb
that never let you out

i've been up at night
painting white things white
just trying to be polite
Track Name: All I Think About (Myself)
i can't get horny anymore
but i don't care
when i see something that i want
i just stare

the feeling right above my knees
is what i miss
saliva spilling from my teeth
it drips like this

and all i think about is myself

i just wanted something good for my memory
my mouth,
my nose,
my ears,
my eyes:
my luxuries

and all i think about is myself
Track Name: Like Snow
i'm always waiting for the day
when like snow, i melt away

line them up, all of my faces neatly
it's everyone i've ever been
which do you think fit me best?
who's comfortable in their own skin?

wipe away all of my histories
cause nothing new catches my eye
look away or watch me decompose
yes, i've become the setting sun

i'm always waiting for the day
when like snow, i melt away

i dream about distant memories
back when my blood was gasoline
i scream and shout all these obscenities
because i can't produce a flame

and it keeps me waiting for the day
when like snow, i melt away
but then you usher in the night
when you turn me to ice
Track Name: One Of A Kind
are you one of a kind
are you naked and high
are you sober and shy
do you still cart around that piece of shit you call a body all the time

are you mesmerized by the fact that you can no longer cry

do you still have a brain,
and if you do
does it still think about the past

do you open up your sink at night
fishing out all the people that you've washed down the drain
and is it proof that we were there
if it's clogged with human hair
and if it makes your gag-reflexes flair

do you still take comfort in
the view from within a port-o-let
and all the sounds from all around
you're safe now from the crowds
you can just sit and think

you must be sick