Q&A Scene: The Vacationists

Tell us about your new single.
JOHAN: Our new single, “It could be much, much worse”, is a shimmery and bouncy indiepop song. It sounds like something the Jesus and Mary Chain and The Smiths might have written together on a night out — with the melancholy optimism of a Morrissey who woke up on a particularly good side of the bed.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 
JOHAN: I would probably have to say our debut single, “Smile, you’re in Kensington”. It has a special place in my heart and always reminds me of a time and space that I otherwise rarely revisit.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
TOM: We were doing a gig and we met this drunk guy who claimed to have helped write Baker Street with Gerry Rafferty on a bender. Even though he was obviously lying, the funniest thing about it was that he didn’t claim to have helped write the awesome saxophone part, but instead the other parts of the song, which are insanely boring and dull and far less exciting than that sax solo.
What, or who, inspires you?
JOHAN: We are equally inspired by Lou Reed and the Beach Boys. I wonder if they ever secretly collaborated, it would’ve been so fantastic.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
TOM: One that springs to mind at the moment is Fever Ray‘s “If I had a Heart”. I’ve always loved drone sounds but that song really made me want to use it more in our music. It’s a perfect song really, there’s absolutely nothing in it that isn’t amazing.
What’s next for you?
TOM: We are launching our single on May 21st st Brighton Up Bar. This winter we are also going to be recording our debut album, “Coney Island”, which we couldn’t be more excited about. What better way to stay warm?
What’s your scene?
JOHAN: Any scene that would unironically sing Lindsay Buckingham‘s “Holiday Road” and really put their hearts into the myriad oooooooooooohhhhs and the dog barks in the outro.

Sydney band The Vacationists, return with their bouncy and shimmery indiepop single “It Could Be Much, Much Worse”, which will be launched on May 21st at Brighton Up Bar.

The Vacationists first made some noise on the local indie radio scene in late 2014 with infectious single “Smile, you’re in Kensington”. They specialise in energetic tunes with playful song structures as filtered through layers of hazy guitars and keyboards. They call Sydney’s inner west home, but their unique indie-pop sound hails from all over the world.

The band has in the past brought their loud and fun shows to Oxford Art Factory, Annandale Hotel, Lazybones Lounge, FBi Social, Petersham Bowling Club, and many others.

This new single sounds like something The Smiths and The Jesus and Mary Chain might have penned on a bender after an early 90s hiphop gig.

Upcoming Shows

Monday 9th May 2016, Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW

Saturday 21st May 2016, Brighton Up Bar (single launch) Sydney NSW

Tickets for single launch available via:

The Vacationists release ‘It Could Be Much, Much Worse’ on Friday 20th May 2016.



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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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