The Vacation's Band from World War Zero
Mike Dague
3/19/2006 8:55:50 PM

Their name is riddled with irony; after all, the songs of this L.A. punk band, The Vacation, are all but relaxing. Following sync with such bands as the Vines and The Hives, The Vacation place roots in bands from the 60's/70's rock scene, like T-Rex and The Rolling Stones: they mirror their rock idols so well that you half expect to hear Ray Davies's or Iggy Pop's famous howls screaming chants to the backup singers in every song. They have a sound that begs to be played in bars, parties and movies about rebellious motorcycle gangs. "Look at the hills of the burial mounds filled with the dust of the dreams we let die," lead singer Ben Tegel yells in the strangely wise “Hollywood Forever,” on their debut CD, Band from World War Zero [Echo]. Other songs, however, make scarcely any sense at all, but you either don't notice it or don't care because they really kick-ass (an act that hasn't been so ferociously achieved since Primus came out with Pork Soda). The anthem of the album, “Spiders,” is maybe the catchiest song of the bunch: its guitars are slippery and Tegel almost bawls the lyrics. In “I'm No Good,” the drums bounce, the guitar sings, and the melody stays in your head for hours after words. Most of the tracks are head-boppers, all of the songs are pretty decent. The only down side is that they get a little worn after a while, like too much vacation. Sorry, that joke was awful but I couldn't resist.


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