Everybody needs vacation!
What would you do on a two year vacation? Let my tell you what: Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Because already the great Winnie the Pooh knew doing nothing often leads to the very best of something. Or, in this case, the indie pop sensation of the summer, nay, the year. And frankly, endless summer is already here! The holiday you never dared to dream of, the sabbatical you never had the courage to ask your grumpy boss for, the vacation you will never, ever forget. Pro slackers Two Year Vacation have arrived to bring you your very own getaway, the infectious pop version of a memo to your boss telling him to leave you alone for good.
Theirs is a shared passion for sun-baked pop anthems, for endless days in the sun and for fancy sundowners by the pool – and their debut “Slacker Island” is a manifesto for chillaxing the f*** out of yourself. “It’s an album about escaping to this perfect, sunny, chilled island that has the form of a pizza”, keyboardist Max Hessman is inaugurating us novices to the art of escapism. Their music sounds like that, too. Juicy Pop, so bright it has to wear sunglasses. Usually, it comes from regions of beaches, babes and BBQs. Where it most certainly does not come from is, for instance, Sweden, whose long winters tend to inspire a more gloomy, doomy, harsh kind of music. Not that Two Year Vacation would care. Indeed coming from Sweden, and loving it, they still sound like a troupe of hippie renegades from California, like a band of surfers from Hawaii or like a stag night ensemble sunbathing on the beaches of Cancun.
Bass player György Barocsai, who also produced the album, weighs in on their fun-loving sound. “Obviously, ABBA have had a tremendously big influence on all of us! And a of lot the old Italian disco stuff.” No wonder they have their very own island, aptly titled “Slacker Island”, to flee to. Also the name of their summerly debut, Two Year Vacation are here to turn us all into islanders. Not the desperate, funny type of islander you might remember from “Lost” or “Castaway” but rather the sort of relaxed Gilligan type of islander.”
Of course, once you think about it, the question shouldn’t by WHY this kind of music is coming from a country like Sweden. Instead, the question must be why it is NOT coming from Sweden more often? Why also sing about that darned long, cold and dark winter when you already have it on your doormat? Escapism as a key virtue, that’s what Two Year Vacation are on about. “The concept of the album is easy”, Barocsai grins. “Forget about everything else for a while and just have a good time while you eat pizza. It‘s pretty much our life, actually: We don‘t really care about anything else but the music.” It’s paying off already as the band is gathering momentum before the release of “Slacker Island”. Now it’s all about the debut, the next big step. And with a band like Two Year Vacation, you can always be sure they’d do anything for their music. “We have done our fair share of weird stuff already”, Hessman laughs. “We quit jobs for this band, we ended relationships, we moved.” Now they sing themselves away to a warm and happy place, a place where there are endless sunsets and endless parties with just the right people. Great we’re allowed to come too, isn’t it?
As if latter-day Arctic Monkeys had embodied Two Door Cinema Club‘s juvenile verve while drinking in the ABBA museum, Two Year Vacation are here to drive out all stale sense of the mundane. They replace it with a carelessness that is just about right to forget the turmoil of the world. For two years now, the band have been working on these tunes, tucked away in their very own bubble within music city Gothenburg. This, by the way, is all thanks to producer György Barocsai who coincidentally worked with all of them before. “At some point he suggested we should hang and play together”, Hessman recalls this fateful meeting. Barocsai chuckles. “Pretty much like a boyband!”
Coming from various backgrounds ranging from Punk to Rock or Heavy Metal, the five members decided to take an altogether different approach. In Two Year Vacation, they all found what they didn’t even know they were looking for. “We all played with other people before but never with people which it worked out so well”, claims singer Anton Tuvesson. “We write good songs, we like hanging out and have that special chemistry on stage. There was that point where all of us just realized: Shit, this works just perfect! It’s just like finding the perfect girlfriend or boyfriend. And everybody know how rare that is!” Be it the carefree, funky anthem “Better off alone”, the fast-paced, irresistible swagger of “The way I was before”, the unforgettable “Renegades of the groove”, the easy-going slacker manifesto “360 degrees of sunrise” or “Don’t wanna go home”, written on a diet of sunlight and Gin and Tonic: Two Year Vacation have a mission. A mission to make you smile, to make you happy and maybe to make you drunk. Next time it’s raining cats and dogs, then, next time you miss the bus or don‘t get what you wanted, just take a deep breath and listen to Two Years Vacation. The next summer is just a song away – and Slacker Island is open all year round!
Release date 23.11.2018. Warner Music Central Europe
“This can’t be it“ – if you keep thinking those same words at the end of a long night, well, then it must’ve been one hell of a good party. No wonder each pore of your dancefloor-heated body resists leaving the magic of the night to start back for home: “Don’t Wanna Go Home”, Two Year Vacation make it very clear with their new single. After their recent Warner debut “Better Off Alone”, the Swedes once more deliver a song that’s pure fun from the first to the last second. “Don’t Wanna Go Home” is a pumping disco pop jam with glistening synth melodies, symphonic string details and an Abba-esque retro feeling, resonating with a boundless lust for life as well as a certain sense of nostalgia – “This can’t be it / Why can’t this feeling stay forever / Waited all my life for this”, as the song goes. When you feel like the world is at your feet, then why in the world would you go home?!
"It’s a song about not accepting that the party is over”, singer Anton Tuvesson comments. “The serotonin is pumping and you’re having the time of your life, people are walking home but you’re not even close to finished”, says the frontman, adding: ”It’s by far our most commercial song, but yet the hardest one to play.” Sure enough “Don’t Wanna Go Home” sounds incredibly immediate and taken from real life, and that’s for a simple reason: it’s taken immediately from real life: "When we wrote ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’, we were sitting outside in the sun, playing on a bunch of toy instruments and sipping on drinks. We had this feeling that we really didn’t want to go home so we just kept playing, keyboarder Max Hessman and bassist György Barocsai explain. Two Year Vacation – after all, the name of the band is not for nothing.
Release date 14.09.2018. Warner Music Central Europe
Sometimes, the only remaining option is putting it straight: ”Just go / I’m better off alone“, Two Year Vacation sing in their new song. And they have every reason for the telling-off, since ”Better Alone” deals with a relationship where the partner just won’t let you be yourself: ”You keep on burning every bridge there is / Tough to get out, but I’m an optimist / This stuff won’t happen darling can’t you see / You need to let me just let me be me”, laments lead singer Anton Tuvesson, whose lyrics are inspired by a real life event he went through. And whether it’s owed to the said fact of being an optimist or simply the prospect of the romance’s fast approaching end: this is the most buoyant breakup-song you’ll hear in a long while.
Two Year Vacation make indie pop with highly infectious melodies, driven by the crystal-clear vocals of frontman Anton Tuvesson. In “Better Off Alone“, warm vintage synths, joyously strummed guitars and stomping drums collide with flute sounds, turntable scratches and polyphonic sing-along choruses. If you like the intelligent pop light-heartedness of Peter, Bjorn and John, Crystal Fighters or Gorillaz, you are going to love this five-piece band. Referring to their music as „tropical disco kraut pop“, Year Vacation have previously released two EPs and make their major label debut with Warner Music now.
Speaking about the song, Anton says: „’Better Off Alone’ felt relatable and right from the start. So we ended up with a feel-good break-up song”, with Keyboarder Max Hessman adding: „’Better Off Alone’ sounds like a cheesy disco cover of a Nirvana song. Like in a good way”. Above all, however, the band was driven by one main target, as bassist György Barocsai explains: ”We wanted to have a song with a title that would fit well on a refrigerator magnet.”
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