Two Year Vacation is the band that originates from its own contrast. The quintet founded in Gothenburg, Sweden's second city, a seaport known for its rain, headwind and grayness, makes rhythmic radio-friendly indie pop as we know and love from our youth. As if latter-day Arctic Monkeys had embodied Two Door Cinema Club‘s juvenile verve while drinking in the ABBA museum, Two Year Vacation is here to drive out all stale sense of the mundane.
In Gothenburg, historically being a scene for heavy metal, Two Year Vacation thrives from finding the bright colors in between the tones of grey. With inspiration from the trivial daily routines, we’re all are familiar with, they make music that travels in a fascinating blend of Italo disco, rock and Caribbean kraut through easygoing joyful rhythms wrapped in Tropical vibes.
After releasing two self-sustained EPs Two Year Vacation joined forces with the Hamburg based label Clouds Hill and Warner Music Germany. The result was the debut album ”Slacker Island” (Clouds Hill) released in 2019 and preceded by, amongst others, the radio hit single ”Better Off Alone” (Warner Music Germany), the dance floor filler ”Don’t Wanna Go Home” (Warner Music Germany) and the critics favorite ”I Forgot Your Name (But I Like You)” (Clouds Hill).
The album showcases the bands' immaculate skill for crafting pop music from mundane situations in life and a mosaic of musical influences. Influences ranging from ABBA to Fatboy Slim through Early Daft Punk, MGMT, Arcade Fire and Peter Björn & John.
While 2019 was a hectic year with both the release of their debut album as well as touring across Europe and first performances in both the US and the UK, Two Year Vacation never rests.
Even though the name implies the opposite, Two Year Vacation is now announcing their upcoming EP "Bedroom Rock" due June the 12th. The first single released March 20th ”Don’t Know Anybody Else” was well recieved by both online editors, Playlist curators and Radio DJs. On 8th of May the EPs second offering was presented in the form of the single "Never been to Paris. The song, another unadulterated indie-pop track was created by founding the beauty in the mundane, and by escapism through art.
About "Never Been To Paris" the bands singer Anton says: ”We found ourselves in the last stages of recordings when we decided to bring something less 'emotional' to the repertoire. I wrote the idea of the song in my bedroom with 'Oxford Comma' by Vampire Weekend in the background. Three dead simple chords and a dorky meaning did the trick. I took the idea to the group and in 10 minutes it was finished and ready to go.
Listen to both "Don't Know Anybody Else" and "Never been to Paris" as well as the complete EP "Bedroom Rock" here below.
"Bedroom Rock" arrives June 12th. All released by Clouds Hill
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.
This weekend is forever
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.”
Get the f*** out of here
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?
Beaches, bikinis, beers
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!”
They put the fun in fundamentally cool
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!
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