Strange Vacation
Chasm


4.0
excellent

Review

by jdennis31 USER (1 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2012 | 11 replies | 2,501 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing groundbreaking, but a fun album to hold you over until your next "classic".

3 of 6 thought this review was well written

Strange Vacation is a new project consisting of members from The Boys of Summer and Mark Warren of That Was Something. Anyone who has heard The Boys of Summer may know them as another pop-punk band with the same four chord progression, 4/4 time signature, and overall compositions of songs that do little to separate themselves from the countless of other band within the genre. Unfortunately, Strange Vacation does little to offset the generic qualities of their former project with their debut LP Chasm. In fact, Chasm has obvious influences from pop-punk albums before it.

The first and most obvious example of this comes in the form of the vocals. Strange Vacation uses dual vocals in just about every song and it would be difficult to label one singer as the lead over the other as both play vital roles in the sonic appeal of the album. Fans of The Dangerous Summer will find great similarities between Scab and A.J. Perdomo, and if like me, will search online just to make sure that The Dangerous Summer had not secretly come out with a new album. For those who aren't fans of the rugged vocals that seem to be getting adopted by many bands nowadays, Jon-Paul Bakaric has ample mic time to impress you with his clean, though powerful voice which will be sure to remind some of Tom Delonge of Blink 182.

The instrumentation of the album is nothing special as it follows the generic structure mentioned in the beginning of the review and continues to draw inspiration from The Dangerous Summer; playing incredibly simple riffs that sound as if layered several times with a heavy use of delay. The instrumentation does have a little more variation than songs by The Dangerous Summer but there is an obvious drop off in talent when it comes to drummers of both bands. Other than the track "Lonely", the drummer does little to stand out in the album, but that is ok because he does a nice job of holding the instruments together and not being superfluous with his playing.

Though it wouldn't seem as if the band would be worth listening to from the description put forth so far, they do have redeeming qualities that make their album one of the most fun I’ve heard in the last year. This is definitely an upbeat and driven album that I can’t help but to sing along with. The melodies are insanely catchy and the emotion captured in the vocals doesn’t seem contrived or fake. The style of the lyrics seems to have a heavy dosage of The Dangerous Summer's influence in it as well, and just like The Dangerous Summer, they feel simple, yet honest.

Songs I would recommend checking out are: “Just Sing”, “Lonely”, “War In the Dark”

"just sing for the flag you wave
for the god you pray to
for the love you make
for the promises you’ll keep"


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jdennis31
March 3rd 2012



6511 Comments


Not really a reviewer but no one would review this album. Someone from the band stayed with us when Dangerous Summer rolled through and they were cool as shit so just trying to get the album a couple hits.

jdennis31
March 3rd 2012



6511 Comments


but it's not like i can't get better at writing... so have at it. any comments will be appreciated

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 3rd 2012



4854 Comments


Where can I find these guys' songs? I found one song and I liked it but the vocalist reminds me of Tom Delunge, and I hate Blink (except for their self-titled).

jdennis31
March 3rd 2012



6511 Comments


i know most of their songs are on youtube, they also have a band camp and it's also on itunes. i was able to find a copy on mediafire but that site is gettin raped. and yah, guy sounds like tom delonge, other guy sounds like the dude from dangerous summer.

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 3rd 2012



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Yup, it's not nearly as grating as Tom, but I'm a bit paranoid that he's trying to copy Tom. I know Cody Payne (from Dangerous Summer) is the manager of this band. This is probably 3.5 for me, it'll need a few stand-out tracks to get me to think it's a 4. But it's still plenty good.

Do you know who the members are? Because it really does sound like AJ Perdomoe of TDS.

jdennis31
March 3rd 2012



6511 Comments


the only members i know for sure scab (dunno his last name) and jon-paul. yah, cody and kyle mueller who used to drum for the boys of summer told me about strange vacation last time they stayed at my place cause kyle mueller was drummin for them that tour. and yah, i may end up droppin this down to a 3.5 but right now it's just been on repeat and it's not dying off.

jdennis31
March 3rd 2012



6511 Comments


honestly last 3 songs are kinda meh but i love the rest of the album. love the lyrics to "just sing" as well, very unbiased

jdennis31
March 3rd 2012



6511 Comments


oh nice, i appreciate it very much

ervoca
March 9th 2012



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I still like The Boys of Summer more, will give this more listens though for sure, good review as well man.

michael1002
April 12th 2012



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I really like this album. Good review, this is a good lp for The Dangerous Summer fans. Just like War Paint it gets better and better each listen.

jdennis31
April 19th 2012



6511 Comments


these guys need to actually do something like tour. supposedly they are lazy as shit and don't do anything even tho they make awesome music



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