Release Date: Jul 26, 2011
Record label: Ernest Jenning
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Review Summary: Some people might say this is "pretty much the pet sounds of punk." I would suggest they learn to make sentences!Somebody mentioned recently that Vacation is the Pet Sounds of punk music. Obviously, that is a ridiculous statement, but the thing is Bomb The Music Industry! fans really might think that. In today’s music scene, BTMI! might have the most slavishly devoted fan base in the US.
Calls for an upheaval of a music industry that prioritizes profit over artistic ability have been heard by plenty of artists over the past decade. Amidst all the talk, there have actually been decisive actions to change the way we buy and listen to music. Radiohead’s “pay-what-you-can” experiment with In Rainbows was a significant success. Two of this year’s finest releases, The Weeknd’s House of Balloons and Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia, Ultra were released for free on their artists’ respective websites.
Review Summary: I can't complain.There have been some interesting arguments online about whether or not Bomb The Music Industry! are an “important” band. Some have legitimate reasons for thinking this – Jeff's DIY mentality comes to mind – but sometimes it's just the big BTMI! fanboys gushing without backing up their argument. There is a difference between a band being important for cultural reasons and a band being important because they are important to a lot of people.
While there will always be a place for bare-bones punk rock, it’s nice when bands do some experimenting with the genre. That’s something New York DIYers Bomb the Music Industry! (BtMI!) know well. Vacation, the group’s latest full-length, is full of highly relatable lyrics and pummeling power-chord riffing, underscored by high energy and flourishes of adventurous accompaniment.