“There’s a baby boomer across the street and it won’t stop staring at me.”
Violent Soho are back in fully-loaded action this month. With a new album coming in 2020 via Domestic La La and their high-billed status on the looming Good Things 2019 festival, it’s now time for their new music to see the excited light of day.
After the mellower, more melodic, and Pavement-like nature of their summery, acoustic-guitar-lead previous single, ‘A-OK,’ ‘Vacation Forever‘ is a louder, ’90s rock tune in the vein of Smashing Pumpkins; sounding more like 2013’s ‘Hungry Ghost‘ than that of 2016’s ‘Waco.’ It’s as witty, as ironic, as honest, and as “Soho” in tone as ever, and is also as alt-rock and grungy in sound as you would have ever expected from the famed Aussie rockers.
Whereas ‘A-OK‘ was a more external, politically-veiled track – a song about the importance of community and the multicultural good life of every-day Australia – this is a more personal number. See, ‘Vacation Forever’ was written when lead guitarist/vocalist Luke Boerdam was living back at his folks’ place following a major upheaval in his life. “No matter what I did in life I always ended back there,” stated Luke in a recent press release. What he means by “Back there” is childhood bedroom, the very place where he once wrote Violent Soho’s 2008 debut LP; a room where he ended up back at after the band was dropped by their American label, Ecstatic Peace!, founded by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, back in 2011 after the release of their 2010 self-titled album as well.
As such, ‘Vacation Forever‘ is a song about being frustratingly down on your luck at various times in your life, always feeling like you’re stuck in one spot, and put back into the same rut over and over. Yet Luke bounced back from that, and that’s also the hopeful undertoned message of this latest Soho track: you can bounce back too. Just take it easy and give it some time, is all.
Take a load off with ‘Vacation Forever‘ below: