Ryan Ross has spent the better part of his late teens as the chief songwriter for the wildly popular Las Vegas band, Panic! at the Disco. Throughout the band's two albums, Ryan exhibited a writing progression that began to fall increasingly outside the lines of the band's context.
While Panic! were on their last world tour for Pretty. Odd, it became clear that Ross's and bandmate/co-writer Jon Walker's newest compositions needed a more fitting home. Ross and Walker picked up and moved west to California, forming their new quarters under the moniker- The Young Veins.
Following closely in the verve of pop-tunesmiths of yesteryear, California-based 5 piece The Young Veins arrive with their debut, Take A Vacation!, on June 8th (One Haven Music), produced by Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet) and Rob Mathes (Panic!, Carly Simon, Lou Reed). The live band is made up of Ryan Ross on vocals and guitar (Panic! at the Disco), Jon Walker on vocals and guitar (Panic! at the Disco), Andy Soukal on bass, Nick White (Bright Eyes, Tilly and The Wall) on keyboards and Nick Murray on drums.
The album is a tightly-packed 29 minute collection of energetic, yet dreamy and joyful songs. The bluesy-guitar driven lead single, "Change" will be released April 5th amidst the band's first North American tour, which kicked off last week in California.
Take A Vacation! was recorded at Castle Oak Studios and Sunset Sound in LA, and features guest vocals and instrumentation by fellow Angelenos Chief , Alex Greenwald, The Like and Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley). The LP embraces archetypal styles of the 60's with inflected elements of surf rock, psychedelia, and brit-pop. From the Phil Spector inspired, head-bopping melody of title track "Take A Vacation!" to the dreamy layered vocals on "Cape Town," to the rollicking power pop of "Young Veins (Die Tonight)," the album boasts an impressive collection of gorgeously warm and inventive songs that tip their hat to the vast musical palate of their creators. Take A Vacation's! song progression exemplifies the bands attention to the classic arch of the acclaimed LP's from the masters that came before.
At just 23 years old, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker have penned an album that shines a light squarely on their personal influences and recent geographical relocation. With each song clocking in at 3 minutes or less, Ross and Walker's honey-sweet vocals are coated with the bands choral harmonies and wistful "oohs and ahhs." Featured vintage instruments including the wurlizter, harmonium and stylophone added to the organic, minimal production from Greenwald and Mathes make a glorious concoction.
The Young Veins' have just taken their new songs on the road this spring for the very first time. SPIN Magazine called their recent L.A. concert "a streamlined set of throwback rock." Take A Vacation! will make you want to rock, sway, and hum along to the nostalgic freewheeling rock these gentleman have fashioned.
To build excitement around the band's first U.S. tour, which included a rousing set at SXSW '10, The Young Veins launched a TwitTix contest, asking fans to post their favorite vacation photos for a chance to win tickets to one of the shows. More info on the contest can be found at http://twitpic.com/190dhd.
Take A Vacation! Track Listing:
* Produced by Alex Greenwald Sunset Sounds
# Produced by Rob Mathes at Castle Oak Studios
1. Change #
2. Take A Vacation! #
3. Cape Town #
4. Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won't *
5. Young Veins (Die Tonight) *
6. Everyone But You
7. The Other Girl #
8. Dangerous Blues *
9. Defiance *
10. Lie To The Truth *
11. Heart Of Mine *
The Young Veins Tour Dates in Full:
With special guests Foxy Shazam and Bad Rabbits
Mar 24 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 26 Orpheum Ybor City, Florida
Mar 27 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, Florida
Mar 28 Canal Club (Downstairs Lounge) Richmond, Virginia
Mar 29 Webster Hall (The Studio) New York, New York
Mar 30 Great Scott Allston, Massachusetts
Mar 31 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, New York
Apr 1 Webster Underground Webster, Connecticut
Apr 3 Petit Campus Montreal, Quebec
Apr 5 Sneaky Dee's Toronto, Ontario
Apr 6 Mohawk Place Buffalo, New York
Apr 7 The Basement Columbus, Ohio
Apr 8 The Eagle Theatre Pontiac, Michigan
Apr 9 The Mad Hatter Covington, Kentucky
Apr 10 Beat Kitchen Chicago, Illinois
Apr 11 The Vault Buffalo, Minnesota
Apr 13 Marquis Theatre Denver, Colorado
Apr 15 El Corazon Seattle, Washington
Apr 16 Venue Vancouver, British Columbia
Apr 17 Satyricon Portland, Oregon
Apr 18 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Apr 19 The Boardwalk Orangevale, California
Apr 21 Troubadour West Hollywood, California
Apr 23 Martini Ranch Scottsdale, Arizona