When Smile Smile were out on the road touring
with Bowling For Soup, Ryan Hamilton singer and
songwriter from the band started chatting to Jaret
Reddick about writing some songs together and
Jaret Reddick jumped at the chance and before
you knew it they were both in Reddick’s
studio and six songs were written in no time and
People On Vacation were born.
The band’s debut EP ‘The Carry On
EP’ is the result of the recording sessions
from Reddick’s studio and it is safe to
say that Ryan Hamilton and Jaret Reddick are a
match made in heaven when it comes to creating
music as their vocals work so well together with
a mixture of sad vibes and happy moments.
The EP opens with ’Better Off Dead’
and the song is a killer track which opens up
quite slow paced but when it hits the 23 second
mark things become quite bouncy and happy sounding
with both Reddick and Hamilton kicking out vocals
seconds apart from each other, whilst playing
some beautiful guitar riffs, vocally the chorus
has a bit of a depressing feel with Hamilton singing
“Im Better Off Dead”, but the upbeat
guitar riffs throughout the chorus help five the
song that odd happy but sad feeling.
‘It’s Not Love’ starts off with
some whistling before going on a slow paced journey
where Reddick and Hamilton strum their guitars
softly whilst taking you on a near 3 minute long
vocally mellow journey which is full of lots of
“woaaaah ooaaahs” and whistling, but
as the song get’s towards the last 30seconds
everything gets a bit louder and slightly more
upbeat as the song fully comes to life.
‘Rainy Day’ is one hell of a beautiful
song which I am sure is more than enough to brighten
up anyone’s day on a true rainy day. ‘Alone
With You’ is a big song with plenty of groove
where Reddick dominates the vocals with lyrics
of “Let’s just get the fuck out of
town, get us back to where we belong, get me the
fuck out of here, I just want to be alone”.
‘Where Do We Go’ is a slow and soppy
song which has Coldplay written all over it. ‘She
Was The Only One ’closes the EP and also
happens to be the most upbeat sing-a-long track
on the EP.
Fans of both Bowling For Soup and Smile Smile
are going to love People On Vacation and I am
pretty sure that they would also appeal to many
people that have never heard either band before
as Reddick and Hamilton have managed to merge
pop and indie together and come up with a great
collection of songs that are more happy than sad.
Review by Trigger