Dear Class of ’05,
Well, it’s been a year in the spotlight, with (some) drunken nights, and even a few stage fights, but it all led to new musical heights, didn’t it ? So glad I got to know you better this year. You are really cool and I’m sure the future promises lots of awesome stuff. Soon you’ll be all famous and shit, and you won’t remember me, but I’ll say I saw them when... You’ve graduated from the school of L.A. rock, and the world is your oyster. Congrats on winning class favorites! You deserve it, and anyone who says ya don’t are just haters! Have a bitchin’ winter! K.I.T.!
MOST POPULAR (WITH THE GIRLS):
With an unwashed sex appeal and youthful swagger that’s almost never contained by a mere stage, The Vacation’s live shows are a tantalizing, tempestuous break from the self-conscious indier-than-thou grind afflicting a lot of the local scene. Led by twin bros Ben (on vocals) and Steve Tegal (lead guitar), this scrawny & shaggy quartet ain’t afraid to look silly or outrageous, or even to fall on their asses — which makes them the perfect bad boys for good girls to lust after. With vocals that sound like a cross between Marc Bolan and Johnny Rotten, mirrored by equally sneering riffs (must be a from-the-womb thing) and a couple of hooky, glam-flavored hits (e.g. the anthemic “White Noise”), their ’05 release Band From World War Zero got picked up by none other than Rick Rubin, who’ll rerelease the disc on American Records in March. But it wasn’t the record that helped the Vacation build their (mostly female) following this year — it was their live gigs (a three-night stand at the Silverlake Lounge was a highlight), which are equally rigorous whether they’re playing to five people or 500. You can be sure their audiences will be larger in ’06. See them at Gallagher’s in Huntington Beach, Sat., Dec. 31.