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Reviewed by: lalaKR@dr1cx (06/10/10)
The Young Veins - Take a Vacation
Record Label: One Haven
Release Date: June 8, 2010

Let's give it up. Some of us need to understand that the time period of the 60's will forever be foreign ground to us and our fucked up little generation. It doesn't matter how many records you blast through that stereo/vinyl player/bar jukebox because you're never going to be able to know the feeling of rushing out of school to pick up your new favorite records at the shacks downtown. Your heroes are dead (probably) and God rest their souls because they are the milestones of many people's beloved collections. Our generation is a cheating one, a cheap hooker of a generation. We get our concert fix through streaming online videos. We all download our albums illegally instead of buying them. We succumb to the torture of the music industry and it's evil propaganda, etc. We could use our hormones as instruments to triumph on and write the most insipid, incendiary battle statements to match our forefathers and their poetics but frankly as of late I could care less about the 60's and you know what? I could care even less about Ryan Ross.

Summer most recently gave me a good sucker punch on the back of my head. In heralding it's arrival (abruptly I might add), I've been blasting old pop punk records that I've been neglecting for quite sometime. Ryan Ross is going to celebrate his summer touring behind this limping hipster of an album: it's packed to the brim with bright melodies, vocal harmonies galore, and the whole nine yards from about everything even remotely resembling the pop music of yesteryear from bands who know their place in history. The band in this case is The Young Veins and the album is tentatively called Take A Vacation which isn't too off putting considering the sunshine contained within.
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Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:52:39

The Young Veins' Ryan Ross talks to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino in this exclusive interview about catching an old school wave and more...

Interview: The Young Veins
The Young Veins rocked across the globe in order to make Take A Vacation! Former Panic! At the Disco creative cohorts Ryan Ross and Jon Walker tap into the '60s like never before on Vacation, and it happened while they were traveling the world—from Africa to Singapore and everywhere in between—while in Panic!

Their last offering with Panic!, Pretty. Odd., showed signs of psychedelica, but Ross and Walker embrace that sentiment to the fullest on the sunny, dreamy and undeniably catchy mission statement from Veins. Vacation bristles with vibrant energy on the likes of "Change" and "Cape Town," equally challenging the two most important B's—The Beatles and The Beach Boys. It's the perfect soundtrack to your summer this year or any…

The Young Veins' Ryan Ross sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about channeling the '60s without sounding dated, caper movies and so much more!
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"It's a summer album, and it's summertime," Young Veins singer/guitarist Ryan Ross said Friday from Bonnaroo's Troo Music Lounge, by way of introduction to "Take a Vacation!," the title track from the band's new debut LP. It sure was hard to forget about it being summer, what with the June-afternoon Tennessee sun boiling tens of thousands of heads across the Bonnaroo grounds.

Easy, though, to forget that it wasn't so long ago that Ross' musical output seemed more fitting at punk road show Warped Tour than Bonnaroo.

His new outfit with fellow former Panic! at the Disco member Jon Walker takes a long leap from their emo-centric Panic past. While that former band's later work certainly showed an appreciation for sunny, '60s pop and psychedelia, Take a Vacation embodies that vibe wholly — maybe more thoroughly than the vast majority of young bands currently working that angle.

The Young Veins played through Vacation track "Cape Town" with reserved head-nods and sticky bah-bah-bah refrains, and Walker took the lead on bouncy, bright harmony-inflected track "Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won't." Both were solid indicators of the band's grasp of hummable, memorable songwriting, beyond those well-constructed throwback moods. As live performers, they're taut well beyond the young members' individual years, and certainly the new band's years. And that all certainly threatens to make Walker and Ross rare escapees from the forever-emo-tagged briar patch.

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Story by Phil Gallo
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Published June 11, 2010 12:06 PM

Ryan Ross and Jon Walker of Panic! At The Disco become '60s revivalists in the Young Veins, a journey away from the Vegas Strip and onto the Sunset Strip at its swingingest -- as they used to say when "boss" and "groovy" were key in the teen lexicon.

You have to half wonder how they arrived at this sound. It's more inspired by one-hit wonders and lesser-fabled sounds from the Beatles ouevre -- more Association than the Beach Boys in the vocal style, more "Muswell Hillbillies" than "Lola" in distilling the influence of the Kinks. Did they find a box of 45s in the basement of their mother's older sister? Quite possibly, as this music is not the '60s sound promoted by oldies radio.
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By Eli Boonin-Vail

What Paul Simon is to Vampire Weekend, The Beatles are to The Young Veins. On their debut Take A Vacation! the band serves as a throwback machine that incessantly pumps out song after song of fun and catchy retro-pop in the same — well — vein of the music that made the Fab Four famous in the 60s.

The album as a whole is a reflection of lead man Ryan Ross’ change in pace in the last few years. Ross is best known for his roll in the baroque pop band Panic! At The Disco, but he and fellow member Jon Walker left the band in 2009 because of those “creative differences” artists tend to catch every now and then.

Since then, Ross and Walker moved from Panic!’s city of Las Vegas and settled down in what was once the fertile crescent of laid back ’60s pop, the California coast. Together they formed The Young Veins, and have been touring and recording ever since.

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By Julia Kazar

Now that summer has finally come to Akron many people are beginning to make travel plans for the season, The Young Veins are no exception; they want us all to Take a Vacation! and bring their debut album along too. For their first album, The Young Veins seem to be ahead of the game, they sound like they have been playing together for a lifetime.

Just one year ago Ryan Ross and Jon Walker left Panic! at the Disco for creative reasons, not long after they joined forces with Andy Soukal, Nick Murray, and Nick White to form The Young Veins.

Even though 40% of the band is made up of former Panic! at the Disco members, the sound is noticeably different. The Young Veins sound more like the 60’s pop band The Hollies then an emo band. The title track off the album especially shows this. With its upbeat sound and simple melodies, it would fit in with many earlier rock songs. “Cape Town,” a love song about a whirlwind summer romance, is another great song on the album. The lyrics do a good job of putting the listener in the scene, but what really makes it stand out is the guitar playing, it manages to stand out against the lyrics throughout the whole song and shows off just how talented this band really is.

So if you’re looking for a chill album to listen to while you are relaxing this summer, just take The Young Veins advice and Take a Vacation!

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June 8, 2010

Ryan Ross and Jon Walker have joined together to form The Young Veins after both of them quit their former band, Panic at the Disco, in July of last year. Despite the fact that the new band features half of Panic’s old lineup, the music from The Young Veins has an entirely different feel.

Compared to the old days, both Ross and Walker now play lead guitar and sing lead vocals. The pair has become quite a well-oiled, songwriting machine as well. To the lineup, they have added Andy Soukal on bass, Nick White on keyboards, and Nick Murray on drums. You can hear for yourself just how this musical adventure sounds on June 8 when their album, “Take a Vacation!” is finally released. I had a lovely conversation with Jon Walker about why Panic really split up, what it’s like going back to square one, and why he and Ross have never been happier.

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Posted on June 8, 2010 by TJ

The split between Panic! at the Disco’s Ryan Ross and John Walker & Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith (the latter two of whom stayed in the band…holy conjunctions, Batman) was hardly surprising to anyone who heard the band’s divisive second album Pretty, Odd. While this blogger knows plenty of folks who enjoyed that album, the rift amongst bandmates made it clear that Panic at the Disco never planned on paying homage to The Beatles. But when Ross and Walker formed The Young Veins just weeks after word of their departure from Panic! (who was now reunited with their estranged exclamation point), fans of Pretty, Odd. were largely pleased to hear that this new band would indeed embrace a retro flavor. On their debut album Take A Vacation! The Young Veins craft a love letter to the surf-rock bands of decades past. But while their understanding and nostalgia for the genre is handled well, Ross and Walker don’t have the songwriting skills to make this album much more than novelty.

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Created by The Young Veins on Jun 2, 2010

The best songs you don't know about that we can't wait to see while we're at Bonnaroo this year!

1. Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
2. wide eyes - Local Natives
3. In the Sun - She & Him
4. Substitute - Frank Turner
5. Tunnelvision - Here We Go Magic
6. Awake My Soul - Mumford & Sons
7. Blood - The Middle East
8. Breakneck Speed - Tokyo Police Club
9. Tighten Up - The Black Keys
10. Harold T Wilkins - Fanfarlo
11. The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat) - The Flaming Lips
12. Hang You From The Heavens - The Dead Weather
13. Long Distance Call - Phoenix
14. Drunk Girls - LCD Soundsystem

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By: Jo Otero

It was last year that brought the split of Panic! At The Disco. Citing “creative differences” Guitarist/Vocalist Ryan Ross and Bassist Jon Walker decided to part ways with the band. Not too long after, the duo announced plans for a new album under the name, “The Young Veins.” Later joining the two, would be Nick Murray on drums and Andy Soukal on bass (with Walker diverting to lead guitar), and ultimately the inclusion of Nick White, of Bright Eyes fame, on the keyboard.

A year later, The Young Veins have released Take A Vacation!, a 60’s throwback album where inspiration is clearly drawn from the likes of The Beach Boys, The Kinks, and even The Beatles. Trying to be as retro as possible, the songs are relatively short (the longest clocking in at 3:10), straight and to the point, contain simple hooks, and even simpler guitar riffs.

“Change” kicks off the album with a sound that lets you know you are as far as possible from A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (Panic!’s debut album). This song redundantly reminds the listener that “Some people never change, they just stay the same.” The vocals are clean, the guitar is playful, and the tambourine adds to the 60’s vibe. “Take a Vacation” continues with another short and simple song that should satisfy many of those who feel they’ve been born in the wrong era. It has a catchy hook about the need for a vacation and the desire to have all your friends there with you. Enriched with the backing vocals of Jon Walker, it feels like a reinvented Beach Boys song, which is by no means a bad thing.

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Rating: 8/10
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Record Label: One Haven
Recommended Tracks: “Change,” “Cape Town,” “Everyone But You”
For Fans Of: The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Panic! At The Disco

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No panic, no disco, just a craving for pop's Camelot.
By Barry Walters 06.08.10 1:13 PM

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Before splitting in two, Panic! at the Disco pulled off one of the most thorough stylistic switcheroos in recent mainstream rock when they swapped the platinum emo-pop of their 2005 debut for the orchestrated Sgt. Pepper-isms of 2008's Pretty. Odd. Here, former guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker further sabotage their teen success by embracing sunny harmonies, twee organs, and chiming Rickenbackers. Their love objects inhabit dreams or dangerous love triangles, and gently pained bittersweetness permeates all. The only thing more extreme than their adherence to '60s sonics is their sincerity.

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Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars

In mid-2009, it was announced that Ryan Ross and Jon Walker of Panic! At The Disco were leaving the band due to creative differences, perhaps moving into a new direction with a new band entirely. Sure enough, Ross and Walker wrote some very un-Panic! tunes, added members Nick Murray, Andy Soukal, and Nick White, and channeled their inner retro rock band of which make up their first album, “Take A Vacation!”. Though The Young Veins is made up of half of Panic!, there is certainly no comparison in their sound. This is where the “creative difference” comes into play. Instead of the garage, pop/punk sound that Ross and Walker became famous for, we are now introduced to a sort of time-paradox: music edition. It is well into 2010, but “Take A Vacation!” is undoubtedly reminiscent of Ed Sullivan re-runs, hula-hoops and oil-free beaches.

Produced by Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet) and Rob Mathes (Panic! At The Disco), “Take A Vacation!” is a simple, short, and sweet little album, full of 60’s-like pop, beachy harmonies, and lovable lyrics. “Take A Vacation!” is unique to this era, and therefore refreshing in a music generation lacking, well, the oldies. And just like the oldies, most songs on the album cease to reach the 3-minuet mark, making for a very short album. But sometimes simplicity just works, such as is for the first single off the album, “Change”. Reminiscent of The Monkees and perhaps a dash of Jet, “Change” is one of the groovier and lyrically simple tracks of the album. Lyrics like “I swear like a sailor, love is not a flavor/I find it’s just a concept that we live inside” are the template for the rest of the album. “Take A Vacation” and “Young Veins (Die Tonight)”, are sway-worthy tunes, bringing forth 1964 George Harrison guitar riffs while “Capetown” is sure to melt the hearts of girls in pony tails and bobby socks.

The album does take a slight turn towards a more current music style with the last few songs, including “Dangerous Blues”, “Defiance” and “Lie To Tell The Truth”. However, with the albums consistent 60’s croon-sound, it lacks some of the excitement that many debut albums exude. The album is undemanding to the listener, and sure the retro style is unique and new (to this decade), but can The Young Veins hold up against new and popular alternative rock bands of today? We surely cannot help but root for them, but there could be a struggle to keep up with the chart-toppers of the year.

Key tracks: Change/Everyone But You/Defiance

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In an interview with the Like, the following came up:
What bands/artists are you into at the moment new or old?

Tennessee and Laena are obsessed with the new MGMT record. I’m obsessed with The Young Veins debut album which comes out around the time ours does. We’re really into the Tammys, The Shangri Las, The Supremes, the Zombies, and all the Joe Meek stuff at the moment.


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via [livejournal.com profile] theyoungveins, scanned by [livejournal.com profile] pinkichan.

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The Young Veins

Having met the Beatles...

Remember in 2008 when Panic! At the Disco let their inner Beatlemaniacs run wild and free on Pretty. Odd.? That was nothing compared to the Fab-ulous spirit of Take A Vacation!, the Young Veins' infectious debut. Led by two former members of Panic! (Ryan Ross on vocals/guitar and Jon Walker on bass/vocals), they get things started with the psychedelic, Beatles-as-filtered-through-the-Monkees "Change." By the time the title track rolls around next, they've moved on to folk-rock with chiming electric guitars, some old-school organ and the album's most contagious vocals. "Cape Town" is "Please Please Me" as Phil Spector would have done it. The Veins switch it up throughout the disc--they push an acoustic guitar to the front of the mix for a moodier spin on folk-rock, and "Dangerous Blues" sounds like British Invaders attempting an R&B ballad. If you're looking for some indication that this was recorded after 1966, good luck with that. But give the kids credit for backing it up with hooks that do their sainted frames of reference justice. (ONE HAVEN; onehavenmusic.com) Ed Masley

Rocks like:
The Beatles: Rockband
Fountains of Wayne's Welcome Interstate Managers
Locksley's Don't Make Me Wait

Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars
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When Panic at the Disco dropped the exclamation point from their name, it was surely intended to signify a newfound maturity, or at least an evolution from the their emo-drenched beginnings -- remember, the band became famous long before its members could even legally drink. But a mere change in punctuation wasn't enough of a revision for songwriter-guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker. They wanted a new start entirely, which is what they got when they dropped out of Panic at the Disco last summer in order to launch the Young Veins.

One year later, they have a new album to show for it. 'Take a Vacation!' drops on June 8. Note the return of the exclamation point. As for the name of the lead single, 'Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won't,' a comma is the only punctuation necessary as the song itself is a bit more mysterious than a direct emphatic declaration. "We wrote this song while being held captive in France," Walker tells Spinner. "It could be about a few different things, but it's probably about love."

That might explain some of the ambiguity. Musically, the song is a throwback to vintage Californian pop music -- it's a summer classic in the making. Check it out below.

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Since when did Ryan Ross become Ray Davies Jr.? The former Panic! at the Disco dude showed shades of his Kinkiness with the outta-left-field 2008 album Pretty.Odd. (Fueled by Ramen), with the once-reigning emo-electronica kings traipsing into Village Green territory. Whereas critics kinda dug the dramatic new direction, the teenyboppers who bought A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in droves cried foul.

So did band mates Brendan Urie (vocals, assorted instruments) and Spencer Smith (drums). They seemed more keen on retaining the sound that made them “wet dreams for the webzines”; Ross and bassist Jon Walker embraced the lemonade and pot brownie flavor of the Topanga Canyon and formed The Young Veins.

Take a Vacation! (One Haven Music) – well, the love affair with extraneous exclamation marks hasn’t faded – is a well-constructed hodgepodge of surf-rock ballads (“Dangerous Blues”) and lo-fi finger-poppers (“Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won’t”). Though bands such as Best Coast are garnering mad props for their vintage sound, The Young Veins’ recordings sound anachronistic. The “everything old is new again” notion worked on Pretty.Odd. because the production was rich and modernized. But Vacation may be a little too Nuggety to appeal to Panic! fans. Still, you’ve got to admire the incredible evolution Ross has made in the past five years. We’re eager to see where he goes next musically.

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Every once in a while a band come along that mines The Beatles for inspiration and many of them fall flat. That's not the case with The Young Veins, a band that wears it's influences on it's sleeves, which in this case is a great thing.

Last June, Ryan Ross (Guitar/Vocals) and Jon Walker (Bass/Vocals) quit Panic at the Disco citing "creative differences." When Panic released the song 'New Perspective,' the differences were quite clear, the other members of Panic were happy to retread into their infant stage and keep releasing the same kind of garbage from their debut album. Ross and Walker on the other hand had much better ideas. They went on to form The Young Veins and in the process have created an album that recalls "Help!" with a little bit of early Kinks for good measure.
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The Young Veins' Jon Walker
@iamjonwalker

Why You Should Follow: Last summer, Jon Walker and Ryan Ross left Panic! at the Disco to start their own band, the Young Veins. This summer, they're heating up Bonnaroo, touring with Rooney and Black Gold, and getting ready to release their anticipated debut album, Take a Vacation!. Expect bassist Walker to tweet through it all, since he already tweets about pretty much everything -- from avocado sales at the local grocery store to Hanson's performance on The Tonight Show. He often posts song lyrics from classic tracks like "War" by Edwin Starr and "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan, Chuck Norris jokes, and Twitpics of Scrabble games and recording sessions.

Best Tweet of the Week: This behind-the-scenes shot from the filming of an upcoming music video.

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3.5 out of 4 stars

You can’t give a band a bad rap because of the history of it’s musicians. If you ignored the fact Ryan Ross and Jon Walker were once a part of Panic! At The Disco, you would be able to appreciate Take A Vacation! and it’s attempt to reintroduce 60s’ pop. Upon first listen, the record isn’t as dramatic as Panic!’s dive into trying to be The Beatles a few years back (remember Pretty Odd?). Instead, Ross shines as his vocals draw comparisons to The Zombies’ Colin Blunstone and when tied with nifty melodies and hip-shaking bass lines, the debut is a worthwhile listen that just may secure a spot in your playlist. That is until the sun runs away and summer is over.

Download: “Heart Of Mine”, “Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won’t”

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It may seem weird that there’s an exclamation mark in the album’s title, ‘Take A Vacation!’, until you find out The Young Veins includes Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, formally of Panic! At The Disco. With promise and potential definitely in place, reality sets in and this record is no vacation.

Cutting to the chase, if every track was as poignant and well crafted as “Cape Town,” “Defiance” and possibly “Heart Of Mine” this album would be a grand slam. Instead, focus is lost and somewhere along the way boring sets in, big time. The saving grace, if there is one, for songs like “Change” is that it’s short. Only “Everyone But You” comes in over 3 minutes in length while most stick to under 2 and a half.

The Young Veins aren’t Panic! and shouldn’t be compared to them, however, the title track, “Take A Vacation”, is one of the few which has enough similarities to see the connections. Most songs come off as trying too hard to recreate this ’60’s/’70’s beach pop. These are supposed to light and breezy, summer songs, but by the end of the album that’s not what I was thinking about.

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