They might come off like the bad boys under the bleachers or the kids skipping class to race cars, but Vacation’s music isn’t some silly pop-punk come on. On Candy Waves, the Cincinnati-based trio cleverly clash pop melodies and squalling feedback, DIY energy with ambitious songwriting. The best moments are the details: Repeated listens may reveal a piano lick coasting in the mix (“Candy Waves”), feedback whines bridging to the chorus (“Cellophone”), a jaunt of tambourine (“SFA”). The lyrics may revel in simple stuff — sunshiny days, making fun of horny politicians — but the combination of punk power and sneaky verve show a band digging past the surface.
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