We've mentioned People on Vacation briefly in this space before, and now that the super-ish group of Bowling for Soup's Jaret Reddick and Smile Smile's Ryan Hamilton is gearing up for its first tour, it seems high time we mentioned them again.
For the most part, the band's a pretty unknown entity. Here's what we do know, though: Reddick and Hamilton became fast friends after Smile Smile opened up a few dates for Bowling for Soup in recent years, and the two decided to try writing some songs together that combined Reddick's knack for hooks and Hamilton's knack for indie flair.
And, well, that's pretty much it -- aside from the two, fun enough tracks the band has posted to stream on their site, "Better Off Dead" and the newer "She Was The Only One."
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Recently, though, comes word that the band has three Texas dates lined up for later this month -- Houston, Austin and here in Dallas, where the band will play the Cambridge Room at the House of Blues on Saturday, January 29 -- and that they'll be opening up for Bowling for Soup on that band's upcoming tour of the United Kingdom in April.
And, beyond that, the folks at the Dallas-based Kirtland Records (home of the Toadies, Sarah Jaffe and Hamilton's own Smile Smile) tell us that they intend to release People on Vacation's debut later this year. So, yeah, it might be time to get to know the band a little better.
Thankfully, Hamilton and Reddick take care of that much in a new YouTube video posted online yesterday, which they use to help explain People on Vacation's origin story. Check it out after the jump.