Family Vacation is new to the Philly scene. Like, really really new. When the band contacted me earlier this fall, they only had a few DIY shows under their belt, and were in the process of recording a debut EP (due out next month). But the song they presented me with was impressive enough that I didn’t think twice about showcasing it. Made up of Temple students Matthew Kerr, Luke Harsel, Cody Bluett and Adam Shumski – at least one of whom is a music student or at least has access to the practice rooms in Presser Hall – their song “Waiting Clouds” rocks a fierce drumbeat and bass groove, guiding you into a five minutes of watery Youth Lagoon-ish production and breezy My Morning Jacket-esque vocal tones. They’re a new enough group that their influences are still very apparent, but that’s the cool thing about it: if the band already sounds this good while it’s still working to find its voice, imagine how great it will sound a little ways down the road. Download the track below, and keep an eye out for more from Family Vacation this fall.
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