New Video: No Vacation Teams Up with Acclaimed Direction Duo Boredom on Stylish Visuals for “Yam Yam”

 

Currently comprised of founding members Sabrina Mal (vocals, guitar) and Marisa Saunders (bass) along with Nat Lee (synth), Harrison Spencer (guitar) and James Shi, the Brooklyn-based indie rock act No Vacation can trace their origins to when they initially bean as a San Francisco-based dorm room-based duo featuring its founding members. Eventually expanding into a fully-fledged band, the members of No Vacation quickly earned a local profile with the release of the the Amo XO and Summer Break Mixtapes, both of which helped to establish their reputation for crafting 120 Minutes-era guitar pop. After the release of the Summer Break Mixtape, No Vacation went on an indefinite hiatus with the members of the band splitting between San Francisco and New York.

After a series of shows under different names and a number of lineup changes, the act recruited drummer James Shi before writing and recorded their third and critically applauded EP, Intermission, an effort that was ironically enough conceived when the band wasn’t actually an active band. Unsurprisingly, the EP’s material touched upon themes of belonging, regret and resilience — all while drawing from personal experience. Now as you may recall, “Yam Yam,” Intermission‘s second single continues on the wistful and nostalgic tone of its predecessor, “Mind Fields,” as the song is centered around shimmering and jangling guitar chords, a propulsive rhythm section, a soaring hook and Mal’s plaintive and ethereal crooning. And while further cementing their long-held reputation for crafting 120 Minutes inspired indie rock, the song focuses on the reeling heartache and bitter confusion of a breakup, capturing the feelings from an real, lived-in and deeply uneasy personal place.

Directed and conceived by the San Francisco-based director and filmmaker duo BOREDOM, comprised of filmmakers Luke Lasley and Patrick Sean Gibson, the video is a mixed media visual experience comprised of UHD Digital, Super 8 Film and over 1,000 frames of hand painted watercolor animation that features a minimal yet very vivid color palette — bright reds, yellows, midnight blues that further emphasizes the uneasiness at the core of the song. Interestingly, the release of the video comes on the heels of the band announcing that they’ll be releasing a new EP this summer, which they’ll support with lengthy tours of the US, UK and European Union. The tour includes a May 26, 2019 stop at the Bowery Ballroom. Check out the tour dates below.

Tour dates

  • May 22, 2019 – Burlington, VT, US @ ArtsRiot
  • May 23, 2019 – Allston, MA, US @ Great Scott
  • May 24, 2019 – Washington, DC, US @ Union Stage
  • May 25, 2019 – Philadelphia, PA, US @ PhilaMOCA
  • May 26, 2019 – New York, NY, US @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • May 28, 2019 – Raleigh, NC, US @ Kings
  • May 29, 2019 – Atlanta, GA, US @ Purgatory at The Masquerade
  • May 30, 2019 – Orlando, FL, US @ Soundbar
  • May 31, 2019 – Margate, FL, US @ O’Malley’s Sports Bar
  • June 01, 2019 – Tampa, FL, US @ Crowbar
  • June 03, 2019 – New Orleans, LA, US @ Gasa Gasa
  • June 04, 2019 – Houston, TX, US @ Satellite Bar
  • June 05, 2019 – San Antonio, TX, US @ Paper Tiger
  • June 06, 2019 – Austin, TX, US @ Barracuda
  • June 07, 2019 – Dallas, TX, US @ Three Links
  • June 08, 2019 – Oklahoma City, OK, US @ 89th Street (formerly the Conservatory)
  • June 09, 2019 – Santa Fe, NM, US @ Meow Wolf
  • June 11, 2019 – El Paso, TX, US @ Lowbrow Palace
  • June 13, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Rebel Lounge
  • June 14, 2019 – San Diego, CA, US @ Irenic
  • June 15, 2019 – Santa Ana, CA, US @ Constellation Room at the Observatory
  • June 16, 2019 – San Francisco, CA, US @ Great American Music Hall
  • June 19, 2019 – Portland, OR, US @ Paris Theatre
  • June 20, 2019 – Seattle, WA, US @ The Vera Project
  • June 21, 2019 – Spokane, WA, US @ The Bartlett
  • June 22, 2019 – Boise, ID, US @ The Shredder
  • June 25, 2019 – Salt Lake City, UT, US @ Kilby Court
  • June 26, 2019 – Denver, CO, US @ Larimer Lounge
  • June 27, 2019 – Omaha, NE, US @ Slowdown
  • June 28, 2019 – Minneapolis, MN, US @ 7th Street Entry
  • June 29, 2019 – Chicago, IL, US @ Subterranean
  • July 18, 2019 – Suffolk, UK @ Unknown venue

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