Libertyville’s Family Vacation toys with the dark side of identity on playful ‘Are We Criminals?’ EP

With an eye toward self-exploration and a healthy dose of self-deprecation, Libertyville-born indie-rock duo Relatives Vacation will take listeners on a journey of existential questioning with its modern musical release, “Are We Criminals?”

But for all its examining and its deep dive into humanity, the new EP is not morose. And it can be surely not dry.

Crammed with pleasant-sounding, reverby rock that effectively channels the chill personalities of Jacob Chatfield and Bob Crandell (alongside with a rotating solid of musical close friends), the new release explores some of the juicier aspects of individuality … in a playful way.

Chatfield reported the five-music assortment was culled from demos he experienced composed in a spot of isolation many decades ago though in Kentucky for school.

“It really is actually about id, viewing by yourself in the earth,” he said. “I was seeing way much too much Investigation Discovery. At what level did these individuals detect on their own as criminals? And then I was wondering, ‘OK, if I have been to recognize myself as my worst high-quality or the worst point I’ve accomplished, how would I put that into words and phrases?'”

The guitar variations change from song to track — often dreamy ripples and from time to time fuzzed-out riffs — as do the songs’ details of watch, phasing involving narrators prepared in this kind of a way as to buffer Chatfield of any individual obligation, he joked.

“When I was writing people tracks in university, I feel I was type of doing type of a Larry David matter, having the worst elements of my identity, the issues I am most insecure about myself, and amplifying them and criticizing them myself before any one else can,” he said. “Kind of beat them to the punch, you know? Be self-informed as a way to … absolve myself.”

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“Being self-aware and self-deprecating to where by it’s like you might be knowledge that the self-deprecation is like a protection system,” Crandell chimed in.

“It’s intended to be vulnerable, but I believe I just audio like an (expletive),” Chatfield explained, laughing.

The duo teases each other about the songwriting, the EP’s meanings and each other’s tendencies, but it really is all rooted in camaraderie forged as a result of many years enjoying collectively. Chatfield and Crandell — now in their mid-20s — shaped a friendship for the duration of a opportunity come upon even though both were on loved ones vacations in Michigan. But they created a musical partnership when they equally had been back again household in Libertyville.

Rising by means of musical acts with each other because approximately middle school — which include their lengthy-running high college band The Tribe — the evolution into Family members Getaway has provided the duo a new enthusiasm for the craft.

“I feel like we’re pretty much a, not a new band, but we sort of have a new sense of way and far more drive to really be a band and make music and participate in reveals,” Crandell stated.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“I love listening to audio, but when you happen to be with your mates and persons I’ve regarded for virtually my entire existence, you feel like you have a minor bit far more of a duty than just to have enjoyment,” he discussed about preserving a youthful enthusiasm alive. “Not even for other people today, to just sort of verify to yourself that you can truly be serious about some thing and focus on it and develop something that’s value sharing with men and women.”

Outside of the revamped demos on the “Are We Criminals?” EP and 2019’s debut release “America,” Family Holiday currently has new tracks on deck, some virtually completely ready for recording later this summer season or drop, alongside with a rapidly filling slate of dwell performances.

“The creative approach of putting a song together … I get a sense of accomplishment from that before I at any time send out it to any individual or publicly release it,” Crandell reported. “There’s a thing truly satisfying about acquiring an idea and then getting it out on to some medium as properly as you can.”

• Household Family vacation plays Saturday, April 16, at The Artwork Hole (5520 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago).

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        




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