Bomb the Music Industry! began seven years ago as a rotating Punk collective, exploring a sound one critic described as “Ska for smart people.” But the conceptual aggregation has since evolved into more of an actual band with a slightly more conventional Indie Rock presentation. That evolution is clearly evident on BTMI!’s sixth album, the just-released Vacation, a work that was conceived while frontman/spark-plug Jeff Rosenstock was chilling in Belize but thinking about the grounded experience of making a home.
In addition to BTMI!’s core band, Vacation features cameo performances from members of Bayside, Fake Problems, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Good Luck, and stands as the first recording that Rosenstock has subjected to professional mixing and mastering. BTMI!’s instrumentation has increased exponentially as well, giving Vacation the sound of Elvis Costello, Weezer and Superchunk filtered through a furious Punk kaleidoscope.
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