Dallas super-duo People on Vacation, featuring Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup and Ryan Hamilton of Smile Smile, have been hard at work on their debut EP since you last heard from them at the beginning of the summer. The 6-song EP titled “The Carry On” features several new pop-rock gems, as well as the previously released favorite “Better Off Dead.”
In addition, the band has released a special Christmas B-side track “Cheer Up (It’s Christmas)” that you can get when you pre-order the album or stream it below.
About People On Vacation
What happens when you mix Jaret Reddick (lead singer and songwriter of the fun-lovin’, beer-soaked, and oh-so-Grammy-nominated band Bowling for Soup), Ryan Hamilton
(singer and songwriter of the sad, somber indie rock group Smile Smile), and free reign over a studio with nothing but a drum machine, a keyboard and a few guitars?
Well, obviously, you get People on Vacation.
The duo met a few years back at SXSW. Jaret popped into a little bar – just off the beer cup-littered surface of Austin’s famous 6th Street – to say hello to some friends.
Coincidentally, said friends managed the band Smile Smile, who happened to be on the stage at that moment.
“I was instantly drawn into the songs,” Jaret said. “I was like, ‘How is this band not being played on every TV show right now?’ I was an instant fan.”
After the show, Hamilton, who was very aware the singer of Bowling for Soup was watching the show (during one song he turned to his bandmate and asked, “What the hell is the singer from BFS doing here?”), passed Jaret a CD.
The two musical opposites would discover they had several common friends in the industry, and, more importantly, a true respect for one another’s drive, talent and overall snazzyness.