Song of the Day: Vacations – Next Exit

Platinum-selling Australian band Vacations shared their new single, Next Exit, written while on their first sold-out tour of the States in early 2022. Produced by lead singer Campbell Burns and John Velasquez (Zella Day, Gatlin), “Next Exit” is the first single from the band since their 2020 album, Forever In Bloom, and follows a breakout 2022 year with two sold-out tours of the US and Mexico and over 700 million streams in the calendar year alone.

Burns says of the new single, “It was one of the first songs I started writing for the next album. I was at a recording studio in Austin during our first (sold-out) US tour and just had the intro. The idea sat with me for a few months, and I’d keep revisiting it, trying to see if I could interpret something new. There was one session where everything clicked. Songwriting is therapeutic in that sense, sometimes I don’t entirely understand it, and I need to just sit with it for a moment to take it all in.” He adds, “Conceptually, it takes on the idea of being stuck in a loop of repetitive behaviour. Feeling stagnant and unsure of the future ahead. You could easily draw this to us as a band navigating COVID, or on a more personal level with relationships between friends or romantic partners. I always like the idea of multiple interpretations. You can have your own meaning, and I can have mine. Together, we still connect over the music.” Enjoy the tune!