The Young Veins was a band that flew under many people’s radar. The band was formed by former Panic! At The Disco members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker. Almost immediately after leaving Panic! At The Disco the duo formed The Young Veins, and the band released their first song a few weeks later. Considering the direction Panic! At The Disco took, you can see why Ross and Walker left over creative differences.
If you enjoyed Panic! At The Disco’s Pretty. Odd., you’ll like The Young Veins. They have a Sgt. Peppers era Beatles vibe. Ryan Ross and Jon Walker trade lead vocal duties, and they do a decent job. Their debut, and lone album Take A Vacation, was released on July 8, 2010, and the band went on “hiatus” less than a year later in December 2010. That hiatus has lasted to this day, so it’s pretty safe to assume the band is broken up for good.
Take A Vacation was only pressed on black vinyl, with pressing info never being released. All copies come with a CD copy of the album rather than a download card/code. The CD comes in a card stock sleeve with the cover art on it instead of the cheaper alternative, a thin plain white paper sleeve. This record was available for a long time, and it even went on clearance at many retailers. But it now appears to being quickly going out of print. Copies were selling for around $10, but now because they’re becoming harder to find people are trying to sell copies for around $20.
An odd thing happened with the copy I bought. I bought it from an online distro, which will remain nameless, and as you can see by the photo below, the cover came with a hard to miss defect. That smearing is not how the artwork is supposed to look. How and why this was shipped a customer is beyond me. It should have been destroyed, or at the very least sold as “damaged” or “defective” with a marked down selling price as well. None of those steps were taken. I paid full price for this (not really because I used a discount/coupon/promo code. But the point is the distro charged full price for it and made no mention of the obvious problems with the jacket), and this piece of garbage is what I was sent. And it figures that this jacket didn’t arrive with seam splits. I actually would’ve be a happier had this jacket had seam splits rather than another record. I would’ve tried to return it for another copy, but was told it was on “back-order.” So in other terms, it was sold out with no chance of coming back in stock.