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The full-length (and Keeled Scales) debut of Atlanta’s Lunar Vacation, “Inside Every Fig Is a Dead Wasp” arrives less than a week after the band’s hometown Shaky Knees set—one of the festival’s best, if you ask us. Co-founding song writers, vocalists and guitarists Grace Repasky and Maggie Geeslin lead the four-piece, who teamed with Grouplove’s Daniel Gleason to record their first album.

The result melds the timelessly bright and precise melodies of Alvvays with breezy psychedelia and intimate, singer/songwriter-style introspection—elements that combine to irresistible effect on tracks like lead single “Shrug.” Listening to this record feels like reuniting with an old friend, entering a space where your triumphs are celebrated and your troubles are gently lifted off your chest. 

Like their EP’s, this full album contains awesome songs that take me to a relaxing “island on the moon”. Grace is a true artist, and the music with Maggie and the other bandmates is the best in the Atlanta/ Athens, GA scene. 

released October 29, 2021

Grace Repasky
Maggie Geeslin
Matteo DeLurgio
Connor Dowd
Ben Wulkan

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Lunar Vacation’s Gears takes the band in a darker direction – while still bringing their classic and recognisable silky vocals along for the ride.

There is a consistent, plaintive questioning quality to Lunar Vacation’s lyrics, and Gears is no different – with its charming meta references. Though the bridge is reminiscent of early Lunar Vacation (think Blue Honey or The Basement), Gears’ synthesizer sounds a bit more like Roses by ABRA than Lunar Vacation’s other hits, as the sharp percussion and bass transition gives a welcome edge. We’re grateful, of course, for Grace Repasky’s vocals – the consistent thread throughout their career thus far.

The singles that have been released are a cohesive mesh of references (we see you Wilco!), delicious bass hooks and bouncing synth lines. It’s an understatement to say Lunar Vacation does indie pop in the best way. We find ourselves relating to the lyrics, while the instrumental never fails to make us dance and shake our heads – an ode to youth, change and welcomed complications.

Produced by Daniel Gleason of Grouplove, Lunar Vacation’s debut full-length “Inside Every Fig is a Dead Wasp” is a vibrant offering of melodious guitars, propulsive rhythm, and fitful, gripping vocals that take on the contemporary strain of coming of age. The album boasts a celebratory sound, a reckless sense of ecstasy specific to fluid youth, and rock solid-friendship. Drawing from early influences like Rilo Kiley and Tame Impala, and landing a little closer to contemporary favourites like Alvvays and Slow Pulp, Lunar Vacation make bright music replete with bliss. Grace Repasky (songwriter / vocalist / guitarist) and Maggie Geeslin (songwriter / vocalist/ guitarist) met in the eighth grade and immediately began sharing their own music. By the time they were old enough to drive, Lunar Vacation was born. The pair forged demo after demo, took to as many stages as Atlanta could offer them, and added Matteo DeLurgio (synth) and Connor Dowd (drums) to sonically match their songs’ increasingly vibrant spirit. Shortly after graduating high school, Lunar Vacation self-released two EPs — “Swell” and “Artificial Flavors” — which landed them quick critical attention, millions of organic streams.

“Gears” by Lunar Vacation From their debut album ‘Inside Every Fig is a Dead Wasp’ via Keeled Scales Records.

We’re thrilled to share we’ve signed the mighty Atlanta band Lunar Vacation! They’ve been building something really special over the past several years and we’re excited to work with them. For now, check out the energetic video for “Shrug.” It includes playful Super 8 footage of the band in their neighbourhood in Atlanta, interspersed with psychedelic animation by John J. Andrews (of the Yawns). 

To celebrate signing to Austin-based indie label Keeled Scales, Atlanta-based rock quartet Lunar Vacation shared a new single and video, the sunny, yet circumspect “Shrug.” Though its title may evoke apathy, “Shrug” is more about growing beyond a simplistic, black-and-white perspective. “I look back now and realize that this song was a pivotal moment in delving into self-identity and ultimately identifying as a non-binary person,” says songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Grace Repasky in a statement. “The more I tried to fit into a box, the more I felt out of place. Reconstructing thinking patterns and unlearning a binary outlook is a lifelong journey, and I think ‘Shrug’ is a documented beginning for me.” Produced by Daniel Gleason of Grouplove, “Shrug” is cleverly built on a binary guitar progression, sliding back and forth between two woozy chords in its verses, only to grow more complex in its choruses. Repasky’s plucky vocals lend the song a light heart, even as they recall being “Invited but I’ll never show / Sit at home and playing too much Wilco,” and their ease in concluding, “Good or bad, it’s hard to say,” is uplifting and empowering, depicting uncertainty not as something to be afraid of, but as something to embrace. When Repasky sings in its closing moments, “Why don’t you get up and shrug it off?” the song feels less like a shrug and more like a heartening pat on the back. 

Written by Grace Repasky and Maggie Geeslin

Grace Repasky: electric guitar, bass, vocals
Maggie Geeslin: electric guitar
Matteo DeLurgio: auxiliary percussion
Connor Dowd: drums

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Finn Wolfhard’s Band The Aubreys Team Up in collaboration with Atlanta rockers Lunar Vacation, the project takes a more psychedelic turn. The Aubreys is a duo consisting of Wolfhard and his fellow former Calpurnia member, drummer Malcolm Craig. Together with producer Lawrence Rothman, they recorded the track “Getting Better (otherwise)” for The Turning. According to Rothman, the song was influenced by Jay Reatard’s ’90s project The Reatards, which was “blasted” during breaks in their “chaotic 8 hour session.”

It was almost exactly a year ago that Finn Wolfhard revealed his debut track with his post-Calpurnia outfit The Aubreys for the original soundtrack to the Floria Sigismondi feature The Turning. With Calpurnia bandmate Malcolm Craig by his side. The Aubreys Team Up with Lunar Vacation for New Track “No Offerings” from the same session.

“The song pretty much wrote itself, which is real neat,” where the song premiered this afternoon. “The first two lines of the songs are from a text I got from our friend Ben while he was living in New York City for college—literal poetry. So with that, I just wrote the lyrics centred around a person who is trying to find their place in the world, as cliche as that sounds, and all the weird feelings you encounter when doing so. New places, people, things, and feelings—especially in a pandemic.”


“Getting Better (otherwise)” is the latest single released from The Turning OST following Courtney Love’s “Mother”, Soccer Mommy’s “Feed”, and Pale Waves’ “Skin Deep”. Take a listen to the first song from Wolfhard’s The Aubreys via the in-studio music video below.

Directed by Floria Sigismondi, The Turning opens in theatre’s January 24th. The soundtrack — which also features Warpaint, Kali Uchis, Alison Mosshart, Kim Gordon, Living Things with Sunflower Bean, Cherry Glazerr, and others