ABC/Randy HolmesVance Joy is currently on the road supporting his sophomore effort, Nation of Two. The album features the single "Saturday Sun," a song that began with loneliness and became a summery singalong.
"It started off with a guitar riff and me being in hotel rooms and spending lots of time on the road and, I guess, feeling like, 'Ah jeez, I'm sick of just eating dinner alone every night,'" the Australian musician, born James Keogh, tells ABC Radio. "So there was kind of a yearning to it."
When he went to record it in a Malibu studio, though, the California rays gave "Saturday Sun" a more optimistic feel.
"I was working in a studio in Malibu, and I'd catch the Pacific Highway along the coast," Keogh remembers. "I'd drive myself up to the studio every day, and I loved looking over the water. I guess my imagination was taking over and I was imagining meeting someone and making a road trip to see them."
The sun-drenched vibes of "Saturday Sun" should go over well in the venues Vance is playing on tour, which include a number of outdoor pavilions and amphitheaters. And for the next couple shows on his schedule, the party will start with an opening set from Alice Merton.
"She gets the crowd going," Keogh says of the "No Roots" singer. "She's really, really confident and awesome on stage."
"She's a little pocket-rocket, she's dancing around and getting the crowd up and about," he adds. "Which is nice for when you're coming on, the crowd is engaged and they're ready to go."
Vance Joy's tour continues Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York.
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