By Madi Heath
The electro-dream/psychedelic pop band Vacationer was welcomed to Denver with their first sold out show of their tour at the Larimer Lounge. After releasing their new album, “Mindset,” they began their North American tour in their hometown of Philadelphia. With popular songs like “Magnetism” and “Entrance” from this new album, the audience was excited to hear the new mixed in with the old. They didn’t neglect older favorites such as “Paradise Waiting” and “Good as New,” which received applause from the crowd along with numerous voices singing along. It seemed that everyone in attendance was blissful and happy just to be there, which was a refreshing feeling for a Tuesday night.
On top of making music and touring with the band, lead singer and bassist Kenny Vasoli hosts a music podcast available on their website entitled “Wax On,” In which he talks vinyl collections, playlists, and inspirations with his partner Miss Lina. With a playlist that revolves around the same dreamy rock vibes that their most recent album does, the most recent podcasts talks of this inspiration that Ken got when writing songs from “Mindset.”
The show itself was energetic when necessary and calm and vibe-y during the remaining time. People were there to listen and enjoy all of their music in a small venue, up close and personal with the tunes Vacationer had for them. Nearing the end of their set, Kenny made note that he was aware of shows and how bands “encore,” to which he said, “fuck that,” and finished the show with his encore songs on a bright and happy note. The band ended the show with their most listened-to song to date, “Good as New,” right after dedicating the performance to all of the “puppy dogs of Denver, Colorado.” The energy was translated from Ken to the audience while he danced and sang and thought about cute puppies. Vacationer brought an incredibly fun and friendly feel to Denver in the middle of the week. Their new album, “Mindset,” is definitly worth a listen.