Check out Part 1 here.
On the Cameo Gallery stage Kenny Vasoli was like a giddy child on his way to Disney World — he was all smiles, bouncy and upbeat, and so sincerely happy to be there that everyone was in good spirits barely five minutes into the set. Sadly, many bands today seem kind of lifeless and miserable during their performances, or at the very least, plain indifferent. Bands forget that fun is infectious, that what happens on the stage is felt throughout the entire venue. The more electrifying your performance, the more charged your audience.
Maybe it’s the 10 years that Vasoli has spent honing his musical craft, or maybe it’s just in his nature to have a good time; either way, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of watching a band that you enjoy actually enjoy what they do. With that said, here is the second and final part of my interview with Vacationer, where we talk about his inspirational dog Ollie, the vacation that inspired much of the record, Skrillex, and the band’s future.
TMN: What’s your favorite song on Gone?
I’m bad at judging my own lyrics. I try not to make them embarrassing [laughs]. If I’m not embarrassed by reading them, I’ve done a good job. I don’t find anything particularly profound about what I’m saying. I like “Be With You” a lot. I like “Good As New” a lot because that’s the only one that’s not about the girl that was the center of the subject matter of the record and who I’m not really on good terms with anymore unfortunately.
What is “Good As New” about then?
It’s about my dog! [laughs] I got my first dog of my life when I was making the record. And I was feeling good about how I could write a love song about something that wasn’t even a person, but this creature that was giving me so much love. I remember he was in the room while I was writing it.
I wonder if he knows that there’s a Vacationer song dedicated to him.
[Laughs] When I’m away, my parents play Vacationer music for him because it’s my voice and all. And they say he seems to enjoy it [laughs]. But who knows.
You mentioned that you don’t necessarily find your lyrics to be profound. How do you think you’ve changed as a lyricist over the 10+ years you’ve been writing?
I don’t know…I’d like to think that I’ve improved and am definitely less embarrassing. That’s kind of the common thread [laughs]. Forget about the stuff when I was 16 years old, obviously that’s going to have some cheese on it, but even the stuff from when I was 22 and 23, I feel like I needed to be Bob Dylan or Thom Yorke and tried writing super introspective, “inside my head” lyrics that had poetic twists on them. And when you shoot for that too much it can come out pretty awkward. It’s just like… overdoing the vocabulary sometimes.
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