Kenny Vasoli has come a very long since he was the fresh-faced frontman of Drive-Thru Records pop-punk darlings The Startling Line. These days, the 34-year-old Pennsylvania producer (and former Person L principal) makes heady electro-pop under the Vacationer moniker.
On June 22, he released Vacationer's third full-length, Mindset. It's the first Vacationer album since 2014's Relief (we're still tripping over the Don Ho samples on 2012's Gone), and it's also the first Vacationer release to have its own signature weed.
Last week, the band announced that it had teamed up with award-winning Sonoma County craft-cannabis grower Cherry Kola Farms to breed "Mindset," a custom strain of cannabis that's a combination of Headband, Pineapple OG and Banana Kush.
"I've been a cannabis advocate for all of my adult life. Now I've been given this chance to tailor a strain of marijuana with experts of the craft," Vasoli said of the project. "The combination of strains that we landed on were selected specifically for the benefits it would have on 'Mindset.' Those strains are all carry euphoric, happy and creative effects. Those are the positive aspects of marijuana that I want to emphasize. I want the people who try this strain to have a positive mental experience and to feel comfortable in the creative side of their brain.”
"Mindset" will be available in California come fall, so no chance of even sniffing it when Vacationer heads to Orlando on August 14 for the only Florida stop of its fall tour. More info — and a stream of the album — is available below.
Vacationer w/Sego. Tues. Aug. 14. 7 p.m. $17-$20. The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. ticketfly.com.