Emerging from the New York City area, Basic Vacation has begun to make a name for themselves nationally as an indie rock band. Boasting a certain need for guitar-heavy music, they combine a refined sound with their emotions out on the table.
Basic Vacation has influences from all over the place. They are huge Michael Jackson fans and say they have lately been listening to the New Radicals a lot. Also on their list of favorites are Tears for Fears, Jellyfish and Queens of Stone Age.
They formed in May 2012 when their respective bands fell apart and they decided to play together. Their goal is to create their own version of '80s New Wave which is a combination of pop and rock and modern punk. Most of their attention thus far has been due to their debut single, “I Believe,” but anticipation of what is to come from this band is in the works.
The trio is comprised of Chris Greatti on lead and guitar/keys, Jon Paul on the bass and Mike Montalbano playing the drums. They got together as a band a little over a year ago and the young band admits that one of the things that brought them together is the fact that they like to party.
They will be given their first chance to party next Tuesday, Oct. 22 when they play the Belly Up for their first time. The show is free to people 21 and over but costs a $5 fee to anyone under, which coincidentally would apply to all the members of the band if they would be attending the show.
Their breakout track, “I Believe,” is catchy and relatable to basically everyone. They say the song was originally based around a relationship that Jon Paul was in but sort of morphed into describing the feeling they were having about starting a new band. They felt they were not being treated as a band that anyone should take seriously
“When we started jamming and writing songs, we felt that there was something there — we believed,” Greatti told groundsonds.com. “It's pretty cool that with that song it can be interpreted in a lot of ways. And a lot of people can relate to it, which is something we try to achieve in all of our songs.”
For the last year they have been trying to hone in on what it is exactly that they want their sound to become. They started work on the their first EP, self titled, last December and it was finally put out on Oct. 15. The entire process of the recording was in the realm of trial and error.
“We went into a couple different studios recording with various people trying different things,” says Greatti. “We figured out basically how we wanted to do it, and then ultimately got the songs.”
Now that they have their first EP out, Basic Vacation is planning on touring and getting their name out as much as possible. When things calm down again they would like to make their first full-length album.
Basic Vacation is all about taking it one step at a time and they are graciously at the age where they still have plenty of time. They couldn't be more excited about what is to come in their now blossoming career and are still just trying to get used to the fact they have a song that is getting radio play.
John Zelazny can enjoy a fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet. He appreciates your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.