Vince Palmeri embraces the taboo with latest single, ‘Bad’

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ALBANY — Vince Palmeri is known for pushing the envelope in pop.

The singer, who once said he aims to make pop great again, has continuously evolved his sound. From his first feel good single, “The Rush,” which shook the Capital District’s pop scene with its balmy melodies, to “Painkiller,” an edgier, more explicit take on needing human connection, Palmeri has dabbled into various subcategories of the pop scene, feverishly on the hunt for the sound that feels authentic to him.

Palmeri’s latest single, “Bad,” will touch into the synth-pop sphere. The single, which will release on June 25 and will be available on all major platforms, is the crooner’s attempt at opening the curtain on the emotions and feelings we all know too well — when someone brings out things about yourself that make you uncomfortable, but keeps you coming back for more.

“‘Bad’ is my nod to the taboo,” Palmeri said. “When someone tells me I can’t do something, it automatically makes me want to do it more. So, I think in a lot of ways, when you meet someone who not only brings out the more scandalous parts of you, but does it in a way that makes you want to explore it more, it’s intoxicating.”

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“Bad” is highly dance-centric. Like many of Palmeri’s other songs, it would fit right into a high energy nightclub’s playlist. A self-proclaimed mix of Dua Lipa and The Weeknd, he’s moving more toward the sounds of pop from a decade ago. As he’s evolved in the past few years, he’s rapidly been creating a catalog that would light up any club on a Saturday night; he’s also used his music to express emotions and convey stories from his own life. 

“‘Bad’ actually was written on acoustic guitar with this little chord progression I kept picking at,” Palmeri said. “I kept hearing this sentence in my head, ‘you make me want to be bad, baby,’ and I started writing around that idea. There wasn’t necessarily anything going on in my life that put that sentence in my head — it just found itself into my subconscious and I ran with it because it felt right.”

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to loosen and many venues are now at full capacity again, Palmeri is looking to the summer. He hinted at several new releases in the coming months; a strong summer is on brand for the pop singer. He’s looking forward to getting out to clubs again, letting loose and having some fun after spending 15-plus months relying on social media and virtual shows to market his music.

“I’m trying to be more experimental, especially since ‘Criminal’ was experimental as hell for me,” Palmeri concluded. “I want to breathe some life into the summer and release music that is authentically my sound, but will make people happy.”

To keep up with Palmeri, follow him on Instagram at @vincepalmerimusic.

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