The Vacant lots (US/A Recordings)

 The Vacant Lots  © Samuel Quinn

The Vacant Lots © Samuel Quinn

The Vacant Lots (Psychedelic/Minimal)

Territory : Asia 

American duo The Vacant Lots released their debut album ‘Departure’ via Sonic Cathedral in 2014. ‘Departure’ was mixed and mastered by former Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom and follows previous single releases on Mexican Summer, Reverberation Appreciation Society and a split 10" with Suicide’s Alan Vega on Fuzz Club. 

In 2016 they released their Berlin EP on A Recordings which was recorded in Anton Newcombe’s studio in Berlin. Anton had the band support the Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2014 and so impressed with their sound offered to produce this 4 track EP. This release takes the monochrome sound of the Vacant Lots and adds a layer of Berlin chill to the mix of all 4 tracks .

The key element of The Vacant Lots’ minimalist, primitive rock’n’roll songs is their boundless energy, which tears up the psych template with a genuine punk spirit. This minimal means maximum effect’ aesthetic is something they have developed over the past few years, not least by continuing as a two-piece.  

The notion of duality is also a recurring theme, whether in the band’s fiercely monochrome artwork or their lyrics, which deal with life and death, love and loss and the human condition. Poetic, but with a streetwise swagger; psych, but with a punk attitude. To this end,

Brian spends most of his spare time working with electronics, building pedals and custom effects. Jared’s extra-curricular activities are based around painting and the written word. He had his first book of poetry ‘Empty Space’ published in the same year the band’s debut album, ’Departure’ was released.

These eight songs wrestle free of that assumption, flying off in myriad directions.
A fine debut from Vermont psych-punks, The Vacant Lots – thrilling and inventive
— Louder than War