Available on clear 180GRM vinyl .
The American duo The Vacant Lots , release their first 4 track 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 & so impressed with their sound offered to produce & remix this 4 track EP (also helping out on guitar, bass & synths too) .
This release takes the monochrome sound of the Vacant Lots and adds a layer of Berlin chill to the mix of all 4 tracks. Featuring lyrics from Jeffery Lee Pierce on the 1st track 'Promise Me' to the disconnected vocals of Astrid Carter on 'Verschwinden' . Then to the shoegazing 'Land ' & finishing with the throbbing beats of 'Funeral Rites'.
The band are supporting the release of this EP, with few dates (see below) . 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.
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 2014.
1. Promise Me
2. Funeral Rites