The Vacant Lots 'Berlin EP'
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