Say Psych: Track Review: The Vacant Lots – Fracture

‘Fracture’ is the second single to come from Interzone, the third full-length album by New York’s electro post-punk duo The Vacant Lots which genre-blends a synthesis of dance and psych, made for secluded listeners and all-night partygoers; meant for headphones and the club. 

Created with aid from Alan Vega’s Arp synthesier and mixed by Maurizio Baggio (Boy Harsher), it continues the bands mission of “minimal means maximum effect” to create an industrial amalgam of icy electronics and cold beats with detached vocals and hard hitting guitars, delving into escapism, isolation, relationship conflicts, and decay with nods to William S. Burroughs and a Joy Division song along the way.  “Interzone is like existing between two zones,” Jared says. “Interzone doesn’t mean one thing. It can mean different things to different people depending on their interpretation. Working on this album was a constant struggle reconciling internal conflicts with all that’s going on externally in the world. Interzone in one word is duality.”

‘Fracture’ sees the band build upon these themes alongside the experimental morphing of a proto-punk classic. “I lifted the ending of Marquee Moon & played it backwards to get that lead guitar riff in the song.” Jared explains. “It’s a song for all the loners & lovers. It deals with the duality of being in a relationship. the highs & lows. communications & miscommunications. There is always some kind of conflict within a relationship, but I see in the lyrics like a film that deals with the initial feelings of love & attraction & the inevitable fall & deterioration of those feelings. What once was liberating & free is now trapped and imprisoned set to a driving, up all night on the highway beat “

The track is an intoxicating blend of post-punk darkness with an infectious dance beat that permeates to the core. The juxtaposition of the two styles creates a polarity within that will appeal universally and attract a new wave of fans to the band, whilst pleasing their cult-esq following.

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