Hot off the heels of their recent tour with The Dandy Warhols, The Vacant Lots are heading to Europe for headline shows and a couple support shows with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in support of their new single “Bells.”
Bells is a track from the forthcoming EXIT EP released soon on A Recordings. The EP was recorded when the band had 3 days off in Berlin in 2017 and was recorded with Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) before they went on tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club that year. Anton Newcombe plays Bass, Synths, Guitars and Vocals on Bells as well as producing this track.
The video has a slightly vintage feel, with grainy VHS effects quality that matches the synth heavy sound which drives the track. Even so, it’s a more uplifting sound with is very reminiscent of Joy Division, but maybe if they were on Prozac.
The Vacant Lots are an American psych-electronic duo comprised of Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen. The key element of The Vacant Lots’ minimalist, primitive rock and roll songs is their boundless energy, which tears up the psych template with a genuine punk spirit. The notion of duality is also a recurring theme in the band’s minimal means maximum effect aesthetic, whether in their lyrics or fiercely monochromatic artwork.
The group has collaborated with underground music legends including; Sonic Boom (who mixed their debut album Departure), Alan Vega of Suicide (who’s vocals are featured on the band’s second album Endless Night) and Anton Newcombe who has recorded and produced 2 EPs at his Cobra Studio in Berlin with the band.
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