Posted on October 16 2020
Previously unreleased track from Brooklyn synth/post-punk duo remixed by BRMC guitarist and vocalist. Out now as a limited 7" with an etched B-side
Arriving off the back of their recent 'Interzone' LP, The Vacant Lots are today releasing a remixed version of 'Departure' which has been produced by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Levon Been. A long-standing crowd-favourite, the track is now set for a release for the very first time and is bolstered by the remixing duties of the BRMC guitarist and vocalist, whom The Vacant Lots became close friends with after both bands toured together on several occasions (Levon Been often joining them on stage for the track ‘6AM’). You can stream the remix below and pick up the 7" here.
Blending proto-punk and psych as effortlessly as you’d expect from a Vacant Lots release, the ‘Departure’ remix sees throbbing Nightclubbing-esque electronics interlaced with distorted, hard-hitting guitars and vocals that are just as snarling as they are detached. First conceived when The Vacant Lots were writing their 2014 ‘Departure’ LP but left unreleased and having now evolved over the years since, the song became a staple of the band’s visceral live performances and is now set for a long-overdue vinyl release in the form of a 7” with an etched B-side that’s limited to 500 copies.
Talking about the ‘Departure’ remix – mastered by Maurizio Baggio (Boy Harsher, The Soft Moon, Merchandise) and housed in stark, minimalistic artwork by longtime visual collaborator Ivan Liechti – The Vacant Lots’ Jared Artaud, says: “In order to translate our recorded songs into our live set we continually have to reinterpret our music and transform them, since there are only two of us. However, with this remix, Robert has done the reverse and brought the live spirit of this song back into the recorded one. It's something only he can do. He added some sounds that truly make it more dynamic and powerful. It's an honor to collaborate with someone from one of my favorite bands of all time.”