Posted on February 19 2021
The Vacant Lots mark the release of the second pressing of ‘Interzone’ with a new video
Alongside the release of the second pressing of their ‘Interzone’ LP, Brooklyn synth/post-punk duo The Vacant Lots are today sharing a new video for the track ‘Party’s Over’. ‘Interzone’ was released last year to high-praise – counting the likes of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins amongst its supporters – and the second pressing is officially released today. Pressed on 180g ultra-clear vinyl with black splatter, it also includes a bonus 7” containing a remix of ‘Into The Depths’ by Cold Cave, recently released digitally. Out now, you can watch the ‘Party’s Over’ video below and pick up the new pressing here.
Talking about the new video, the director Browzan (Christopher Brown) says: “I’ve always loved 70s/80s video art, especially in New York and particularly the work of Ernie Gehr. The Vacant Lots’ previous videos felt authentically avant-garde, using VHS, textures and colour schemes synonymous with that time. This inspired me to make my own version for a band that, for me, genuinely represents the New York underground. The video is all filmed on VHS with no plug-ins.”
Uninhibited by the limitations of two people and continuing their mission of “minimal means maximum effect,” on their third full-length ‘Interzone’ The Vacant Lots’ Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen created an industrial amalgam of icy electronics and cold beats with detached vocals and hard hitting guitars. With nods to William S. Burroughs and Joy Division’s song of the same name, the album creates order from chaos and delves into escapism, isolation, relationship conflicts, and decay. 'Party's Over', the album’s hazy, slow-burning closing track, deals with disillusionment and conquering one’s indifference to make real change.
On the track, Artaud states: “I wanted to make the lyrics count. What got me started was thinking about Donald Trump. He's like hitting rock bottom. But like most of my writing, the song isn't just about one thing. The further I went with the song the more I started to explore life/death. I was thinking if we don't get our shit together we aren't gonna be here much longer. But then it hit me - it's also the ultimate breakup song. As for the music, we wanted it to sound like how it feels coming home at 5 AM after being out all night.”
Since they formed in 2009, The Vacant Lots have released singles with Mexican Summer and Reverberation Appreciation Society, collaborated on their debut album 'Departure' with Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom, their second album 'Endless Night' with Alan Vega, and most recently on Damage Control, which combines their two EPs, 'Berlin' and 'Exit', with Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe. The group has toured with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Suicide, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500), The Dandy Warhols, and Spectrum.
The critically-acclaimed ‘Interzone’ saw them sign to London-based label Fuzz Club Records. After selling out the first time around the second vinyl pressing is out today on ultra-clear vinyl with black and white splatter. The repress also including a bonus 7” that features a remix of ‘Into The Depths’ by darkwave trailblazer Cold Cave.