The Vacant Lots will be releasing their sophomore album Endless Nights on April 21. Today they share the video for “Suicide Note,” which features vocals by Alan Vega. The band explain, “a few weeks before his sudden death in 2016, Jared visited Alan’s Manhattan apartment to play the finished album, since Alan was going to write lyrics and record vocals for ‘Suicide Note.’ After he passed away, the band received permission to go through Vega’s vault to find a vocal track for the song. After selecting an unreleased Vega track, they played it with the instrumental version of “Suicide Note” and realized it was a perfect fit. His wife said, it was like Alan was guiding us from beyond the grave.” The video premiered via Stereogum who called the single “a total gem” said, “Although originally two separate entities, the vocals and music bleed together flawlessly. Vega, who was one half of the electronic proto-punk duo Suicide, delivers a snarling growl atop the band’s funk-tinged arrangements. The song feels old yet timeless, playing up the guitars and organs of ’60s psychedelia in a way that both pays homage to it and gives it a new life.” Read more here and watch “Suicide Note” here.
The video was directed by Shane McKenzie & Sophie Blazey. Vacant Lots is the duo of Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen and Endless Night (Metropolis) is the band’s follow up to their 2014 debut Departure. On the new LP the NYC/Burlington, VT-based band continues to channel the pair’s dual power through their minimal means maximum effect aesthetic. Endless Night is a bridge of two worlds with one foot firmly placed in hard-hitting rock and roll, and the other in the realm of electronic dance. The band have previously shared the album track “Night Nurse” which showcases The Vacant Lots’ dark electro psych approach as it captures recurring notions of duality through a dizzying and hypnotic blast of guitar riffs and revved-up electronics.
Endless Night was born through travels around the world with intensive writing sessions in Brooklyn, California and New Jersey. These came in-between supporting Suicide in New York City at Webster Hall, and extensive European tours throughout 2015 and 2016. Initial recording sessions commenced with Ted Young in Brooklyn, but the final mixing and production was done when Artaud and MacFadyen were given a set of keys to the studio and left to their own devices.
The Vacant Lots will be touring in support of Endless Night.