With four albums under their belt, The Vacant Lots follows their minimal is maximal aesthetic, coalescing into dark bedroom anthems for loners and lovers with nods to 70s/80s punk and nightclub music ala Joy Division, Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, Depeche Mode, and New Order.
Long-time supporter and godfather of punk Iggy Pop perhaps perfectly articulated The Vacant Lots’ ethos when spinning the band on his BBC 6 Music show: “I like The Vacant Lots. They try a number of things to just make a musical mood. They’re really not going for ‘this is pop’ or ‘this is dance’ or ‘yeah man rock n roll’ or whatever it is. They just create a nice mood wherever they go.”
Across the record’s 8 tracks, the duo offers ethereal metallic synths and blistering electronics driven by disco-on-downers dance beats lashed with gutter-rock guitar riffs and icy detached vocals with evocatively concise and lacerating lyrics.
Favourite tracks: Paradise, Destruction, Ashes, Evacuation, Endgame…
Interiors is out now via Fuzz Club Records. Get your copy here and stream it below.
Photo credit: Chris Hogge