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Fuzz Club Eindhoven 2019: Kikagaku Moyo + The Soft Moon + Iceage e.a.

Fuzz Club, organised by the label of the same name in partnership with Eindhoven Psych Lab, in that city’s imperious Effenaar venue, is ostensibly a ‘psych fest’. It’s a little steelier than most, perhaps – there is more psychedelia of the skull-crushing, motoric and guitar-based variety than there are whacked-out interdimensional synth voyages – but psychedelia it remains.

In the wider world, psych is somewhat on the wane in 2018, having hit a soaring high four or five years ago. In Liverpool, the annual International Festival of Psychedelia – one of Europe’s largest – was the undisputed daddy of the Scouse music calendar, a cosmic celebration imbued with a sense of starry-eyed optimism, a friendliness and community spirit.

After last year’s Fuzz Club Eindhoven, and before our ears had even stopped ringing, The Fuzz Club promoters began working on round two. Today we’re unbelievably excited to share the first seventeen bands who are set to play at FCE19 – taking place once again at the Effenaar over August 23rd-24th. You can find the line-up as it stands as well as a link to early-bird tickets below.

So, topping the bill will be everyone’s favourite Japanese mavericks Kikagaku Moyo, who will be bringing their transcendental blend of minimalist psychedelia, Eastern folk and krautrock. Also joining them will be Iceage and their twisted post-punk drawl and The Soft Moon, whose pounding cocktail of industrial, EBM and darkwave will be shaking floors in the early hours.

On top that there will be The KVB’s icy synth-pop, the shadowy drone-rock of Tess Parks and shoegazing legends The Warlocks and The Telescopes. Plus further Japanese hypnosis courtesy of Minami Deutsch, synth-punk workouts from Rendez-Vous and droning garage-psych from Alan Vega proteges The Vacant Lots. Oakland cosmonauts Lumerians, Chilean heavyweights Vuelveteloca and South African noise-pop duo Medicine Boy. We’ll also be bringing back Berlin post-punk outfit The Underground Youth and Porto krautrockers 10 000 Russos.

Bands for 2019 + more to be announced
Kikagaku Moyo, The Soft Moon, Iceage, The KVB, Tess Parks, The Underground Youth, The Warlocks, The Telescopes, The Vacant Lots, Lumerians , Whispering Sons, Rendez-Vous, Iguana Death Cult, Minami Deutsch, 10 000 Russos, Medicine Boy en Vuelveteloca.

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Pre-Order: The Vacant Lots - Departure

Alan Vega protégés The Vacant Lots are a NYC-via-Vermont duo comprised of Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen. Their minimalist-yet-primitive rock’n’roll and sprawling psychedelic drones have seen them pick up international acclaim and go on to collaborate with an impressive roster of underground music royalty such as Vega, Anton Newcombe, Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3/Spectrum and Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500. 

Their 2014 debut ‘Departure’, originally released by Sonic Cathedral, (produced by Sonic Boom) was what kick-started it all and London imprint Fuzz Club are delighted to be reissuing the record, following a previous partnership with the band for a split 10” with Vega himself. On their debut, The Vacant Lots deliver a primal hit of darkly hypnotic rock’n’roll with a repetitive and utterly formidable proto-punk gusto – reflecting back on the album it’s pretty easy to see why the duo went on to become so revered.

Fuzz Club Records will be reissuing the album as a double LP and the D-side includes two amazing remixes from Alan Vega and Anton Newcombe.

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The Vacant Lots “Night Nurse” taken from the Endless Night LP .Our debut album Departure out July 1 via Sonic Cathedral & mixed by Sonic Boom, The key element of The Vacant Lots’ minimalist, primitive rock’n’roll songs is their boundless energy, which tears up the psych template with a genuine punk spirit.

The Vacant Lots will be releasing their sophomore album “Endless Nights” on April 21st. To ramp up excitement, the band have shared the video for ‘Suicide Note’, a track which features vocals by the late Alan Vega of the band Suicide .

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 realised it was a perfect fit. “His wife said, it was like Alan was guiding us from beyond the grave.”

The band’s debut album Departure (Sonic Cathedral, 2014) was mixed and mastered by former Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom. Their most recent EP, Berlin, (A Recordings, 2016) was produced by The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, who invited The Vacant Lots to record in his studio and play as BJM’s main tour support in 2014.

The video was directed by Shane McKenzie and Sophie Blazey.

The Vacant Lots
“Suicide Note” (Vocals by Alan Vega)
Endless Night LP on Metropolis Records

From The Vacant Lots’ remix 7″ which is released on March 16th, 2015. Featuring re-workings of tracks from the debut album ‘Departure’ by the band’s heroes Alan Vega (Suicide) and Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre).

‘Departure’ was mixed and mastered by former Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom and follows previous single releases on Mexican Summer and The Reverberation Appreciation Society, plus an appearance on our very own ‘Psych For Sore Eyes’ EP, now recognised as a landmark release in the burgeoning new psychedelic movement.

The key element of The Vacant Lots’ minimalist, primitive rock’n’roll songs is their boundless energy, which tears up the psychedelic rock template with a genuine punk spirit. Combine that with the use of synths and drum machines, and it’s not surprising to see why the band have won over Suicide’s Alan Vega, with whom they will be working very soon. Another famous friend is former Galaxie 500 and Luna frontman (and now Sonic Cathedral labelmate) Dean Wareham, who plays guitar on the album track ‘Tomorrow’.  Check back soon for pre-order information and details of UK and European live dates.

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American duo The Vacant Lots release their debut album ‘Departure’ via Sonic Cathedral on June 30, 2014 (UK/EU) and July 1, 2014 (US). It will be available on limited-edition half-black, half-white vinyl, CD and as a digital download. ‘Departure’ was mixed and mastered by former Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom and follows previous single releases on Mexican Summer and The Reverberation Appreciation Society, plus an appearance on our very own ‘Psych For Sore Eyes’ EP, now recognised as a landmark release in the burgeoning new psychedelic movement.

The key element of The Vacant Lots’ minimalist, primitive rock’n’roll songs is their boundless energy, which tears up the psychedelic rock template with a genuine punk spirit. Combine that with the use of synths and drum machines, and it’s not surprising to see why the band have won over Suicide’s Alan Vega, with whom they will be working very soon. Another famous friend is former Galaxie 500 and Luna frontman (and now Sonic Cathedral label mate) Dean Wareham, who plays guitar on ‘Tomorrow’.

The Vacant Lots recently supported Dean on his US East Coast dates and they will be heading to the UK as guests of The Brian Jonestown Massacre in June and July this year, before further European dates and festival appearances in September. – Sonic Cathedral Records

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The band Name: The Vacant Lots have a new track available  with a superb remix coutesy of Alan Vega the band from Burlington, Vermont are Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen. Why now? The pair are releasing a new seven-inch only single on 16th March featuring this collaboration with Suicide’s Alan Vega well the original is influenced by the band and a remix of Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe Never Satisfied. Meanwhile the duo kick off UK dates on 10 March at Portsmouth’s Fat Fox.
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Filmed, directed and edited by Stephanie Elizabeth Third, Check out The Vacant Lots new video for the Alan Vega remix of ”6 AM.” The track is featured in their upcoming album which includes tracks from their debut album ”Departure” remixed from  Alan Vega(Suicide) and Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre). Pre-order the new album by visiting Sonic Cathedral‘s web store and listen to more The Vacant Lots music by visiting theirbandcamp page.

What strikes me about this record is that I love it immediately.  I look forward to seeing the band take this out on the road. American duo The Vacant Lots release their debut album ‘Departure’ via Sonic Cathedral on June 30, 2014 . Mixed and mastered by former Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom and follows previous single releases on Mexican Summer and The Reverberation Appreciation Society, plus an appearance on our very own ‘Psych For Sore Eyes’ EP, now recognised as a landmark release in the burgeoning new psychedelic movement.

The key element of The Vacant Lots’ minimalist, primitive rock’n’roll songs is their boundless energy, which tears up the psychedelic rock template with a genuine punk spirit. Combine that with the use of synths and drum machines, and it’s not surprising to see why the band have won over Suicide’s Alan Vega, with whom they will be working very soon. Another famous friend is former Galaxie 500 and Luna frontman (and now Sonic Cathedral label mate) Dean Wareham, who plays guitar on ‘Tomorrow’.
The Vacant Lots recently supported Dean on his US East Coast dates and they were support to the UK as guests of The Brian Jonestown Massacre in June and July this year, 

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The Vacant Lots initially came together in 2009 in their hometown of Burlington, Vermont, and made their recorded debut a couple years later with the ‘Confusion’ single, which was highly praised. This minimalist aesthetic is something they have developed over the past few years, not least by continuing as a two-piece. “We auditioned other guitarists and bass players early on, but were never able to find that connection with another member,” explains percussionist/singer Brian MacFadyen. “There are certain limitations imposed on two people, but the level of unspoken connection between us has allowed the process of everything to be quite efficient.” Guitarist/singer Jared Artaud agrees: “We are able to strip it down until the music becomes elementary and essential, until every note counts. We are constantly trying to explore the limits of what two people can do with sound.” 

American duo The Vacant Lots release their debut album ‘Departure’ via Sonic Cathedral on June 30, 2014 (UK/EU) and July 1, 2014 (US). It will be available on limited-edition half-black, half-white vinyl, CD and as a digital download. ‘Departure’ was mixed and mastered by former Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom and follows previous single releases on Mexican Summer and The Reverberation Appreciation Society, plus an appearance on our very own ‘Psych For Sore Eyes’ EP, now recognised as a landmark release in the burgeoning new psychedelic movement.