The Vacant Lots release their new single, ‘Paint This City’, on September 22, 2014. It will be available on iTunes and all major download and streaming services.
One of the more synth-based tracks on the Burlington, Vermont-based duo’s debut album ‘Departure’, it is sung by keyboardist/percussionist Brian MacFadyen and was inspired by his time living in Montreal. According to the band it actually started out as a misinterpretation of the chords to Galaxie 500’s classic ‘Tugboat’, but has ended up somewhere in between Mink DeVille’s ‘Spanish Stroll’ and New Order circa ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’.
It comes backed with ‘Departure’, another late-night city song which adds Lou Reed-style street smarts to a punked up 13th Floor Elevators garage snarl. It also follows in the grand tradition of album title tracks that aren’t on the album of the same name @ see also Spacemen 3’s ‘Sound Of Confusion’, The Jesus And Mary Chain’s ‘Psychocandy’, Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’ and Ride’s ‘Going Blank Again’.
Following their UK support tour with The Brian Jonestown Massacre earlier this year, The Vacant Lots will return in late September for a series of dates in the UK and Europe, including a London headline show at the Shacklwell Arms and a slot at the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia.
01. Paint This City
September 12 – Madrid, Spain – Psych Out Fest II
September 13 – Donostia, Spain – Txiki Psych Fest
September 15 – Marseille, France – Machine A Coutre (with White Hills)
September 16 – Grenoble, France – Bauhaus Bar
September 17 – Ravenna, Italy – Hana-bi
September 18 – Terni, Italy – Cosmic Country House
September 19 – Medelana, Italy – Medellin’s Rock Festival
September 23 – Brussels, Belgium – Madame Moustache
September 24 – London, UK – Shacklewell Arms (with Pink Mountaintops and Tess Parks)
September 25 – Rugby, UK – Vault (with One Unique Signal)
September 26 – Liverpool, UK – International Festival Of Psychedelia
September 28 – Southend, UK – The Railway Hotel (with One Unique Signal)
September 29 – Bristol, UK – Start The Bus
October 1 – Barcelona, Spain – BeGood Club (with Elephant Stone)
October 3 – Guimarães, Portugal – Mucho Flow 2014 (with Amen Dunes, Cave and Bitchin’ Bajas)