»Interzone« is the third full-length album by New York's electro post-punk duo The Vacant Lots, to be released via Fuzz Club on June 26th 2020. A genre-blending synthesis of dance and psych, »Interzone« is made for secluded listeners and all-night partygoers, meant for headphones and the club. Uninhibited by the limitations of two people and continuing their mission of »minimal means maximum effect«, The Vacant Lots' Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen create an industrial amalgam of icy electronics and cold beats with detached vocals and hard hitting guitars.
'Interzone's trance-like opener »Endless Rain« and the kinetic Krautrock stomper »Into The Depths« are followed by scintillating dark disco anthems »Rescue« and »Exit«. Side 2 kicks off with 80's synth-pop track »Fracture« and haunting after-hours minimal wave '»Payoff«, while »Station« and album closer »Party's Over« deal with disillusionment and conquering one's indifference to make real change.
The album creates order from chaos and delves into escapism, isolation, relationship conflicts, and decay. With nods to William S. Burroughs and Joy Division's song of the same name, »Interzone is like existing between two zones«, Jared says. »Interzone doesn't mean one thing. It can mean different things to different people depending on their interpretation. Working on this album was a constant struggle reconciling internal conflicts with all that's going on externally in the world. Interzone, in one word, is duality.«
On Interzone, the band produced the 8 songs, 30 minutes record and teamed up with long term collaborators Ivan Liechti who designed the album artwork, and Ted Young who engineered the record. Maurizio Baggio mixed the record and contributed additional production and it was mastered by Gianni Peri. 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 their two EPs, »Berlin« and »Exit«, with Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe at his studio in Berlin. The group has toured with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Suicide, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Growlers, Dean Wareham, The Dandy Warhols, and Spectrum.