We’re pleased to announce that American duo The Vacant Lots will release their debut album ‘Departure’ via Sonic Cathedral on June 30, 2014 – and July 1 in the US, our first ever Stateside release. It will be available on limited-edition half-black, half-white vinyl, CD and as a digital download.

The news was announced today on Brooklyn Vegan and The 405, who also premiered the video for album opener ‘Mad Mary Jones’.

‘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’.

They support Dean on his dates in Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia this weekend. See the Gigs page for venue and ticket details. Check back soon for pre-order information and details of UK and European live dates.