Linking mesmeric shoegaze with 60s psychedelica, The Vacant Lots are releasing their debut album 'Departure' next week on June 30 via the excellent Sonic Cathedral label. And it's hard to believe how a mighty racket like this can emerge from just two people, Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen. 'Departure' was mixed and mastered by Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom and features Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500) on guitar. The primal, adrenaline-fuelled blast of 'Mad Mary Jones' opens the LP with melodic, interlocking riffs, frazzled vocals, and a raw, trashy drum sound that can be heard throughout much of the album. An alternative version of the song is released on one side of a very limited 7"single on Fuzz Club Records, which features a track from Suicide legend Alan Vega on the flipside.