The psych rock duo recently released their new album, Endless Night, which hosted a track that we haven't stopped playing since, "Suicide Note." Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen who make up The Vacant Lots, wrote the LP during intensive sessions, sandwiched between supporting Suicide at Webster Hall and touring Europe extensively, where they became good friends with the Alan Vega.
The NYC/Vermont band have been sitting on a total gem with “Suicide Note.” Just a few weeks before Vega’s unexpected passing in the summer of 2016, Artaud visited Vega’s apartment to play him their new record, as Vega was set to write and record vocals for “Suicide Note.” Following his death, the band was allowed to go through Vega’s old material and found the perfect track to pair with the song’s pre-existing instrumentation.
Although originally two separate entities, the vocals and music bleed together flawlessly. Vega, who was one half of the electronic proto-punk duo Suicide, delivers a snarling growl atop the band’s funk-tinged arrangements. It sounds timeless. Listen and watch the video for the track below.