Live Concert Photography: The Vacant Lots with Heavy Birds and Warpark at Sunnyvale 10/25/19
Adhering to quarantines and social distancing guidelines over the past 50 plus days has created quite a bit of free time without many places to go. Admittedly, it’s been profoundly lonely, monotonous and at times incredibly boring — and yet during this time, I’ve managed to be productive. Of course, over the course of this site’s ten year history, I’ve managed to develop a deep archive of unedited photos. Sadly, much of this work has managed to be uncomfortably eerie reminder of some of the things we once had — and won’t get back for the foreseeable future, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last October, I was at Bushwick, Brooklyn venue Sunnyvale to catch a night of local indie rock featuring the New York-based electro psych rock act The Vacant Lots, the Brooklyn-based psych act/space punk act Heavy Birds and the young, emerging New York-based post-punk act Warpark. Check out photos from the show below.
Since their formation in Burlington, VT, The Vacant Lots have developed a reputation for crafting a primal and gritty take one psych rock that draws from and possess elements of punk, Native American drumming early rock ‘n’ roll, The Gun Club and Television. With the release of their first two albums, 2014’s Departure and 2017’s Endless Night, a handful of singles and appearances on Sonic Cathedral Records‘ psych rock compilation Psych for Sore Eyes, and Cleopatra Records‘ Psych Rock Christmas, the duo — Jared Artaud (guitar, vocals, lyrics) and Brian MacFayden (drums, vocals) — quickly earned national and international recognition within the psych rock scene.
Building upon a growing profile, the members of The Vacant lots have opened for and toured with an impressive array of artists including the legendary Sonic Boom (a.k.a. Pete Kember), Galaxie 500, Luna and Dean and Britta’s Dean Wareham, The Growlers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Suicide and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Additionally, they’ve made the rounds of the international psych rock festival scene, playing sets at Levitation Festival, Liverpool Psych Fest, Secret Garden Party and a list of others.
Opening the night was, Warpark, an emerging New York-based post-punk act. According to their Facebook fan page, the New York based trio — Simon Arcenio, Roger Walsh and Nick Ciccantelli — specialize in “making loud, groovy music.” Despite their relative youth, the band has begun to make the rounds locally, frequently opening for the night’s headliner The Vacant Lots.