appeared in Probemusic,
Vessels make the most noise, so the proverb goes, but have you ever
stopped to wonder why the vessels were empty? Could it be that some
hedonistic young fools have drunk or snorted the contents? I think
so. In the grand rock tradition, the first Empty Vessels demo was
recorded under the influence and their first gig powered by powder:
"we took a lot of cheap wizz and it just regressed from there."
Vessels are Matt and Marco and producer Ed. "We're trying to persuade
Ed to the join the live band to get rid of the Pet Shop Boys, Soft
Cell, 80s vibe." It's not clear quite what 80s vibe they're talking
about. The two most recent demo tapes have sounded variously like
the late 90s Fall and Jim Morrison karaoke night at Studio 54.
was an attempt to find our more polished, accessible side" Matt
says inexplicably, of new song Death Day which runs "We're all going
to die, die, die, die." The track went down well with the 16-year-olds
who turned up en masse at a Bull & Gate gig (and were never
seen again, mysteriously) but Matt didn't want to distress them,
so he added "don't tell the kids, now" to the rhythm of Who Let
The Dogs Out?
fair to say that Empty Vessels are not your average band. They formed
as a reaction against the clinical trip hop precision of their previous
band with the intention of making a shambolic racket. Until the
recent polished, accessible demo. "Yeah, that sounds really slimy
and careerist, doesn't it? But we're happy with the music and if
we had to make some kind of mealy-mouthed compromise just to succeed
we'd give up."
yeah, just wait til the man from EMI comes knocking. "Ha Ha! We'll
be there with our tongues hanging out and our suits on. But until
then, we'll have our integrity." Best catch them now, then.
Audio and MP3 downloads are available from www.emptyvessels.co.uk