Vessels

Many bands claim to be influenced by electronic music but Leeds post-rocker Vessels genuinely sound as if they were born by a late night liaison between a computer and their guitars. The music, perhaps best heard on new single Elliptic, is a taut balance of rave pulses and post-rock prog outs, as much Kompakt Records as noisy industrialists Swans. The band’s latest EP, featuring by a Modeselektor cover, is due for release on 25 November.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 30 Oct 2013
  • min read
These days, bands claiming to be influenced by electronic music are ten-a-penny.

It’s almost harder to avoid the clamour of digital beats than be exposed to them. But none of these groups can claim to be totally submerged in these sounds. Step forward Leeds post-rock act Vessels.

After ten years together, hundreds of gigs and their White Fields and Open Devices and Helioscope albums, the group’s love of their machines is all encompassing. Not only that, but they steer these beasts into suitably apocalyptic sounding territory where their instruments veer between lust and loathing for each other. It’s a primal, tight balance of rave pulses and guitar heavy wig outs, best heard on forthcoming EP Elliptic.

This new release is Vessel’s first studio recording since their much loved cover of James Holden’s remix of Nathan Fake’s The Sky was Pink and comes equipped with another cover, this time of Modeselektor’s Blue Clouds. It’s indicative of where the band’s collective mindset is heading.

The single is the first fruits of their relationship with producer Richard Formby (Spectrum, Wild Beasts, Darkstar) and is a suitably large statement of intent with a band bristling with big ideas. Check them on tour and our M 30 seconds interview on their inspirations and influences…

We first started writing music because… 
It is a natural step after meeting people with a similar affinity for music. It’s a way of channelling a passion for music with the ability and desire to play, and develop ideas and a musical style based on the fusion of multifarious individual influences. 

We have been making music... 
In various forms since 2000.

Our music is... 
A continually developing mixture of styles based on a collective passion for progressive instrumental and electronic music.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
Caribou, Four Tet, Battles, Mogwai, Border Community, Kompakt, Portico Quartet, Mount Kimbie, Holy Fuck.

Our favourite venue is... 
The Brudenel Social Club, Leeds, UK.

Music is important because... 
It has the capacity to communicate truths and feelings that are much harder if not impossible to convey through other art forms and methods of communication. It fosters collective experience and community. It helps us lose our inhibitions. How could we throw a party without it?!

Our biggest inspiration is... 
Bands that continue developing and making creatively interesting music beyond the teenage dream phase, becoming well-respected and successful in their 40s after struggling for 20 years crafting their own idiosyncratic path through the capricious music industry. E.g - The Flaming Lips, The Walkmen, Caribou, Swans, The National, Low, Mogwai etc.

Our dream collaboration would be with... 
James Holden, Terry Riley and Low. All at once.

To try us out, listen to our song... 
Elliptic.

If we weren’t making music we’d be... 
Drinking too much at other people's gigs.

In 10 years time we want to be...
Still making good music, playing shows and making a living from music.

Full tour dates are below:

Friday 1 November - Ekko Festival, Bergen, Norway (with Mykki Blanco, Actress and Philip Jeck)
Thursday 7 November - Sound Control, Manchester (with From The Kites Of San Quentin)
Monday 11 November - Stylus, Leeds (with Public Service Broadcasting & Galaxians)
Wednesday 20 November - Macbeth, London

 

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