Ves­sels were run­ning on empty af­ter trip

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

VES­SELS are shat­tered, fi­nan­cially broke and emo­tion­ally drained af­ter record­ing their new al­bum. A month of solid record­ing in a sweat-box Texas stu­dio through a sum­mer heat­wave left them near to break­ing point. But that will not stop the Leeds post-rock­ers un­veil­ing their new al­bum He­lio­scope at The Lemon Tree on Tues­day. Gui­tarist Tom Evans said: “It cost us £10,000 to record the al­bum out in Texas and when we came home the band were bank­rupt. “We recorded in July in Dal­las, the heat was un­be­liev­able. “We can’t af­ford to spend that on the next al­bum. “On top of that we can­not re­ally af­ford to do tours last­ing longer than a fort­night be­cause we all have to work full-time. “It can be frus­trat­ing as we were of­fered a spot at the SXSW fes­ti­val (in Austin, Texas) a cou­ple of years ago. “We were re­ally ex­cited about it un­til the re­al­ity hit us – that we had no money, no la­bel in the States and hardly any­one had heard of us. “But the al­bums make it all worth­while. I own records that are im­por­tant to me, that I have lis­tened to hun­dreds of times. “My hope is that our al­bums could be just as im­por­tant to some­one,” he added. Ves­sels took more than a year writ­ing He­lio­scope be­fore a fran­tic record­ing sched­ule last July. Un­der the guid­ance of renowned pro­ducer John Con­gle­ton they worked in heat in ex­cess of 100C in a cramped stu­dio. Con­gle­ton has pre­vi­ously pro­duced Mod­est Mouse, Smog and Ex­plo­sions in the Sky. The tight, swel­ter­ing con­fines of the stu­dio have seeped into the songs, cre­at­ing a cling­ing, claus­tro­pho­bic at­mos­phere. “With the new al­bum we were try­ing to get away from some of the clas­sic post-rock cliches,” Tom said. “The post-rock genre has stag­nated a bit, with bor­ing slow-core bands. Ves­sels are mov­ing slightly away from chin­stroking ter­ri­tory and into toe-tap­ping.”

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