- 24 Oct 22
Just ahead of the anniversary of their debut gig, Limerick based band, Vacuity, have released their debut LP.
Young Limerick rockers, Vacuity, have today released their debut album titled Lismullane.
Consisting of Seth Collins (vocals/bass/guitar), Ben Young (vocals/bass/guitar), Daniel Blake (guitar), and Conor Brennan (drums), the young band have been knocking around for just under a year, debuting on Halloween of 2021. Yet, the group have gained serious traction due to their unwillingness to slow down.
With a undefinable sound, think punk/alt-metal/indie-rock with a tinge of "broken white boy" as they described themselves in a previous Hot Press interview. Regardless of category, it's undeniable that Vacuity have come on leaps and bounds since their first Lucky Lane gig.
Within the last year, the band have released a slew of catchy singles, their debut EP, Bull in a Chinashop, and now their debut album.
The album boasts a much different and more mature sound to it's EP predecessor, moving away from the alternative metal/punk roots they started with and now into more of a shoegaze, emo and post-hardcore. The band admit they take heavy inspiration from the likes of Deftones, Title Fight, Narrowhead and Limerick's own Casavettes.
Lismullane is an effortlessly convincing release. It drives home that these kids aren't just messing around in a band for the laugh, but instead are taking their love for crating music seriously. Songs like 'Can't Afford Life Despite Living in Castletroy lol' showcase how clued in these youngsters are to the world around them - perfectly illustrating how much of a voice the youth can provide to socio-economic issues.
'Bath', 'I'm Not Lawrence Fishbourne', and a personal favourite 'Doghouse' show off a more relaxed and heartfelt side to the band, exploring their musical ability and vocal strength, while songs like 'Bold and Brash' and opening track 'Closure' pack a riff driven punch, which the band is well-known for.
"The album and it’s songs are focused on hardship," Seth explained. "Many of the songs are surround themes of social anxiety, feelings of isolation, thoughts of self harm and much more. The songs on this album were a great outlet for us and we can’t wait to share with our friends and family something that we’re so proud of.”
Ben reiterates that feeling of pride, saying: "Being able to actually go into a studio with some of my friends and coming out of it with something I'm truly proud of is an absolute dream come true."
The cover art for Lismullane is a photograph of Seth's mother standing in front of her family home of the same name. “I wanted to show respect and show that I love my mother for who she has become and what she has overcome but I find words hard sometimes," Seth emotionally states. "I hope this can help get my message across."
Guitarist Daniel Blake confirms the unfortunate but understandable news that the quartet will be taking a hiatus after the release of this album. "I’m looking forward to playing the songs live but it’s a shame we only have a few shows to promote that before a short hiatus," Blake said.
Catch Vacuity at the Record Room in Limerick on Thursday, October 27, for their final Limerick show before taking a breather.
Lismullane is out now. Check it out below.