THE VAN PELT Release “Image Of Health” The Next Single Off ‘Artisans & Merchants’ Out March 17


NYC Cult Indie Faves The Van Pelt Release “Image Of Health” The Next Single Off ‘Artisans & Merchants’ Their First New Studio LP In Over 25 Years– Out March 17

UK, EU and NYC Shows Announced

Influential band stands among a select few of the most revered second-wave emo/indie bands of all time including their peers in The Promise Ring, Mineral, Christie Front Drive, Boys Life, Braid, Karate, and Rainer Maria.  

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“Finds the band’s Slint-like mix of post-rock, post-hardcore, and spoken word in fine form. It sounds like it could be stripped straight from the band’s classic ’90s era, and it sounds fresh today too.”- Brooklynvegan

The Van Pelt

“The lines between post-hardcore, indie rock, and emo blurred on the two mid-’90s full-lengths from the Van Pelt.”- Pitchfork

“New York City’s The Van Pelt are an influential, but too often overlooked indie rock band — cult favorites for many an emo-inclined crate digger.”Consequence

“…should be mentioned a lot more than they are when you talk about the history of emo.”- Washed Up Emo

New York City cult indie darlings The Van Pelt have released “Image Of Health” the next single off their upcoming fourth studio full-length, titled ‘Artisans & Merchants,’ which will be released March 17 by Spartan Records in North America, La Castanya in Europe/World and Gringo in the UK.

The album (the band’s first in over 25 years) was recorded and mixed in Summer / Fall 2021 by Jeff Zeigler (The War On Drugs, Kurt Vile) at Uniform Recording in Philadelphia, PA, and features guest appearances by Nate Kinsella and Ted Leo among others.

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Frontman Chris Leo says, “I’m a middle-aged man now. Straightforward, cutting to the point dialogue speaks much more to me than circuitous lofty rants. I knew a lot when I was young and what I didn’t know I wasn’t afraid to propose as arguments in unwinnable fights for the sake of pushing discourse into novel realms. Now that I’m halfway through a century though, there’s been this need in me to touch home base, revisit basic tenets with wiser eyes and a worldview humbled by it being smashed to pieces over and over again. So many of my modern lyrics need no Cliff’s Notes. They are so clear and direct that they only require the listener to bring their own humble vulnerability to the table as well. Addressing these lifelong elephants in the room feels more apt to me at this stage in life than dissecting astrophysics.” With that folks, we give you “Image of Health”, a song whose lyrics are explained in the lyrics themselves.”

The Van Pelt has announced a series of UK, EU and Brooklyn shows in March and April. See dates below.

Pre-order ‘Artisans & Merchants’ in the Spartan Records store and on Bandcamp  

The Van Pelt Album Cover

‘Artisans & Merchants’ Track Listing:
1. We Gotta Leave
2. Image of Health
3. Artisans & Merchants
4. Punk House
5. Old Souls from Different Epochs
6. Grid
7. Cold Coconuts
8. Did We Hear The Same Song
9. Love Is Brutal

Upcoming Shows:
3/16 – Leeds, UK @ Warf Chambers
3/17 – Nottingham, UK @ The Old Cold Store
3/18 – London, UK @ The Garage
3/19 – Antwerp, BEL @ Trix
4/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus

Rediscover The Van Pelt’s catalog here.

Reunion show soundchecks revealed that this band has a voice that was prematurely muted by their inability to see clearly in the thick of their rise.

More than two decades later, The Van Pelt has returned to explore what was left behind with a new collection of songs, ‘Artisans & Merchants.’ This is not a reunion album. This is vindication. For lovers of The Van Pelt, listening to ‘Artisans & Merchants’ is like hearing the voice of a dear friend you haven’t seen in years — a friend you used to share countless beers with over banter that went nowhere other than delivering a solid night. Your friend is older, they’ve changed. In some ways you’re worried for them, looks like they might be teetering on the brink of something. In other ways, it’s the same old them, a nugget of a soul too unique to ever be altered. It’s for those unfamiliar with The Van Pelt though for whom we should be truly jealous. This is a stand-alone album, incredible vital songwriting in and of itself regardless of the long history this band has. The climax of the single “Image of Health” perhaps describes the beautiful desperation best: “And you never felt more alive / Than when the priest came to read you your rites!”

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