Vanishing Life are streaming a new track, "Thinking Is Weightless" today, from their forthcoming debut full length album, "Surveillance", released on November 25th via Dine Alone Records in the UK.
“John Lennon said, ‘thinking is weightless’, or maybe I wrote it, I don’t remember, but I wrote his name down next to it in my notes, explains singer, Walter Schreifels on the new track. “I like this phrase because can be read it two very divergent ways, one, a zen ‘be here now’ type mantra, or it could also be an urgent alarm like “soylent green is people!”
Formed in the muddy fields of Belgium during the Groezrock punk festival in 2014, Vanishing Life rapidly progressed from conversation to fully formed band. With Autry Fulbright II (...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead) as the engine and ideas man, a lineup was soon culled including Walter Schreifels of Quicksand, Bad Religion drummer Jamie Miller, and Zach Blair (Rise Against).
Big, loud, intricate, and building on the tenets of guitar driven rock, the immediacy of Vanishing Life’s debut LP Surveillance is gripping. They steadily tap The Fall, Black Flag, Savages, Angel Olsen, The Damned, Grinderman, B'last, and early-Wire, with a modernity and focus, never nostalgia.
Surveillance was recorded with Suedehead's Davey Warsop and mixed by VL’s own Jamie Miller, with Glassjaw/Head Automatica frontman Daryl Palumbo taking a share of mastering duties. As the album thrusts forward, layers reveal a complexity and espionage, as subtle dynamics allow each track to have the space to tell the story. Control is perhaps the most distinct part Vanishing Life, as that confidence turns the anthemic and raucous into groove and mood. MC5 informed by the nuance and beauty of mid-80s Dischord and paced like a novel, Surveillance finds resolution by asking the right questions.