Heparin is an anticoagulant and saline is a simple solution of salt and water. After a quick Google search, I found that these two solutions are used in the flushing of central venous catheters, or CVCs, which are injected in to your neck, chest, or femoral vein. If Vacant Fever’s likening their album to a flushing experience, I can see why. Heparin & Saline exudes catharsis if you listen to DMM’s vocals (I can’t seem to find his full name). The title track has him singing “Just another flush…” in the hook, telling us he, or his character, has been through this before – struggling to get clean from drug use? Heparin & Saline contains grungy, stoner rock, and psychedelic sounds that are able to please Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age fans. Larry Crane actually mixed this album, with his claims to fame being a skilled producer (working with Elliott Smith) and being the editor-in-chief of the free recording magazine Tape Op. Check out the Bandcamp stream below and see what you think of it. I’d like to point out that it is offered as a free download, and it’s not advertised as a “name your price.” As far as what color it is or what the quantity is, it’s not said. Cheers!

The Details

“I don’t want to be presumptuous here, but when I listen Heparin & Saline, I think about drugs. I’m not talking about ends of ropes, Shannon Hoon and Layne Staley’s last two weeks on earth or anything so destructive and desperate, but perhaps the volatile brand of fuel that deliveredWhite Light/White Heat to the unsuspecting masses, or anything the Spacemen 3 did in the early ’90s.”

-Marc Phillips (The Vinyl Anachronist)

“VACANT FEVER, a hard-hitting duo from Seattle. From the first track it’s a serious blend of heavy stoner rock with some serious psych issues. Reminds me a little of VERY early Kings of Leon (before they turned shit), if they were produced by Josh Homme there’s a lot fo that desert highway sound in there. Lovely!”

-The Reykjavik Sex Farm

“unsettling indie rock and psych-folk which, as in the case of one of our taster tracks, Heavy Leather, is one of the current contenders for the end of year Best Of lists, a brilliantly sparse and stripped back affair with not a wasted note or murmur from first moment to the last. This is a real keeper.”

-The Mad Mackerel

“The opener, You Shouldn’t Let Poets Lie to You, hearkens back to that city’s grunge era. One could easily imagine this track as something off the Singles soundtrack. Early in Singles, Campbell Scott spends his time wading through clubs where loud, buzzing guitars complement the endless drone of morose frontmen. It’s easy to envision Vacant Fever fitting into this scene.

However, the band shirks defining themselves in a particular genre, and their approach to other tracks reflects this. For example, A Hospital Isn’t A Place combines elements of modern rock and jangle pop. Heparin & Saline is reminiscent of the alt. rock age that preceded grunge. Hide the Knife is a hauntingly beautiful mix of grunge and psychedelia. I Die Everynight is straight up, tripped out, psychedelic rock that would make Syd Barrett smile.

This not ‘just another’ wannabe Seattle band. These guys have chops, and really reflect influences from a 40 year period of modern rock music. If anything, Vacant Fever represent an evolution of the sound that made Seattle famous, and more good news–we’ll be getting new stuff from them soon.

After finishing a tour through the states in May and June, DMM and Leon Spinx (who don’t want you to know much about them. They’re a little too young to be evading taxes?) are back in the studio and hoping to tour following their next release.“

-The Dadada

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