Following the Vega Vault’s 2021 initial archival release of Alan Vega’s lost album Mutator last year, the Vault has announced Invasion b/w Murder One, which is due Feb 25th via Sacred Bones Records.
This release continues the collaboration of Mutator‘s mixing and producing team, Liz Lamere and Jared Artaud. Together Liz and Jared are the perfect combination to keep the legacy of Alan’s work alive. Liz provides a bridge to the past, having performed throughout the recording process of Murder One and Invasion and Jared opens a bridge to the future having been chosen by Alan himself to carry the torch and make sure the vision stays intact. Alan trusted no one more than Liz and Jared and gave his blessing and encouragement to continue releasing material from the Vault. As Alan stated in the song Vision from IT, “If you destroy the vision, you will suffer the whirlwind.”
During these mixing sessions, for Liz, listening to the various tracks brought up vivid recollections of how the sounds (such as the haunting voices in Murder One) were created and the constant experimentation that led to Liz’s sharp instincts which informed the mixing process. Together with Jared’s technical and intuitive skills and deep understanding as a producer of the feeling these sounds were intended to evoke, the two were able to preserve the authenticity of the recordings while enhancing the quality of sound so the listener can fully experience the nuances of these unique auditory creations.
Invasion b/w Murder One will be released physically on 12” format in partnership with iconic French clothing brand and longtime supporter Agnes B, who Vega held in the highest regard. It sees its release across all digital retailers via Sacred Bones on February 25. To pre-order go here.
More About Alan Vega and the Vega Vault Project: The visual artist, musician, and poet Alan Vega was born in Brooklyn in 1938. He co-founded the massively influential avant-garde band Suicide with Martin Rev in 1970, with whom he performed off and on throughout his life. Vega would go on to have a prolific career as a solo artist. His hit song Jukebox Babe led to a contract with Elektra Records, who released two albums including the cult classic Saturn Strip, produced by Ric Ocasek. From there, rejecting the commercial machine, he went back to his roots, doing a deep dive into experimenting with sound in the studio. This era resulted in new solo records coming out consistently throughout the next several decades; starting with Deuce Avenue, continuing through Dujang Prang (on Henry Rollins’ 2.13.61 imprint), and culminating with his masterpiece IT. Vega considered the albums from this period the audio counterpoint to his visual art that reflected the world around him while simultaneously delving into universal themes. It makes his work as relevant today as it was then.
The two tracks, Invasion and Murder One, were recorded two decades apart from one another in New York City. Invasion was recorded toward the end of the 2012-2015 studio sessions for the posthumous album IT and was one of his last recordings, while Murder One was recorded in 1997-1998, (after the Mutator sessions) and is part of a cluster of material that was recorded but never mixed prior to the sessions for his album 2007, which was released in 1999. Pairing these two songs together as a release illustrates the timelessness of the 30+ years of unreleased material that he deemed the Vega Vault.
Another unique trademark of Vega’s is to provide the listener with a beacon of light while travelling down some of the darkest highways. Both songs explore the duality of horror and despair coupled with hope and survival. They are street signs for the underdog to rise above, especially for our nation’s youth who are the future and face the biggest challenges to that hope and survival. Murder One is the Frankie of 2022 and Invasion is an anthem that hits with maximum impact.
Invasion b/w Murder One tracklist:
2. Murder One