Leeds-based rock band Vessels have just released a stunning live rendition of ‘The Trap’ from Helioscope. Vessels will tour much of 2011 throughout Europe, the UK and Ireland.
The first single to be taken from the album, ‘Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute’ was released in November and features the guest vocals of Stuart Warwick.

Vessels – The Trap live at Abbey Lodge from Vessels Band on Vimeo.
‘Helioscope’ was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You, Modest Mouse) in the heat of the Texan summer, these nine tracks are the sun-scorched yin to the yang of the snow-capped peaks of Vessels’ debut of 2008, White Fields & Open Devices.

Vessels – Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute (feat. Stuart Warwick) from Vessels Band on Vimeo.
Where its predecessor was a studied exercise in structure which played many a post-rock trump card, this collection sings with a newfound freeness and looseness.

That’s not to say these arrangements are rough-of-edge, or shabby of design. Far from it: these motifs and melodies are cunningly crafted, burrowing deep into the synapses with little resistance; riffs and rhythms tap into some innate appreciation of music both intuitive and intellectual.
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Vessels live 2011:
Sun 20 February – The Duchess, YORK (with Stuart Warwick)
Mon 21 February – The Captain’s Rest, GLASGOW (with Stuart Warwick)
Tue 22 February – The Lemon Tree, ABERDEEN (with Stuart Warwick & Debutant)
Wed 23 February – Hustlers, DUNDEE
Thu 24 February – Speakeasy, BELFAST (with Kasper Rosa)
Fri 25 February – The Workman’s Club, DUBLIN, Ireland (with Stuart Warwick & Enemies)
Sat 26 February – The Quad, CORK, Ireland (with Stuart Warwick)
Mon 28 February – The Harley, SHEFFIELD (with Stuart Warwick and Emphemetry)
Tue 1 March – Academy 3, MANCHESTER (with Stuart Warwick)
Wed 2 March – The Borderline, LONDON (with Stuart Warwick)
Thu 3 March – Jam, BRIGHTON (with Stuart Warwick)
Fri 4 March – The Haymakers, CAMBRIDGE
Sat 5 March – British Wildlife Festival, Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS