After More Than Two Decades, NYC Cult Indie Faves The Van Pelt To Return With New Music in 2023 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,ChristieFront Drive, Boys Life, Braid, Karate, and Rainer Maria.The lines between post-hardcore, indie rock, and emo blurred on the twomid-’90s full-lengths from the Van Pelt.—PitchforkTVPs compellingly clamorous debut is very much of its time, ataut andexhilarating hybrid of post-HC and math/post-rock with odd notes of artpunk.—UNCUT Magazine10/10 [for “Sultans of Sentiment” LP]. Still confounds and amazes.—Louder Than War MagazineNew York City’s The Van Pelt are an influential, but too often overlookedindie rock band—cult favorites for many an emo-inclined crate digger.–Consequence of Sound...should be mentioned a lot more than they are when you talk about thehistory of emo.—Washed Up EmoAfter twenty-five years of anticipation, New York City cult indie favorites TheVan Pelt will release their first new recordings in Spring of 2023. The band'supcoming album, titled "Artisans & Merchants," will be released jointly bySpartan Records in North America, La Castanya in Europe/World and Gringoin the UK.Reunion show soundchecks revealed that this band has a voice that wasprematurely muted by their inability to see clearly in the thick of their rise. Morethan two decades later, The Van Pelt has returned to explore what was left behindwith a new collection of songs, "Artisans & Merchants." This is not a reunionalbum. 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--afriend you used to share countless beers with over banter that went nowhere otherthan delivering a solid night. Your friend is older, they've changed. In some waysyou're worried for them, looks like they might be teetering on the brink ofsomething. In other ways it's the same old them, a nugget of a soul too unique toever be altered. It's for those unfamiliar with The Van Pelt though for whom weshould 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 younever felt more alive / Than when the priest came to read you your rites!"